Firefox has announced plans to block all third-party trackers. If you’re a person who prioritizes your privacy, why haven’t you switched to Firefox yet?
This week, Mozilla announced that the Firebox browser will start blocking all third-party monitors, including cookies hidden in the background that track you when you surf the web to report user activity. to advertisers.
Adding these default settings is the best way to protect users from accidentally providing data about user behavior to third parties. Since users often do not read security policies, they are more likely to not change the settings to disable third-party monitors on every site they visit. Nick Nguyen, head of Mozilla’s product strategy team, wrote on the blog: “In the real world, users won’t expect that hundreds of salespeople will follow them from one store to another, spying on properties. products that users see or buy in. Users also have similar privacy expectations on the web, but in reality, they are being followed wherever they go”.
Trackers not only track you, they also slow down the download speed of the website. Mozilla cited a study by ad blocker Ghostery. According to this study, 55% of the time spent downloading a website is used to download a third-party tracker. Without these trackers, web pages will load faster, making the overall user experience much better. Mozilla will test how blocking the trackers will affect download time in September. If blocking the tracker really reduces the download time, they will bring this technology to the Firefox browser. usually later this year.
These new features will also protect users from cookies that create invisible identification fingerprints based on the characteristics of the device you are using without users’ knowledge. New features also protect users from secret scripts that exploit pre-coding on a user’s device without permission. That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to provide data to advertisers anymore. Nguyen wrote: “Some websites will continue to want users to exchange data to get content, but now they will have to proactively demand it. It is a positive change for users, but people who don’t know the exchange value they have to do. ”
As many users realize that websites are using their data without permission, the culture of privacy and data collection has begun to change, thanks to the merits of organizations like Mozilla. and strict privacy laws. According to a report from Reuters, the number of cookies running on the websites of the sites you regularly monitor has dropped significantly since the GDPR data protection law took effect in Europe earlier this year.
According to Fast Company