DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials

DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials

Simple and seamless privacy protection for your browser.

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What is DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials?

DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials is a popular Edge add-on by Duck Duck Go Inc. This add-on has 863,658 weekly active users, a good user rating of 4.50, and is most similar to Microsoft Bing Homepage and Print Friendly & PDF. The latest version, 2023.3.15.1, was updated 10 days ago.

Stats date:
Rating: 4.50 (181)
Version: 2023.3.15.1 (Last updated: 2023-03-15)
Creation date: 2022-01-25
Manifest version: 3
Overrides search engine: Yes
  • activeTab
  • alarms
  • contextMenus
  • declarativeNetRequest
  • declarativeNetRequestFeedback
  • scripting
  • storage
  • tabs
  • webRequest
  • webNavigation
  • See more
Host permissions:
  • *://*/*
Size: 6.58M
Risk impact: Very high risk impact
Risk likelihood: Very low risk likelihood
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1,869 1,672,983
Simple and seamless privacy protection for your browser.  

Protecting your privacy online is like protecting your home. Locking the front door won’t stop the most determined folks from getting inside, especially if you’ve left the back door and windows unlocked and an extra key under the doormat. That’s why we offer multiple types of privacy protection, most of which aren’t offered in most popular browsers by default.   

With the press of a button, you get seamless protection from most 3rd-party trackers while you search and browse, access to tracking protections for emails you receive, and much more. Together these privacy essentials make more privacy your default.  

• Search Privately by Default - DuckDuckGo Private Search comes built-in, so you can easily search the web without being tracked. 

• Escape Website Trackers Before They Load - automatically stop most hidden trackers (3rd-party scripts) from loading, which prevents companies from collecting and using (e.g. sale, ads, etc.) any data from these trackers. Our cutting-edge tracker blocking technology goes well above and beyond what you get in most popular browsers by default. 

• Automatically Enforce Encryption - force many sites you visit to automatically use an encrypted (HTTPS) connection, which helps shield your data from Wi-Fi snoopers and network onlookers like your Internet provider. Most popular browsers only direct users to encrypted versions of pages in specific circumstances, like when you navigate directly to a page in the address bar. We check our list of upgradable sites for all links you click. 

• Enable Built-in Email Protection - Over 85% of emails sent to Duck Addresses contained trackers that can detect when you’ve opened a message, where you were when you opened it, and what device you were using. Email Protection makes it easy to block most email trackers and hide your existing address when signing up for things online, all without switching email providers. 
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Risk impact

DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials requires a lot of risky permissions and is not safe to use. Avoid installing this add-on unless you absolutely trust this publisher.

Risk impact measures the level of extra permissions an extension has access to. A low risk impact extension cannot do much harms, whereas a high risk impact extension can do a lot of damage like stealing your password, bypass your security settings, and access your personal data. High risk impact extensions are not necessarily malicious. However, if they do turn malicious, they can be very harmful.

Risk likelihood

DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials has earned a good reputation and can be trusted.

Risk likelihood measures the probability that an Edge add-on may turn malicious. This is determined by the publisher and the Edge add-on reputation on Edge Add-on Store, the amount of time the Edge add-on has been around, and other signals about the Edge add-on. Our algorithms are not perfect, and are subject to change as we discover new ways to detect malicious extensions. We recommend that you always exercise caution when installing an Edge add-on, especially ones with higher risk impact and/or higher risk likelihood.

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User reviews
DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials is excellent. For those that say MS Edge broke this extension, it did not. Every time Edge updates, it changes the address bar search preferences and it ALWAYS wants to be on your new Tab splash screen. At the end of the day, MS wants to be a Tracking Company like Google, Apple, and Amazon do. And DuckDuckGo IS an Alternative. Their search engine delivers ads based on what you currently search, not on trackers that store everything you do, forever. If you search for new cars, you will get ads for cars. You search for nasal spray, and you will get nose related ads. Context-related ads without the invasion of Privacy, you know, the way it should be.
by William, 2023-01-20

I like the tracker blocking but i want to use bing too
by Elliott, 2022-11-28

Fa il suo dovere. Per ogni pagina web viene specificato se il sito è "sicuro".
by Titti, 2022-11-24
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