After making Enhanced Tracking Protection v2.0 available in Firefox for Desktop, Mozilla is now bringing it to Android (Fenix). Currently, ETP 2.0 is available in Firefox for Android Nightly and is part of “Strict Tracking Protection”.
With Tracking Protection in place and Web browsers launching new tools to protect users’ privacy such as by blocking third-party cookies, fingerprinters, Cryptominers, and social media trackers, advertising companies found a new way to track users. Meet the all new “Redirect Tracking”.
Redirect tracking happens when you navigate between two sites. If you aim to reach site B by clicking on a link in Site A, you may reach site K before reaching the site B. The Site K drops the first-party cookie in the browser to identify you when you navigate to other sites that redirect to site K.
Apple’s Safari with Internet Tracking Prevention comes with ” bounce tracking”.
With the protection in Place, on desktop, Firefox clears first-party cookies stored by the site automatically after 24 hours.
When it comes to Fenix, it comes with Enhanced Tracking Protection in three modes: Standard, Strict, and Custom.
Mozilla now is bringing redirect tracking Protection or ETP2.0 to Firefox for Android. The feature is currently available in Nightly and can be activated when you select “Strict Tracking Prevention”.
Enable Redirect Tracking Protection in Firefox for Android
- Launch Firefox
- Tap on the 3-dot icon and select Settings
- Scroll down and select “Enhanced Tracking Protection”
- Select “Strict” and click on the i icon at the end to notice Firefox saying it “Blocked ” the following trackers including “Redirect Trackers” at the bottom.
- Social media trackers
- Cross-site tracking cookies
- Tracking content
Related to Fenix, Firefox for Android 81 to come with a bunch of new features.
For instance, it allows closing tabs after a certain time, as Safari does on iOS and, downloads user interface, external download managers support, autofill suggests multiple logins select and more. To check these new features in more detail, read this article.
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