Internet was going to make us free… or more and better watched instead?
The problem is never in the tool but in its use. It happens with browsers. They help us to travel on the Internet, in our journey of leisure and knowledge (more the first than the second). The price to pay is that everything we do leaves a trace.
The Mozilla Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of free software, whose most popular product is its browser Firefox. Mozilla, a subsidiary of the foundation, wants us to be more invisible when browsing and announces that Firefox will block cookies that track our activity on the Internet.
According to their official blog, from now on the fox’s browser is going to prevent the ‘cookies’ of the web pages visited by the user from tracking the user and then offer personalized advertising, as part of their tool ‘Enhanced Tracking Protection’. This tool blocks third party cookies, making it difficult for thousands of companies to track users’ movements on the Internet. It will work in the background, and the user will know it is working when visiting a page a shield icon appears next to the ‘url’.
It will be available to users who already have Firefox. Those who download the browser for the first time will have this new protection tool installed by default, and those who wish to see which companies are being blocked, just by clicking on the icon of the shield.
In the event that you browse a specific page from which you do not want to block cookies, the company explains that the user can deactivate the tool by pressing the button to stop blocking that page.
Mozilla will distribute this service automatically in the coming months. If you already want to activate it, you can do it from the security preferences of the menu, within blocked content; then you will have to select the cookies box and the ‘third party crawlers’ box.
And because there are so many crawlers, Mozilla also updates Facebook Container. The idea is to prevent Facebook from tracking us when we share or indicate that we like a post on the social network that belongs to another web page. That way Facebook will not know the user’s visits to that page. You will know that the lock is working when you see the purple Facebook Container icon on the screen.
They also update the Lockwise desktop extension, which helps keep passwords secure on all platforms and a new Firefox Monitor menu. This is a free platform service that notifies you if you have been the victim of a data breach.