Tips to protect your online privacy

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Many websites track your online behavior to give you a customized experience. This also puts us at risk of having our information accessed by third parties without our knowledge.

You don’t have to sacrifice your privacy every time you go online. Here are some tips to help you control what information is saved, tracked or shared.

'Do Not Track: Tell websites not to track you

The ‘’Do Not Track’’ feature tells websites you visit (as well as their advertising networks) that you don’t want your behavior monitored and shared. See How do I turn on the Do Not Track feature? to turn this feature on.

Lightbeam: Know when companies are watching you

When you visit a website, do you know how many companies are you really sharing your information with?

Lightbeam is a Mozilla add-on that tells you how many companies you’ve connected with as you browse the Web so you can make informed decisions when you go online.

Visit the [Lightbeam page] to install the add-on and shine a light on who’s tracking you.

Private Browsing: Control what information is saved on your computer

When sharing a computer with others, follow these tips to keep your information, such as browsing history and logins, private:

  • Use Private Browsing mode when shopping to prevent your history, site preferences or logins from being saved and accessed by others. Private Browsing also blocks cookies, preventing fraudsters and snoops from tracking your behavior.
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  • If you forget to use Private Browsing mode on a shared computer, don't worry. You can still use the Forget button forget button gray to quickly delete your recent information without affecting the rest.
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Privacy add-on collection

Firefox has thousands of available add-ons to protect your privacy. Choose from add-ons that block ads and trackers to ones that prevent search engines from modifying your search results.

See the [Privacy Add-on collection].