DuckDuckGo Adds Tracker Blocking to Help Curb the Wider Surveillance Web

DuckDuckGo.com has been my favorite search engine for some time. Unlike most other search engines, DuckDuckGo.com works hard to protect the privacy of those who use the service. Google and most other search engines know a lot about you. A large part of the search engines’ business model is based around advertising – and for this to be successful it needs to know who you are. DuckDuckGo.com is the opposite and now has improved its privacy protections even further.

Quoting from the company’s blog at https://spreadprivacy.com/privacy-simplified/:

“It’s hard to use the Internet without it feeling a bit creepy – like there’s a nosey neighbor watching everything you do from across the street. Except, instead of a nosey neighbor, it’s a vast array of highly sophisticated tracker networks, run by big companies like Google and Facebook, recording everything you do online, often without your knowledge, and selling their findings to the highest bidder via targeted ads. While closing the blinds at home can put a stop to your neighbors, there isn’t something that simple that can work online. Until now.

“Today we’re taking a major step to simplify online privacy with the launch of fully revamped versions of our browser extension and mobile app, now with built-in tracker network blocking, smarter encryption, and, of course, private search – all designed to operate seamlessly together while you search and browse the web. Our updated app and extension are now available across all major platforms – Firefox, Safari, Chrome, iOS, and Android – so that you can easily get all the privacy essentials you need on any device with just one download.”

You can read more at: https://spreadprivacy.com/privacy-simplified/

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