Nothing is free on the Internet, and when it seems that something is, you are paying for it with your information. In recent years, users have become increasingly concerned about keeping their data out of the reach of third parties. Even some technology companies, such as Apple, are making more tools available to Internet users to control what they share. Undoubtedly, within this group, one of the firms that is gaining more weight is the alternative search engine DuckDuckGo, which has recently announced the arrival of a new free temporary or disposable email service, a solution that protects privacy by eliminating the trackers of emails received.
As explained by the search engine, 70% of emails contain trackers that can detect when we opened a message, where we were when we opened it and what device we were using. Thanks to this information, a company like Google can profile the Internet user and direct them to specific advertisements. “Ever opened an email and saw a related ad about it shortly after? Yes, blame the e-mail trackers. This data about you is also often sent directly to third parties, most likely without your consent,” they point out from DuckDuckGo.
The alternative search engine’s new service, which is currently in beta, eliminates email trackers and protects the privacy of your personal email address without asking you to change the services or applications you use. This means that it is fully compatible with Gmail and Outlook accounts.
To use it, the Internet user will have to create an address (@duck.com) and there the hidden trackers will be removed from incoming emails. The tool then forwards them to the usual inbox for safer reading. “This means that if you use an email service like Gmail or Yahoo, no problem! Emails sent to your personal Duck address will arrive there as usual so you can read your email as usual, in any application or on the web, without worries,” they emphasize from the search engine.
The company also explains that this solution allows you to keep your personal email for regular communications, and create another one for newsletter subscriptions, free trials or services where you do not want to use your usual address, which usually fill your inbox with spam and advertising. It also maintains that the service does not store the user’s communications. That it does not keep anything. “When we receive an email, we immediately delete the trackers and then forward it to them, without ever saving it in our systems. We don’t even save the headers,” explains DuckDuckGo.
Although the service is in beta, the search engine has already opened a waiting list to be able to use it. To enter, download the DuckDuckGo app from either the App Store or the Google Play Store, go to Settings> Beta Features> Email Protection and click on the ‘Join Private Waiting List’ option.