Firefox now blocks tracking cookies by default as you browse the web

What you need to know

  • Firefox's "Enhanced Tracking Protection" will now be turned on by default.
  • First launched late in 2018, the feature automatically blocks third-party tracking cookies as you browse the web.
  • Enhanced Tracking Protection will be on by default for new users, and existing users will see it gradually switched on "in the coming months."

Mozilla's Firefox browser is stepping things up in its efforts to combat tracking cookies across the web. The company today announced that its Enhanced Tracking Protection feature, which first launched as an optional toggle last year, will now be enabled by default.

Enhanced Tracking Protection works by blocking third-party tracking cookies from thousands of companies with the aid of a known tracker list. The effect will be an increase in privacy for Firefox users, as companies will be less able to track your activity across the web.

Mozilla says that Enhanced Tracking Protection will be switched on for new users by default as part of Firefox's "Standard" setting. Existing users will have the feature turned on by default "in the coming months," Mozilla says. If you're an existing user and want to turn it on now, you can do so by making sure that "Third-party trackers" is checked under your content blocking settings.

In addition to Enhanced Tracking Protection, Firefox has enhanced its Facebook Container extension to block Facebook from tracking you on other websites that incorporate features like Share and Like buttons. Additionally, Mozilla has launched a new Firefox Lockwise desktop extension for helping users manage their password. The extension works in concert with Lockwise apps on Android and iOS to help you keep track of your passwords everywhere.

See at Mozilla

Affordable accessories that'll pair perfectly with your PC

Every one of these awesome PC accessories will enhance your everyday experience — and none cost more than $30.

KLIM Aim RGB gaming mouse (opens in new tab) ($30 at Amazon)

Whether you're a gamer or not, this is an absurdly good mouse for the price. It's ambidextrous, has a responsive sensor, a braided cable, tank-like build quality, and, yes, it has RGB lighting, though you can turn it off if that's not your thing.

AmazonBasics USB speakers (opens in new tab) ($16 at Amazon)

These neat little speakers may only pack 2.4W of total power, but don't let that fool you. For something so small you get a well-rounded sound and a stylish design. And they only cost $16.

Razer mouse bungee (opens in new tab) ($20 at Amazon)

Use a wired mouse? You need a mouse bungee to keep your cable tidy and free of snags. You get no drag on the cable, and this one has subtle styling, a rust-resistant spring and a weighted base, all for $20.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

4 Comments
  • Kewl! The more secure and private, the better.
  • Could be worth changing browser
  • People are confusing security with Privacy. This option gives you more privacy but not necessarily more security, so please don't click from emails trying to phish information from you. Yes you.
  • Since they released Quantum it's become my daily browser. Also highly recommend the Firefox Quantum: Developer Edition, which has some really nice features.