DuckDuckGo: Here comes the desktop browser that challenges Chrome

The announcement comes directly from DuckDuckGo: the company has developed its desktop browser as an alternative to Chrome . The search engine, although widely used, has not yet reached the "general public", but with this step it could be even more successful and even undermine Chrome from the throne of the most used browser.

The company, in a post on its blog , illustrated the goals for 2021 and the objectives for 2022; among these, the development of a browser focused entirely on privacy. After the beta of Email protection , a free service for forwarding emails with elimination of trackers, and the release of App tracking protection , to block third-party trackers on Android apps, DuckDuckGo is again ready to amaze.

What is DuckDuckGo?

Privacy, simplified “: this is the company's motto . DuckDuckGo (DDG for short) has always invested in privacy that can be used by all users, from the most to the less experienced. As a sort of "perennial unknown", but even more private and secure, the search engine of the US company. Searches are never stored, and no account creation is required to use the engine.

DuckDuckGo does not use cookies, does not store any personal user information and even hides the IP address. Other search engines, such as Google or Bing, currently share this information even if you are browsing incognito . For example, the IP address is still shared with the sites visited, with the result that the domain "knows" that the user has visited it. DuckDuckGo, on the other hand, masks this information and blocks any identification attempts.

DuckDuckGo is the most recommended search engine for maintaining privacy. Source: DuckDuckGo
DuckDuckGo is the most recommended search engine for maintaining privacy. Source: DuckDuckGo

The peculiarity of the search engine (and the app) is the ability to block trackers before they are loaded by the browser. While it is true that many products still offer the option to remove tracking, trackers are still loaded and then blocked, and this does not entirely prevent user identification. DuckDuckGo, by contrast, applies restrictions even before the loading of the tracker.

The search engine gets its results by combining various sources, including Yahoo !, Search BOSS, Bing and Yandex, along with several crowdsourcing sites (including Wikipedia). DuckDuckBot is joined by the DuckDuckGo web crawler .

DuckDuckGo's browser challenges Chrome

Until now, DuckDuckGo has always remained available as a Chrome extension or application for Android and iOS. As reported by the same company, DDG is the most downloaded search application on Andriod and the second for iOS, after Chrome. Now the company has decided to take advantage of the success and take it one step further by developing a desktop application.

DuckDuckGo desktop, browser still in closed beta, wants to challenge Chrome and stops being a simple extension. In a world where privacy is less and less and users are increasingly aware of the value of their data, a browser so focused on protecting information could really undermine the competition.

DuckDuckGo has developed its own browser, challenging Chrome. Source: DuckDuckGo
DuckDuckGo has developed its own browser, challenging Chrome. Source: DuckDuckGo

The new DuckDuckGo software will be available only for Mac (for now) and will contain all the useful features to ensure user privacy. This results in tracker and privacy protection for emails and searches. The company has sided without too many words against Chrome, proposing itself as a safer, more respectful of privacy and even faster alternative.

The desktop application will be available in the next year, but the release date is not yet known. Certainly the novelty will bring some confusion among other competitors, and many users could "convert" to this alternative, more respectful of personal data. According to the company, the new browser was developed with a new system, not deriving from Chromium , thus eliminating all superfluous features.

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