DuckDuckGo is best known for being a privacy-friendly alternative to Google in the search industry. The company is now, however, looking to expand beyond the search industry with a new privacy-focused desktop browser. Head below for the full details.
The new privacy-focused DuckDuckGo web browser was touted as part of the company’s efforts to create a “privacy super app” in a blog post by CEO Gabriel Weinberg. The desktop browser will be similar to the DuckDuckGo app for iPhone and iPad, allowing users to easily control their privacy settings and their information.
Weinberg says that the app will forgo “complicated settings” and “misleading warnings” in favor of “robust privacy protection that works by default, across search, browsing, email, and more.”
Notably, the company also says that it isn’t forking Chromium for this new browser, but rather a browser that’s based around OS-provided rendering engines. This is something that will allow the app to be faster and cleaner:
Instead of forking Chromium or anything else, we’re building our desktop app around the OS-provided rendering engines (like on mobile), allowing us to strip away a lot of the unnecessary cruft and clutter that’s accumulated over the years in major browsers. With our clean and simple interface combined with the beloved Fire Button from our mobile app, DuckDuckGo for desktop will be ready to become your new everyday browsing app. Compared to Chrome, the DuckDuckGo app for desktop is cleaner, way more private, and early tests have found it significantly faster too!
“It’s an everyday browsing app that respects your privacy because there’s never a bad time to stop companies from spying on your search and browsing history,” the DuckDuck CEO concludes.
According to The Verge, the DuckDuckGo desktop browser is currently in private testing for macOS, but the company is also working on a version for Windows. A specific release date to the public is unclear, but we’d expect it sometime in 2022 at the earliest.
Why DuckDuckGo want Masses to Sap Chrome
The security of web surfers is a major issue, and it’s a legitimate one. Your personal information may be at risk because of a breach of privacy. As a result, it’s critical that large internet businesses like Google preserve your anonymity when you utilize their services. However, are the tech giant’s privacy pledges really real? DuckDuckGo, on the other hand, isn’t convinced. With its Threads and FLEDGE services, the private browser has accused the former of violating its customers’ privacy rights. DuckDuckGo is fighting Google over this, but why is that? Let see!
DuckDuckGo Has Accused Google of Reneging on Its Promise to Protect Users’ Privacy
NEW: DuckDuckGo’s Chrome extension now blocks Google’s new tracking method “Topics” and new ad re-targeting method FLEDGE.
Google says they’re better for privacy, but the simple fact is tracking is tracking, no matter what you call it.https://t.co/r9GFLdXmTT
— DuckDuckGo (@DuckDuckGo) May 11, 2022
The Search engine has accused Google of making false statements about the security of its Discussions as well as FLEDGE services. According to the post shared in the May of this year, the corporation slammed the latter for making false claims that its goods were more secure. In order to create a “more private web,” The Tech giant established its Security Sandbox in August of this year. Discussions and FLEDGE were introduced at the beginning of this year via the Sandbox once FLoC was discontinued due to considerable controversy.
The concept is that users have greater authority and visibility over their personal information since you may eliminate subjects you dislike or deactivate Topics altogether. When it comes to Google’s FLEDGE product, the company says it’s “built in a way that no other third-party application can leverage it to monitor user surfing activity between websites.” Google’s product promises are called out by DuckDuckGo, which suggests that their software is superior. However, there are a number of other methods available for ensuring your safety when surfing the web.
Why This Fierce Rivalry?
Basically speaking, the former alleges that Google is misleading its consumers by claiming that Topics and FLEDGE are more secure than the latter’s Search because of this. For more information on these services, check out this blog post from the corporation: As a result, it claims that despite Google’s assurances of increased confidentiality, the company’s new services are really “creepy” and “privacy-invasive.”
Since these programs monitor your digital behavior and exchange your personal information with web pages and advertising without your permission, the firm considers this to be the case. – The overarching argument from the former is that your information isn’t secure until privacy is set as the preferred setting.
To provide just one example, it claims Google’s justification that customers may eliminate Subjects they wouldn’t wish to be monitored for is codswallop since most users don’t alter their standard browsing options According to the report, Google’s “dark patterns” render it extremely tough for consumers to accomplish just that. DuckDuckGo claims that FLEDGE operates in the same way as third-party cookies. Ads may approach users on some other pages by requesting that Google classify and categorize them like a certain demographic.
The bottom line is that Google nonetheless sells your information to advertising and renders it difficult for users to modify the configuration to private. Ads may target and re-target your browsing history, which is one major and lingering concern.
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