San Francisco: Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo is working on a dedicated desktop browser that will be available on Mac.
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, the company claims.
“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 said in a statement.
The browser is currently in closed beta testing on macOS, but DuckDuckGo is also preparing it for Windows. It’s unclear when the desktop browser will become publicly available.
According to the company, compared to Chrome, the DuckDuckGo desktop app is cleaner, much more private, and early tests found it to be much faster too.
Launched in 2008, DuckDuckGo’s search engine is far behind Google, but recent controversies around user data privacy have helped it gain momentum like Telegram and Signal.
DuckDuckGo has been selected as the default search engine in the highly secure Tor Browser chat platform, and is often the default search engine in the private browsing modes of several other browsers.