Mozilla is working on development of a browser tool that could easily help to block third party software companies from viewing your browsing history, making a truly private surf of the web possible for everyday users.
In the pre-beta version of its popular Firefox Internet web browser, Mozilla is testing an experimental tool to prevent third-party applications on websites from tracking users browsing information through cookies and fingerprinting.
According to a blog post by Mozilla, “We’ve worked with developers and created a process that attempts to verify that add-ons installed in Firefox meet the guidelines and criteria we’ve developed to ensure they’re safer for you.”
What this means for users is the ability to browse a website without ad companies or analytical companies, such as Googles Analytics, from looking at your browsing history and recommending ads based on your history. This also has the ability to help identify what extensions of a website are accessing your cookies, which are small pieces of data stored on your computer by a website, and what they are doing with it.
Malicious third-party software, such as those that look install malware or redirect to a faux-helpful webpage that coerce the user into clicking on a link that installs malware or a virus, would be easier to identify. At least, that’s the hope that Mozilla has with this experimental tool.
Though the tool itself might cause some webpages to not load, the tool can be modified to allow certain websites to access that data.
For now, this tool is only available on the experimental build of the Firefox web browser, which is where the company tests different features, but should the tool be a success it could see a rollout to the primary browser.