Mozilla has released its latest Firefox browser making version 69 available to Release channel users on September 3rd, 2019. As of today, Enhanced Tracking Protection will be turned on by default in the Firefox 69 browser, strengthening the security and privacy for all Firefox users around the world. “This milestone marks a major step in our multi-year effort to bring stronger, usable privacy protections to everyone using Firefox.”
“Currently over 20% of Firefox users have Enhanced Tracking Protection on. With today’s release, we expect to provide protection for 100% of ours users by default. 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. 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.”
The Firefox 69 Enhanced Tracking Protection (ETP) rolls out stronger privacy protections:
– The default standard setting for this feature now blocks third-party tracking cookies and cryptominers.
– The optional strict setting blocks fingerprinters as well as the items blocked in the standard setting.
If you are unsure whether you already have the ETP enabled a quick check to see if you have a shield icon in the address bar will indicate that the ETP protection is indeed turned on. By clicking on the shield icon you can see a list of companies that are being blocked.
“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 you’ll see the companies listed as third party cookies that Firefox has blocked.”
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