DuckDuckGo can now prevent your emails from being tracked

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When you open an email, there is no obvious indication that the sender will know. It’s not like Facebook Messenger, which sends a manifest read receipt each time you open a message. However, the sender may include a small pixel-sized image in the email that identifies when we open it. In turn, it notifies the sender (narc). It’s called a pixel tracker, and it’s an example of how email is not a privacy-friendly service.

Tech companies, however, have begun to fight back. Last year, Apple implemented “Hide my emailfor its product suite, which generates a unique “engraver” address each time you need to share your email with a business. This burner address forwards your messages to your real address, so you never need to share them with shady services.

DuckDuckGo started testing a similar feature in July last year., opening the beta to a limited group of users. If you wanted to try, however, you had to be placed on a waiting list. Now the feature is available for everyone.

DuckDuckGo hides your email and protects your privacy

DuckDuckGo offers you two types of email addresses. The first is a personal duck address. You choose the name and it never changes (eg jakepete@duck.com). The second is private, only duck address generated. Whenever you need to share your email with a service, DuckDuckGo will generate a new address for you to use. This way you don’t have to share your email with every company looking to abuse your personal data. Instead, they only get the writer’s account.

Personal and private duck addresses forward their emails to your primary address (your Gmail, for example). This allows you to pass your duck addresses to any service that wishes, without having to give out your personal email address.

That’s not the best part, though. Before forwarding an email from your personal or private Duck address to your primary address, DuckDuckGo removes it from all trackers. This means you can open your forwarded emails with peace of mind because the sender has no way of knowing when you read the message. It also fights link tracking, which will prevent companies from tracking your activity when you click on a link in the email.

DuckDuckGo claims that this feature is extremely respectful of users’ privacy and they never log your emails. The only personal data the company asks for is your primary email address (otherwise they wouldn’t be able to forward emails to you), but you don’t need to share access to your mailbox of reception, your contacts or any other data of this type. .

How to set up a DuckDuckGo engraver email address

To access the feature, you will either need the iOS Where android app, or install the browser extension in Chromium, firefox, BraveWhere Edge. The feature is supported in DuckDuckGo’s Mac app, but it’s still in beta and there’s still a waiting list.

On iOS or Android, open the app, tap the settings cog in the top right, then scroll down and choose “Email Protection.” On the desktop, after installing the browser extension, go on the Email Protection page (linked here) to start. Click through the tutorial screens, then choose an @duck.com address for yourself.

Next, choose the primary address you want DuckDuckGo to forward your messages to without a tracker. Once you’re ready, click “OK” and you’ll lock your official DuckDuckGo email.

Whenever you need to generate a new burner address, go mobile email protection settings. On the desktop, select the DuckDuckGo extension in your browser, then choose “Create a new Duck address”. DuckDuckGo will add the newly generated address to your clipboard, so you can easily paste it where you need it. That said, DuckDuckGo will also be will be able to identify when you clicked on an email address field and offer you a duck address to use automatically.

When you receive a forwarded message in your main inbox, DuckDuckGo includes a report of the trackers it blocked in the original email, a reminder of why such a feature is so useful in the first place. .

[9to5Mac]

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