DuckDuckGo’s web browser for Mac is now available as an open beta test, the internet privacy company announced today. Six months after rolling out the web browsing app in closed beta, DuckDuckGo has added new features to version 0.30, including a “Duck Player” to protect users from targeted ads and cookies when viewing YouTube videos.
With the new Duck Player, YouTube will still get views, however, none of the videos will contribute to a user’s YouTube advertising profile, so they won’t see personalized ads.
Other new features include pinned tabs, bookmarks bar, ability to view locally stored browsing history, immediate access to built-in email protection and password manager password protection Bitwarden open source password.
The company also revealed an improved cookie consent pop-up handler, saying it can automatically handle cookie pop-ups on “many more sites,” DuckDuckGo wrote in its blog post.
Another update to DuckDuckGo for Mac is that when it blocks ads, the remaining white space is now removed.
DuckDuckGo aims to be an easy-to-use, all-in-one privacy solution for everyday browsing. In June, its mobile app took second place in search engines in the United States, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands.
“Since announcing the waitlist beta in April, we’ve listened to feedback from beta testers and made even more improvements to meet your needs,” the company wrote. DuckDuckGo noted that more built-in features will be added over time.
DuckDuckGo for Windows is launching a private waitlist beta in the coming months.