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.