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Speed and pri­vacy are key bat­tle­fields in the browser wars. Google’s Chrome has been win­ning th­ese bat­tles since it launched in 2008, steal­ing mil­lions of Fire­fox and In­ter­net Ex­plorer users. It has al­ways been fast enough to com­pen­sate for oc­ca­sional crashes, and reg­u­larly adds new warning mes­sages to pro­tect you from on­line threats.

But Fire­fox has rearmed it­self with Quan­tum (ver­sion 57), which loads web pages faster, and uses less PC mem­ory. It also takes your pri­vacy more se­ri­ously by let­ting you block all track­ers as you browse (th­ese are tools ad­ver­tis­ing and mar­ket­ing com­pa­nies use to gather your per­sonal data). Pre­vi­ously, you could only do this when us­ing Fire­fox’s ‘pri­vate brows­ing’ mode.

To turn on Track­ing Pro­tec­tion click the menu but­ton (three hor­i­zon­tal lines), Op­tions, then ‘Pri­vacy & Se­cu­rity’ (on the left). In the Track­ing Pro­tec­tion sec­tion se­lect Al­ways (see screen­shot). When Fire­fox is block­ing a site’s tracker you’ll see a shield icon at the top left of the browser bar. Mozilla pro­vides more de­tails at www.snipca.com/26320.

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