Firefox has started blocking tracking cookies by default

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Credit: https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/06/05/firefox-steps-up-privacy-protections-now-blocks-tracking-cookies-by-default/

Firefox has started blocking tracking cookies by default—Android Police reports. The feature is one of a couple of other changes announced by Mozilla. The enhanced tracking feature, which will be made available to users by default in the coming months, will stop hundreds of companies in the habits of tracking your online activities while using Firefox. In case you don’t want to wait for the feature to be turned on automatically, you can simply go to the privacy settings and select “Block Third Party Trackers.”

Mozilla in a statement per Forbes, said the new feature is capable of stopping the “thousands of companies known for tracking” from having access to users’ private data. This is probably one of the biggest issues plaguing millions of users who have to daily deal with companies who won’t let them browse the internet quietly.

Credit: https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/06/05/firefox-steps-up-privacy-protections-now-blocks-tracking-cookies-by-default/

“And some domains host dozens of cookies so the magnitude of the impact is palpable for our users,” says Dave Camp, SVP of Firefox per Forbes. The implication of this is that over 2,500 tracking domains will be affected by this new feature. This is just the beginning as more domains will be added to the list as time progresses.

The anti-tracking feature is being added by default because most users according to Mozilla, don’t alter their browser settings. That said, the focus will be on third-party trackers: those that “drive the multi-billion dollar ad industry” and “feed the ad machines.”

Firefox, will however, allow first-party cookies that help you when it comes to remembering your logins, and where you left off before closing your browser.

A couple of months ago, Mozilla launched its password manager to Android months after it did the same with the iOS version of its app. Firefox Lockbox is a password manager that lets users to log into their native mobile apps using passwords that have already been stored in their Firefox browser. This eliminates the stress of having to remember all their passwords.

it is now easy to access all passwords that have been saved on your desktop browser when using Android. This can easily be done by logging into Firefox Lockbox with your Firefox Account credentials.

Firefox Lockbox solves a lot of problems including saving you the stress of having to memorize or write down all your passwords. It also eliminates the stress that comes along with resetting your password.

No set up is required from your end, which makes it even better. Firefox Lockbox is not as complete as other popular password managers like 1Password, Dashlane, LastPass and the likes of them. Some very useful and features such as ability to add or delete or edit passwords is lacking, alert on potentially compromised passwords as a result of data breaches, suggesting complex passwords for users, and a couple of others.


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Author: Ola Ric

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