DuckDuckGo’s new email privacy tool is worth a look

DuckDuckGo offers two main ways to protect email privacy:

  • Anti-tracking: Get a email address (mine is [email protected]) to distribute instead of your actual email address. DuckDuckGo will block known trackers before delivering messages to your actual inbox, so marketers – or anyone using read receipts – can’t see if you’ve opened their emails. (Just note that this may not prevent the links you click on from being tracked.)
  • Masking: Generate random email addresses (such as [email protected]) which are redirected to your real address and can be blocked at any time. This is useful for creating additional accounts on websites and cutting email spam. It’s also a great deterrent against targeted ads, because your real email address is pure gold for tracking purposes.

You will find these tools in the DuckDuckGo app to iOS and android by hitting the icon, then heading to Settings > Mail Protection. You can also use DuckDuckGo desktop browser extension to generate masked email addresses, but note that this requires setting DuckDuckGo as the default search engine.

DuckDuckGo isn’t the only company working on email privacy. Apple’s Mail app now thwarts trackers by default, and its Hide my Mail service can generate hidden emails for iCloud+ subscribers. I also always like free email hiding services Abine Flou and Anonaddythat I written about last year.

But if you already use DuckDuckGo’s browser or search engine, its cloaking tools are a natural choice, and its anti-tracking email address is worth giving out even if you never use the other services. by DuckDuckGo.

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