Forget going “incognito” with other browsers that don’t actually deliver substantive web tracking protection; you deserve privacy all the time, with built-in protections that make the Internet less creepy and less cluttered. Equipped with new and improved features for everyday use, DuckDuckGo for Mac is here to clean up the web as you browse. (And yes, you can import all your passwords and bookmarks from other browsers and password managers – so switching is quick and easy!)
DuckDuckGo for Mac is said to use about 60% less data than Chrome. It features built-in privacy protections including multiple layers of defense against third-party trackers, secure link upgrading with Smarter Encryption, and a Fire Button to instantly clear recent browsing data.
Since announcing the beta, DuckDuckGo has added numerous features including a bookmarks bar, pinned tabs, and a way to view your locally stored browsing history. Its Cookie Consent Pop-Up Manager can now handle cookie pop-ups on significantly more sites, automatically choosing the most private option and sparing you from annoying interruptions.
Highlighted New Features:
● Cleaning up YouTube with Duck Player – fewer creepy ads, fewer distractions: Want a more-private way to watch YouTube videos in peace? Duck Player protects you from targeted ads and cookies with a distraction-free interface that incorporates YouTube’s strictest privacy settings for embedded video. Any ads you see within Duck Player will not be personalized; in our testing, this prevented ads on most videos altogether. YouTube still registers your views, so it’s not totally anonymous, but none of the videos you watch in Duck Player contribute to your YouTube advertising profile or suggest distracting personalized recommendations. The feature can be always-on, ready to go whenever you click a YouTube link, or you can opt in on specific videos – perfect for when you’re sharing your screen, using a shared device, or just trying to stay focused. It’s equally easy to get back to the default version of YouTube whenever you want.
● Open YouTube links in Duck Player for more-private viewing
Eliminating invasive ads as you browse: DuckDuckGo for Mac has always blocked invasive trackers before they load, effectively eliminating the ads that rely on that creepy tracking. (Because so many ads work that way, you’ll see way fewer ads.) Today, we’ve made another big improvement: we’re cleaning up the whitespace left behind by those ads for an efficient, distraction-free look without the need for a separate ad blocker.
● More choices for secure password management: Our browser includes our own secure and easy-to-use password manager that can automatically remember and fill in login credentials and suggest random passwords for new logins. (It can also securely save addresses and payment methods.) Our autofill experience is continually improving and will roll out on our mobile apps soon.
This works for most users, especially since you can import passwords. But we understand some folks want to continue using third-party password management across browsers and devices. So, we’ve teamed up with Bitwarden, the accessible open-source password manager, in the first of what we hope to be several similar integrations. In the coming weeks, Bitwarden users will be able to activate this seamless two-way integration in their browser settings. DuckDuckGo for Mac is also compatible with 1Password’s new universal autofill feature.
You can download the beta for Mac at the link below...