New Firefox feature stops Facebook and other sites from tracking you! This is how removing query parameters works

Firefox’s new security update ensures Facebook and other online websites can’t track you as you browse them.

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As of this writing, many people still prefer to use Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge as their primary browsers.

But the new Query Parameter Stripping should change that because many users also want to surf the Internet without being tracked.

This new security update was released after the release of Mozilla Firefox version 102 on Tuesday, June 28. Here is how the new Query Parameter Stripping works.

How Firefox’s New Security Feature Works

According to the latest report from Engadget, Firefox’s new security feature works by removing strings from the end of a website’s URL.

New Firefox feature stops Facebook and other sites from tracking you!  This is how removing query parameters works
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For example, if you visit a website and you have this URL “https://www.example.com/?fbclid=IwAR4HesRZLT-fxhhh3nZ7WKsOpaiFzsg4nH0K4WLRHw1h467GdRjaLilWbLs”, the new URL should only be “https://www.example. com/ .”

With Firefox’s query parameter removal feature, “?fbclid=IwAR4HesRZLT-fxhhh3nZ7WKsOpaiFzsg4nH0K4WLRHw1h467GdRjaLilWbLs” can be removed, allowing you to access the website without being tracked.

If you want to use the new feature of Firefox browser, you can follow the steps below.

How to use the new Firefox feature?

Bleeping Computer has provided a simple guide on how to enable improved Firefox query parameter removal. Here are the exact steps you can follow:

  1. First, you need to visit your Firefox browser settings. Then choose the Privacy and Security option.
  2. After that, you need to change the “Enhanced Tracking Protection” option to “Strict”.

Of course, tracking settings will not be deleted if you are using Firefox’s Primate mode. But, you can follow the steps below to enable query parameter removal in private mode as well:

  1. First, enter “about:config” in your address bar.
  2. Then search for strip and set “privacy.query_stripping.enabled.pbmode” to “true”.
  3. Once you have followed all the steps above, the new Firefox security feature should work on normal browser and private mode.

In August 2021, Firefox 91 received new improvements to delete cookies.

In October 2021, Firefox 93 launched a new browsing safety feature, which protects users when tabs crash.

For more information on Firefox and its upcoming enhancements, keep your tabs open here on TechTimes.

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