DuckDuckGo has been at the forefront of privacy protection since its inception. It has, among other things, become a place where people could search the web without being tracked. Today, paving another stone on the way, DuckDuckGo is launching Email Protection, a brand-new service that protects your email inbox from all sorts of trackers. The service essentially works as an email forwarding system, meaning that you do not have to move from your existing email provider. Instead, the service will provide you a personal email address.
DuckDuckGo Email Protection
You can use this email service the next time you sign up for something on the web. DuckDuckGo will forward all the emails received on the duck.com address to your actual email address. However, before forwarding, the Email Protection service will remove all sorts of trackers from the email content.
As you can guess, Email Protection from DuckDuckGo Search is entirely free, and it works in sync with other features of the app. Users can create a random email address, called a Private Duck Address while signing up for things that may end up as spam. Therefore, the user does not have to reveal their email address or the Duck address, for that matter. You will get a free, personal @duck.com email address. Emails sent to it will forward to your regular inbox, with creepy email trackers removed.
It is impressive that these features will work through the DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser app, which is available for Android and iOS. However, users may have to sign up for the Email Protection service separately.
There are a few important things to note while using the DuckDuckGo Email Protection service, though. First of all, DuckDuckGo does not store the emails received to your Duck address. The service removes trackers and forwards the email to the customer. It goes like clockwork that DuckDuckGo does not even store the email headers, which contain sender/recipient information.
As of now, Email Protection from DuckDuckGo is in the beta stage. The developers are taking care of various bugs, thereby providing a smoother experience. Nevertheless, users can join the private beta waitlist from now. The service will let you in as soon as there is a free slot. However, we can expect the service to become public in the coming months.