Internet privacy company DuckDuckGo has now introduced an email protection service allowing users to get the @duck.com email addresses.
In July 2021, the company rolled out a closed beta, and when they found confidence, they publicly rolled out the beta email service.
DuckDuckGo also rolled out a few new features that improve the email service’s anti-tracking system, direct reply function, and smart encryption for the embedded links.
Reportedly, DuckDuckGo’s Email Protection service strips down all trackers and ads before they reach into users’ inboxes. Along with the email, the user will get a report stating how many trackers were eliminated and the companies that injected ads and trackers.
As per DuckDuckGo’s beta program reports, more than 85% of emails contained trackers. Users can access the services without migrating to DuckDuckGo; however, the ‘@duck.com’ address is still allotted to users.
Users will also get unlimited disposable email addresses used on spammy sites. But, if users are overusing the feature, it will be disabled.
DuckDuckGo’s move aims to minimize the impact in case of data breach and exposure. The company says that it doesn’t store any email messages. Still, a little forwarding information is kept for operational purposes, which they claim will be deleted within 30 days of the account’s closure.
Firstly, DuckDuckGo’s extensive tracker blocking feature blocks any suspicious links, scripts, images, or other media. Secondly, the email protection service automatically redirects HTTP URLs to HTTPS.
Besides these features, DuckDuckGo adds the capability to send or reply from the Duck email address for extra anonymity, a centric dashboard for instantly configuring forwarding addresses, managing account settings, and making minor changes.
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