After it has released version 41 of Firefox browser, Mozilla came up with version 42.0 (beta), giving more attention at spotlighting privacy and tracking.
At Mozilla, they give privacy an important role and they have a hypothesis that users have a greater expectation of privacy when using Private Browsing.
Developers at Mozilla are testing a feature called Tracking Protection that blocks certain page elements. Nowadays most websites rely a lot on many different third-party apps which are separated by the site you are visiting. Usually these third-party apps provide social network buttons, advertising and analytics. Some of these apps can record your browsing activity and create profiles about you accross many sites.
The issue of privacy and website tracking has always been in the spotlight of many big companies. iOS 9, which is the newest release by Apple, now allows ad blocking. It has become so controversial that one popular ad blocker, Peace, was voluntarily removed from Apple’s App store by its creator for its sweeping approach.
People at Mozilla confirm that Tracking Protection is one of a kind and no other mainstream browsers private mode protects you from surfing the internet like this feature.
Now we have to wait and let the time tell us if Tracking Protection will block these third apps from getting our data without reducing our browsing experience.
How to Test Tracking Protection in private browsing
If you want to test Private Browsing with Tracking Protection in Firefox Beta, you can do it by following these sterps:
1. Click the menu button
2. Click New Private Window icon to launch a Private Browsing session.
3. You will see the screen that confirms Tracking Protection is on.
4. Navigate to any website you want and browse as usual.
How to disable Tracking Protection for a specific site in Private Browsing
Sometimes Web apps that track behavior are integrated very well with the Web page we want to browse, so they might appear broken. You can disable Tracking Protection in Private Browsing for a particular site using the Control Center. Check the steps below:
1. Locate and click the shield icon on the left side of the URL bar.
2. The Control Center is then shown and identifies that Tracking Protection is blocking parts of the page.
3. Click the “Disable protection for this session” to turn off Tracking Protection.
Lots of other features
Firefox 42 (beta) comes with lot of other features, which increase performance and browsing experience. Some of these features are:
1. Indicator added to tabs that play audio with one-click muting (Adobe Flash supported since version 19)
2. Login Manager improvements
3. Control Center that contains site security and privacy controls
4. WebRTC improvements
5. Improved performance on interactive websites that trigger a lot of restyles
Various HTML5 and developer-oriented updates are also included.
You choose which beta do you want to try at the link below: