[REVIEW] : DuckDuckGo comes to browse on Mac

Already available on iOS, the browser is coming to macOS. A version for Windows is developed in parallel but it is less successful for the moment. Another for Linux is not excluded, but once these first two projects have been completed.

Clarification: this new browser is still in private beta, you must register in the mobile app (free) to join the waiting list and receive a download link (go to settings then DuckDuckGo Desktop App). We will certainly be warned by a notification since no e-mail is requested. And it’s a good way to get a few more installs for the mobile app.

This DuckDuckGo for Mac preferred to take WebKit for its rendering engine, unlike Brave designed by a former Mozilla who set his sights on Chromium. Choosing to use the same engine as Safari ensures good compatibility with macOS. For the rest – the functions and the interface – it is the developers of DuckDuckGo who are in charge. Once the first version is finalized, they plan to offer the fruit of their work in open source, just as it was done with the iOS and Android versions.

Its designers naturally insist on privacy protection functions and on the attraction of browsing that is less likely to be tracked by the sites visited and their trackers. The browser will endeavor to manage alone the windows for depositing cookies which have abounded since the implementation of the GDPR. The first time, DuckDuckGo will ask the user what type of response they want to give to these requests and it will take care of the next ones to come, transparently. At the current stage of development, the browser would know how to respond to about half of these pop-ups on its own, which therefore no longer blocks entry to a page.

DuckDuckGo for Mac is also advertised as fast as it can prevent trackers from loading instead of just blocking them afterwards. It checks if the visited page offers an encrypted version of its access and automatically offers it if this is not the case. And as on the mobile version, it highlights a button that deletes, at once, the data stored by the websites and all the tabs still open.

Being still in development, DuckDuckGo for Mac is not without functional shortcomings that can delay its daily use. For example it does not yet manage extensions. Its developers believe that the most popular are those that block trackers or ads and those that rely on password managers.

For the former, the browser has its built-in functions that perform most of these services. For the latter, it offers its own integrated manager capable of importing passwords from 1Password, LastPass and other browsers on the market. It does the same for bookmark lists. This manager must still see the light of day on the mobile version, and only then a synchronization option between platforms will be possible (synchro of bookmarks included).

The favorites bar is also missing for the time being, as is a detailed history of the sites visited (other than through the list of trackers they have activated). So many common things in other browsers but that the browser will receive as it develops. Browsing protection features took precedence.

DuckDuckGo secure browser launches on Mac

The leader Google Chrome has a new competitor on Mac. As promised, the developers of the secure search engine DuckDuckGo, which recently angered its users, have indeed decided to attack desktop computers. After deploying their web browser on mobiles, it is now available in a private beta version on Apple’s macOS operating system. Focused on protecting users’ personal data, the software is advertised as “very fast”. Based on the same rendering engine as Safari, it is supposed to block trackers allowing users to be tracked before they even load.

To take advantage of it on macOS, however, you will have to be patient, since it is necessary to register on a waiting list. To do this, one needs to download the DuckDuckGo mobile app, go to the DuckDuckGo Desktop App section in the settings and click on the button to join the waitlist. When the time comes, the app will display a notification with an invite code. As for the version for Windows, it is still in development and announced as arriving “soon”.

DuckDuckGo is rolling out its privacy-focused browser to Mac

DuckDuckGo, best known for its privacy-focused search engine, is offering its equally privacy-focused web browser in a desktop-friendly version for the first time. Starting with Apple’s fixed devices running macOS, the Apple brand’s operating system. The company had already unveiled its desktop browser plans at the end of last year and on Tuesday presented a first beta version of its software compatible with macOS, before the release, planned later, of a browser compatible with Windows devices.

Like the company’s iOS and Android browsers, DuckDuckGo for Mac was designed from the ground up to prioritize user privacy at all times. This extra security is powered by features like built-in access to the DuckDuckGo private search engine, cookie pop-up protection, one-click option to clear all browsing data, email protection , or the automatic default switch to the encrypted version (HTTPS) of all sites.

DuckDuckGo’s new browser apparently uses macOS’s built-in website rendering engine (the same one used by Apple’s in-house browser Safari, DuckDuckGo reports) to deliver faster loading times. The company claims that these accelerated loads are made even faster by blocking all ad trackers by default.

Block ad trackers by default

DuckDuckGo for Mac is launched as a private beta, and its manufacturer has pointed out that some features are not yet fully implemented. Among these missing features is the support for extensions. Although the company plans to enable the extensions at a later date, DuckDuckGo says the in-browser password manager and ad blocker already do the job of the two most commonly downloaded extension types without it. be necessary to install third-party solutions.

DuckDuckGo also noted that the built-in password manager is able to import your saved credentials from third-party extensions like 1Password or LastPass to ease your transition and ensure your privacy is strengthened.

Users wishing to join the waiting list to test the private beta can do so by downloading one of the company’s mobile browsing apps, going to the Settings menu, and clicking DuckDuckGo for Desktop (in the “More from DuckDuckGo” section). There you will see an option to “Join Private Waitlist”. Once access is granted, a mobile app notification will provide an invite code that can be used to download DuckDuckGo for Mac on your system of choice.

The company said it was already working on a version of its browser for Windows PCs, but didn’t give a specific timeline for when that version would be available.

DuckDuckGo launches its secure browser on Mac, here’s how to get it

Currently, the DuckDuckGo browser is only available on macOS. But the company plans to launch a Windows version in the coming months.

An ever safer browser?

The arguments mobilized by DuckDuckGo can make you smile. After all, there isn’t a single browser on the market that doesn’t boast about its ability to “protect your personal data”. The proof: even Google Chrome is getting started…

On the other hand, the rather virtuous history of DuckDuckGo encourages us to take seriously this browser which carries great promises.

Still fairly rough, this new browser seeks to replace a browser to which we would have grafted a number of extensions aimed at blocking ads or erasing cookies and trackers.

As on the mobile version, these features are integrated as standard here. According to the publisher, there is nothing to configure, everything is already designed to navigate the Internet serenely, leaving behind as few traces as possible.

On the menu, you will also find a module blocking the warning banners on cookies, an automated redirection to HTTPS URLs and the famous “Fire button” which allows, in one click, to delete all your browsing history and saved cookies. by the browser.

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