Firefox will protect you from tracking via URL redirect

A new feature is coming to Firefox 127, that will protect users from a specific tracking method. Some websites use a chain of links with redirect one to another to build a map of user clicks. They also can set cookies and use other extra additions to generate the full view of your online activity. Firefox will fight them.

Firefox Tracking Protection

Bounce Tracking Protection in Firefox

The method is called "bounce tracking", so the new feature in the browser is named Bounce Tracking Protection.

The tracking method involves redirecting the user through an intermediary page to set tracking Cookies and save data in local storage. By redirecting from the tracker's website to the target page, it can bypass Enhanced Tracking Protection methods implemented in Firefox.

Bounce Tracking Protection periodically clears Cookies and data used for tracking to prevent redirect tracking activity. Instead of relying on a list of known trackers, it uses heuristics to identify new tracker sites based on behavior after a redirect.

Firefox 127 release is scheduled for June 11, 2024.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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