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Enhanced Tracking Protection in Firefox automatically protects your privacy while you browse. It blocks trackers that follow you around online to collect information about your browsing habits and interests without breaking site functionality. It also includes protections against harmful scripts, such as malware that drains your battery.
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Protections Dashboard
To see what’s been blocked on all sites over the past week, visit your Protections Dashboard. Click the shield in the address bar
and select Protections Dashboard or type about:protections into the address bar. This will open the Protections Dashboard page in a new tab.
What Enhanced Tracking Protection blocks
Firefox uses a list of known trackers provided by Disconnect. By default, Firefox blocks the following types of trackers and scripts.
In Private Browsing Mode and Strict Mode, Firefox includes Total Cookie Protection, which confines every cookie to the website where it was created. This prevents cookies from tracking you across sites. Strict Mode also includes Enhanced Cookie Clearing, which allows users to clear third-party cookies more effectively.
To learn more about trackers and scripts blocked by Firefox, see the article Trackers and scripts Firefox blocks in Enhanced Tracking Protection and SmartBlock for Enhanced Tracking Protection.
How to tell when Firefox is protecting you
The shield to the left of the address bar tells if you if Firefox is blocking trackers and scripts on a site.
How to tell what’s being blocked on a site
Click on the shield to see what Firefox has blocked.
This panel will display different information depending on the site you’re on.
What to do if a site seems broken
If a site seems broken, try turning off Enhanced Tracking Protection. It allows trackers to load on that site only. Enhanced Tracking Protection will continue to block trackers on other sites.
  1. Click on the shield
    to the left of the address bar.
  2. Toggle the switch
    at the top of the panel.
    This will turn off Enhanced Tracking Protection for this site. The page will reload automatically and allow trackers on this site only.
Follow the same process to turn Enhanced Tracking Protection back on.
You may encounter breakage on some sites when you’re in Strict Enhanced Tracking Protection. This is because trackers are hidden in some content. For example, a website might embed an outside video or social media post that contains trackers. To block the trackers, Firefox must also block the content itself.
Trackers are often hidden in the following types of content:
Adjust your global Enhanced Tracking Protection settings
When you download Firefox, all protections included in Standard Enhanced Tracking Protection are already enabled.
To view or change your Enhanced Tracking Protection settings for all sites, click the shield
to the left of the address bar on any webpage and select Protection Settings. This will open the Firefox Settings Privacy & Security panel in a new tab.
Tip: These settings are also available from the Firefox menu:
Click the menu button
, click Settings, and select Privacy & Security.
Standard Enhanced Tracking Protection
By default, Firefox blocks the following on all sites.
Strict Enhanced Tracking Protection
To further increase privacy, select Strict Enhanced Tracking Protection. This will block the following:
  1. Click on the shield
    to the left of the address bar on any webpage.
  2. Click on Protection Settings.
    The Firefox Settings Privacy & Security panel will open.
  3. Under Enhanced Tracking Protection, select Strict.
  4. Select the
    button to apply your new privacy settings.
Custom Enhanced Tracking Protection
Want to block some trackers and scripts, but not others? Use Custom Enhanced Tracking Protection.
  1. Click on the shield
    to the left of the address bar on any webpage.
  2. Click on Protection Settings.
    The Firefox Settings Privacy & Security panel will open.
  3. Under Enhanced Tracking Protection, select Custom.
  4. Choose which trackers and scripts to block by selecting those checkboxes.
  5. Select the
    button to apply your new privacy settings.
You can also turn off all protections in Custom, by deselecting all checkboxes. This allows all trackers and scripts to load and effectively disables these features:
  1. Deselect the Trackers checkbox.
  2. Deselect the Cookies checkbox.
  3. Deselect the Cryptominers checkbox.
  4. Deselect the Fingerprinters checkbox.
  5. Select the
    button to apply your new privacy settings.
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