This trick to protect your Firefox browser will leave you speechless!
April 23, 2023
Mozilla has announced that its popular Firefox browser has now improved tracking protection in its Android version. The anti-tracking feature was already available in the desktop version of Firefox but has now been extended to mobile devices.
The anti-tracking feature prevents advertisers from tracking users’ online activities, which means that companies cannot collect information about user’s browsing habits for use in targeted advertising. This feature is especially important for mobile users, as many of them use their phones and tablets for online shopping and banking.
Firefox for Android’s anti-tracking feature works just likes the desktop version of the browser. When a user visits a website, Firefox blocks any traces detected on the website. In addition, Firefox also blocks scripts that are used to collect information about users’ online behavior.
Mozilla has claimed that Firefox for Android Tracking Protection is particularly effective at blocking fingerprinting attempts. Fingerprinting is a technology used by advertisers to collect information about the device a user is using, including the operating system, browser, and installed add-ons.
This information is used to create user profiles and personalize ads. Firefox Tracking Protection for Android also includes a tracking report that shows users how many trackers were blocked during a browsing session. Users will also see a list of websites that Firefox has blocked for them.
Tracking in Private Browsing
This new tracking protection only works during private browsing. When we visit a website that has tracking devices, a shield icon appears in the address bar. If we want to browse a web page without protection, all we must do is click on the shield icon and click on the “Disable protection” button.
In the Firefox settings, we can completely remove the tracking protection in the privacy settings. During normal browsing we cannot enjoy this protection against forced tracking, we can only enable the “Do not track” option in the Settings > Privacy menu, in which Firefox informs websites that we do not want to be tracked, but only pay individual pages attention to our will. This tracking protection is enabled during private browsing.
The browser update also brought improvements in managing Firefox search tabs, creating bookmarks to save Web pages, opening new browsers, and launching private browsing.
“Browsing tabs can now be organized by holding down on them,” says the updated version. It also contains information on how to save web pages in the browser, as it states that they can be opened in private browsers.
Saving web pages as PDFs with Chrome
Just as Firefox allowed the creation of PDF files from web pages in the browser application, this process is also allowed in Google Chrome, although it is only available in its desktop version and uses the print function to create the document.
Change tracking security settings
Advanced tracking protection is enabled by default, but you can always enable or disable it on all pages.
- Select the Menu button (either at the bottom of the screen or in the top right corner of the browser). Select Settings (you may need to tap More first).
- Select Privacy
- Select Tracking Protection.
- Choose one of the following options.
- Enabled: enable tracking protection on all tabs.
- Enabled in private browsing: enable advanced tracking protection only when you are browsing privately. Disabled: advanced tracking protection is always disabled. To disable this completely, we recommend changing your cookie settings, which are generally set to block all trackers by default. See Enabling or disabling cookies in Firefox for Android.