Mozilla Reflects on 2012 Successes, Claims Users Love "Do Not Track"

18

Comments

+ Add a Comment
avatar

Granite

Don't really have anything against Firefox. Just prefer Opera for both PC and Android phone. The fact is...I don't want to live without my Speed Dial and I don't want to have to run an extension to get it.

BTW, Opera also has Do Not Track, so I'm not losing anything.

avatar

vrmlbasic

If only opera mobile had a convenient way to add AdBlock or similar functionality as I find it likely that it costs me more to pay for the data of the ad than the view of the ad makes the site I'm viewing. Large, slow-loading banner/interactive ads shouldn't be on mobile sites anyhow, it's a dumb move. Non-intrusive tasteful text ads or bust.

avatar

Granite

There is a quite easy way to block ads in Opera Mobile that uses the same method that the desktop Opera uses. Do a Google search to find out more.

avatar

whr4usa

what about Bing search!!?? (:

avatar

Granite

ummm....okay, dude...whatever floats your boat.

I use Google, so that's why I mentioned it.

avatar

whr4usa

so does IE9 & IE10 && I think the webkit family does too?

Opera is an excellent choice

avatar

tony2tonez

I use FF for my PC but not for my android. I like the sync function of bookmarks for pc and mobile. But the one thing i didnt like was when you pinched the screen, the columns never adjusted for the new size like Dolphin Browser does. I havent tried the mobile app in a while so they might have fixed it.

avatar

livebriand

And how did they get this information? Via tracking?

avatar

duken

They don't need to track you. Whenever you access a page your browser (*ANY* browser) sends information about your browser and OS. (That's part of the HTTP protocol and that's how Google Analytics knows that information.) And the only thing the "do not track" feature does is to include an additional field to the HTTP header requesting the website to not track you. So, all they need is a few websites to say how many times have they received that request while being accessed from firefox.

avatar

dgrmouse

@duken: No offense, but that's a naive view. Analytic systems usually use cookies and javascript to augment the very basic information that a browser header gives. And because there are just a few major back-end analytic and advertising companies (who may share information), it's possible to track your browsing across many otherwise distinct websites. That blue Facebook F gif that's on every page you view lets Facebook do a pretty good job of tracking every website you visit - whether or not you actually have or use a Facebook login. You can setup your browser to send blank or fictitious information for the header data you mention with zero net effect (other than possibly having pages render incorrectly or fetching alternate versions), except possibly making yourself slightly easier to identify personally by having a unique request header.

avatar

whr4usa

smart man!

avatar

dgrmouse

Absolutely, yes. Mozilla won't enable DO NOT TRACK by default, but they will (and do) surreptitiously install addons that report your behavior in a highly invasive way. They allow addons to hijack your browser into visiting a website after being updated (to enable addon devs to better track your usage). They allow addons to be installed by any old program on your machine without prompting you before activating them, with no recourse to remove them other than hacking the registry. They install system services so that they can install software without your explicit permission.

The only problems Mozilla's developers seem to have any interest in "fixing" are the things that aren't broken. This has been true since 4.0 or before, and it's very pathetic.

avatar

whr4usa

this is exactly why I'll never use stock firefox, ever

waterfox is a decent browser and fills a necessary role for many of the ystem configurations I service, I still prefer Opera, web, IE anyday...

avatar

whr4usa

with exception of enabling the "Don't ever track me" option none of the above data requires any sort of telemetry or tracking to know

avatar

whitneymr

Never left and have Do Not Track turned on from the get go.

avatar

Sir Hobbes3

Never have left Firefox, been with it for quite some time now.

avatar

Blaze589

I was about to leave Ff this week because it kept crashing. After a bit of troubleshooting I found out it was an extension that was giving me trouble. Since the browser now does silent installs along with extensions it can be a bit tricky now; blame the browser or extension for ones surfing woes. Anyhow all is well now and I'm still happy to call Ff my default browser since Ff v2.

avatar

whr4usa

pro tip; a lot of seemingly problematic extensions magically have no problems when using WaterFox (or pale moon if you're still on 32-bit for osme reason) as oppossed to stock firefox for windows

Log in to MaximumPC directly or log in using Facebook

Forgot your username or password?
Click here for help.

Login with Facebook
Log in using Facebook to share comments and articles easily with your Facebook feed.