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What is tracking prevention?
Tracking prevention is just about how it sounds: it is designed to prevent online methods from following how you use your web browser. The new Edge browser uses a database of well-known privacy trackers to prevent them from monitoring what you are doing.
These include trackers that control where you click on a website, the type of device you use and the type of pages you visit and then send that data back. This data is then used to "personalize" your browsing experience with targeted advertisements. For example, you see that products you searched for on Amazon appear as advertisements on other websites.
This is no longer done due to tracking prevention. It also prevents ad networks and other potentially more harmful types of trackers from collecting and misusing your data. Edge blocks everything Microsoft considers potentially harmful by default, but it allows other types of tracking.
You can adjust your tracking security via three sensitivity levels: "Basic", "Balanced" or "Strict."
"Balanced" is the default setting, but you can adjust it. Open your Edge browser. Click on the three dots in the top right corner and then select "Settings".
Click on "Privacy and services" to open the privacy settings.
You will see the tracking prevention section at the top of the page
You can click on one of the large option blocks to switch between the three tracking levels of protection.To completely disable tracking prevention, disable the slider.
If you To see a list of trackers that Edge has previously blocked, click "Blocked trackers." Click "Exceptions" to add exceptions to the list.
The "Basic" level blocks less tracker s
The "Basic" level of protection blocks all known and harmful trackers and scripts, including potential cryptocurrency miners, that are designed to misuse your system resources. This is the level of protection that you must select if you want to be harmful, but don't pay much attention to targeted ads.
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In addition to cryptocurrency miners, malicious tracking includes other types such as fingerprint trackers. These force your browser to share information about your system and browser settings that are designed to create a "fingerprint" that is unique to you. This makes you a target for personalized ads and more.
If you like giving typical ad networks and other third-party services access to this information, the "Basic" level might be good for you.
you are not too concerned about privacy, but still want some protection, click on the three dots in the top right corner of your Edge browser. Go to Settings> Privacy and services and then select the "Basic" option block.
"Balanced" is the default setting
To ensure that most people have at least a certain level of tracker protection, Edge has the tracking option & # 39; Balanced & # 39; selected by default. This blocks various trackers that may be trying to use local storage to log data about you. It also prevents page elements that are trying to send data about you from being loaded.
Like the "Basic" security level, Edge's "Balanced" option blocks everything that is harmful. However, it is a step higher because it stops more trackers, including those from sites that you have not visited before.
It allows some advertising personalization, but it will be reduced compared to browsers with no tracking protection enabled. What this level does not affect your browsing experience. It is not designed to block advertisements, so websites that you visit should work normally.
Again, this level must be set by default in Microsoft Edge, but if you want to check, click on the three dots in the top right corner. Go to Settings> Privacy and services and make sure the "Balanced" option is selected.
The "Strict" level can break websites
If you want to block all types of tracking, you must switch to the "strict" security level of Microsoft Edge. This blocks everything it can, including trackers trying to use your local storage or web elements.
This option should stop almost all types of ad personalization, including on sites that you have visited before. However, this level of security can cause some browsing problems because Edge blocks some elements and scripts on the screen that your data can track.
This level of locking can break certain sites or prevent elements such as video & # 39; s from loading. The impact on some sites may be small, but it depends on the sites you visit.
Of course, if you find that "strict" protection is causing too many problems, you can always go back to "Balanced"
By default, every "InPrivate" browser window uses "Strict" tracking protection. If you want to use it in all other Edge browser windows, click on the three dots in the upper right corner. Go to Settings> Privacy and services and then click on the "Strict" option block.