On February 23rd, Mozilla announced a new privacy feature, called Total Cookie Protection. This process works by halting any websites from tracking outside their own site.
Computer cookies, according to Karls Technology, is stored data on internet browsers. When users surf the web, each site visited sends cookie files back to their browser. Browsing habits are collected and tracked throughout the web. While some cookie tracking is harmless, and allows information like logins to be stored, it can also be a potential risk to privacy.
However, with Firefox 86’s new Total Cookie Protection, “cookie jars” are available to separate the cookies and bound them to avoid other websites grabbing that information.
“Our new feature, Total Cookie Protection, works by maintaining a separate “cookie jar” for each website you visit. Any time a website, or third-party content embedded in a website, deposits a cookie in your browser, that cookie is confined to the cookie jar assigned to that website, such that it is not allowed to be shared with any other website.”
Source: Mozilla Blog
Last month, they announced the Supercookie Protections, which reduces the risk of the utilization of supercookies. Supercookies are not only a replacement of regular cookies, but also are difficult to delete. Mozilla is hoping these privacy updates improve user’s quality of internet browsing while maintaining the best privacy possible.
YouTube users can install it as a PWA on their devices. But, what is that anyways? Progressive Web Applications give the users quick, easy access to their favorite apps. Once YouTube is installed, they will find a red logo in their app launcher, task bar, or desktop.
As shown above, if a + sign shows up on the browser while you’re on YouTube and you click it, it will give you the option of installing it. AndroidPolice, a tech blog, shared a bit of information regarding it:
“The change rolled out over the last few days, and you can tell that the option has reached you once you see the signature plus button in your browser’s address bar that prompts you to install the app when you click it. Once added to your applications, you’ll find YouTube in its own window, but there aren’t any new capabilities enabled thanks to PWA support, like downloading for Premium users or such. The simple installation process is the only real benefit for now, though there’s nothing hindering other changes from coming later.”