Firefox continues its fight for privacy by automatically removing URL trackers

Mozilla has deployed Firefox version 102which is an extra step to prevent websites from tracking your movements on the web.

The new version automatically strips query parameters in a URL string. This is the series of letters, numbers, and symbols following the question mark in the second part of some URLs. For instance:

https://thuishaven.nl/16-juli-thuishaven-zomer-technospecial-w-colin-benders-nachtshow/?fbclid=IwAR3Q7R2K9A5pe6FWNnJOFiWxSXBzEJ44hbJmmbqVDmD1TKdhliwEWLhmCac

Query parameters open a ubiquitous window into your online privacy and can transmit your personal data to sites that monitor user behavior.

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To enable the new anti-tracking feature, go to Firefox settings, click Privacy & Security, and set Enhanced Tracking Protection to Strict.

Firefox version 102

Please note that query parameters will not be deleted in private browsing, even with strict mode activated.

To enable the feature in private mode, type “about:config” in the address bar, then “strip” in the search function. Set the third option to “true” and you are good to go.

Firefox 102

Mozilla warns that some sites may not work properly when using Enhanced Tracking Protection in strict mode. In this case, you can switch back to Standard, which does not offer the anti-tracking feature.

Privacy at the top of the list

Firefox’s default privacy settings are more proactive than other traditional browsers like Chrome, Edge, and Safari.

Specifically, it blocks social media trackers, cryptominers, fingerprinting, cross-site and third-party cookies, and aggregate tracking content in all windows.

So is it bulletproof? No, no browser is fully.

And even with the new updated version, you have to change most of the security settings yourself in strict or custom mode. Brave, on the other hand, offers these options by default.

Still, if privacy is your primary concern, Firefox does a great job, and we can expect more improvements in the future. Especially if you plan to move away from Constant monitoring of Chrome (or Google).

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