One of the drawbacks of the modern world is the widespread and unwanted tracking and storage of user data by websites. This tracking is done by what we call cookies, but there are ways to block them, including using browsers that prevent automatic tracking, such as Firefox Focus on mobile. Now, Firefox has launched Total Cookie Protection to prevent cross-site tracking.
To elaborate, Total Cooke Protection creates a “cookie box” for each website a user visits. Each time a website places a cookie in its browser, Firefox Focus restricts that cookie to a separate cookie box assigned specifically for that same website. This prevents other websites from having their cookies track your activities everywhere. With jars, they are now limited in the amount of information they can glean from you. It’s the first Firefox mobile browser to offer such a key feature, and it’s likely to appeal to privacy advocates.
Also, unwanted ads and information tracking will be significantly reduced. Mozilla also launched Smartblock in December 2021, which ensures that even websites that are not working properly due to cookie blocking will still be fully operational. This is usually the biggest downside to aggressive cookie and code blocking, so it’s nice to see this being taken care of. Previously, Firefox Focus integrated a few cool features into its browser, such as protection against super cookies and improved tracking protection (ETP), to allay user fears.
The Total Cookie Protection feature was already part of the default desktop Firefox web browser since 2021, but now it’s finally available in the mobile version for Android users.