How to Remove Tracking Information URLs Using Firefox

Do you think it’s too much to receive targeted advertisements every time you browse the Internet? Do you often search for a product in incognito mode so you don’t see the same ads over and over again?

Fortunately, with Firefox 102, you now have a tool to improve your online privacy and security.

If you want to learn more about how you’re being tracked online and how you can protect yourself with Firefox’s Query Parameter Removal feature, keep reading.


How Firefox stops companies from tracking you

Many large companies customize their URL parameters so that they can track clicks on their links. A URL set to follow links would look like this:

The characters after the question mark represent the query parameter that will notify a business that you clicked on that link. Using this information, the company will create your profile for targeted advertisements. Although they may not alarm you, you should know that targeted ads pose a serious threat to your privacy.

With the removal of query parameters from Firefox, your browser will remove tracking parameters to protect your browsing activity. Firefox will do this whether you click on the link or paste it into the address bar.

How to enable query parameter stripping

As mentioned, you need Firefox 102 for this feature to work. To quickly check which version of Firefox you are currently using, open the browser menu and go to Help > About Firefox.

If you haven’t updated to the latest version, Firefox will check for available updates and install them automatically. Once the update is complete, restart your browser.

To enable Firefox’s Query Parameter Removal feature, click the three lines menu in the upper right corner and select Settings. Then click Privacy and Security And put Enhanced Tracking Protection at strict.

When the feature is enabled, Firefox removes URL identifiers and trackers when you click on a link. However, keep in mind that Firefox will only do this if you’re not browsing in a private window.

If you change Firefox preferences, you can still prevent companies from tracking your online activity when you use a private window.

Move towards about: setup and seek privacy.query_stripping.enabled.pbmode. By default, the value is set to fake. To change it, click on the To toggle button.

Protect your business with Firefox

With Firefox’s Query Parameter Removal feature, you’re now on your way to browsing the internet without big companies tracking you. If you want to have a better chance of protecting your information, you should try an untraceable web browser.

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