Mozilla Firefox version 102 has been released. This adds an extra layer to protect your web browsing activities from being tracked by websites.

This new version removes query parameters from URL strings. These are the sequence of letters, numbers, or symbols following the question mark at the second part of specific URLs. 

Take this example: https://thuishaven.nl/16-juli-thuishaven-zomer-technospecial-w-colin-benders-nachtshow/?fbclid=IwAR3Q7R2K9A5pe6FWNnJOFiWxSXBzEJ44hbJmmbqVDmD1TKdhliwEWLhmCac

The query parameters provide a window into your online privacy. They can be used to feed your personal data to websites that monitor user behavior.

Go to Firefox Settings and click Privacy & Security to activate the anti-tracking feature. You can also change Enhanced Tracking Protection from Strict to Strict. (As shown in the image in next slide)

Private browsing will not strip query parameters, even with Strict Mode enabled.

You can enable the feature in Private Mode by typing "about config" into the address bar and then "strip" in the search function. Then, you're ready to go! (As shown in the image in the next slide)

Mozilla warns that Enhanced Tracking Protection in Strict Mode might cause some sites to not function properly. You can change back to Standard if that happens. Unfortunately, it doesn't have an anti-tracking feature.

Privacy at the top Firefox's default privacy settings, which are proactive, are better than other browsers such as Chrome, Edge, Safari, and Safari.

It blocks social media trackers, crypto miners, fingerprinters, and cross-site and third-party cookies. Is it bulletproof? It is not bulletproof.

Even with the updated version, most security settings must be adjusted manually in Strict and Custom Mode. Brave offers these options as a default.

Firefox is an excellent browser if privacy is your primary concern. We can expect more improvements in the future. Particularly if you are considering switching continuous monitoring from Chrome (or Google).