DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials

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Version: 2021.4.8 (Last updated: 2021-04-12)
Size: 717.82K
Price: Free
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  • Your data on all websites
  • Your tabs and browsing activity
  • Override your search engine provider
  • Run JavaScript code in the context of web pages
  • Add omnibox keyword to URL bar
  • Examine manifest for more details
What's new: more privacy features!
 • Now when you click on search results, we will block hidden trackers on the sites you visit, take you to encrypted versions of sites when possible, and expose poor privacy practices when known.
 • These new privacy features require extra permissions, though work solely on your device. We do not collect or share any personal information ourselves, as per our privacy policy, which has not changed:
 • If you just want DuckDuckGo search, you do not need an extension, and can follow these install instructions:

Privacy, simplified.

At DuckDuckGo, we believe the Internet shouldn't feel so creepy, and getting the privacy you deserve online should be as simple as closing the blinds. 

Our extension provides the privacy essentials you need to seamlessly take control of your personal information, no matter where the Internet takes you:
  • Escape Advertising Tracker Networks — Our Privacy Protection will block all the hidden trackers we can find, exposing the major advertising networks tracking you over time, so that you can track who's trying to track you.
 • Increase Encryption Protection — We force sites to use an encrypted connection where available, protecting your data from prying eyes, like ISPs.
 • Search Privately — You share your most personal information with your search engine, like your financial, medical, and political questions. What you search for is your own business, which is why DuckDuckGo search doesn't track you. Ever.
 • Decode Privacy Policies — We’ve partnered with Terms of Service Didn't Read to include their scores and labels of website terms of service and privacy policies, where available. 

Our extension also adds a toolbar icon that shows you a Privacy Grade rating when you visit a website (A-F). This rating lets you see how protected you are at a glance, dig into the details to see who we caught trying to track you, and learn how we enhanced the underlying site's privacy measures. The Privacy Grade is scored automatically based on the prevalence of hidden tracker networks, encryption availability, and website privacy practices.

Too many people believe you simply can’t expect privacy on the Internet. We're fighting to change that, and have made it our mission to set a new standard of trust online. Install DuckDuckGo and take back your privacy!

About Us:
Device Privacy Tips:
More Privacy Education:
Our Privacy Policy:

This extension is open source at

You can always reach us via email at We'd love to hear from you!

Please note: to ONLY install DuckDuckGo as your default search engine, you don't need an extension and can use these install instructions:
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