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Apple, Firefox tools aim to thwart Facebook, Google tracking
YES. I'm sure this is one factor in why Google created Chrome and one reason I've always been distrusting of it.
privacy  internet  firefox  google  spying  tracking 
49 minutes ago by ssam
Apple, Firefox tools aim to thwart Facebook, Google tracking
Anick Jesdanun:
<p>Facebook and other companies routinely track your online surfing habits to better target ads at you. Two web browsers now want to help you fight back in what’s becoming an escalating privacy arms race.

New protections in Apple’s Safari and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers aim to prevent companies from turning “cookie” data files used to store sign-in details and preferences into broader trackers that take note of what you read, watch and research on other sites.

Lance Cottrell, creator of the privacy service Anonymizer, said Apple’s effort was particularly significant, as it takes aim at a technique developed by tracking companies to override users’ attempts to delete their cookies.

Safari makes these protections automatic in updates coming Tuesday to iPhones and iPads and a week later to Mac computers. Firefox has similar protections on Apple mobile devices and is rolling out them out to personal computers in the coming months.

To get the protections, you’ll have to break your habit of using Google’s Chrome browser, which by some estimates has more than half of the worldwide browser usage. Safari and Firefox have less than 20 percent combined.

Even then, Safari and Firefox can’t entirely stop tracking. For starters, they won’t block tracking when you’re using Facebook or Google itself. Nor can they help much when you use phone or tablet apps, unless the app happens to embed Safari, as Twitter’s iPhone app does.

But Will Strafach, a mobile security expert who is designing data security tools for phones, said imperfect protection is better than no protection. He notes that burglars can still break down a door, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bother locking it.</p>


By the way, iOS 12 was released on Monday evening.
apple  google  facebook  firefox  safari 
yesterday by charlesarthur
Firefox's New Browser Will Keep Brands From Stalking You
Future versions of Firefox will block third-party tracking codes, and trackers that take too long to load, by default.
firefox  privacy  web  advertising  marketing 
4 days ago by bradbarrish
Firefox Profilemaker
Firefox with good default options and extensions
firefox  browser 
4 days ago by lena
Make your web layouts bust out of the rectangle with the Firefox Shape Path Editor - Mozilla Hacks - the Web developer blog
about using firefox tool - shape path editor. Can't see why you'd use a firefox tool instead of just writing the css, but maybe when you learn more ...
webdesign  web  design  css  path  firefox  tool  shape  wrap  clip-path 
4 days ago by piperh
Firefox Focus with GeckoView - Mozilla Hacks - the Web developer blog
Firefox Focus is private browsing as an app: It automatically blocks ads and trackers, so you can surf the web in peace. When you’re done, a single tap completely erases your history, cookies, and other local data. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket  android  article  firefox 
4 days ago by themagicteeth

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