Firefox today announced that its Total Cookie Protection (TCP) feature that protects users from trackers is now available on Android. The feature, which is enabled by default, prevents cross-site tracking. In this way, trackers cannot collect data about your surfing behavior for targeted advertisements.
TCP was first introduced in 2021, but was limited to Firefox’s ETP (Enhanced Tracking Protection) mode. So users had to manually select that security level to enable cookie-based tracking protection. Last year, the company made TCP available and enabled by default in all modes on Firefox for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The browser does not delete cookies completely. Instead, it maintains a “separate cookie jar” for each site to keep your data within that silo.
TCP on Android is rolling out to users starting today and will be available to all users next month.
Unlike Firefox, Google has delayed moving away from third-party cookies to Chrome – now slated to roll out sometime in 2024.
Mozilla is also testing a new feature for instantly generating a Firefox Relay – an email proxy service – during a site’s signup process. The company says that on some sites – Firefox didn’t specify which ones – the tool will ask users to use one of the existing proxy email addresses or create a new one. Mozilla says it plans to expand this feature to all users and more sites later this year.
Firefox Relay’s masking service offers five email addresses for free. But with its premium service – with plans starting at $0.99 per month – you can get unlimited email addresses.
Last month, Firefox for Android also got new extensions for removing tracking elements before sharing a URL and mention on articles.