The DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials suite that was removed from distribution in 2018 is now back in the App Store for Safari 13. DuckDuckGo has said that the new Safari 13 APIs have allowed them to use put their extension back into the App Store for distribution.
The DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials suite extension is still available for Chrome and Firefox browsers and has almost 2.5 million users for the Chrome Browser. One feature is not included in the Safari extension that is available for the Chrome and Firefox browsers. This is the Smarter Encryption feature. It automatically encrypts all of your browsing history across the Internet. DuckDuckGo explains that it is currently unavailable with Safari’s current extension API. However, it seems as though they will work to make it available in the future.
The use of this extension is to block website trackers. Trackers follow you on the web collecting information about your history. The main use is to try to give you advertisements that you actually “want” to see. DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials automatically blocks these trackers in webpages as you search and click around on the web. Common trackers on the Internet are Facebook, Doubleclick, Disqus, and Google. If you are okay with certain trackers across the Internet, there is a whitelist feature in the DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials.
DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials also shows a report card for each website you visit based on trackers and other security risks on the website. One of the main things it is looking for is whether or not your connection is encrypted when entering the website.
and DuckDuckGo are both privacy focused companies that work to keep your information encrypted and private. DuckDuckGo is one of the default four search engines that come with Safari search in iOS and macOS, and DuckDuckGo uses Apple Maps for place-based web search results.