Presently, the desktop and Android version of Firefox will by default empower and protect all users by blocking third-party tracking cookies and crypto miners generating ads. This milestone does mark a huge step in our multi-year effort to bring stronger and effectively applicable privacy protections to everyone using Firefox.
Firefox’s Enhanced Tracking Protection serves users with more control. The Enhanced Tracking Protection will automatically turn on by default for all users worldwide as part of the ‘Standard’ setting in the Firefox browser and will block the known third-party tracking cookies, according to the Disconnect list.
The post states that they first enabled this default feature for new users in June 2019. As part of this journey, a new approach to anti-tracking that is core to delivering on the promise of the company for privacy and security as central aspects of any Firefox experience has been landed with a secure attempt.
Enhanced Tracking Protection works behind-the-scenes to keep a company from forming a profile of you based on their tracking of your browsing behavior across websites often without your knowledge or consent. Currently, over 20% of Firefox users have Enhanced Tracking Protection.
With the recent release, the company expects to provide protection for 100% of the users by default. Those profiles and the information they contain may then be sold and used for purposes you never knew or intended. Enhanced Tracking Protection helps to mitigate this threat and puts you back in control of your online experience.
When you see the shield icon, you should feel safe that Firefox is blocking thousands of companies from your online activity. For those who want to see which companies have been blocked, they can click on the shield icon, go to the Content Blocking section, then Cookies. It should read Blocking Tracking Cookies. Then, click on the arrow on the right-hand side, and one can see the companies listed as third party cookies that Firefox has blocked.
If you want to turn off blocking for a specific site, click on the Turn off Blocking for this Site button.
Cryptominers, for example, access your computer’s CPU, ultimately slowing it down and draining your battery, in order to generate cryptocurrency, not for yours but someone else’s benefit. Protecting users’ privacy beyond tracking Cookies, since they are not the only entities that follow you around on the web, trying to use what’s yours without your knowledge or consent.
They introduced the option to block crypto miners in previous versions of Firefox Nightly and Beta and thrive in including it for the ‘Standard Model’ of your Content Blocking preferences as of today.
Another type of script that you may not want to run in your browser are Fingerprinting scripts. They harvest a snapshot of your computer’s configuration when you visit a website.
The snapshot can then also be used to track you across the web, an issue that has been present for years. To get protection from fingerprinting scripts Firefox users can turn on ‘Strict Mode.’ In a future release, the company plans to turn fingerprinting protection on by default.
Overall the functionality had been upgraded to meet customer demands and accordingly provide for the best that they can.