21.07.2024

DuckDuckGo has opened access to a service that removes advertising trackers from emails

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Viktor Podvolotsky

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DuckDuckGo opened access to a service that removes advertising trackers from emails

DuckDuckGo announced the start of open beta testing of the Email Protection service. This is an email forwarding service that allows you to remove all advertising trackers from emails that usually collect information about the recipient. It was first launched last year, but access was limited. Now everyone can try the service.

Sign up is easy:

  • On desktop, go to duckduckgo.com/email using the DuckDuckGo or DuckDuckGo for Mac browser extension.
  • In the DuckDuckGo mobile app, update to the latest version, open Settings, and select Email Protection.

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Developers note that approximately 85% of beta tester emails contained hidden trackers. Basically, these are various ad networks that can use your address for mailing lists that collect data about activity on the Web.

DuckDuckGo has opened access to a service that removes advertising trackers from emails

With Email Protection, all of the user's mail goes through the @duck.com inbox where it is cleaned and then forwarded to the recipient. You can create an unlimited number of such mailboxes.

Also, since the start of the open beta, the developers have added several new features, including smart encryption, protection against tracking links in emails, and the ability to reply directly from “duck” addresses.

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