Mozilla now offers Total cookie protection as the default setting for all desktop users of the Firefox web browser. The company says this feature makes Firefox “the most secure and private web browser” on Windows, Linux, and Mac PCs.
Total Cookie Protection might be Firefox’s most promising and strongest privacy protection yet. The functionality essentially limits cookies to the site on which they were created. This should help prevent tracking companies from using cookies to track a user’s browsing habits as they move between sites.
Mozilla assures that Total Cookie Protection offers strong protections against tracking. However, the feature does not affect a user’s browsing experience. It works by creating a separate “cookie box” for each website users will visit. Previously, all cookies generated by a website were grouped together in a common container. Needless to say, this container, stored locally, was accessible to all interested websites and tracking companies.
Going forward, Mozilla Firefox users will see their cookies separated into different containers, and these will be restricted to the websites that set them. This restriction and containerization should, in theory, provide some level of privacy. More importantly, Total Cookie Protection could significantly reduce invasive ads. It could also reduce the amount of information companies can collect about and from users.
Total Cookie Protection is an interesting approach that attempts to strike a balance between privacy and information sharing. On the one hand, the functionality allows cookies to perform their primitive and much less invasive tasks such as providing accurate analytics. At the same time, it provides better privacy.
MozillaComment introduced Total Cookie Protection in February 2021. However, the company limited it to Firefox’s tracking protection feature called Enhanced Tracking Protection Strict Mode. Subsequently, the feature was enabled by default in private browsing windows. Starting today, Total Cookie Protection will now be enabled by default for all users worldwide.