Nowadays anonymity seems to be an endangered species of internet security and privacy. We all are familiar with those irritating ads on each and every website related to our earlier searches or visits on e-commerce websites. We are going to know about the “Do Not Track” feature which may become a savior of your privacy.
Yes, all of the browsers provide you with the private modes for internet surfing so that your history traces will not be stored. But these private modes have nothing to do with our surfing data stored on the servers of that website which we visited.
You might be thinking; why do other websites store your data? the answer is they store your data on their servers to later use it for analysis and marketing. The data may contain the list of your visited websites, what you’re purchased and also the amount you paid.
Hence we need some kind of feature which won’t let the other servers to track our browsing. For this, we are having an inbuilt feature “Do Not Track” in our windows browsers.
Do Not Track sends your online behavior to servers during page load. Opting in this feature will let the server know that you don’t want your online behavior stored to be used for any purpose.
Enabling this feature doesn’t mean that every website will not track your browsing behavior because they are not bound to do that. But most of the website respect the user’s wish to Do Not Track.
We will be discussing enabling the “Do Not Track” feature in different Windows browsers. One more thing, keep in mind the following tutorials for Desktop users only.
1. Enable Do Not Track In Firefox browser
In order to enable the Do Not Track settings in Mozilla Firefox browser you will need to do the following :
- Open the Firefox browser.
- Click on a hamburger(menu button) kind of sign in the top right corner of the firefox browser. Select Options from the drop-down menu.
- Now click on the Privacy & Security option in Firefox options.
- You will see Firefox’s privacy options. You will see three radio buttons bunched with their respected choices.
- To enable Do Not Track, select the choice “Tell sites that I do not want to be tracked“.
- Now click on the “Always” radio button at the bottom to save your changes.
2. Do Not Track In Google Chrome browser
To enable the Do Not Track feature in Google Chrome browser perform the following steps:
- Open your Chrome browser.
- Click the menu button(three vertically aligned dots on the top right corner).
- Now select the Settings option from the drop-down menu.
- Now you will see the options inside the settings option of Chrome in a new tab. Click the last option of the window “Advanced”.
- Now You will have to enable the “Send a Do Not Track request with your browsing traffic” option.
3. Do Not Track In Opera browser
To enable Do Not Track feature in Opera browser perform the following steps:
- Open the Opera browser.
- Click the Opera menu button which is on the top left corner of the window.
- Now click the option “Settings” from the drop-down menu.
- Now you will see the settings option for Opera. Click the Privacy & Security option.
- At the top of the window, you will see the Privacy section. There will be a checkbox with an option of “Do Not Track”. Click that checkbox to enable this mode in the Opera browser.
4. Do Not Track In Safari browser
To enable the Do Not Track feature in Safari browser perform the following steps:
- Open the Safari browser.
- Click on the Gear icon located in the top right corner of the browser window.
- Click the “Preferences” option from the drop-down options.
- Now in the Preference dialog, click the Advanced option.
- Now at the bottom of the window, you will see a Checkbox along with an option “Show Develop Menu“, Check that option if it is unchecked.
- Now click the Page icon just next to the Gear option which you clicked earlier, You will see a drop-down menu containing Develop Option.
- Hover the mouse pointer over Develop Option, you will see a sub-menu “Send Do Not Track HTTP Header“appear on the left, click that option to enable the Do Not Track feature in Opera.
That ends our tutorial here that explains methods to enable ‘Do Not Track’ on most common web browsers. That will limit the annoying ads that appear while browsing. If you find anything bothering, do let us know in the comment section below. We would be happy to help you ahead.