Microsoft Edge is adding a new feature to prevent online tracking by third-party websites. Notably, the new move comes just days after Mozilla added an Enhanced Tracking Protection feature to its Firefox Web browser. Microsoft has initially brought its native tracking prevention to Edge preview builds. The latest addition is touted “to protect you from being tracked by websites that you aren’t accessing directly” by offering tracking prevention in three different levels. The Redmond giant demonstrated its tracking prevention feature at Build 2019 conference in Seattle last month.
Insiders on the Microsoft Edge version 77 .0 .203 .0 that is available through the Canary channel can experience the tracking prevention feature. Once you’re on the latest preview build, you’ll be required to manually enable the feature by entering “edge://flags#edge-tracking-prevention” in the address bar. You’ll then be required to choose Enabled from the dropdown and relaunch the browser.
The privacy settings page of the Edge browser provides you with the ability to control the level of prevention once the fresh experiment is enabled. By default, the feature is set at the Balanced level that blocks third-party trackers and known malicious trackers. You can, however, customise tracking prevention by setting the feature to Strict that is claimed to block the majority of third-party trackers or pick the Basic level of prevention that only blocks malicious trackers.