The privacy-focused search company is launching a set of new features in beta designed to compete with Apple’s built-in mail privacy functionality. The firm states that the new features include the following:

  • DuckDuckGo is launching Email Protection into beta, a new feature in our apps that will protect your email privacy without switching email services.
  • Get a free, personal email address. Emails sent to it will forward to your regular inbox, with creepy email trackers removed.
  • Generate unique private email addresses in the DuckDuckGo app and extension so you can’t be tracked by your email address.
  • DuckDuckGo never saves your email.

Citation: DuckDuckGo

It isn’t possible to automatically join the beta however users can join a private waitlist via the DuckDuckGo app. It should be noted that many of these features compare to the offerings that Apple is bringing to the mail app in iOS 15. The clearest example is Apple’s new ‘Hide my Email’ feature which enabled you to select a randomised, per sign up email that forwards any relevant communication to your primary inbox. You can simply delete the email address that forwards to your inbox should it start to get filled with unwanted spam.

Do you use DuckDuckGo? Or are you still using Google as your primary search engine and email service? Let me know in the comments!

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