Mozilla has updated the terms of service for the popular Firefox browser. In the latest version, the protection function Total Cookie Protection is activated by default, which prevents websites and services from collecting information about the user and his activities using cookies. The update will be rolled out on computers with Windows and macOS. A similar feature is also available in the Firefox Focus browser for Android.
According to Mozilla, Total Cookie Protection was turned on by default yesterday for all Firefox browser users on Windows and macOS computers. The feature effectively isolates all cookies and ensures that only specific websites and/or third-party modules built into websites can access them. In other words, cookies from a website are hidden from other resources visited by the user.
This prevents tracking programs from tracking user activity across websites, reducing the amount of information collected about the user across the web. As a result, he receives less targeted advertising, for example. The Total Cookie Protection feature originally appeared about a year ago in Firefox’s “strict” advanced protection mode. It was later added as the default private window mode, and earlier this year the company added similar functionality to Firefox Focus for Android. Finally, protection is now applied by default.
Today, Firefox is the fourth most popular desktop browser in the world, accounting for 7.86% of that market as of May 2022, according to StatCounter. It is the most popular browser for Windows that is not based on the Chromium engine.