With “total cookie protection” Firefox is getting even stricter on privacy.

Firefox is solidifying its position as the ideal browser for protecting your privacy. The famous red panda is now much more restrictive in its use of cookies to avoid being tracked online.

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Mozilla Firefox is a free and open source cross-platform (Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux) web browser that has been very popular since its release in 2004.

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Firefox takes its privacy protection options one step further. Mozilla, the maker of the popular open source web browser, has begun rolling out an option to completely block cross-site cookies for all Firefox users. The option will be enabled by default in all browser instances as soon as the next version of the software is released.

What does cross-site cookie protection do?

This variant, called Complete cookie protection (or TCP, in the language of Shakespeare, works”by creating a separate “cookie” for each website you visit.“Mozilla explains on their blog. Specifically, this means that a site such as Facebook will no longer be able to use data stored on your computer by a site such as Amazon to serve you targeted ads. makes tracking online much more difficult.

The targeted advertising you see so often on the web is probably done by using cookies that analyze your online behavior to create a very complex portrait of who you are.“, explains Mozilla, which will thus put an end to this practice in Firefox. According to the foundation, TCP allows you to get rid of privacy invasion problems while maintaining the main usefulness of cookies, namely the ability to measure statistics for web publishers, and also store in memory information about the connection of Internet users.

Firefox bills itself as a privacy hero

This feature will now be enabled by default, but it has actually existed in Firefox since February 2021. If you have selected “Strict” protection in your browser’s privacy settings, Firefox already limits the possibility of cross-site cookies. This setting, while very protective of privacy, sometimes breaks certain features on the web. It is for this reason that the use of cookies is only limited and not prohibited. If an Internet user wishes to temporarily allow the use of third-party cookies (as in the case of a third-party identity service (such as Facebook or Apple Connect), Firefox will allow this exception for 30 days.

Deploying this feature allows Firefox to symbolically position itself as “the most private and secure browser available for Windows, Mac and Linux“, estimates Mozilla. It should be noted that Safari also has similar cookie blocking options. This announcement, however, comes just as Google Chrome (the eternal rival of Firefox and the ultra-dominant browser created by Google) begins to limit the capabilities of ad blockers. a decision that Firefox has already opposed, explaining that “if users want to take the extra step of completely blocking ads, we think it’s important to allow them to do so.“There is no doubt that TCP will get the point across to people and attack Google a little more on the privacy front, which is a growing concern on the web.

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