DuckDuckGo upgrades apps to block hidden ad trackers

James Marshall
January 25, 2018

They also have a new section dedicated to explaining oft-confusing privacy policies. DuckDuckGo still makes money from online ads, but it doesn't use your search history and online activities to target you with highly specific advertisements. Now it's breaking new ground by updating its tools to keep you safe and anonymous not just when searching but when doing anything on the web.

DuckDuckGo, the popular search engine for privacy-conscious users, today launched major updates to its browser extension and mobile apps in an effort to grant users data protection no matter where they are on the web. But DDG, as it is nicknamed, can only ensure your privacy while you're on their site.

36% of all searches ever entered in its ten-year lifespan being conducted in 2017 alone.

Websites also get graded on the encryption they use, with grades ranging from A to F. For reference, our website went from a D to a B after some tinkering with the extension. According to DuckDuckGo, "the Privacy Grade is scored automatically based on the prevalence of hidden tracker networks, encryption availability, and website privacy practices".

Perhaps the most interesting one will be the tracking blocker.

As we mentioned, the revamped version of DuckDuckGo browser incorporates a feature that blocks hidden tracker networks on sites like Google and Facebook, as claimed by DuckDuckGo.

Finally, Weinberg said DuckDuckGo is gaining traction among folks who want online privacy.

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 created to operate seamlessly together while you search and browse the web. The more curious can also gain access to more human-friendly versions of Privacy Policies of some of the most used websites. True to the collective nature of this effort, we're also building our extension and app in the open with all of the code available on GitHub, so we invite you to join us.

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