Posts Tagged ‘script blocker’

Firefox Tracking Protection Decreases Page Load Times by 44%

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Improved privacy is definitely a good thing … but faster page load times are even better.

Mozilla launched Tracking Protection, a new feature to block trackers on the web automatically, in Firefox Nightly back in November 2014. The feature, turned off by default, needs to be enabled before it becomes available in the browser. To do so, load about:config in the browser’s address bar and hit enter, and confirm that you will be careful. Search for privacy.trackingprotection.enabled and double-click the preference to set it to true to enable it in the browser.

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How Google is Tracking You … and How to Avoid It

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

This explains why your Facebook page suddenly becomes clogged with ads for vacuum cleaners every time you Google the phrase “vacuum cleaner” … but I’m not quite convinced that there’s very much we can do to change that phenomenon.

Tracking is an essential part of online advertising. The more advertising companies know about users who visit web pages and services they display ads on, the better targeted advertisements can be displayed to those users. When it comes to tracking, Google is without doubt the uncrowned king of it based on the popularity of some of its services and the sheer number of other services that are widely used.

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