The feature uses a list from Disconnect to identify and block trackers that normally follow you around the web, collecting your browsing history.
Mozilla’s Firefox web browser for iOS devices now includes default Tracking Protection for both regular and private browsing.
The feature uses a list from Disconnect to identify and block trackers that normally follow you around the web, collecting your browsing history. It uses the same ad blocking technology that’s found in Mozilla’s Firefox Focus mobile apps as well as the desktop and Android versions of Firefox.
Previously, Firefox for iOS users had to manually enable Tracking Protection. Now, in Firefox for iOS 11, it’s on by default, but you can tap the menu button and switch it off, if you so choose. You can also disable it on specific sites by long-pressing the URL bar and tapping the shield icon.
“At Mozilla we’ve always believed it’s important to respect people’s privacy and give them the control to decide which information they want to share, and what information they don’t,” Mozilla’s Nick Nguyen wrote in a Thursday blog post. “Now more than ever consumers are demanding this from the companies with whom they share their data.”
Tracking Protection has some side benefits besides ensuring that your browsing data remains private.
“Most people using tracking protection will notice that their web content loads faster for many websites, allowing them to save on data usage and providing optimized battery performance,” Nguyen wrote.
Meanwhile, on the iPad front, you can now reorder tabs, drag and drop links between Firefox and other apps, and take advantage of more keyboard shortcuts like Command + Option + Tab for the all tabs view.