Tag Archives: tracking

Enable global tracking protection in Firefox

As you may know (or not), Firefox has a tracking protection built in since quite few builds back. However, by default, this feature is limited to Private windows only. Enabling it globally will prevent tracking on all webpages. And from the looks of it, it doesn’t seem to affect browsing quality. You will recognize the active protection via displayed shield in the URL address bar. If there is no shield displayed, it means the webpage is not tracking you.

If you want to enable this globally, you can do this in two ways…

Add-on:

Install this add-on and it’ll enable it for you automatically. Since it’s an add-on, it’ll sync itself with you other Firefox installs on other systems, enabling it globally on all your devices.

Manual setting:

Type about:config in the URL bar and hit ENTER key. Confirm the warning and search for privacy.trackingprotection.enabled and double click it to set it to TRUE.

If value doesn’t exist, right click in empty space, select New and then select Boolean. Name it privacy.trackingprotection.enabled and toggle it to TRUE.

This is useful if you want this enabled on individual systems only or not having to install yet another add-on for a simple tweak within advanced settings. It’s up to you 🙂

Additional settings under Privacy:

Type about:config in the URL bar and hit ENTER key. Confirm the warning and search for privacy.trackingprotection.ui.enabled and double click it to set it to TRUE.

If value doesn’t exist, right click in empty space, select New and then select Boolean. Name it privacy.trackingprotection.ui.enabled and toggle it to TRUE.

You will get additional settings within Firefox with this one under Privacy settings where you can easily enable or disable tracking protection.

You can disable tracking protection for individual webpages by clicking the shield and disabling protection. I have just noticed tracking protection removes “Like” and stars ratings from my blog (this one). You can disable the tracking protection if you want to see the ratings for my blog posts. Same applies for other webpages. Unfortunately, there is no way of selectively enabling just specific “trackers” and leaving others blocked. It’s either fully on or off for a certain webpage.

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Direct URL tracking of DHL and UPS parcels

If you’re regularly ordering stuff online and you want to track packages on, lets say smartphone without copy&pasting the parcel tracking number manually on delivery service webpages (which is just clumsy using touch keyboards), just create a draft e-mail on PC in GMail with the direct URL (which also includes your tracking number) and you can check the status on phone by clicking that URL with the tracking number, opening the browser and tracking webpage directly. Which is so much faster and convenient. Or store the URL as bookmark in mobile browser and you’ll be able to check where the package is at any time without lengthy fiddling of opening the page and copying tracking numbers by hand into their search field. I’m using this all the time and it’s really handy.

DHL

http://www.dhl.com/en/express/tracking.html?AWB=[TRACKING_NUMBER]

http://www.dhl.com/cgi-bin/tracking.pl?AWB=[TRACKING_NUMBER]

UPS

http://wwwapps.ups.com/etracking/tracking.cgi?tracknum=[TRACKING_NUMBER]

Just replace the [TRACKING_NUMBER] with the actual tracking number supplied to you by the store and voila, you can quickly track where your goods are traveling. 🙂 It’s really super easy and super useful.