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Mozilla Firefox Begins Blocking Web Tracking: Report

Cookies are small text files that websites can store in the users' browser

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The company is blocking third-party cookies under a Firefox feature named Enhanced Tracking Protection. Pixabay
The company is blocking third-party cookies under a Firefox feature named Enhanced Tracking Protection. Pixabay
Mozilla, the maker of Open Source browser Firefox, has started blocking website cookies that can let advertisers and publishers track users across the web.
The company is blocking third-party cookies under a Firefox feature named Enhanced Tracking Protection, it had announced in 2018.
The company is blocking third-party cookies under a Firefox feature named Enhanced Tracking Protection. Pixabay
The company is blocking third-party cookies under a Firefox feature named Enhanced Tracking Protection. Pixabay
“Today, Firefox will be rolling out this feature, Enhanced Tracking Protection, to all new users by default, to make it harder for over a thousand companies to track their every move.
“Additionally, we’re updating our privacy-focused features including an upgraded Facebook Container extension, a Firefox desktop extension for Lockwise, a way to keep their passwords safe across all platforms, and Firefox Monitor’s new dashboard to manage multiple email addresses,” the company wrote in a blog post late on Tuesday.
Cookies are small text files that websites can store in the users’ browser — either first-party cookies from the operator of the website or third-party cookies that can come along for the ride from advertising and analytics firms.
“For those who want to see which companies we block, you 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 you’ll see the companies listed as third-party cookies and trackers that Firefox has blocked,” the company added. (IANS)

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Mozilla Firefox Works to Hide Pop-Up Notifications by Default from Next Year

Mozilla engineers have decided to hide the notification popup that drops down from Firefox's URL bar, starting with Firefox 72

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According to stats obtained by Mozilla Firefox, as many as 97 per cent of Firefox users either dismissed notifications altogether or chose to block a website from showing notifications at all. Wikimedia Commons

In a bid to fight spam, Mozilla Firefox is working to hide notification pop ups by default in the beginning of next year, with the release of Firefox 72, ZDNet has reported.

The comes after the company experimented earlier this year to see how users interacted with notifications and also looked at different ways of blocking notifications from being intrusive.

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In a bid to fight spam, Firefox is working to hide notification pop ups by default in the beginning of next year, with the release of Firefox 72. Wikimedia Commons

According to stats obtained by Firefox, as many as 97 per cent of Firefox users either dismissed notifications altogether or chose to block a website from showing notifications at all.

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As a result, Mozilla engineers have decided to hide the notification popup that drops down from Firefox’s URL bar, starting with Firefox 72. If a website shows a notification, the pop up will be hidden by default, and an icon added to the URL bar instead, the report added. (IANS)