The app tracking protection comes to the DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser for Android

The app tracking protection comes to the DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser for Android

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  • The new version of the browser can be downloaded from the official GitHub repo, rollout via Google Play is slow as always. duckduckgo privacy browser app tracking protection×. The feature is labeled as beta and users need to join a waiting list and receive an invitation based on the waiting list position to start using it. You may enable notifications to get one when you receive the invite to start using the new protection. DuckDuckGo’s tracking protection feature for applications uses the “VPN-method” to block trackers system-wide on Android. The method is not new, but very effective when it comes to the blocking of trackers. Unlike “real” VPN solutions for Android, traffic is not routed through servers on the Internet but handled on the device locally.

  • DuckDuckGo launched an email tracker blocking recently, which is also available as a beta service in the application. The latest release, version 5.102.3 of DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser for Android, introduces an App Tracking Protection feature. New! DuckDuckGo App Tracking Protection BETA — block trackers lurking in your apps. Join the private waitlist (in settings) and your invite will arrive soon. DuckDuckGo discovered that over 96% of free Android applications that it tested included trackers. Of these, 87% sent data to Google and 68% to Facebook, often without the user seeing any of that in the application.

After enabling App Tracking Protection, the DuckDuckGo app will detect when your Android apps are about to send data to third-party tracking companies found in our app tracker dataset, and block those requests. You can enjoy your apps as you normally would and App Tracking Protection will run in the background and continue to block the detected trackers throughout your apps, even while you sleep. We are continually working to identify and protect against new trackers, so you can rest easy knowing you’re getting the most up-to-date protection.

I use Exodus for a simple screening and RethinkDNS to block apps and DNS filtering on a non-rooted phone. The last one has a plenty of options, but at the moment it is not possible to add personal DNS filters (however it does’t lack of on webon-device blocklists and a ‘block this domain for all apps’ feature is coming soon).

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