Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Firefox 4's Do-Not-Track feature

From Mozilla's site: "Most major websites track their visitors' behavior and then sell or provide that information to other companies (like advertisers). Firefox has a Do-not-track feature that lets you tell websites you don't want your browsing behavior tracked."

On the Advanced panel in Firefox Preferences, simply check the box that says, "Tell web sites I do not want to be tracked."
This setting adds a so-called "HTTP header" (DNT: 1) to all of your web requests that tells web sites that you do not want to be tracked for purposes of online behavior based advertising. One important thing to remember about this setting is that web sites can choose whether or not to respect this setting--it is entirely voluntary. However, it is hoped that over time most advertising networks and web sites will adopt this protocol for respecting user privacy online. In the meantime, be sure to use the awesome Adblock Plus and NoScript add-ons for Firefox.

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