DuckDuckGo releases standalone web browser for Mac in beta

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Privacy-focused company DuckDuckGo is adding a new Mac web browser, which is currently in beta, to its existing iOS version.

DuckDuckGo announced plans to make a macOS web browser in December 2021, and it’s now opening a beta test.

“Privacy isn’t something you need only in certain situations or in partial amounts, and it’s a myth that you can’t have the same internet you love and need, but with more privacy,” the company says in a blog post. “At DuckDuckGo, we make privacy simple.”

“Like our mobile app, DuckDuckGo for Mac is an all-in-one privacy solution for everyday browsing,” he continues, “no complicated settings, just a seamless private experience.”

It aims to avoid complicated settings in part by enabling privacy features from the get-go. In-app data such as history, bookmarks, and passwords “are only stored locally on your device.”

In addition to a private search engine, DuckDuckGo for Mac includes a “powerful tracking blocker”, as well as protection against cookie pop-ups and “one-click data wipe”.

DuckDuckGo uses WebKit, the same rendering engine as Safari. The company says this means that even with its security features, DuckDuckGo’s Mac beta is “already faster” than Chrome.

The company is now adding new beta testers. To join the waitlist, see the company’s full instructions.

There is no announced launch date for the final Mac version. However, the company said it intends to work on the Windows edition next later this year.

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