DuckDuckGo brings its private web browser to Mac in beta

Late last year, we learned that 2022 is the year DuckDuckGo’s privacy-focused web browser hits the desktop.

Today, the company launched the beta version of DuckDuckGo for Mac, which means macOS users will have another alternative to Chrome and the like before Windows 11 users. The DuckDuckGo browser is touted as offering a high level of security, fast performance, and default privacy that’s more than just a replacement for incognito mode.

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The launch of the macOS version of the DuckDuckGo browser comes after the success of the mobile application. The company says a Windows version is coming soon, but for now it’s Mac users who are in luck – but you’ll have to join a waitlist if you want to try the beta.

There are three pillars to DuckDuckGo for Mac:

  • DuckDuckGo for Mac gives you privacy by default. With just one download, you get our built-in private search engine, a powerful tracker blocker, *new* cookie pop-up protection on approximately 50% of sites (this percentage increasing dramatically throughout the beta) , Fire Button (one-click data wipe), email protection and more, all for free. No complicated privacy settings, just simple privacy protection that works by default.
  • DuckDuckGo for Mac is really fast! By using your computer’s built-in website rendering engine (the same used by Safari) and blocking trackers before they load (unlike all major browsers), you’ll get super fast browsing. We’re already faster than Chrome on some graphics performance (using the Motion Mark 1.2 benchmark.) and as an added bonus, by blocking trackers, DuckDuckGo uses about 60% less data than Chrome!
  • DuckDuckGo for Mac is designed for security. Our built-in smarter encryption lets you navigate to the encrypted (HTTPS) version of a website more often, and our tracker blocking means less exposure to third-party scripts that might try to access your data. And we design our product so that in-app data, such as history, bookmarks, and passwords, is by default only stored locally on your device and not accessible to DuckDuckGo.

Announcing the beta version of DuckDuckGo for Mac, the company explains that anyone interested in trying out the browser will have to wait in line. He shares the following instructions for joining the private waitlist:

  1. Download the DuckDuckGo mobile app (or update to the latest version)
  2. Open Settings > DuckDuckGo for Desktop (in the Privacy section).
  3. Click “Join Private Waitlist”.
  4. When you receive an invite code, you receive a notification from the app. The notification will take you to an invite code and a link to the download page to open on your desktop/laptop computer.

More information is available here.

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