DuckDuckGo, a privacy-focused search firm, is launching its popular web browser app to desktop computers.
Early testing, according to the business, reveals a browser that is faster than Google Chrome, with the added benefits of being safer and more private. It will have the Fire button, which, like the iOS and Android mobile apps, clears all tabs and browsing data in a single tab.
DuckDuckGo claims in a blog post that it will be built on the same infrastructure as its mobile browser and that it would “reinvent consumer expectations of everyday online privacy.”
“No confusing settings, no misleading warnings, no “levels” of privacy protection – just robust privacy protection that works by default, across search, surfing, email, and more,” the startup boasts. It’s not a “privacy browser,” but rather a regular browsing tool that respects your privacy because “there’s never a bad time to block firms from snooping on your search and browsing history.”
“Instead of forking Chromium or anything else, we’re building our desktop app around the OS-provided rendering engines (like on mobile), allowing us to strip away a lot of the unnecessary cruft and clutter that’s accumulated over the years in major browsers,” the company’s founder Gabriel Weinberg writes in the post.
DuckDuckGo recently stated that it will provide Android customers with app tracking protection that Google does not.
The new Android feature aims to prohibit third-party corporations from monitoring users within non-Android apps. The business claims it’s the “easiest approach to prevent trackers lurking in your applications,” and it’s now in private beta for DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser users.
It can still regulate monitoring activities across other applications installed on your phone while it resides within the browser app. Users who sign up for the test will be notified on a regular basis about how many tracking requests have been deleted.