Howto: Enable tracking protection in Firefox

tagawa Staff tagawa
Created: 3 years and 8 months ago
Although not directly related to DuckDuckGo this is a cool Firefox privacy feature that's quite hidden.

1. Type
Code:
about:config
in the address bar.
2. Search for
Code:
privacy.trackingprotection.enabled

3. Double-click it to set it as true

This uses a comprehensive blacklist from Disconnect to block lots of trackers (and potentially speed up page loads). More info here:
https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/tra...

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ismab2013
There are many pages that do not respect the tracking protection feauture.
posted by ismab2013 Translation Manager3 years and 8 months ago Link
tagawa
I think you're referring to the Do Not Track feature and you're right - it's optional for websites to respect and a lot of them ignore it.

However the tracking protection option is a separate setting and uses a blacklist to block tracking URLs, so the user is in control.
posted by tagawa Staff3 years and 8 months ago Link
ismab2013
Yes, I refer to DNT feature.

I thought they were the same
posted by ismab2013 Translation Manager3 years and 8 months ago Link
tagawa
The tracking protection feature seems to be pretty unknown but apparently will be part of the Preferences UI from Firefox 39.
posted by tagawa Staff3 years and 8 months ago Link
ismab2013
That's good!
posted by ismab2013 Translation Manager3 years and 8 months ago Link
SuperSapien
You can also enable this feature in Lightbeam, but its experimental and I wonder if tracking protection can be enabled in Firefox mobile/Android?
posted by SuperSapien 3 years and 8 months ago Link
tagawa
I just checked and you're right - Firefox Mobile has this setting as well. Thanks for the hint!
posted by tagawa Staff3 years and 8 months ago Link
SuperSapien
Sweet, please let me know if its stable or not.
posted by SuperSapien 3 years and 8 months ago Link
tagawa
The feature is stable I think but not in the preferences UI yet. That should happen in Firefox 39, due to be released around the end of June.
posted by tagawa Staff3 years and 8 months ago Link
SuperSapien
Thanks. :-)
posted by SuperSapien 3 years and 8 months ago Link
darwin.lopez.eprecoz
Thanks
posted by darwin.lopez.eprecoz 3 years and 8 months ago Link
anonymous
Thanks for good hint:)
posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 8 months ago Link