DuckDuckGo not only has under its orbit an alternative search engine and a web browser that promises to be private. The company has also developed DuckDuckGo Email Protection, an email privacy service that for the past few months has remained in beta and under a waiting list for use.
Now, although still in beta, DuckDuckGo has removed the waiting list, allowing anyone to try it out and, they promise, to improve the inbox privacy of all their existing email accounts. Let’s take a look at how this new free privacy proposition works.
What is DuckDuckGo Email Protection and how does it work?
DuckDuckGo Email Protection, although it allows you to obtain an @duck.com address, is not an email service. In general terms, this tool seeks to avoid the trackers that usually accompany the emails we receive. These allow the sender, for example, to know which links we open.
In addition, the service offers us the possibility of registering on any page with an alternative email address so that we do not have to reveal our real address, an option that we have already seen in services such as iCloud+ that allow users to maintain greater control over this contact information.
To start using DuckDuckGo Email Protection you must enter the address duckduckgo.com/email/ from your browser (you can also activate it from the app for iOS or Android). The tool requires you to have the DuckDuckGo extension, so if you don’t have it you will find a button to install it.
Once the extension is installed, go back to the page and click Get Started, and then click Next. In this step, you will create an @duck.com email address and associate it with your usual email address. Choose the desired name, click Next and finish the process. That’s all there is to it. Everything sent to your new email address will be forwarded to your regular email, but with the trackers removed.
In addition, you will have the possibility to reply from your usual email, for example, @gmail.com, and the recipient will receive the reply from @duck.com. In other words, you will not reveal your real e-mail address even in the replies. But there’s more, the DuckDuckGo extension is now active. This may be nice or annoying for some people.
The extension also has another function. As we mentioned above, it will allow us to sign up for a service using an email address with an alias. It will automatically detect the email fields and suggest we fill in the form with a randomly generated private address.
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