IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

DuckDuckGo app arrives on Mac

New browser app comes with a cookie popup blocker and a password manager

DuckDuckGo for Mac

An app for the privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo is now available on macOS in beta that users can access by joining a private waiting list. 

The app will also come with some new features, most of which will only initially be on Apple laptops. 

Like its mobile app, DuckDuckGo for Mac is described as an "all-in-one" privacy service for everyday browsing that will come with its "uncomplicated" search engine. This automatically blocks web trackers and comes with the snazzy "fire" button that burns up browsing history and tabs in just one click. 

DuckDuckGo's "fire" feature

However, the Mac browsing app will also come with some new features that aim to help block cookie consent popups. These appear on a user's first visit to a website, but DuckDuckGO says it will clear them on 50% of sites (the firm hopes the percentage will increase during beta), while also automatically selecting options to block or at least minimise cookies that track users. 

Users will also have access to a privacy feed that appears on DuckDuckGo's homepage which has a similar UI to the Privacy Report on the Safari homepage. However, unlike the Appl version, DuckDuckGo's will provide a detailed breakdown of trackers it blocked, show site information, and allow for data to be cleared from each one. Additionally, sites such as Facebook won't have content loaded if they embedded trackers. Instead, DuckDuckGo will show a notification that warns the user about the tracking.

There is also a new built-in password manager which DuckDuckGo said will also be coming to the mobile app. This comes with features to import passwords, history and bookmarks from other browsers. This is in addition to its Smarter Encryption tool which directs users to other encrypted HTTPS connections. This also stores your bookmarks, history and passwords locally, with DuckDuckGo adding that it won't be able to access that information, itself. 

To join the waiting list users, need to download the mobile app and head to settings, select the DuckDuckGo for Desktop option and wait for a notification from the app. This will have an invite code and link you can use to download the browser on your Mac. What's more, a version for Windows, based on Edge, is "coming soon". 

Featured Resources

The state of Salesforce: Future of business

Three articles that look forward into the changing state of Salesforce and the future of business

Free Download

The mighty struggle to migrate SAP to the cloud may be over

A simplified and unified approach to delivering Enterprise Transformation in the cloud

Free Download

The business value of the transformative mainframe

Modernising on the mainframe

Free Download

The Total Economic Impact™ Of IBM FlashSystem

Cost savings and business benefits enabled by FlashSystem

Free Download

Most Popular

Cyber attack on software supplier causes "major outage" across the NHS
cyber attacks

Cyber attack on software supplier causes "major outage" across the NHS

8 Aug 2022
Why convenience is the biggest threat to your security
Sponsored

Why convenience is the biggest threat to your security

8 Aug 2022
How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode
Microsoft Windows

How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode

29 Jul 2022