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Tracking Protection in Private Browsing

Note: Please update your version of Firefox to enjoy these latest features.
Tracking generally refers to the collection of a person’s browsing data across multiple sites. The Tracking Protection feature uses a list provided by Disconnect to identify and block trackers.

You can read more about tracking and the standards Disconnect uses to create its list here. Learn more about the lists used by Firefox for Tracking Protection.

A shield icon will appear in your address bar whenever Firefox blocks tracking domains.

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To see which resources are being blocked, you can open the web console and look for messages under the Security tab.

Block lists in Firefox

Starting with Firefox version 43, you will be able to change the block list used to block third-party trackers. By default, Private Browsing with Tracking Protection uses the Disconnect.me basic protection list. You can change this to use the Disconnect.me strict protection list instead.

  • The basic protection list blocks commonly known analytics trackers, social sharing trackers and advertising trackers. However, the basic protection list allows some known content trackers to reduce website breakage.
  • The strict protection list blocks all known trackers, including analytics trackers, social sharing trackers and advertising trackers as well as content trackers. The strict list will break some videos, photo slideshows and some social networks.

Change your block list

  1. Click the menu button new fx menu followed by OptionsPreferences .
  2. Click Privacy on the left.
  3. Click the Change Block List button next to “Use Tracking Protection in Private Windows” and select the block list you want to use.
  4. Click Save Changes. You will see a "Restart Firefox" dialog box with the message Firefox must restart to change block lists.
  5. Click the OK button in the "Restart Firefox" dialog box.
  6. After Firefox restarts, you can close the OptionsPreferences tab.

How to turn Tracking Protection off

Tracking Protection is enabled by default when you're in a Private Browsing window. You may choose to disable Tracking Protection for a particular site or for all sites.

Turn off Tracking Protection for individual sites

  1. The shield icon will appear when Firefox is actively blocking trackers on a page. Click the shield icon to bring up the Control Center.
  2. In the Control Center, click Disable protection for this session.
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  3. Once Tracking Protection is disabled, a shield icon with red strikethrough tracking protection off fxos will appear in your address bar.
To re-enable Tracking Protection, click the shield icon again and click Enable Protection.

Since Private Browsing mode doesn’t keep any information about your browsing session, when you disable Tracking Protection for a site, it only lasts for this session. When you start a new Private Browsing session, Tracking Protection will be turned on again for all sites.

Turn off Tracking Protection for all sites

  1. Click the menu button new fx menu , followed by OptionsPreferences.
  2. In the Privacy panel, uncheck the box next to Use Tracking Protection in Private Windows.
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  3. Close the tab to save your changes.
Note: You can also turn off Tracking Protection from the Private Browsing home page:
Fx42PrivateBrowsingHomePage Fx48PrivateBrowsingHomePage

If you're already in a Private Browsing window, type about:privatebrowsing in the address bar and press the Enter key to go to the Private Browsing home page.

Click the link that says Turn Tracking Protection Off. If Tracking Protection is already turned off, you can turn it back on from the Private Browsing home page by clicking the link that says, Turn Tracking Protection On.

Clicking on the green check-marked button will turn Tracking Protection off. If Tracking Protection is already turned off, you can turn it back on from the Private Browsing home page by clicking the same button, which will look like this: Fx48TrackingOff

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This article is currently linking from Developer Edition, but it won't be in Beta for another couple of months. Right now, it looks similar to the Tracking Protection in Firefox article, but Private Browsing version of Tracking Protection is likely to evolve. We still need the older article for now, but we'll reassess around November.

This article is linked from the about:preferences Privacy panel ("Learn more" link) in Firefox 42 Beta.

P.S. More information about this new feature here: https://blog.mozilla.org/futurereleases/2015/09/23/help-test-private-browsing-with-tracking-protecti... ... which is linked from https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/42.0beta/releasenotes/

Related bug: Bug 1175606 - Private Browsing Mode should enable Tracking Protection by default

I think needs a {for fx42} because the article is visible and in previous than 42 ff, "Private Browsing Mode should enable Tracking Protection by default" is only from 42 and above.

thank you

I added Template:fxdesktopbeta to the top of the article {for not fx42} (it's pending review).

There's a "Needs change" entry that I'm thinking Joni added but I don't know what it means:

[Oct 12] - check with Javaun re: changes

AliceWyman said

I added Template:fxdesktopbeta to the top of the article {for not fx42} (it's pending review).

It is the correct decision at this time. Done. :-)

ideato said

AliceWyman said
I added Template:fxdesktopbeta to the top of the article {for not fx42} (it's pending review).

It is the correct decision at this time. Done. :-)

Template:fxdesktopbeta should be removed when Firefox 42 is released. We can replace it with this one, for not fx42: /kb/templateupdate-fx-desktop Template:update fx desktop

I added this "Needs change" entry to the article Description: [Nov 3, 2015] Remove "Template:fxdesktopbeta" when Fx42 is released and replace it with "Template:update fx desktop" for not fx42

I marked the current version of this article as ready to localize.

AliceWyman said

Template:fxdesktopbeta should be removed when Firefox 42 is released. We can replace it with this one, for not fx42: /kb/templateupdate-fx-desktop Template:update fx desktop I added this "Needs change" entry to the article Description: [Nov 3, 2015] Remove "Template:fxdesktopbeta" when Fx42 is released and replace it with "Template:update fx desktop" for not fx42

I'll also create a new discussion thread for the change that will be needed as of Nov 3, when Fx 42 is released.

Template:fxdesktopbeta should be removed when Firefox 42 is released. We can replace it with this one, for not fx42: /kb/templateupdate-fx-desktop Template:update fx desktop

I added this "Needs change" entry to the article Description: [Nov 3, 2015] Remove "Template:fxdesktopbeta" when Fx42 is released and replace it with "Template:update fx desktop" for not fx42

AliceWyman said on Oct 17, 2015

Template:fxdesktopbeta should be removed when Firefox 42 is released. We can replace it with this one, for not fx42: /kb/templateupdate-fx-desktop Template:update fx desktop I added this "Needs change" entry to the article Description: [Nov 3, 2015] Remove "Template:fxdesktopbeta" when Fx42 is released and replace it with "Template:update fx desktop" for not fx42

The "Needs change"entry was removed (or maybe I forgot to add it?) so I added it back.

Hi, in the note in the end of the article, paste the note :

You can also turn off Tracking Protection by going to the Private Browsing home page (about:privatebrowsing) and clicking the link that says Turn Tracking Protection Off. You may turn Tracking Protection back on via the same link.

if you write about:privatebrowsing in the address bar then first open the next page :

first note for about private browsing fx 42

and then, after you click the "Open a private Window" you can click the "Turn Tracking Protection Off".

is it important to add this in the article, or it is too much ?

EDIT : in 42 of course

thanks

ideato said

if you write about:privatebrowsing in the address bar then first open the next page :
first note for about private browsing fx 42
and then, after you click the "Open a private Window" you can click the "Turn Tracking Protection Off".

Hi, I think that the note might need to make it clearer that the link to turn Tracking Protection on or off appears in a Private Window ... for example,

{note}If you're in a Private Browsing window and you want to turn off Tracking Protection, go to the Private Browsing home page (type about:privatebrowsing in the address bar) and then click the link that says Turn Tracking Protection Off. If Tracking Protection is already turned off and you want to turn it back on, click the link that says Turn Tracking Protection On .{/note}

Would you want to make an edit to change the note or wait to see what others think?

P.S. I was thinking that we could add this screenshot: [[Image:Fx42PrivateBrowsingHomePage]]

Fx42PrivateBrowsingHomePage

AliceWyman said

Hi, I think that the note might need to make it clearer that the link to turn Tracking Protection on or off appears in a Private Window ... for example, {note}If you're in a Private Browsing window and you want to turn off Tracking Protection, go to the Private Browsing home page (type about:privatebrowsing in the address bar) and then click the link that says Turn Tracking Protection Off. If Tracking Protection is already turned off and you want to turn it back on, click the link that says Turn Tracking Protection On .{/note}

Yes, i "bold" your suggestion, that is what i try to tell :-)

AliceWyman said

Would you want to make an edit to change the note or wait to see what others think?

No, i don't want to make the edit, please if you want you can do that.

AliceWyman said
P.S. I was thinking that we could add this screenshot: [[Image:Fx42PrivateBrowsingHomePage]]
Fx42PrivateBrowsingHomePage

+1, i like it, and useful also.

I made a new revision to the article, that included adding the screenshot Image:Fx42PrivateBrowsingHomePage under the TOC and editing the note. I left it pending review.

P.S. I made a second revision to move the screenshot inside the note.

AliceWyman said

I made a new revision to the article, that included adding the screenshot Image:Fx42PrivateBrowsingHomePage under the TOC and editing the note. I left it pending review. P.S. I made a second revision to move the screenshot inside the note.

+1, maybe is it correct to wait 2 more days till Firefox 42 is released, to remove the Template:fxdesktopbeta and approved all the changes at once ?

thanks

Yes, lets wait until after Firefox 42 is released, so we can change the template at the same time.

I already have a revision pending related to the "PrivateBrowsingHomePage" screenshot and note. I made another edit based on that revision, to replace "Template:fxdesktopbeta" with "Template:update fx desktop" for not fx42.

DO NOT APPROVE until after Nov 3!

New in 43, "change block list" button beside "Use tracking protection in private windows"

change block list fx43

if you click the button you get the next window

change block list window fx43

This was posted in the Background for this article thread. I thought it should have it's own thread.

ideato said

New in 43, "change block list" button beside "Use tracking protection in private windows" change block list fx43 if you click the button you get the next window change block list window fx43

The Settings for privacy, browsing history and do-not-track article will also need updating for fx43.

ideato said

New in 43, "change block list" button beside "Use tracking protection in private windows"

I copied your post to a new discussion thread (I'll lock this one): https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/tracking-protection-pbm/discuss/6363 Fx43] New Change Block List button in Privacy panel

Laucon

What exactly makes this article stale? I noticed that the steps "To change your blocklist" was slightly inaccurate. It says click privacy but that drop down does not lead to a button that says privacy. But that could be an easy fix. What is out of date about this article? Should we delete this article or rewrite it. I would be happy to rewrite the article. And if I did, would that make the article about Private Browsing up to date as well?

Laucon said

What exactly makes this article stale? I noticed that the steps "To change your blocklist" was slightly inaccurate. It says click privacy but that drop down does not lead to a button that says privacy. But that could be an easy fix. What is out of date about this article? Should we delete this article or rewrite it. I would be happy to rewrite the article. And if I did, would that make the article about Private Browsing up to date as well?

The Expiry date of Nov 3, 2015 should have been removed a number of revisions ago since I THINK it was for changes that needed to be made after Firefox 42 was released ... maybe this? https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/tracking-protection-pbm/discuss/6334 [Nov 3, 2015] Replace Template:fxdesktopbeta with Template:update fx desktop

A new revision is needed to remove the Expiry date, which is at the bottom of the edit window, https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/tracking-protection-pbm/edit

I don't see much else that needs revision but you can check with Joni. The "To change your blocklist:" instructions seem OK. This is copied from the current instructions:


  1. Click the menu button new fx menu followed by [[Template:optionsorpreferences]].
  2. Click {menu Privacy} on the left.
  3. Click the {button Change Block List} button next to “Use Tracking Protection in Private Windows” and select the block list you want to use.

Maybe a screenshot would help? Here's one I just added to the Settings for privacy, browsing history and do-not-track article for fx43.

Fx43PrivacyPanel

You could also replace "Click {menu Privacy} on the left." with "Select {menu Privacy} (on the left) to open the Privacy panel." to make it a bit clearer?

New "Use tracking protection"

3 options : Always, Only in private windows, Never

Fx 46 New "Use tracking protection"

The 3 options stays in nightly :-)

but we have a new "Tracking area" for 46

Tracking Fx46

Hi :-)

Thanks for the heads-up. I have a revision pending. Could you take a look?

AliceWyman said

Hi :-) Thanks for the heads-up. I have a revision pending. Could you take a look?

+1, done.

Artist

The TOC of this article starts with "Change your block list", immediately followed by the subheader "To change your blocklist:" I'll put in a (pending) edit with a new text proposal (and some minors, including markup for the basic and strict protection list).

I also changed the subheader's "blocklist" to the two-worded "block list", since this is how it shows in the product (although my favorite would be the one-word version). I wonder why two words were chosen for UI, since whitelist and blacklist are also one-word only and I'd like to hear your opinion.

I agree, we should use "block list" instead of "blocklist" in this article, because that's how it appears in the UI. We use "blocklist" for add-ons, for example, Add-ons that cause stability or security issues are put on a blocklist.

I approved your edit but we can wait to see what others think before marking it ready to localize.

Artist said

....I also changed the subheader's "blocklist" to the two-worded "block list", since this is how it shows in the product (although my favorite would be the one-word version)....

+1

AliceWyman said

I agree, we should use "block list" instead of "blocklist" in this article, because that's how it appears in the UI. We use "blocklist" for add-ons, for example, Add-ons that cause stability or security issues are put on a blocklist. I approved your edit but we can wait to see what others think before marking it ready to localize.

+1

Definitely i agree.

Thanks, ideato. I marked the revision ready to localize.