Firefox can now automatically remove tracking from links | ICT Business | TechBuzz

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Mozilla’s latest release of the Firefox web browser has a new and interesting feature that prevents websites like Facebook from tracking users, another attempt to stop the infamous “tracking”.

Called Query Parameter Stripping, it automatically removes strings of characters added to the end of a URL link, which allow Facebook, Hubspot, Olytics and other companies to track what and how users do while surfing, and then show them targeted ads based on that activity.

Probably all users could notice this type of prompts when they click on a link coming from, for example, Facebook. Instead of showing “https://www.ictbusiness.info/example.html”, it might show something like “https://www.ictbusiness.info/example.html?fbclid=aa7-V4yb6Yfit_9_Pd”. This is not a specific example, but a general one, how these links look like when you click them directly on Facebook.

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That string of characters after the question mark is a query parameter that can tell a company that you clicked on a link, helping them profile you for targeted advertising. If you enable the “stripping” feature in the latest version of Firefox, it will remove those characters before loading the URL, so Facebook won’t be any “smarter” than it was. It works through a block list and covers Olytics, Drip, Vero, HubSpot, Marketo and Facebook.

To enable the feature, simply select “Strict” for “Enhanced Tracking Protection” in the Privacy&Security settings.

It should be noted that this feature does not work in Private Mode, but it can be turned on there by typing “about:config” in the address bar, searching for “strip” and setting the option “privacy.query_stripping.enabled.pbmode” to “true”.

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Surely, after this, Firefox will become the preferred internet browser for many people who care about privacy.



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