DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials

I know all the outrage is directed at Facebook these days, but I am here to tell you that Google is almost as bad. They capture bunches of your information profit, especially if you use the Google search engine. I switched to the excellent DuckDuckGo search engine many years ago because of their stance on privacy. I still use Google sparingly if I cannot find what I am searching for, but very little. In keeping with their privacy position, DuckDuckGo has come out with their Privacy Essentials Extension for Safari

Privacy Essentials

Folks, this little Safari extension is so cool. Because I have installed it in my Safari web browser, I have gone ahead and added SSL security to all my websites. It is a bit of work, but it is worth it. Google gives higher rankings to sites that have SSL security. Yes, I know I have encouraged you not to use Google, but most people still do. If you are security minded, you will want to install the DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials Safari Extension. Here is how it all works.

Begin by installing the DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials Extension into Safari. You can see it in the Safari Preferences Extensions Tab:

Essentials Extension

Once it is installed you will see the Essentials icon in the Safari menubar:

Essentials Icon

If a site registers a “B”, it is secure with SSL encryption installed. If it registers a “C” or lower, it does not have SSL. 

If you click on the icon letter in the Safari menubar, you get this drop down window:

Essentials Window

You can see that the site is encrypted. In this Extension window, you can report a broken website along with a few other features. One of those features allows you to view all things that are tracking you:

Essentials Trackers

You are being tracked on most websites that you visit. That is just the way of the world. Yes, Safari has a “no cross site tracking feature” and a “do not track” feature, but it is not perfect. I have those settings activated, but some stuff still gets through.

The most important feature here is that DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials show you in a glance whether a website is encrypted with SSL or not. What is the big deal you say? Most malware gets onto our Macs through malicious websites and/or email. Website security is very important. I suppose third on this list would be bogus software installs.

After installing DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials I was encouraged to upgrade all my websites to SSL security. Most Internet hosting companies have a way to do this, either free or with a small fee depending on what type of security your site needs.


If you are the least bit security minded, I highly recommend installing the DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials Extension in your Safari web browser. It is handy and helpful to see who and what is tracking you.