This article covers a simple approach to enable tracking prevention in Microsoft Edge Chromium. Many times you visit different websites to search online and for gathering various information concerning your need. But do you know, a large number of sites you visit keep tracking you to collect your personal data without your approval? Microsoft team understands the importance of valuable data and the privacy of its users and therefore they introduced a feature in the Edge browser to stop this problem. With the new stable version of the Edge Chromium, there is a feature by using which you can prevent the tracking activities of these websites.
This feature in the Edge browser works in three-ways i.e., Basic, Balance, and Strict. All three modes of Microsoft Edge effectively block the identified dangerous trackers. But in Strict mode, some parts of sites might not work as expected. Furthermore, the contents and advertisements will possibly be personalized in basic mode. However, it’s less personalized in balanced mode and minimal in Strict mode. So, let’s move in the below section and know the way to enable tracking prevention in the Edge browser.
How to Enable Tracking Prevention in Microsoft Edge Chromium?
Microsoft is constantly working on reducing problems and enhancing the privacy of its users. If you’re a regular user of the Edge browser, you can use the tracking prevention feature to avoid unwanted tracing from different sites. In order to use this feature in Microsoft Edge Chromium, follow the given steps:
Step 1: At first, you need to launch the Chromium Edge browser. In the top-right corner of the app area, there is “Settings and more” option i.e. three dots. Clicking on this option, a list of menus appears in the right sidebar.
Step 2: From the menu list, open the Settings page. In the left pane of the Settings page, select Privacy and services. Now, move in the right pane and ensure that the toggle switch of Tracking prevention is enabled.
Step 3: In the Tracking Prevention section, there are three options available i.e. Basic, Balanced, and Strict, and you have to choose one of them according to your needs. Basic tracking prevention allows most of the trackers across all websites and only blocks identified serious trackers.
Step 4: Whereas the balanced option blocks trackers from sites that are not visited by you. And selecting Strict tracking prevention, Microsoft blocks most of the trackers from every single website.
Step 5: Although, if you want to allow all the trackers on certain websites, click on the Exception option available in the corresponding section. On the following page, there is an Add a site option in blue color.
Step 6: Clicking on the option opens a popup menu where you have to enter the site name, on which you want to turn off the tracking prevention. After that, click on the Add button.
Once you perform the above steps, you don’t need to worry about any dangerous malicious trackers. In order to extend your privacy service to another level, you can go to the next section and follow their steps.
Additional privacy improvements
Apart from the above points, there is also an additional setting that you may need to implement for further privacy enhancement:
Step 1: Open the Chromium Edge and type “edge://settings/privacy” in the address bar. Pressing Enter opens the Privacy and Services page of your browser.
Step 2: In the right pane, locate the Privacy region. Once you find it, turn off the toggle switch adjacent to “Allow sites to check if you have payment info saved”.
Step 3: Moving to the Help improve Microsoft Edge section, ensures the telemetry settings are disabled.
Step 4: From the left pane of the Settings page, select Site permissions. After that, move to the right pane and select Cookies and site data. Turn on the toggle switch next to Block third-party cookies option.
In this ultra-technical era, every user who uses the Internet needs to avoid tracking. It is even more dangerous than giving your data in unwanted hands. The new stable version of the Chromium-based Edge allows you to enable tracking prevention feature in your browser based on three modes.