Published: Wed, March 28, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

'Contain' Facebook's Tracking With This Mozilla Firefox Extension

'Contain' Facebook's Tracking With This Mozilla Firefox Extension

Facebook Container works by isolating your Facebook identity into a separate container that makes it harder for Facebook to track your visits to other websites with third-party cookies.

The add-on works by opening Facebook into a separate container from the rest of you browsing. The next time you navigate to Facebook it will load in a special blue browser tab (this is the "Container"). One is that you can't login to other websites using Facebook credentials, because the objective of the container is to isolate Facebook from other services and websites. Going forward, any non-Facebook link you click will load outside the container, and if you try to share something on Facebook from another tab, it will load inside the container.

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Mozilla's containers are also a different take on Google's own multiple browser profiles idea, which allows you to create different accounts in Chrome.

The extension also breaks features like Facebook comments and Like buttons on tabs outside the Facebook container. This keeps Facebook from associating your interactions with other sites to your Facebook identity.

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Ultimately, we can't expect other companies to step up and clean Facebook's mess, but it's nice to see that we have new tools to help us move forward, as the scandal has shaken many users out of complacency.

Mozilla has a tool for anyone anxious about Facebook security. When you visit a website or perform a search online, this activity is logged in the form of temporary files stored in your browser. Its network of trackers exists on a wide variety of websites that it invisibly tracks users to collect data that's then used to target ads. In response to the fallout, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised to limit developer access to data and continues to apologize to users for the "breach of trust". Fortunately, if you're one of those people, you aren't completely without recourse if you want to prevent the platform from harvesting your data.

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Facebook Container isn't a comprehensive solution for skirting Facebook's intrusive privacy practices. With the new privacy-strengthened, super-fast Firefox Quantum browser it released previous year, Mozilla, once a dominant browser, is hoping to win back some of the users it lost to Google Chrome.

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