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Firefox has your back – third party tracking cookies and cryptomining blocked by default

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While we’re always flitting between browsers here at Hypertext to insure things are working as they should we do have our favourites.

Among our favourites is Mozilla’s Firefox and you may be tempted to make the switch once you learning third-party tracking cookies are now blocked by default for all users.

The feature was previously enabled by default for new users in June 2019 but now the blocking extends to all users in Firefox 69.

The feature is known as Enhanced Tracking Protection and it prevents websites from following you around the web and creating a profile of you based on your habits.

Users will be able to see the feature working by way of a green padlock icon in the Firefox address bar. Clicking that icon will present a drop down menu where you can see which trackers are being blocked.

You can of course turn the feature off for sites you do want tracking cookies for.

The other notable feature being released with Firefox 69 is cryptomining blocking.

This feature will stop websites from using your CPU to mine for cryptocurrency without your knowledge.

The browser will also perform better on Windows 10 machines according to the release notes.

Speaking from experience, switching from Chrome to Firefox was a pleasure and more than that, incredibly simple. We highly recommend giving Firefox a spin especially if you are fed up with Google.

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Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.

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