Check Out These 5 New “Privacy and Security” Settings for the Firefox Mobile

Mozilla Firefox is one of the free and open web browsers that are highly preferred and used by the users for various purposes like browsing the topics, signing in to the email accounts, downloading and many more. Like the other web browsers, it is supportive with various operating systems, including the Windows, Android, macOS, Linux and iOS. The main advantage of using the Mozilla Firefox is that it maintains a proper balance between the Security and the performance.

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The users using the Mozilla Firefox in the Android device may shift this balance towards “Security and Privacy” by making some modifying some options in the app’s settings. To do so, the users need not to install any sort of extra application to the Android device. In the below information, some of the

  1. Enable the Tracking Protection:

The trackers use to gather the information of the users from various websites visited by them. After gathering the users’ information, trackers sent this to the data collecting sites that may use this information to create the personalized advertisements. And these personalized ads are then displayed to the users while they are browsing or surfing the internet.

These trackers usually come in the form of cookies that might be used by the hackers to gather the users’ personal data. This collected information that is sent to the advertisement sites, could be used by the malicious individuals to harm the user for personal benefits also.

To avoid such a malicious use of the gathered information, the Firefox provides a feature of Tracking Protection. This feature detects and blocks the known trackers, listed in the list provided by the Disconnect team of Firefox. This tracking protection is enabled by default, but only for browsing in private mode.

For enabling the Tracking Protection, follow the stepwise procedure detailed below:

  1. Launch the Firefox application on the Android device.
  2. In the Firefox main activity, tap the Menu button, displayed as the three vertically placed horizontal lines at the upper –right corner.
  3. Now, select the “Settings” option.
  4. And then, tap the “Privacy” option.
  5. At last, select the “Tracking Protection” option. A pop-up menu, displaying three radio buttons will appear on the screen.
  6. Now, choose the “Enabled” radio button.

After enabling the tracking protection, the users will be able to enjoy this protection while using the Mozilla Firefox for browsing, normally and privately.

  1. Enable the “Do Not Track”:

After getting the knowledge about the dangers of trackers as well as the cookies, many web browsers had started to equip its application by “Do Not Track” option. On enabling this “Do Not Track” option in the settings of the Firefox application, the website that the users are asking to visit via Firefox browser will be unable to track them. Even enabling this option will neither cause any performance issues nor any additional harm. By default, the “Do Not Track” option is “Disabled” in the application settings.

For enabling the “Do Not Track” option, follow the stepwise procedure mentioned below:

  1. Launch the Firefox Android application.
  2. Now, tap the menu button (the three vertically placed horizontal lines), displayed on the upper-right corner of the application main activity.
  3. Choose “Settings” option.
  4. And then, choose the “Privacy” option.
  5. After this the “Privacy” activity will appear on the device.
  6. Here, toggle the button displayed in front of the “Do Not Track” option, by tapping on it.

Thus, this request will be received by all the websites that the users are asking to visit on the Firefox browser.

  1. Disable the Cookies from the Third Parties:

The third party cookies usually refers to the cookies that are used by the social media and the advertisers in order to collect the information related to the “How the users use the website”. These cookies are not from the websites that are visited by the users via Firefox application.

For disabling the cookies from the third party, follow the stepwise procedure mentioned below:

  1. Open the Firefox app in the android device.
  2. Tap the menu button (the three vertically placed horizontal lines) on the main activity of the application.
  3. Now, select the “Settings” option.
  4. And then, tap the “Privacy” option.
  5. In the Privacy activity, tap the “Cookies” option.
  6. After this, a pop-up menu will appear on the screen, displaying three radio buttons named as “Enabled”, “Enabled, excluding 3rd party” and “Disabled”.
  7. Among the three radio button, select the “Enabled, excluding 3rd party”.

Thus, all the cookies from the third party will be blocked and the information gathered will lesser in amount. Even most of the websites will start getting operated, normally.

  1. Disable the WebRTC:

WebRTC is the abbreviation for Web Real-Time Communication that refers to the standard, enabling the live communication among the users within the browser. The feature including video calling and video chatting are provided by the WebRTC standard in the Firefox.

All the websites that utilize the standard for building a communication among the users can easily obtain their IP address. After obtaining the IP address of the users, the hackers can easily attack the smartphones of them either by sending the malware or by utilizing various methods. The Firefox provides an option of disabling the WebRTC by accessing the advanced settings of the application.

For disabling the WebRTC, follow the stepwise procedure mentioned below:

  1. Firstly, the users need to enter the advanced settings.
  2. To do so, type “about:config” in the URL bar.
  3. A page will be displayed on the screen.
  4. Here, in the search bar on the upper right corner of the page, type “media.peerconnection.enabled”.
  5. Now, select this option for changing its value from “true” to “false”.
  6. And then, close the tab.
  1. Before Exit, Clear the Browsing History & the Private Data:

All the users’ data is still stored and synced on the websites that are visited or accessed by the users via Firefox, even after the application has been closed by them. Thus, to avoid the malicious use of the information, the Firefox provides the option of “Clear Private Data on Exit”. On enabling this option, the data will automatically get cleared whenever the users exit the application. Apart from this, the users may also make a control over what data has to be cleared.

For enabling the “Clear Private Data on Exit” option, follow the stepwise procedure mentioned below:

  1. Tap the menu button (the three vertically placed horizontal lines) on the Firefox application main activity.
  2. Now, a menu list will appear on the display, showing a list of various options.
  3. Scroll the list in upward direction until the users find the “Settings” option.
  4. And then, choose the “Settings” option.
  5. After this, select the “Privacy” option.
  6. Now, in the Privacy activity, choose the “Clear Private Data on Exit” option.
  7. And then, a pop-up menu showing various options will appear on the display.
  8. From this pop-up menu, choose all the data options that the users wish to clear.
  9. Once finished with selecting process, click the “Set” option.

In order to enjoy this feature, the users need to make an exit by different manner. To do so, tap the menu button of the Firefox application and scroll down the menu until the users find the “Quit” option. Now, tap this “Quit” option to make an exit. Only by utilizing this method for exiting the application, the data will be cleared, automatically.

Unlike other web browser, there are number of setting options in Firefox that can be adjusted manually for improving the security against all the risks that might harm the users in one or the other manner.

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