Just kidding. It can’t happen. Well, not in the absolute sense, anyway. Browser tracking is nearly ubiquitous, and most people just don’t seem to care who is tracking. I care. You should, too. Try this.
Mozilla, the company that gets plenty of revenue from a deal with Google for default search engine rights has heard the growing noise about privacy and security. The response? Firefox Focus. It’s a free and fast private browser for iOS and now Android.
Not All Ads Track
The advertising problem isn’t one that will go away soon, but Mozilla seems to think giving their fans and users alternatives will help keep the Firefox name alive in an era with increasing competition among browsers and ad blockers. Ad blockers? That’s Firefox Focus’ claim to fame. No ads.
Mozilla wants you to browse like no one is watching you. You can. Browse. But you’re still being watched here and there. Still, what you get with Firefox Focus is a faster, easier, less bandwidth-using browser experience. Ads and tracking scripts take up bandwidth, slow down website page loads, and clutter the screen. Not with Firefox Focus.
Simplicity, meet speed. Speed, meet bare bones features.
Firefox Focus is for the iPhone, iPad, or Android user who wants a little more privacy and security, doesn’t want to be tracked too much, enjoys a speedy browsing experience, and doesn’t need to wade through four screens of settings and configurations.
The app is positively spartan. It also uses iOS’s built-in browser engine, Safari, so how is it that it’s faster than Safari? It’s not. Unless you add an ad blocker to Safari, then use Firefox Focus, and that makes it a faster browser than Safari without an ad blocker.
I know. Don’t ask.
Firefox Focus does have settings. You can set a default search engine. Choices include Yahoo!, Google, Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, and the famous non-tracker search engine, DuckDuckGo. There are buttons to block Ad Trackers, Analytics Trackers, Social Trackers, and other content trackers. It even blocks web fonts.
And that’s a wrap.
Please be advised, that as of the end of 2016, Mac360 stopped all trackers. No ad trackers, no analytics trackers, no Google trackers, no script trackers of any kind. So, be kind to our special advertisers. And notice how fast Mac360 loads onto iPhone or iPad. It’s like a colorful Reader mode.
Regardless, even with an ad blocking browser like Firefox Focus or ad blocker extensions in Safari or Chrome or other browser, you’re still be tracked, though not as extensively. Your internet service provider captures data via your IP address. Ditto for cell phone carriers. And many trackers– Google, Amazon, and others– capture your IP address and have other methods to know your whereabouts online, even if your website browser isn’t the tattletale.