Mozilla makes privacy-protecting option

Mozilla makes  the new default for its web browser running on iOS devices. If the Facebook privacy scandal has you freaked out, you might be happy to know that Firefox for iPhones and iPads now blocks websites from tracking your online behavior.

Mozilla-makes-privacy-protecting-optionMozilla’s browser has an option called tracking protection that blocks tracking software embedded in websites. Now that option is enabled by default on mobile devices powered by Apple’s iOS software, Mozilla said Thursday.

“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,” said Nick Nguyen, vice president of Firefox.

In Facebook’s case, much of the data is what you yourself supply, but tracking technology also keeps tabs on you involuntarily, for example showing ads on Facebook for a company whose website you recently visited.

Tracking protection is increasingly common among browsers. The Brave browser, from Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich, blocks all trackers.

Apple’s Safari uses technology called intelligent tracking prevention to block software from tracking you as you browse different websites. It’s unclear whether Mozilla plans to expand its use of tracking protection.

However it has a bonus side effect that it can speed up websites and keep them from draining as much of your battery power. Mozilla enables the feature by default in Firefox for Windows, MacOS and Android only for private tabs.

Tens of millions of people use Firefox on personal computers, but it remains rareness on smartphones and tablets where Safari and Google’s Chrome are built-in options.