DuckDuckGo Offers a VPN and More in New Privacy Subscription Service

From CNET: The privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo on Thursday introduced a new privacy protection subscription service called DuckDuckGo Privacy Pro. One subscription gives you three new DuckDuckGo services: a VPN and two tools called Personal Information Removal and Identity Theft Restoration.

DuckDuckGo said similar protections could cost you more than $30 a month if purchased separately, but Privacy Pro costs $10 per month or $100 annually. Privacy Pro is available in the US for iOS, Android, Mac and Windows users. DuckDuckGo said it plans to offer this service to other regions in the future.

DuckDuckGo wrote in a blog post that its VPN offers full-device protection on up to five devices at once. The company also said it has a no-logging policy, which means it doesn't store any data that could connect you to your online activity or any other DuckDuckGo service. It's important to note that all the VPNs we recommend have strict no-logging policies, although you can -- and should -- be skeptical of these claims. Virtual private network providers undergo third-party audits to verify zero-log claims. DuckDuckGo told CNET in an email that a third-party audit is currently in progress. The company said no significant issues have been found at this time, but a full report will be made available once the audit is complete.

"To encrypt your traffic and route it through a VPN server, we use the open-source WireGuard protocol, which is fast and secure," DuckDuckGo CEO and Founder Gabriel Weinberg said. "We also route your DNS queries automatically through the VPN connection to our own DNS resolvers, which further hides your browsing history from your ISP."

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