Internet users around the world will soon experience enhanced privacy with Mozilla’s upcoming stealth mode. You can say goodbye to those embarrassing moments when your boss calls you into his office saying that he can easily see what you’re doing in that incognito mode.
Society frowns upon many things, and your browsing history might just be one of them. To this extent, wouldn’t you like a true private browsing experience for those times in which you really don’t want anyone to pry into what you’re doing?
Most private browsing modes today – be they Firefox’s private window, Chrome’s incognito mode, or Internet Explorer’s invisible mode – are not that private in the end. What they actually do is signal sites that this is a private window, and that they should not track your IP. Needless to say, websites couldn’t care less, and ads on those websites don’t even have the algorithm to care: they get your IP regardless of anything you would do.
So the private modes today only actually manage to do one major thing: not track your history within said browser. But add-ons might track it, or ads might track it, or just about any other thing on the internet that you encounter might. Yet, some have had enough.
Firefox company Mozilla is now saying “Not anymore!” to those pesky ads and intrusive add-ons. This newest tool, now only available in the developer edition of Firefox, is called simply “Tracking Protection” and has a nice button for on/off function when one pops up a private browsing window. Mozilla wants to bring the feature to all its Firefox versions: Windows, Mac, Linux, as well as the Aurora Android browser.
Every time you open a new browser for the first time, or after you delete your cache files, you are automatically assigned a fingerprint. Fingerprints are what websites use so that they can recognize you, in order for you to have the “remember me” feature on Facebook, for example.
The new option that will probably soon be available in Firefox will stop ads on websites from tracking you, will hide your fingerprint, and will block add-ons that do not meet privacy requirements. Pretty cool, right?