Firefox Strengthens the Protection of User Privacy by Introducing the Total Cookie Protection Feature

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The Mozilla company is known for its commitment to protecting user privacy, and its open-source web browser Firefox is undergoing constant changes that adapt to the given direction. Recently, new privacy updates were introduced to Firefox and by default, the web browser does not allow connecting to HTTP pages.

Mozilla did not stop there and recently introduced a new feature called Total Cookie Protection, which is an additional layer of protection for users that prevents the possibility of tracking and which will be available for Windows and Mac computers. Here we do not talk about the privacy protection of those users who want to keep essential cookies that are necessary for them to navigate the websites they often visit and get the services they need, including the secure sections of such websites, especially if they frequently leave personal data on them, like, say, for top casino sites in Turkey.

Total Cookie Protection limits the activity of cookies to the websites on which they are created and effectively prevents companies from using this technology to track your movements across other websites you visit.

The procedure is to separate the cookie stores according to the web pages they come from. Instead of more aggressive solutions, Mozilla chose the more practical one, where cookies from third parties are limited to a single website and are not blocked. It can be said that this approach balances the worst outcome of using cookies – the possibility of being tracked as a user – and allowing cookies to fulfill that part of their non-invasive functions – providing accurate analytics.

What Lies in the Core of Total Cookie Protection

Firefox restricts Cookies to only that site, to put it simply. State partitioning is the term used for this, or alternatively, ‘dynamic first-party isolation’.

When a website uses Trackers or embedded content, third-party cookies are only used on that particular website and do not track or identify you whenever you visit other websites. Firefox still permits third-party cookies to be placed, but only on the specific website that the user was currently on.

For Mozilla, this process took many years. The business wants to make sure that restricting or blocking third-party cookies in a different cookie jar for every website does not interfere with users’ web browsing.

The Total Cookie Protection feature was initially introduced as an option last year when it could be turned on by default in incognito mode. From that status, the feature was subsequently moved under the available Mozilla products, and now everyone can use it.

This functionality with Private browsing and Strict Enhanced Tracking Protection has been a standard feature of Firefox (and Firefox Focus) for a while. This was first made available with Firefox 86, and as of today, all users of Firefox for Windows, Mac, and Linux can access it in Standard mode. It is important to note that Safari has had certain functions for a while. Total Cookie Protection is still not enabled in Firefox for Android unless Mozilla decides to enable it later.

As mentioned above, Mozilla stated that Total Cookie Protection will be available to all Firefox users on desktop computers worldwide, but the company has not said which version of Firefox will include the feature.

How to Make Firefox’s Total Cookie Protection Active

We have got you covered if you are unsure of how to activate Total Cookie Protection in Firefox or how to turn it on and then double-check. For more information, keep reading.

  • Select Settings by selecting Menu.
  • Click on Privacy & Security.
  • Enhanced Tracking Protection is found under Browser Privacy.
  • Select Custom
  • Cross-site tracking cookies, and isolating other cross-site cookies, can be chosen by clicking the dropdown arrow for cookies.
  • Restart Firefox when finished

There is another way:

  • Go to about:config.
  • Look for cookies to find Network preference.cookie.cookieBehavior
  • Change it from 4 to 5, then quit, and launch Firefox again.

Note: You can manually activate the Protection by changing the aforementioned pref. value to 5. The adjustment is automatically made by the business with a later update. Remember that the same cookie safeguarding will be accessible out of the box in Standard mode when Firefox receives the feature automatically. Because we manually turned on the protection, Firefox indicates that we are in Custom mode.

After extensive testing and a lot of effort, Mozilla has made the feature accessible to all users. You can stop Total Cookie Protection if it has caused any websites to malfunction. Here is how.

How to Deactivate Total Cookie Protection

  • Access Settings
  • Enhanced Tracking Protection > Custom Privacy & Security
  • Make sure Cookies is selected, then click the drop-down menu and choose Cross-site tracking cookies.
  • Firefox should be closed and then reopened.

The way # 2:

  • In the address bar, type about:config.
  • look up “cookie”,
  • Find pref. network.cookie.cookieBehavior and change its value to 4 in the highlighted results.

Final Words

Mozilla stated in announcements that work on Total Cookie Protection began back in 2015 with the publication of Tracking Protection, the first feature that was aimed at solving privacy problems and was limited to incognito mode. After that, the company intensively continued to work on features that protect user privacy, and in 2018, the ability to limit and block followers on Firefox was presented for the first time.

In 2022, Firefox is really promoting itself as a web browser that offers perhaps the best options for protecting user privacy.

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