DuckDuckGo email protection service, explained (including how to sign up)

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The privacy-conscious internet company DuckDuckGo announced that a beta version of its free email privacy tool is now available to all users. Best known for its eponymous search engine, DuckDuckGo also offers other products, including a privacy-focused mobile browser on Android and iOS. Earlier this year, the company also launched a desktop browser for Mac users, although it’s still not available on Windows and Linux. Instead, PC users can install the DDG extension on their existing browsers, including Firefox, Chrome, Edge, and Brave.

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Internet bigwigs like Google and Facebook have often come under scrutiny for their privacy practices. Many users are particularly concerned about the privacy of their emails, as they often contain confidential information regarding people’s career, medical history, finances, property, and family. Although Gmail has long been the world’s leading webmail service provider, many privacy advocates look elsewhere for their email service. One webmail provider that has become the go-to go-to for journalists and activists is ProtonMail, which is popular due to its focus on privacy and end-to-end encryption. With its new service, DDG hopes to offer a free alternative to ProtonMail, especially for users who just can’t get away from Gmail, Yahoo and other major webmail providers.


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Originally published as a limited trial last year, DuckDuckGo Email Protection is a free email forwarding service that allows users to hide their email ids when signing up for various online services, newsletters, etc. It offers the best of both worlds by not only helping users hide their real email ID from shady services but also trackers commonly found in email messages. The service also has the ability to protect users against trackers embedded in web links.

DuckDuckGo Email Protection

With its various privacy features, the DDG Email Protection service aims to prevent the surreptitious profiling of users by advertising companies, online retailers and others to deliver targeted advertisements. According to the DDG, “Companies are embedding trackers in images and links in emails, allowing them to collect information such as when you opened a message, where you were when you opened it and the device you were using.” Companies can then use it as a profiling identifier that could infringe on people’s privacy. DDG says its new email forwarding service will remove emails from these trackers and prevent them from reaching the end user, helping them get full tracking protection without switching provider. messaging.


Email Protection is available on the DuckDuckGo browser on iOS and Android, as well as desktop browsers with the DuckDuckGo extension installed. To register on mobile, upgrade to the latest version of the app from the Play Store or App Store, then open Settings, and finally select Email Protection. On desktop computers, navigate to duckduckgo.com/email on a compatible web browser with the DDG extension installed. Mac users can simply access the same address on DuckDuckGo browser for Mac. By signing up for the service, users will get their own @duck.com address, which will work on desktop and mobile. DuckDuckGo indicates that users can create an unlimited number of private email addresses and can deactivate them at any time.


Source: DuckDuckGo

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