Enhancing Privacy : How to enable the ‘ Do Not Track ’ option for various browsers

How to ” Enhancing Privacy : How to enable the ‘ Do Not Track ’ option for various browsers “. The ‘Do Not Track’ header is the HTTP header file, DNT that requests Web Applications to disable its tracking or cross site user tracking of an individual user. The DNT header is currently being standardized by the W3C. The ‘Do Not Track’ feature available in most browsers under one name or the other, allows the user to express his preference to a website. The website may or may not acknowledge it.

Let us learn how to enable this feature on different browsers.

Browser 1: Google Chrome

To enable Do Not Track, click on chrome menu button and select ‘Settings’

A ‘Settings’ page will open, click on the ‘Show Advanced Settings’ link at the bottom of the page.

Here, enable the checkbox saying ‘Send a ‘Do Not Track’ request with your browsing traffic ’.

To enable Do Not Track in Chrome 22 or earlier versions, you’ll have to install the ‘Do Not Track ’ extension from the Chrome Web Store.

Browser 2: Mozilla Firefox

Enabling Do Not Track on Mozilla Firefox is quite simple. Click on the Firefox menu button and select ‘Options’.

In the ‘Options’ page, click on the ‘Privacy’ tab to see the Privacy settings. There, under ‘Tracking’, enable ‘Tell websites I do not want to be tracked’ checkbox. Every time you connect to a website, Firefox will send a DNT:1 HTTP header.

Browser 3: Opera

On the Opera browser, click on the ‘Opera’ menu button, point to ‘Settings’ and select ‘Preferences’ as shown,

Once the ‘Preference’ window opens, click on the ‘Advanced’ tab and select the ‘Security’ category. Here, enable the checkbox saying, ‘Ask websites not to track me’. That is all is required to enable DNT.

Browser 4: Safari

For the Safari browser, Click on the ‘Tools’ button, it has a gear icon. From the drop down menu, select ‘Preferences’.

Go to the ‘Advanced’ tab and enable the ‘Show develop menu in menu bar’ checkbox as shown,

Next, in your browser, click on the ‘Page’ button. On the drop down menu, point to ‘Develop’ and select the ‘Send Do Not Track HTTP header’ option.

In case you are using Mac OS X, the ‘Develop’ menu will be on the panel at the top of your screen.

Browser 5: Internet Explorer

On the Internet Explorer browser, go to ‘Safety’ and select ‘Tracking protection’.

There, select ‘Your Personalized List’ and click the ‘Enable’ button. IE sends a DNT signal whenever any tracking protection list is enabled irrespective of the list containing entries or being empty.

One thought on “Enhancing Privacy : How to enable the ‘ Do Not Track ’ option for various browsers

  • November 12, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I have been using Google Chrome for some time. I really hate when those websites customize the ads. Hopefully, your tip will work fine.


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