Mozilla has started rolling out Firefox’s Full Cookie Protection by default to all users to provide a more private web browsing experience.
Mozilla has started rolling out firefox‘s Total Cookie Protection to all users by default as part of its plans to provide a more private web browsing experience. The feature was originally announced last year when it rolled out as an opt-in option, allowing privacy-conscious users to manually enable it if they so choose. However, it was not enabled by default, which meant that most mainstream users did not benefit from it. That, however, has now changed. With the initial testing phase now complete, Mozilla believes the time has come for the feature to be available to everyone.
Developed and marketed by the nonprofit Mozilla Foundation, Firefox is available on many different platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, and more. Often described as the best browser for privacy, it has often taken the lead in rolling out privacy-focused features for users. Thanks to its credentials as the world’s first free and open source (FOSS) web browser, Firefox is also integrated as the default browser application in many Linux distributions. It also underpins other privacy-focused browsers, such as the TOR browser.
In an official blog post on Tuesday, Mozilla said Total Cookie Protection is Firefox’s most powerful privacy protection feature to date, and allows users to surf freely without worrying about tracking companies using cookies. to track their browsing habits. Available on Windows and Mac, the new feature “build a fence around the cookiesto limit them to the current site, preventing cross-site tracking. Mozilla further claims that the new feature will strike the right balance between stopping third-party trackers and letting essential cookies do their job unhindered.
Firefox’s latest privacy feature
For those wondering how the feature works, it creates a separate “cookie box” for each website the user visits, preventing trackers from linking user behavior across multiple sites. Each time a site stores a cookie in the browser, that cookie is limited to a single pot for that website only. No other site is allowed to access this jar, nor is this particular site allowed to access any other cookie jars from other sites. This ultimately reduces the total amount of information these websites have about a user and removes the hyper-personalized advertisements that people often see on the web.
It should be noted here that the Total Cookie Prevention feature is unique to Firefox and not available in other popular browsers, such as Chrome and Edge. The only other browser that offers somewhat similar functionality to prevent cross-site tracking is Apple’s Safari. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft and Google will now follow Mozilla’s lead and introduce a similar feature to their respective browsers. Or whether they will adopt a wait-and-watch policy to see if there is a discernible shift in user preferences in favor of firefox before taking a step in that direction.
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