The upcoming Firefox 62 version which is currently on Nightly, has got Tracking Protection toggle switch in the menu. Tracking Protection option in menu opens Tracking Protection preferences in Privacy & Security Page and highlights them, where as the switch visible next to option, allows to enable or disable the feature. With this change, the user can able to turn Tracking Protection on or off right from the Firefox hamburger menu.
Tracking Protection option in hamburger Menu in Firefox
FYI, starting with Firefox 42, Mozilla has enabled Tracking Protection by default in private browsing mode, but not in normal mode. Firefox 57 Quantum has added an option to always use Tracking Protection. Now the company wants users to have more control over operating the feature that blocks known trackers by offering toggle in the menu.
You can exclude a site from Tracking Protection feature by following the steps mentioned below
- Visit the site for which you want to turn off tracking Protection
- Click on site icon, in the identity popup, select ‘Trust this site’.
What are the benefits of Tracking Protection option in Firefox Menu
Check Tracking Protection is activated or not by glancing at the menu
Able to visit Tracking Protection Settings by clicking the option present in menu without need to open Options and then dig into Privacy Settings.
What’s the use of enabling Tracking Protection in Firefox?
Tracking Protection once enabled, not only blocks sites known trackers, but also reduces sites loading time by 44%. But using the feature in normal mode can break certain elements of websites you regularly browse, that’s why Mozilla hasn’t enabled the feature by default in normal browsing mode.
Note: Firefox uses Disconnect.me block lists which sets basic protection mode to allow websites to function normally. Setting strict protection mode may break some sites functionality, that’s why the setting is not recommended, but available as an option, which you can see by clicking ‘Change block list’ button in Tracking Protection Settings.