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How To Enable Do Not Track In Every Web Browser

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We’ve covered why “Do Not Track” isn’t a silver bullet that prevents you from being tracked. However, if you don’t like being tracked and want to express that preference to websites, you can enable “Do Not Track” in every browser.

To Google’s credit, future versions of Chrome explain exactly what Do Not Track does when you enable it. Remember that, by enabling Do Not Track, you’re just expressing a preference. Websites may or may not obey your preference.

Mozilla Firefox

In Firefox, click the Firefox menu button and select Options.

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Click over to the Privacy tab and enable the Tell websites I do not want to be tracked check box. Firefox will send the DNT: 1 HTTP header whenever you connect to a website.

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Google Chrome

When this article was written, Google was on the verge of adding Do Not Track to the stable version of Chrome.

To enable Do Not Track in Chrome 23 and later (the unstable versions of Chrome, when this article was written), click Chrome’s menu button and select Settings.

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Click the Show advanced settings link at the bottom of the Settings page.

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Enable the Send a ‘Do Not Track’ request with your browsing traffic checkbox.

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To enable Do Not Track in Chrome 22 and earlier (the current stable version of Chrome, when this article was written), install the Do Not Track extension from the Chrome Web Store.

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Internet Explorer

In Internet Explorer, click the gear-shaped Tools button, point to Safety, and select Tracking Protection.

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Select Your Personalized List and click the Enable button. Do Not Track is now enabled – Internet Explorer sends the Do Not Track signal when you enable any tracking protection list, whether it contains any entries or not.

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Opera

In Opera, click the Opera menu button, point to Settings, and select Preferences.

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Click the Advanced tab in the Preferences window, select the Security category, and enable the Ask websites not to track me checkbox.

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Safari

In Safari, click the gear button and select Preferences.

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Click over to the Advanced icon and enable the Show Develop menu in menu bar checkbox.

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Click the page button, point to Develop, and enable the Send Do Not Track HTTP Header option. if you’re using Mac OS X, you’ll find the Develop menu on the panel at the top of your screen.

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Chris Hoffman is a technology writer and all-around computer geek. He's as at home using the Linux terminal as he is digging into the Windows registry. Connect with him on Google+.

  • Published 10/17/12

Comments (9)

  1. toucan

    But didn’t you alreay prove that setting ‘Do not track’ to off probably doesnt do anything? http://www.howtogeek.com/126705/why-enabling-do-not-track-doesnt-stop-you-from-being-tracked/

  2. Citrus Rain

    Question:

    Is there any actual advantage for the privacy conscious user to using a do-not-track setting as opposed to blocking cookies?

  3. Peter

    Do not Track doesn’t work for me in Mozilla.

  4. Bruce W. Fowler

    Is this another Winders only article that doesn’t bather to say so? MUO is really eroding their relevance if so.

  5. Arcum

    Using Ghostery for Chrome, blocking 8 trackers on this site atm… Installed after reading this; http://dontbubble.us/

    You can find ghostery in the Chrome Store or at http://www.ghostery.com/

  6. M Henri Day

    Bruce, if your running, say, Linux, just go till abine ad com, click the DNT+ button, and choose your browser(s). Works great in both FF and Chrome/Chromium….

    Henri

  7. Law Offices of: Dewey, Cheathem & Howe

    This needs to be reiterated!

    To Google’s credit, future versions of Chrome explain exactly what Do Not Track does when you enable it. Remember that, by enabling Do Not Track, you’re just expressing a preference. Websites may or may not obey your preference.

    Options in any piece of software, like a browser’s option to not track, are not legally binding – they are simply preferences. If you disagree or even dislike the software’s EULA (and we really should be reading these things) then the only legal option is to not install it and/or not use it.

    In other words (IOW), pay attention!

  8. Jon Lachapelle

    It would have been nice if you had included SeaMonkey to the list of browsers since not everyone is able to figure it out on their own

  9. Juan

    i’ve an addon on Firefox, Do not track Plus…

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