FireFox is going to launch a new feature of blocking cookies

FireFox is going to launch a new feature of blocking cookies
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Have you ever tried to be cautious about your privacy on the internet?

FireFox knows that your every move on the website goes straight into its log, which is an explicit violation of the ‘right to privacy’. So, it has pulled in an idea of blocking cookies. Its new version 63 will have this inbuilt feature.   

The websites you browse can snoop in your IP address, password, location and net-surfing habits. Simply put, your every move on the internet is under the scanner. Let’s say, you’re texting through your IT company’s web browser, it would be accessible. You can’t hide your online activities from the technically strong website owner’s eyes. He could easily access your cookies. It’s indeed a critical situation. You could easily compromise on the crucial details, like your net-surfing tendencies and preferences. 

What are cookies?

The cookies represent a file comprising the details of the website visitors. What their personal preferences are and also, how much time they have spent particularly together with a lot more information-these are all get stored in the cookies.  

You might find it sounding good IT solution. It’s indeed a blockbuster idea to analyze the activities of the incoming online traffic. The websites take just a wink to recognize that it’s ‘you’, specifically. Then, it tailors the web page in accordance to your previous behavior. This is why you interact with the current status of your shopping cart, the catering of desirable products/services that you have previously explored.       

How does cookies-tracking infiltrate your privacy?

The upside of cookies could play a negative role. The cookies contain a range of URLs. When you input any phrase into the search bar of the web browser, like Google Chrome or Mozilla, a request along with cookies goes to the web server. It’s the host of the website that grants permission to get in. This is how you become able to explore the website.                    

By default, the first party cookies are safe because the website creates it by itself. On the contrary, your password, username and which pages you came across previously could be stored as the third party cookies. The third party advertisers could tap on them. Consequently, a few of them turn into a malicious actor. They get through your password and monitor what you did before on their website. Moreover, they gain a chance to insert hacking tools, like spyware or malware. Thereby, your personal and sensitive information becomes vulnerable. Your social media/gmail account could be broken in easily. Hence, your personal data won’t be personal anymore.  It symbolizes a clear invasion of your right to privacy.

However, the European Union came with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is fully aired since May 25, 2018. Now, the companies can’t collect and share your data sans your consent.

Why is FireFox going to insert the idea of blocking cookies?   

An uncertain interstitial ad gets on the nerves. Although a few netizens feel ‘Ok’ if a pop up barricades their web experience, yet many find it tough. They don’t instinctively agree to hit the ‘Agree/Ok’ tab that allows an access to cookies.  But, they have to go against their instinct for interacting with the web-information.

Besides, the third party ads, which put the user info at risk, could increase the web uploading time by almost 50%. This is what the study of Ghostery states. The tracking is a time-consuming exercise that leads to sluggish uploading.

FireFox understood the complexity of this situation. It has decided to help the users. An idea of integrating blocking such kind of tracking is in its pipeline. The execution of this idea would pass the permission authority to the browser, rather than the website. However, the FireFox Nightly is equipped with this valuable feature. But now, it’s planning to introduce it into its latest version Firefox 63.

Like Google, it has also banned the cryptomining scripts. Those scripts are delved in the illegal fingerprint scanning that could be perilous. The user could lose his control over his device if a hacker gets its access.