I don’t know if you’ve heard, but websites all over the internet are tracking your browser history and other information. Internet privacy has become a bigger deal as more people learn about it and want to protect their information.
Mozilla has always been a defender of privacy in a free and open internet. I’ve been using their Firefox browser for a while, and always loved their extensive privacy settings. In their latest version, Mozilla added the ability to protect against trackers, crypto miners, and fingerprinters. And tracking protection is set on by default in Firefox!
Mozilla also offers other free services to protect your privacy. Firefox Monitor alerts you if your emails were involved in past and recent data breaches. This is especially helpful for accounts that you forgot you had. I went back and deleted old accounts that were involved in data breaches!
Do you have a lot of passwords? Firefox Lockwise is a free password manager that syncs with your Firefox account. Passwords that you have saved in Firefox become accessible on your mobile device. You can only unlock the app with your phone’s password. Lockwise detects when you are logging into a site with a saved password. Once you unlock the app, it will autofill the login for you!
I’ve also been testing Mozilla’s new browser, called Firefox Preview. It is a simple and streamlined mobile browser that maintains privacy elements. It includes tracking protection, and also a Private mode. This mode prevents your browsing history from being saved. Anyone else who uses your device won’t be able to see what you were up to!
If you want to protect your privacy, even more, try a VPN service! VPNs help mask your true location and hide your activity on public Wifi. Most VPN services have a subscription-fee, but ProtonVPN has a free option available. It does the trick for simple web browsing and is available on both desktop and mobile devices.
If you are using a browser like Google Chrome, I recommend trying out Firefox. Do you have any other privacy suggestions?