Mozilla’s About:trackers Add-on to Automatically Block Tracking Sites in Firefox

by Venkat eswarlu on October 21, 2012

in Firefox,News

Mozilla going aggressively against tracking websites by launching add-on about:trackers which has the built-in the tools to block connections and cookies when a site it tries to access user’s shared data on other websites by using cookies. It not clear whether Firefox going to offer this feature for their browser natively or through an option like Do Not Track.

Mozilla cares about users privacy everyone knows that. Firefox already offering optional Do Not Track feature which when turned on sends a signal to websites that user wants to opt-out of behavioral tracking so he should not be tracked. Here advertising networks and sites needs to respect the signal becomes the issue.

Block Tracking sites automatically in Firefox with about:trackers add-on

And Collusion add-on by them shows which sites tracking the user. About:trackers is the add-on released by Mozilla prospector team which to automatically block tracking sites that tracks you across too many other sites.

To use certain website user need to accept ” terms of service” which Mozilla wants sites to adopt to these have to agree to terms before accessing Firefox shared data.

about trackers automatic tracking sites blocking thumb Mozilla’s About:trackers Add on to Automatically Block Tracking Sites in Firefox

Mozilla on about:trackers add-on

“We’ve put together a proof-of-concept add-on, about:trackers, that explores this idea of policies that allow for cookie blocking and connection blocking. While this add-on shares no data to the web sites with accompanying terms, this experiment gives users some settings to adjust and see if their browsing experience would be positively or negatively affected. “ Edward Lee says in Mozilla blog.

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Transcontinental October 22, 2012 at 2:11 pm

The first two trackers are Google and Facebook. Don’t tell me those two are bound to be blocked ?!By the way, Microsoft is on its way as well !

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Venkat October 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I can’t tell you how effective this add-on at present, but let me tell you Mozilla taking privacy of individual user very seriously, you should trust Mozilla to block sites you mentioned above in future when they integrate such functionality in Firefox, after all they’re ones introduced Do Not Track.

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