I have used the DuckDuckGo Search Engine for years because of it’s privacy practices, they are excellent. A while back DuckDuckGo came out with a Privacy Extension that rates websites and includes other privacy and security features. However, Safari version 12 broke this Extension. I am pleased to announce that the DuckDuckGo Privacy Extension is back in Safari 13. Here is how it looks.
Here is what the DuckDuckGo Extension does for your web browsing:
DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials is an extension for Safari that aims to block third-party trackers hidden on websites, such as those used by advertisers, which are used to collect data and build a profile of the user.
A second element of the add-on is the Privacy Dashboard, which informs the user of how their privacy is being protected. The dashboard explains how privacy is being enhanced for a site by the extension, as well as showing a “Privacy Grade” for each site
You can get the DuckDuckGo Privacy Extension in the Mac App Store:
Once installed you need to go into the Extensions Preference area of Safari and activate it:
Just check those two boxes and DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials will appear in your Safari menubar with a rating for the website you are currently viewing. If you click on the Extension in the menubar, you get this window:
Lets look at this by the numbers shall we:
- This is the rating for the security and privacy of the website. DuckDuckGo uses typical grades A thru F.
- This setting tells you if this is an encrypted connection. Not too big a deal unless you are on a site where you spend money and use credit cards.
- This setting shows if anyone is tracking you. If you click on the little arrow to the right, you can see a list of trackers.
- This setting shows that the Site Privacy is activated.
Here is the DuckDuckGo review of another website:
This site gets a very low grade as you can see. If you click on that gear symbol you will be taken to the DuckDuckGo Essentials Settings area:
This shows you the Preferences. You can also check your Whitelist while you are in this area.
That pretty much as all there is to it. I think installing the DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials Extension is kind of a no-brainer. It is free and just enhances your overall browsing privacy.