Firefox To Stop Advertisers From Tracking You, Speed Up Loading In Windows

The makers of Firefox have been busy lately, proposing and possibly implementing two features that some users will see as big improvements. For the privacy-conscious crowd, a proposal to implement better controls behaviourial targeting, including an option to block advertisers' abilities to follow you around the web entirely.

Also up, and likely coming soon, is a trick that speeds up Windows start-up considerably by pre-loading DLLs in larger chunks, and therefore saving slower hard drives the crunch of shuttling over necessary files in multiple, tiny chunks. Both are big wins, though it remains to be seen how site owners would respond to the behavioural blocking option.

[First Person Cookie via PC World, Download Squad]


Comments

    From the article:
    "transmitting a Do Not Track HTTP header with every click or page view in Firefox."
    and:
    "The challenge with adding this to the header is that it requires both browsers and sites to implement it to be fully effective."

    So... it looks, to me, like they are trying to reinvent the wheel. The firefox extension Ghostry [Ghostery.com] has been available for quite some time and has been happily blocking tracking cookies, traffic "analysers" etc on my computers for the last two years. Perhaps some collaboration may yield better fruits for both parties.

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