Mozilla Firefox’s new Private Browsing with Tracking Protection is now available in the beta version
Last month we told you that Mozilla Firefox is getting a new and improved private browsing mode.
And now, it is now officially available in the browser.
Well, when I say its available, I mean in the Firefox beta version. First of all, let me clarify the obvious here. Private browsing does not guarantee anonymity, all it does is it prevents the websites you visit from tracking your visits. Your service provider will still be able to see the information you access, and your activities as well.
But it is useful for scenarios like when you are accessing your emails, or some documents using a public or shared computer, as private browsing does not save the cookies or your browsing history.
Mozilla’s new private browsing mode cranks up this security a notch further. The new mode is actually called as an “Private Browsing with Tracking Protection” mode. The reason behind this us that, websites are still able to track your browsing activity to display the advertisements, this is done by the ad providers. Firefox’s new tracking mode prevents this by cutting off several third party trackers. This is done through a Control Center for Private Browsing.
Naturally there is the issue of webpages not loading properly, as some elements could be blocked by the Private Browsing mode. Fortunately, Mozilla has plugged this hole, with the option to disable the Tracking Protection in the browser, which will then load the webpage as it is designed to, but sans of the protection.
Mozilla Firefox’s new Private Browsing with Tracking Protection is now available in the beta version for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems, and also for Google’s Android OS as well.
Download the Mozilla Firefox beta version and install it on your system. Now click on the menu button in the top right corner, and then on the “New Private Window” button to launch a new private browsing session. That’s it you are good to go.
To disable the protection on a website, click on the Shield icon on the left hand side of the address bar, to open the Control Center. Now you will be able to disable the Tracking Protection from the settings.
If you want to download the offline installer for Mozilla Firefox beta, head over to this page on their servers, and pick one for your language and supported operating system. And the best part is that it also has a 64-bit version for Windows.