Want to know something? Google it! Yes, Google is the most popular search engine in the World, except countries where is Google Search banned, like China or North Korea. It’s known fact that Google tracks you, especially if you have Android smartphone and if you are using Google Chrome, currently the most popular web browser. More and more people are realizing this fact and want to better protect their privacy. It’s not easy to just ignore Google Search and to use alternative like DuckDuckGo, because Google Search is the best search engine, though it prioritizes paid content from clients and also there are issues with censorship.
The best way to using Google Search while protecting your privacy is to use it in the private tab, to be logged out from Google account (and to erase cookies after logging out) and to use good content blocker. Personally, I’m using 1Blocker for my iMac, iPad Pro and iPhone. Good way to protect your online privacy is also to get rid of Google Chrome and to use browser which carries more about your online privacy, like Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari.
One of the Google’s competitors is mentioned DuckDuckGo, which focuses on your privacy and to keep your data private. Guys behind DuckDuckGo also created extension for web browsers, called DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials. It blocks hidden third-party trackers on websites and features a Privacy Dashboard. Thanks to Privacy Dashboard, you can see how visited pages protect your privacy. This feature is called Privacy Grade rating with values from A to F. You can also look deepier into tracking attempts.
Since macOS Catalina and new version of Safari were released, DuckDuckGo’s Privacy Essentials had to be removed from Safari extensions gallery because of internal changes in Safari on macOS Catalina. This changes also affected many other extensions, they are deprecated and no longer working. Developers need to update their Safari extensions to get them work in macOS Catalina Safari. And guys from DuckDuckGo did it:
As you may be aware, major structural changes in Safari 12 meant that we had to remove DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials from the Safari extensions gallery. With Safari 13, new functionality was thankfully added that enabled us to put it back. Consequently, you’ll need Safari 13+ on macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or newer to install the updated version.
Though this extension does not feature internal private search, many browsers already features DuckDuckGo as a search option in settings, including Mozilla Firefox and Apple’s Safari. At time of writing this article, extension is desktop-only, so you can’t use it mobile devices, but you can download separate DuckDuckGo browser which includes this extension for both Android and iOS/iPadOS based devices.