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How do I turn on the Do Not Track feature?

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Most major websites track their visitors' behavior and then sell or provide that information to other companies (like advertisers). Firefox has a Do Not Track feature that lets you tell websites you don't want your browsing behavior tracked. This article explains what tracking is, how the Do Not Track feature works and how to turn it on.

What is tracking?

Tracking is a term that includes many different methods that websites, advertisers and others use to learn about your web browsing behavior. This includes information about what sites you visit, things you like, dislike and purchase. They often use this information to show ads, products or services specifically targeted to you.

See who’s tracking you online: Download the Lightbeam add-on for Firefox

How does the Do Not Track feature work?

When you turn on the Do Not Track feature, Firefox tells every website you visit (as well as their advertisers and other content providers) that you don't want your browsing behavior tracked. Honoring this setting is voluntary — individual websites are not required to respect it. Websites that do honor this setting should automatically stop tracking your behavior without any further action from you.

Turning on Do Not Track will not affect your ability to log in to websites nor cause Firefox to forget your private information — such as the contents of shopping carts, location information or login information.

Note: You may see less relevant advertising on websites if you have the Do Not Track option activated.

How do I turn the Do Not Track feature on?

The Do Not Track feature is turned off by default. To turn it on:

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button and then select OptionsAt the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu and then select OptionsOn the menu bar, click on the Firefox menu and select Preferences...At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Edit menu and select Preferences

    Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose OptionsPreferences

  2. Select the Privacy panel.
  3. Check Tell websites I do not want to be tracked.
  4. Click OK to close the Options windowClick Close to close the Preferences windowClose the Preferences window
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How do I turn the Do Not Track feature on?

The Do Not Track feature is turned off by default. To turn it on:

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button and then select OptionsAt the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu and then select OptionsOn the menu bar, click on the Firefox menu and select Preferences...At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Edit menu and select Preferences

    Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose OptionsPreferences

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  2. Select the Privacy panel.
  3. Choose Tell sites that I do not want to be tracked.
  4. Click OK to close the Options windowClick Close to close the Preferences windowClose the Preferences window
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Other tracking options

There are two other tracking options:

  • Tell sites that I want to be tracked: Choosing this option will tell websites that you want to be tracked by advertisers and other third-parties. You should be aware that many companies build a profile of sites you visit. Checking this option means that you are okay with that.
  • Do not tell sites anything about my tracking preferences: This is the default setting. Choosing this option will not tell websites anything about your preferences. You should note that this does not mean that you will not be tracked. In fact it's effectively the same as the previous option, and you are likely going to be tracked.



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