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About a week ago I showed you that DuckDuckGo has a browser beta for the Mac: DuckDuckGo Browser for Mac Beta Waitlist has started. As part of the research for this article, I had put myself directly on the waiting list. This morning I got the push message from the DuckDuckGo iOS app that a registration code was available and I could try the DuckDuckGo web browser for macOS. I did the same. Here you can find my first impressions. Small spoiler: If you already know the app from the iPhone or iPad, there is not that much that is new.
As already mentioned, I had secured a place on the waiting list for the beta of the Mac version via the DuckDuckGo web browser on the iPhone. Now that I received the access code, I downloaded the Mac web browser installer file from duckduckgo.com/mac and started the installation. As usual, a window appeared in which you have to drag the app icon into the Programs or Applications folder. Once that was done, I could open the program and enter the code I received (see above).
Similar to the mobile version, the first time you use the DuckDuckGo web browser for the Apple Mac you get a small introduction: If you no longer want to be tracked on the Internet, you are in the right place, and so on. Then there is a data import. You can transfer both bookmarks and passwords from other "less secure" browsers. Next is offered the Browser to be set as the default browser, e.g. B. Links from e-mails or apps can be opened directly in it. After these points, which you can either carry out or skip, you are ready to go.
Similar to the mobile app, the DuckDuckGo browser on the Apple Mac also offers a fire button. This is in the top right corner and can be used in a number of ways. After the appropriate selection, there is then a comic-like fire animation, after which the browser start page is displayed. You can choose these options:
In the current version DuckDuckGo 0.22.3 for macOS there is no way to change or disable the fire animation. So these options weren't carried over from the iOS app. There you can z. For example, you can choose from two other animations that visually indicate that history and cookies are being deleted. You can also select that no animation is played, but only that the tab is closed and the deletion process is carried out.
In addition to the still missing option to animate the deletion of accumulated data differently or not at all, there are already some settings in the DuckDuckGo browser on the Mac that can be highlighted. Here is a list of the different options that can be reached via the "Preferences" menu item:
You can call up the "Preferences" via the three items for the menu selection, which you can find under the fire symbol shown above. In addition to this menu item, there are also a few other options here. For example, you can activate an "Email Protection" if you do not use a client such as Mail, Outlook or Thunderbird, but manage your e-mails via the web browser on the provider side. The first point is also important for anyone who has complaints or finds a bug: "Send Feedback" is the link to the developers.
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After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.