DuckDuckGo has been vocal in rebutting the quacks of the big tech companies claiming to care about user privacy. The company has been consistent in pushing privacy-focused internet products. Recently, they introduced a new feature called the DuckDuckGo email protection service for public use, and this article will explain everything you need to know to use it.
A large number of users, concerned about the junk and spam emails websites send, will appreciate this feature. Besides, this is quite a big step towards email privacy, and we’re sure it will substantially increase online privacy. Read more to know what it is and how to use it on any device.
What Is DuckDuckGo Email Protection Service
When you visit a website requiring signup, you must provide your email address. Now, when you do so, you are allowing the website to send emails to your inbox. This opens the potential for such websites to push trackers onto your inbox. But, what are trackers?
Well, trackers are web-based elements that collect information about your online habits and share those details with third-party websites which then work on pushing relevant ads to your devices.
DuckDuckGo aims to prevent trackers in your inbox through its email protection service. Read the next section of our article to understand how it works.
How Does DuckDuckGo Email Protection Work
DuckDuckGo will help you generate an intermediate email address. This email address will have an extension ‘@duck.com’. So when you use this email to sign up for a website, all the emails will be sent to your ‘@duck.com’ address.
Now, DuckDuckGo will filter the received emails and will send clean, safe, and tracker-free emails to the primary address (Gmail, yahoo) that you provided when setting up the account. This way, you can ensure that your primary inbox remains safe and free from trackers that can hoard your data.
This service is easy to use on all devices. Here’s a step-by-step procedure to do so.
How to Install DuckDuckGo on Your Device
To use the service on your devices, you need to install the required DuckDuckGo tool. Once you do that, the procedure remains the same for all devices. In the next few sections of the article, we have provided links to install DuckDuckGo on all your devices.
Install DuckDuckGo on Windows and Mac
The procedure for Windows and Mac requires using the DuckDuckGo official browser add-on. Currently, it is available for Safari, Google Chrome, and Firefox. You can use these links below to install the DuckDuckGo Extension.
Install DuckDuckGo on Mobile Devices
Use the link below to download and install the official DuckDuckGo app for Android and iPhone. Note that you can use the services on the DuckDuckGo browser only.
How to Use DuckDuckGo Email Protection Service on Your Device
Once you have installed DuckDuckGo on your device/browser, here is a step-by-step procedure to use the service. Note that the procedure is the same for using the service on Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS versions of DuckDuckGo.
Step 1: Visit the DuckDuckGo email protection service’s official website using the link below.
You can only open the link on Chrome, Firefox, or Safari with the DuckDuckGo Add-on installed, or if you are using a mobile device, open this link using the DuckDuckGo Browser only.
Step 2: Once you are on the website, click on Get Started.
Step 3: Click on Next.
Step 4: Enter the username for the ‘@duck.com’ address. In the second field, enter the email address you want the filtered emails to be forwarded.
Step 5: Click on Continue.
Step 6: Verify the details and click on ‘This is correct’.
Step 7: Click on Next. This is all you need to do, to use the service.
Step 8: Now, you will land on the homepage of this tool. You have the Autofill tab, under which you can also generate a private Duck address, in case you want to use a new ‘@duck.com’ email ID every time.
This is how you can use the DuckDuckGo email protection service on any of your devices. Once you start using it, your inbox will be free from trackers and you can open any email with the confidence that your privacy won’t be breached.
Your Inbox Is Now Free From Trackers
It is indeed a great initiative by DuckDuckGo to develop such a service, that too for free. Now that it has been released, and out of beta, we hope the results can back their claims. In an internet world where services hoard user data, DuckDuckGo always seems to do otherwise, and we are always excited to see what their next product is!
Last updated on 29 August, 2022
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