do not track setting how to enable, what is it

Do Not Track Setting and How to Enable It

When using your computer to connect to the internet, some websites that use cookies can track your activities. Once you accept cookies from these websites, they can monitor a lot of information about you that includes the login details and the time you visited that site. Some of these cookies may be harmless as their main aim is to help you use a particular site better. There are certain websites however that use shared cookies. These will allow online advertisement firms to monitor your activities on different websites. If the advertisement firm manages Ads for different websites, they can use the shared cookie to know the websites you frequently visit and hence send you Ads related to your online activity. To avoid this, you should enable a “Do Not Track” setting.



Before Enable Check Your Browser For Do Not Track Setting

When different websites can track your online activity, it raises a privacy concern to various users. This is the main reason as to why various browsers have added “Do not track” header that users can use when they do not want their online activities to be traced. If a browser has this header added, once you activate the setting, the browser will send a “Do not track” text to a website if you want to view a page. It is very easy to use this setting. However, one misgiving of the setting is that it’s functioning is dependent on a website. Once the website receives the Do not track text from your browser, they may decide to either honor the request or ignore it.


Using Chrome

Step 1: Go to the Settings page and click Advanced settings.

Step 2: Scroll down on the page and on the privacy section, select “Do not Track”

Using Firefox

Step 1: Go to the preferences section and select privacy.

Step 2: Go to the privacy section. Check to mark the box labelled “Tell websites I do not want to be tracked”

Using Internet Explorer

Step 1: Go to the tools section and select “Internet Options”.

Step 2: Scroll to the “Advanced Settings” section and select “Always send Do Not Track Header”.

Using Safari

Step 1: Go to the preferences section.

Step 2: On the section, go to privacy and check to mark the box labelled “Ask website not to track me”.

Using Opera

Step 1: In the Opera browser, go to the preferences section and select “Advanced”.

Step 2: Scroll down to security and choose “Ask websites not to track me”.

Using Mobile Chrome

Step 1: Visit the settings section on the browser.

Step 2: Go to the privacy section and select “Do not track”.


As seen from above, it is very easy to use the option. A lot of browsers too have the option. It is hence advisable to use the setting every time you do not want your online activity to be traced.

Since a website may agree not to honor the “Do not track” text sent by your browser, you can use the option of “Prevent Ad Cookie Storage”. This option will better serve in hiding your online activity. for users who use iOS safari, you can use “Private Mode” to surf the web. This mode does not store cookies and clears cache and history to ensure that websites do not trace your online activity.

Check Your Browser  For Do Not Track Settings

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