Mozilla has rolled out its most recent privacy feature with Firefox 86 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and termed as “Total Cookie Protection.” The latest privacy feature generates respective cookie jars for each website the user visits to block cross-site monitoring.
Cookies, for the uninformed, are considered as the text documents comprising of small pieces of information that can be utilized to recognize a user’s system. Though they were created to enhance a user’s web browsing encounter, they can further be utilized to observe online activity without the user’s approval. Moreover, the tech giant, Google is likewise working on a method to eliminate the third-party cookie monitoring on its Chrome web browser as a section of its Privacy Sandbox project, an action that explores to enable personalized ads while restricting personally classifying data.
Mozilla described the latest Firefox feature on its Security blog:
“Our new feature, Total Cookie Protection, works by maintaining a separate “cookie jar” for each website you visit. Any time a website, or third-party content embedded in a website, deposits a cookie in your browser, that cookie is confined to the cookie jar assigned to that website, such that it is not allowed to be shared with any other website.”
The latest security innovation is part of Firefox’s Enhanced Tracking Protection (ETP) Strict mode. The blog post further stated, “In addition, Total Cookie Protection makes a limited exception for cross-site cookies when they are needed for non-tracking purposes, such as those used by popular third-party login providers. Only when Total Cookie Protection detects that you intend to use a provider, will it give that provider permission to use a cross-site cookie specifically for the site you’re currently visiting. Such momentary exceptions allow for strong privacy protection without affecting your browsing experience.”
“In combining Total Cookie Protection with last month’s supercookie protections, Firefox is now armed with very strong, comprehensive protection against cookie tracking,” the company responded.