DuckDuckGo's Email Protection, now available in public beta, gives you an email address that will strip trackers from emails and forward the rest to you. (credit: DuckDuckGo)
DuckDuckGo's tracker-removing email service, which has been available in private beta for a year, is now
open to anyone
who uses a DuckDuckGo mobile app, browser extension, or Mac browser. It has also added a few more privacy tools.
The service provides you a duck.com email address, one intended to be given out for the kind of "Subscribe to our newsletter for 20% off" emails you know exist only to harvest data and target you for ads. Email sent to your duck.com address forwards to your chosen primary email—but with trackers removed.
Email Protection now also fixes up links, strips them of tracking modifiers, upgrades unencrypted HTTP URLs to HTTPS where possible, and, for the rare necessary reply, allows you to send directly from your duck address instead of exposing your primary email. During their closed beta, DuckDuckGo claims that 85 percent of the emails it processed contained hidden trackers.