Tired of being tracked online? DuckDuckGo email protection can help

DuckDuckGo is about privacy and the company has done everything possible to help protect consumers around the world. A new arena he has entered is that of email privacy. You may not know it, but tracking companies can even do their job using your email address.

Consider this: every time you sign up for a site/service or make a purchase online, you are using an email address. This email address can be used by trackers to keep tabs on your behavior. Nobody wants that, which is why DuckDuckGo has released the beta version of its email protection service to the general public.

What is DuckDuckGo email protection?

Simply put, DuckDuckGo email protection allows you to set your real email address with the service, then when you need to use an online email address, you then use DuckDuckGo to create a personal “Duck” address or privacy for the website. In the question. Any email that is then sent to the address is stripped of trackers and then forwarded to the personal email address you set up.

By using this service, you can be sure that whenever you need to sign up for anything using an email address, nothing untoward will ensue.

DuckDuckGo Email Protection service offers smarter encryption, link tracking protection, Duck address response, self-service dashboard, and more.

Also: Permanently protect your email addresses for only $20

DuckDuckGo Email Protection Use Cases

There are a number of reasons you might want to use DuckDuckGo email protection, such as:

  • Purchases.
  • Avoid spam.
  • Newsletter subscriptions.
  • Unknown or new contacts.
  • Instead of long email addresses.

Let’s see how to use DuckDuckGo’s email protection service.

Get started with DuckDuckGo email protection

First you need to install the DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials add-on for your web browser of choice. To do this, open your web browser and point it to the link associated with your browser.

Also: How to View Privacy Report for Website Tracking on Safari

DuckDuckGo Email page and click Get Started. When prompted, click Next (you'll do this twice).

" hed="2. Sign up" imagegroup="{}" merchantoffers="[]" usepricing="true" data-key="cnetlisticle__7b7ca2ce-7143-4e3e-934d-911a5bb53673" position="NaN" api="{"_id":{"$oid":"6310e1df37bd9527a1b392b8"},"newParentVersionId":"2c04046a-1fc9-4ee5-87e3-23c11c0e6812","uuid":"7b7ca2ce-7143-4e3e-934d-911a5bb53673","description":"

Once you have the Privacy Essentials add-on installed, point your web browser to the DuckDuckGo Email page and click Get Started. When prompted, click Next (you'll do this twice).

","dislike":"","hed":"2. Sign up","imageCaptionOverride":"","imageCreditOverride":"","imageGroup":{},"isLive":true,"like":"","merchantOffers":[],"metadata":{"parentId":"6a8a7ff8-92ba-418a-af2b-b293618fe584","parentContentType":"content_article","slug":"tired-of-being-tracked-online-duckduckgos-email-protection-can-help","dateUpdated":{"date":"2022-09-01 20:30:07.444320","timezone_type":3,"timezone":"UTC"},"timestamp":1662064207000,"lastUpdatedBy":"25524844979454957457847746312360","edition":"us"},"shortcodeType":"listicle","siteId":5,"subhed":"","supplementalText":"","supplementalUrl":"","techObjectInfo":null,"techProdUuid":"","usePricing":true}" class="c-shortcodeListicle g-outer-spacing-bottom-medium">

Once you have installed the Privacy Essentials add-on, point your web browser to the DuckDuckGo email page and click Get Started. When prompted, click Next (you’ll do this twice).

The Start button of the DuckDuckGo email protection service.

Get started with the DuckDuckGo Email Protection service.

Image: Jack Wallen

You will then be required to create a new Duck address and then enter an address that will receive all emails stripped of trackers. Once you've created your email addresses, click Continue, and then when prompted, click This is Correct (after reviewing your addresses).

","dislike":"","hed":"3. Create your email addresses","imageCaptionOverride":"","imageCreditOverride":"","imageGroup":{},"isLive":true,"like":"","merchantOffers":[],"metadata":{"parentId":"6a8a7ff8-92ba-418a-af2b-b293618fe584","parentContentType":"content_article","slug":"tired-of-being-tracked-online-duckduckgos-email-protection-can-help","dateUpdated":{"date":"2022-09-01 20:30:07.454669","timezone_type":3,"timezone":"UTC"},"timestamp":1662064207000,"lastUpdatedBy":"25524844979454957457847746312360","edition":"us"},"shortcodeType":"listicle","siteId":5,"subhed":"","supplementalText":"","supplementalUrl":"","techObjectInfo":null,"techProdUuid":"","usePricing":true}" class="c-shortcodeListicle g-outer-spacing-bottom-medium">

You will then be asked to create a new Duck address and then enter an address that will receive all emails without trackers. Once you’ve created your email addresses, click Continue, then when prompted, click This is OK (after verifying your addresses).

The DuckDuckGo email address registration window.

Register at your new Duck address.

Image: Jack Wallen

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Access the email account that will serve as the DuckDuckGo forwarding address and retrieve the one-time passphrase. Copy this passphrase, paste it into the text box and click Connect.

Once everything is set up, you'll find a new entry in the DuckDuck Privacy Essential add-on, labeled Create New Duck Address. Click that entry and it will copy a randomly generated Duck email address to your clipboard that you can use when signing up for services. Any email that goes to that randomly generated email address will be stripped of any nastiness and forwarded to your email address.

","dislike":"","hed":"5. Use the service","imageCaptionOverride":"","imageCreditOverride":"","imageGroup":{},"isLive":true,"like":"","merchantOffers":[],"metadata":{"parentId":"6a8a7ff8-92ba-418a-af2b-b293618fe584","parentContentType":"content_article","slug":"tired-of-being-tracked-online-duckduckgos-email-protection-can-help","dateUpdated":{"date":"2022-09-01 20:30:07.474671","timezone_type":3,"timezone":"UTC"},"timestamp":1662064207000,"lastUpdatedBy":"25524844979454957457847746312360","edition":"us"},"shortcodeType":"listicle","siteId":5,"subhed":"","supplementalText":"","supplementalUrl":"","techObjectInfo":null,"techProdUuid":"","usePricing":true}" class="c-shortcodeListicle g-outer-spacing-bottom-medium">

Once everything is set up, you’ll find a new entry in the DuckDuck Privacy Essential add-on titled Create a New Duck Address. Click on that entry and it will copy a randomly generated Duck email address to your clipboard which you can use when signing up for the Services. Any email that goes to this randomly generated email address will be stripped of any malice and forwarded to your email address.

The DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials context menu.

Access to a new Duck address can be found in the DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials add-on.

Image: Jack Wallen

And that, my email-addicted friends, is all there is to adding a layer or two of protection for your email communications. I strongly suggest you try this service. Even if you only use it for online shopping and newsletter signups, you’ll be glad you did.

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