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DuckDuckGo now offers anti-tracking email service for everyone

Enlarge / DuckDuckGo’s email protection, now available in public beta, gives you an email address that will remove trackers from emails and forward the rest to you.

Duck Duck to win

DuckDuckGo’s tracker removal email service, which has been available in private beta for a year, is now available. open to anyone that uses a DuckDuckGo mobile app, a browser extension, or a Mac browser. It also added a few more privacy tools.

The service provides you with a duck.com email address, one intended to be given out for the “Sign up for our 20 percent off newsletter” type of emails that you know exist only to collect data and target you. for ads. Email sent to your duck.com address is forwarded to your chosen primary email, but with trackers removed.

Email Protection now also fixes links, removes them from tracking modifiers, updates unencrypted HTTP URLs to HTTPS when possible, and for the rare response needed, lets you send directly from your duck address instead of exposing your mail. main electronic. During its closed beta, DuckDuckGo claims that 85 percent of the emails it processed contained hidden trackers.

To sign up for Email Protection, you’ll need to use the DuckDuckGo mobile app to iOS either Androiduse DuckDuckGo Browser Extension on Firefox, Chrome, Edge, or Brave, or use their beta browser for Mac (whose list you must join in the DuckDuckGo mobile app).

In my experience, you don’t need to use the company’s apps, extensions, or browser to keep the email forwarding service running, but they do allow you to autofill your duck address and create more individual disposable email addresses, which is useful for email filtering.

DuckDuckGo's email protection service works to remove trackers commonly embedded in business emails that send open time, location, and device used, among other data.
Enlarge / DuckDuckGo’s email protection service works to remove trackers commonly embedded in business emails that send open time, location, and device used, among other data.

Duck Duck to win

DuckDuckGo notes that trackers embedded in email images and links can return information to the sender about when they opened a message, their geolocation when they opened it, and what device they were using. Knowing your primary email address can also allow companies to connect you to Facebook and Google and target you for advertising across sites.

The company kindly points out that it will not track you using its anti-tracking service. “When your Duck Addresses receive an email, we immediately apply our tracking protections and then forward it to you, never storing it in our systems. Sender information, subject lines… we don’t track any of that,” the company writes. in his blog post DuckDuckGo is also “committed to long-term email protection” and states that it worked during closed beta to support millions of users.

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