Tweaks for protecting your privacy when surfing with the Firefox browser

Spy Patrol

Article from Issue 215/2018
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The Firefox browser is not so private under its default settings, but several add-ons and configuration settings will help you keep the spies in the dark.

Product advertising already existed in ancient Greece, but it really got rolling in the 19th century with the rise of newspapers, magazines, and other print media. Now in the Internet age, advertising is spreading with an unprecedented intensity, and corporations are trying to track consumer habits and preferences as accurately as possible to assist with their advertising campaigns.

The Mozilla Foundation has strong roots in the open source movement, but through the years, it has derived a big share of its revenue from its affiliation with search engine companies that depend on tracking and analytics. As a result, the default settings for Mozilla's Firefox browser are not particularly private, but if you want to keep the spies away, Firefox offers add-ons and advanced configuration settings that will help you privatize your browser experience.

Mozilla Under Suspicion

Due to its wide distribution, Firefox has numerous plugins that put a stop to spying. Nevertheless, cautious users will want to check the Firefox browser itself and, if necessary, control it manually, because the Mozilla project has also been under suspicion several times.

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