19 November 2020
Mozilla has announced that it is releasing a new Firefox update that will bring enhanced tracking protection. It is the newest feature to achieve the goal of helping users browse the internet as safely as possible. It will prevent many websites from tracking a user's browsing activity which is something that has become quite common in recent years.
The enhanced tracking protection will essentially look for third-party cookie tracking websites and block them automatically. It will be doing so on the basis of trackers included in the Disconnect list. This is something that will happen behind the curtains and nothing will be visible on the front. The only thing that as a user you will see is a shield and "i" icon in the address bar so that you can know that the feature is actually working.
Clicking on the shield icon will allow you to check exactly what tracking websites are being blocked. This is the place from where you can also exclude any website or websites from the blocking list. It means even though Firefox wants to block all known tracking websites, it is still giving you the freedom to decide which ones to block and which ones should not be.
This new feature will be enabled for all new Firefox users by default as part of Standard settings. For existing users, it will need to be enabled manually by visiting Firefox settings followed by Content Blocking option. It will be up to the user whether they want to go for Standard, Strict or Custom settings. It is worth noting that the select Strict setting can break some websites. The team says it will bring default enabling the feature for existing users in coming months.
Other than this, Firefox has announced that Lockbox password manager has been renamed to Lockwise. It was announced earlier this year and was limited to smartphone apps. But now, Mozilla has also released desktop Firefox extension so that users can manage their passwords from the desktop as well. The functionality remains the same where one can easily add or remove passwords and even create custom lists.