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    Introducing DuckDuckGo for Mac: A Private, Fast, and Secure Browsing App (beta)

    ..Introducing DuckDuckGo for Mac

    Using an app designed to protect your privacy by default not only reduces invasive tracking, it also speeds up browsing and eliminates many everyday annoyances like cookie consent pop-ups. Here’s what you need to know:

    DuckDuckGo for Mac gives you privacy by default. With one download you get our built-in private search engine, powerful tracker blocker, *new* cookie pop-up protection on approximately 50% of sites (with that % growing significantly throughout beta), Fire Button (one-click data clearing), email protection and more – all for free. No complicated privacy settings, just simple privacy protection that works by default.

    DuckDuckGo for Mac is really fast! By using your computer’s built-in website rendering engine (the same one Safari uses), and by blocking trackers before they load (unlike all the major browsers), you’ll get really fast browsing. We’re already faster than Chrome on some graphics performance (using the Motion Mark 1.2. benchmark) and as an additional benefit, by blocking trackers, DuckDuckGo uses about 60% less data than Chrome!

    DuckDuckGo for Mac is built for security. Our built-in Smarter Encryption ensures you navigate to the encrypted (HTTPS) version of a website more often, and our tracker blocking means less exposure to third-party scripts that could try to access your data. And we design our product so that in-app data, like history, bookmarks, and passwords, by default are only stored locally on your device and aren’t accessible to DuckDuckGo…

    Remember : DuckDuckGo search results are censored by Microsoft (Bing).

    • This topic was modified 4 months ago by Alex5723.
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    • #2438942

      Interesting. Let’s wait and see what people experiences using this new browser are like.

      There is always the question of whether software meant to add protections might introduce incompatibilities with other applications already installed, reduce one’s ability to access some sites one needs to connect to, etc.

      So it is good to know DuckDuckGo is doing this and I hope it works fine in an older Intel Mac like mine. But I’ll wait to hear more about this before trying it out.

      Ex-Windows user (Win. 98, XP, 7); since mid-2017 using also macOS. Presently on Monterey 12.15 & sometimes running also Linux (Mint).

      MacBook Pro circa mid-2015, 15" display, with 16GB 1600 GHz DDR3 RAM, 1 TB SSD, a Haswell architecture Intel CPU with 4 Cores and 8 Threads model i7-4870HQ @ 2.50GHz.
      Intel Iris Pro GPU with Built-in Bus, VRAM 1.5 GB, Display 2880 x 1800 Retina, 24-Bit color.
      macOS Monterey; browsers: Waterfox "Current", Vivaldi and (now and then) Chrome; security apps. Intego AV

    • #2438986

      “Remember : DuckDuckGo search results are censored by Microsoft (Bing).”

      Can you please explain what this means?

      • #2439037

        DuckDuckGo gets a lot of its search results from Bing, and makes money through a partnership with Bing. It does draw results from various other sources though, so I’m not sure if “censored” is the right word to use here.

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    • #2439068

      According to this article in Wikipedia:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DuckDuckGo

      the comment by Anonymous #2439037 is substantially correct. DuckDuckGo is not Bing, although it has a partnership with it and several other companies that operate Web search engines, as well as with Wikipedia for content. It makes money by selling non-personally targeted ads, unlike, let’s say, Google.

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      MacBook Pro circa mid-2015, 15" display, with 16GB 1600 GHz DDR3 RAM, 1 TB SSD, a Haswell architecture Intel CPU with 4 Cores and 8 Threads model i7-4870HQ @ 2.50GHz.
      Intel Iris Pro GPU with Built-in Bus, VRAM 1.5 GB, Display 2880 x 1800 Retina, 24-Bit color.
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    • #2439091

      “Remember : DuckDuckGo search results are censored by Microsoft (Bing).”

      Can you please explain what this means?

      “The far right complains after the search engine DuckDuckGo vows to limit Russian propaganda.

      ..DuckDuckGo has little control over its search results because they are provided by Microsoft’s Bing, which announced that it would follow the European Union’s order to restrict access to the Russian state news agencies RT and Sputnik…”

      https://www.askwoody.com/forums/topic/finding-uncensored-browser-searches/#post-2432162

    • #2439464

      Alex wrote: “Remember : DuckDuckGo search results are censored by Microsoft (Bing)

      I have looked around (not with DuckDuckGo), but not found an outright confirmation of this from purely “tech” commentators, other than a potential one from the, on this matter, ambiguous Wikipedia article I have already linked to a previous comment.

      Living aside the “censoring” issue, that is I, think, a topic for another thread, what exactly does being “a partner” with Bing, etc., means in the case of this search engine? And does DuckDuckGo have its own search engine, besides using, maybe?, those of its “partners”?

      Ex-Windows user (Win. 98, XP, 7); since mid-2017 using also macOS. Presently on Monterey 12.15 & sometimes running also Linux (Mint).

      MacBook Pro circa mid-2015, 15" display, with 16GB 1600 GHz DDR3 RAM, 1 TB SSD, a Haswell architecture Intel CPU with 4 Cores and 8 Threads model i7-4870HQ @ 2.50GHz.
      Intel Iris Pro GPU with Built-in Bus, VRAM 1.5 GB, Display 2880 x 1800 Retina, 24-Bit color.
      macOS Monterey; browsers: Waterfox "Current", Vivaldi and (now and then) Chrome; security apps. Intego AV

    • #2439564

      what exactly does being “a partner” with Bing, etc., means in the case of this search engine?

      Mainly ads and now censorship dictated by Microsoft/Bing (blocking Russian news channels..)

      DuckDuckGo is an affiliate with Microsoft, meaning advertising is distributed through the Bing Ads interface and network. This means that you can set up your Bing Ads to be distributed on DuckDuckGo searches.

    • #2439718

      Alex quoted:

      This means that you can set up your Bing Ads to be distributed on DuckDuckGo searches.

      So it is up to the user to decide to get those ads or not? With no adverse consequences if the user chooses not to receive them?

      Ex-Windows user (Win. 98, XP, 7); since mid-2017 using also macOS. Presently on Monterey 12.15 & sometimes running also Linux (Mint).

      MacBook Pro circa mid-2015, 15" display, with 16GB 1600 GHz DDR3 RAM, 1 TB SSD, a Haswell architecture Intel CPU with 4 Cores and 8 Threads model i7-4870HQ @ 2.50GHz.
      Intel Iris Pro GPU with Built-in Bus, VRAM 1.5 GB, Display 2880 x 1800 Retina, 24-Bit color.
      macOS Monterey; browsers: Waterfox "Current", Vivaldi and (now and then) Chrome; security apps. Intego AV

    • #2439784

      So it is up to the user to decide to get those ads or not? With no adverse consequences if the user chooses not to receive them?

      With ad blockers you can block ads.
      This just show duckduckgo collaboration with Microsoft’s Bing.

      Here is another censorship :

      DuckDuckGo Removes Pirate Sites and YouTube-DL from Its Search Results

      Privacy-centered search engine DuckDuckGo has completely removed the search results for many popular pirates sites including The Pirate Bay, 1337x, and Fmovies. Several YouTube ripping services have disappeared, too and even the homepage of the open-source software youtube-mp3 is unfindable..

      • #2439956

        Thanks, Alex. I don’t see ads, because I always have my add blocker on, unless I have great need to turn it off, which very rarely happens. Don’t particularly care for “pirates” and other shady organizations.

        And, as a test, just managed to download a video from YouTube and save it in my Mac, using DuckDuckGo to connect to the video:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=452nsCCzIJs

        I use a third-party application that has nothing to do with any search engine: connect to the video in YT using DuckDuckGo, launch the application, click “save this clip”, and: presto maestro!

        Ex-Windows user (Win. 98, XP, 7); since mid-2017 using also macOS. Presently on Monterey 12.15 & sometimes running also Linux (Mint).

        MacBook Pro circa mid-2015, 15" display, with 16GB 1600 GHz DDR3 RAM, 1 TB SSD, a Haswell architecture Intel CPU with 4 Cores and 8 Threads model i7-4870HQ @ 2.50GHz.
        Intel Iris Pro GPU with Built-in Bus, VRAM 1.5 GB, Display 2880 x 1800 Retina, 24-Bit color.
        macOS Monterey; browsers: Waterfox "Current", Vivaldi and (now and then) Chrome; security apps. Intego AV

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