Heidi Finigan | 5 Jan 2020
With the release of its latest browser, Mozilla’s Firefox has now baked in a tonne of new privacy and security-focused features. The most notable feature being website tracking information and prevention, allowing you to quickly see which sites are following you — without having to dig deep into advanced settings.
When we pair these new security features with the browser’s major redesign, we are beginning to see a genuine challenger for Google Chrome and Apple’s Safari browsers. The browser is now easy to use, increasingly more secure and well-designed, making your experience online better than ever.
As of this week, Firefox will now keep users protected on both macOS and Windows by default, meaning you won’t need to do a thing to stay safe.
A few of the new features baked in include site tracking prevention, browsing history protection, blocking of cross-site cookies that follow you around the web and even protection from crypto miners who hijack your computers resources.
These new features make Mozilla’s Firefox browser one of the most secure and privacy-focused on the web today, and if you’re serious about keeping yourself safe online, Firefox is certainly the way to go.
When we browse online, there’s not a lot we know – or can see – with regards to our privacy and security. We simply know what’s being shown to us within the browser and not much else, though Firefox is working to change this.
With the browser’s latest update comes a Privacy Protection report that provides a tonne of insight into your protection online. The data is revealed in an easy-to-understand way, so you’ll know right away what Firefox is blocking on your behalf.
Inside the protection report, you’ll find information on the types of cookies the browser is blocking as well as any trackers that may be trying to follow you around the web.
You can learn more about Firefox’s commitment to privacy on their Privacy Promise web page.
Opening Privacy Protection
In the top left of any webpage, you’ll notice a small purple shield icon, which is where all of your security information lives. To access Privacy Protection on Firefox simply click the shield and you’ll see a range of clickable options as well as the entire list of blocked trackers in ‘Show Report.’
With these welcomed changes, it’s easier than ever to know which sites are tracking your movements online.
For those looking to go even further than blocking trackers and cookies, you’ll need a VPN. These are going to be your one-stop shop when it comes to being entirely anonymous online, even to governments and intelligence agencies.
We suggest pairing Firefox’s new update with a VPN from NordVPN, ExpressVPN or CyberGhost, and you’ll be free to browse the web without the worry of being traced. These services encrypt all of your activity, prevent tracking and even block ads automatically.
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