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Urgent warning to download the app to prevent Google and Facebook from secretly tracking your phone


SMARTPHONE users are advised to download an app if they are fed up with Google and Facebook secretly tracking their devices.

DuckDuckGo claims its new protection helps “block third-party trackers like Google and Facebook that lurk in other apps.”

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DuckDuckGo is the latest popular search engine that helps “block third party trackers like Google and Facebook that lurk in other apps”Credit: Getty

The company emphasizes protecting the privacy of searchers and avoiding the filter bubble of personalized search results.

The move means privacy-conscious smartphone users can join a waiting list to protect their data.

“No complicated settings, no misleading warnings, no” levels “of privacy protection – just robust privacy protection that works by default, through search, browse, email, etc. . ”explained a recent blog post about the new browser.

DuckDuckGo now averages over 100 million daily search queries and grew almost 47% in 2021.

In 2020, the company received more than 23 billion search queries in total and reached a daily average of 79 million search queries at the end of December of the same year.

The surge in popularity comes as we increasingly scrutinize how giant tech companies treat their data and who collects it.

In November, DuckDuckGo released a press release for Andriod users, stating, “These hidden app trackers are super scary because they can track whatever you do in an app and can also continue to track you even when you are not using the app.

“App Tracking Protection for Android is free and blocks trackers it identifies in other apps from third-party companies.”

CONFIDENTIALITY ISSUES

The tracking problem was highlighted during Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, revealing how businesses can compile valuable information as users browse the internet.

Tech companies compile the information to create a comprehensive user profile in order to target the user with specific, clickable ads – and therefore more profitable.

Apple and Google are currently engaged in a fierce war for online domination, and the issue of privacy could be a key factor when users choose which browser to use.

Apple said it has made privacy a top priority in all of its products, including Safari.

Brave, an internet startup, also said privacy was central, while Mozilla and Microsoft also highlighted privacy as a way to differentiate themselves from Google Chrome.

Although Google relies on advertising revenue, its engineers are building a “privacy sandbox,” reports CNET.

Users can increase their privacy settings by disabling several features such as tracking your browser’s location, disabling search engine autocomplete features, and canceling autocomplete passwords.

Regularly deleting your browser history will also help.

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