DuckDuckGo announced on Thursday that its beta email protection service is finally available to all users and they can generate a free “@duck.com” email address and intercept email trackers. before they reach their personal inboxes.
DuckDuckGo Email Protection is a free email forwarding service that removes multiple types of hidden email trackers and allows users to create unlimited unique private email addresses on the fly, without changing email or application provider.
“We’ve also added new features such as Link Tracking Protection which helps prevent email link tracking, smarter encryption which helps with unencrypted email links, and the ability to reply directly from your duck addresses,” the company said.
To enroll in the DuckDuckGo mobile app (iOS/Android), upgrade to the latest version, then open Settings and select Mail Protection.
On desktop, you can access duckduckgo.com/email while using a DuckDuckGo (Firefox/Chrome/Edge/Brave) or DuckDuckGo for Mac (Beta) browser extension.
Companies embed trackers in images and links in emails, allowing them to collect information such as when you opened a message, where you were when you opened it, and the device you were using.
“In our closed beta version of Email Protection, we found that approximately 85% of emails from beta testers contained hidden email trackers. Companies can use this information to create a profile on you,” DuckDuckGo said.
Since your email addresses are linked to so much of what you do online (shopping, social media use, etc.), tracking companies can also effectively use your personal email address as an identifier of profiling.
“Email Protection works seamlessly in the background to send your more private emails straight to your inbox,” the company added.
With unique private duck addresses, as you browse different websites, DuckDuckGo automatically detects email fields so you have the option to generate a unique private duck address for additional protection against email address profiling.
“Just like your personal duck address, private duck addresses also forward privacy-enhanced emails to your personal inbox,” he explained.
Read all Latest technical news and recent news here