DuckDuckGo is working on a standalone web browser for Mac and Windows
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DuckDuckGo is working on a standalone desktop browser with “robust privacy protection” that will be available for Mac and PC platforms.
The company, which makes a privacy-friendly search engine and mobile browser, announced the desktop addition in a blog post on Tuesday. DuckDuckGo said the browser will be faster, cleaner, and more private than Google Chrome.
According to DuckDuckGo, the browser “will redefine user expectations for everyday online privacy.” It will ditch individual privacy settings in favor of an approach that enables privacy protections by default in search, email, and general browsing.
“It’s not a ‘private browser’; it’s an everyday browsing app that respects your privacy because there’s never a bad time to stop companies from spying on your search and browsing history” , the company wrote.
Instead of being based on Chromium or another third-party codebase, the privacy company says it builds the desktop version of its browser on a rendering engine provided by the operating system. This is how its iOS browser was created, for example.
The DuckDuckGo blog post also details some of the company’s privacy changes in 2021, including the beta release of an email protection app, improvements to its DuckDuckGo search engine, and the addition of a “burn” button for his mobile browser.
It is unclear when the DuckDuckGo desktop browser will launch.