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DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser for Android

By DuckDuckGo Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

shelbybrown Jan 26, 2018

From the company that brings you the DuckDuckGo browser extension comes the DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser, which expands the company's focus on privacy and security to an Android web browser.

Pros

Provides basic browsing tools: DuckDuckGo's mobile browser covers browser basics, such as bookmarks and autocomplete. You can set your region, change your language, and customize the browser's theme and appearance. The browser also offers a Fire Button that allows you to erase your tabs and browsing data with a tap.

Private search and no tracking: The app doesn't track your search history and blocks trackers on websites, so others can't track you, either.

Defaults to HTTPS connections when available: To keep your communication encrypted, the browser requests the HTTPS version of a site, if available, to create a secure connection between you and the site.

Privacy Grade: The browser assigns an A to F letter grade to the sites you visit, based on trackers it detects on the site.

Ranked by terms of service: DuckDuckGo works with the Terms of Service Didn't Read service to include scores and labels of website terms of service and privacy policies, when they are available.

Cons

Barebones: The browser lacks a few useful browser items, including tabs and the ability to sync settings across platforms. Getting to settings is also a bit confusing, with "Settings" in two different menus, taking you to different windows.

Bottom Line

The DuckDuckGo browser for Android offers a welcome collection of privacy tools that helps keep your mobile browsing secure. You might miss some features you like in other browsers, but you'll appreciate the focus on your privacy.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.11.1

This release includes a light widget, faster fire data clearing, an improved long press menu and a number of tweaks and bugfixes.

Have feedback?

You can always reach us at https://duckduckgo.com/feedback.

General

Release November 15, 2018
Date Added November 15, 2018
Version 5.11.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 28,224
Downloads Last Week 32
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Developer's Description

Privacy, simplified.

At DuckDuckGo, we believe the Internet shouldn't feel so creepy, and getting the privacy you deserve online should be as simple as closing the blinds.

Our app provides the privacy essentials you need to seamlessly take control of your personal information as you search and browse the web, no matter where the Internet takes you:

- Escape Advertising Tracker Networks -- Our Privacy Protection will block all the hidden third-party trackers we can find, exposing the major advertising networks tracking you over time, so that you can track who's trying to track you.

- Increase Encryption Protection -- We force sites to use an encrypted connection where available, protecting your data from prying eyes, like ISPs.

- Search Privately -- You share your most personal information with your search engine, like your financial, medical, and political questions. What you search for is your own business, which is why DuckDuckGo search doesn't track you. Ever.

- Decode Privacy Policies -- We've partnered with Terms of Service Didn't Read to include their scores and labels of website terms of service and privacy policies, where available.

As you search and browse, the DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser shows you a Privacy Grade rating when you visit a website (A-F). This rating lets you see how protected you are at a glance, dig into the details to see who we caught trying to track you, and learn how we enhanced the underlying site's privacy measures. The Privacy Grade is scored automatically based on the prevalence of hidden tracker networks, encryption availability, and website privacy practices.

Our app provides standard browsing functionality including tabs, bookmarks and autocomplete. In addition to strong Privacy Protection as described above, we also packed in a Fire Button that allows you to clear all your tabs and data with one tap.

Too many people believe you simply can't expect privacy on the Internet. We're fighting to change that, and have made it our mission to set a new standard of trust online. Install DuckDuckGo and take back your privacy!

About Us: https://duckduckgo.com/about/

Device Privacy Tips: https://spreadprivacy.com/tag/device-privacy-tips/

More Privacy Education: https://spreadprivacy.com/tag/privacy-newsletter/

Our Privacy Policy: https://duckduckgo.com/privacy/

This app is open source at https://github.com/duckduckgo/Android.