Mozilla announced the release of Firefox 69, the latest version of its flagship browser for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.
Today, Firefox on desktop and Android will—by default—empower and protect all our users by blocking third-party tracking cookies and cryptominers,” Mozilla’s Marissa Wood announced. “This milestone marks a major step in our multi-year effort to bring stronger, usable privacy protections to everyone using Firefox.”
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As you may recall, Firefox began enabling Enhanced Tracking Protection for new users and new installs of the browser back in June. With today’s release of Firefox 69, that protection is enabled by default for everyone.
“Currently over 20 percent of Firefox users have Enhanced Tracking Protection on,” Wood explains. “With today’s release, we expect to provide protection for 100% of our users by default. Enhanced Tracking Protection works behind-the-scenes to keep a company from forming a profile of you based on their tracking of your browsing behavior across websites — often without your knowledge or consent. Those profiles and the information they contain may then be sold and used for purposes you never knew or intended. Enhanced Tracking Protection helps to mitigate this threat and puts you back in control of your online experience.”
Existing users will receive the Firefox 69 update automatically, and new users can find the free download at the Mozilla website.