Enhanced Tracking Protection in Firefox for desktop

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Enhanced Tracking Protection in Firefox automatically protects your privacy while you browse. It blocks trackers that follow you around online to collect information about your browsing habits and interests without breaking site functionality. It also includes protections against harmful scripts, such as malware that drains your battery.

Protections Dashboard

To see what’s been blocked on all sites over the past week, visit your Protections Dashboard. Click the menu button menu button retinashield in the address bar Shield Fx89 and select Protections Dashboard or type about:protections into the address bar. This will open the Protections Dashboard page in a new tab.

To see what’s being blocked on individual pages, click the shield shield detected 70 to the left of the address bar.

What Enhanced Tracking Protection blocks

Firefox uses a list of known trackers provided by Disconnect. By default, Firefox blocks the following types of trackers and scripts.

  • Social media trackers
  • Cross-site tracking cookies (also isolates remaining cookies)
  • Fingerprinters
  • Cryptominers
  • Tracking content: These trackers are hidden in ads, videos, and other in-page content. In Standard mode, tracking content is blocked in Private Windows. To add this protection in all windows, visit your privacy preferences and select Strict or Custom as explained below.
In Private Browsing Mode and Strict Mode, Firefox includes Total Cookie Protection, which confines every cookie to the website where it was created. This prevents cookies from tracking you across sites. Strict Mode also includes Enhanced Cookie Clearing, which allows users to clear third-party cookies more effectively.

To learn more about trackers and scripts blocked by Firefox, see the article Trackers and scripts Firefox blocks in Enhanced Tracking Protection and SmartBlock for Enhanced Tracking Protection.

How to tell when Firefox is protecting you

The shield to the left of the address bar tells if you if Firefox is blocking trackers and scripts on a site.

Shield Address bar
  • Shield Fx89 Active: Firefox blocked trackers and harmful scripts on a site. Open the shield to see what was blocked.
  • Crossed out shield Crossed out: Enhanced Tracking Protection is turned off on a site. Open the shield and toggle the switch to turn it back on.

How to tell what’s being blocked on a site

Click on the shield to see what Firefox has blocked.

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ETP shield 70
  • shield detected 70 - Purple: Firefox blocked trackers and harmful scripts on a site. Open the shield to see what was blocked.
  • shield no trackers - Gray: No known trackers or harmful scripts were detected on a site.
  • crossed gray 70 etp - Gray and crossed out: Enhanced Tracking Protection is turned off on a site. Open the shield and toggle the switch to turn it back on.

How to tell what’s being blocked on a site

Click on the shield to see what Firefox has blocked.

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This panel will display different information depending on the site you’re on.

  • Blocked: Firefox blocked these trackers and scripts. Select each one to see a detailed list.
  • Allowed: These are the trackers and scripts that were allowed to load on the page. This happens because some websites may require loading trackers and scripts to function properly. Firefox only allows trackers and scripts needed for the site to work and blocks the rest. For more information, visit SmartBlock for Enhanced Tracking Protection.
  • None Detected: Firefox looked for these trackers and scripts, but did not find them on this site.
  • Select Protection Settings to adjust your global privacy settings.
  • Select Protections Dashboard to view a personalized summary of your protections over the past week, including tools to take control of your online security.

What to do if a site seems broken

If a site seems broken, try turning off Enhanced Tracking Protection. It allows trackers to load on that site only. Enhanced Tracking Protection will continue to block trackers on other sites.

  1. Click on the shield shield detected 70Shield Fx89 to the left of the address bar.
  2. Toggle the switch Fx70-ETPswitch at the top of the panel.
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    • This will turn off Enhanced Tracking Protection for this site. The page will reload automatically and allow trackers on this site only.

Follow the same process to turn Enhanced Tracking Protection back on.

You may encounter breakage on some sites when you’re in Strict Enhanced Tracking Protection. This is because trackers are hidden in some content. For example, a website might embed an outside video or social media post that contains trackers. To block the trackers, Firefox must also block the content itself.

Trackers are often hidden in the following types of content:

  • Login fields
  • Forms
  • Payments
  • Comments
  • Videos

Adjust your global Enhanced Tracking Protection settings

When you download Firefox, all protections included in Standard Enhanced Tracking Protection are already enabled.

To view or change your Enhanced Tracking Protection settings for all sites, click the shield shield detected 70Shield Fx89 to the left of the address bar on any webpage and select Protection Settings. This will open the Firefox OptionsPreferencesSettings Privacy & Security panel in a new tab.

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Tip: These settings are also available from the Firefox menu:
Click the menu button menu button retina, click OptionsPreferencesSettings , and select Privacy & Security.

Standard Enhanced Tracking Protection

By default, Firefox blocks the following on all sites.

  • Social media trackers
  • Cross-site tracking cookies (other third-party cookies are isolated)
  • Tracking content in Private Windows only.
  • Cryptominers
  • Fingerprinters

Strict Enhanced Tracking Protection

To further increase privacy, select Strict Enhanced Tracking Protection. This will block the following:

  • Social media trackers
  • Cross-site tracking cookiesCross-site cookies
  • Tracking content in all windows
  • Cryptominers
  • Fingerprinters

Strict protection includes Total Cookie Protection. This gives every website its own "cookie jar", which prevents third-party trackers from collecting browsing data across multiple websites.

  1. Click on the shield shield detected 70Shield Fx89 to the left of the address bar on any webpage.
  2. Click on Protection Settings.
    The Firefox OptionsPreferencesSettings Privacy & Security panel will open.
  3. Under Enhanced Tracking Protection, select Strict.
  4. Select the reload all tabs retina button to apply your new privacy settings.

Custom Enhanced Tracking Protection

Want to block some trackers and scripts, but not others? Use Custom Enhanced Tracking Protection.

  1. Click on the shield shield detected 70Shield Fx89to the left of the address bar on any webpage.
  2. Click on Protection Settings.
    The Firefox OptionsPreferencesSettings Privacy & Security panel will open.
  3. Under Enhanced Tracking Protection, select Custom.
  4. Choose which trackers and scripts to block by selecting those checkboxes.
  5. Select the reload all tabs retina button to apply your new privacy settings.

You can also turn off all protections in Custom, by deselecting all checkboxes. This allows all trackers and scripts to load and effectively disables these features:

  1. Deselect the Trackers checkbox.
  2. Deselect the Cookies checkbox.
  3. Deselect the Cryptominers checkbox.
  4. Deselect the Fingerprinters checkbox.
  5. Select the reload all tabs retina button to apply your new privacy settings.

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