How to Enable “Do Not Track” in IE, Edge, Firefox, and Chrome

Ben Stegner 17-11-2015

Many people take online privacy seriously The Paranoid Conspiracy-Theorist's Guide To Online Privacy & Security Can you stay anonymous online? With not too much and the use of easy to use web-based encryption, security and privacy tools, we believe you can. Let us show you how. Read More , and with hundreds of entities tracking your every move online, it’s not a bad idea to use every tool at your disposal. One that’s built right into your browser is Do Not Track (DNT), which is like the Internet equivalent of the Do Not Call registry.


Enabling this setting means that your browser asks websites to not track your activity. Whether they oblige or not is up to the site.

Here’s how to enable it in all of the major browsers.

In Internet Explorer: Click the gear icon in the top-right, then choose Internet Options. Under the Advanced tab, near the bottom, you can check Send Do Not Track Requests. Restart your browser for the change to take effect.

For Microsoft Edge: Click the three-dot menu in the top-right, then choose the View Advanced Settings button near the bottom. Slide Send Do Not Track Requests to the On position.

For Mozilla Firefox: Click the three-bar menu in the top-right, followed by the Options gear icon. On the left side of the screen, select the Privacy tab and check the Request that sites not track you option. It doesn’t hurt to turn this tracking protection on for private browsing Not Just for Porn: Other Uses For Private Browsing Private-browsing mode has many other names, including "incognito mode" in Chrome and "InPrivate Browsing" in Internet Explorer. Some people refer to private-browsing mode as "porn mode", but it isn't just for porn addicts. It can... Read More  as well.


For Google Chrome: Click the three-bar menu in the top-right and choosing Settings. Scroll all the way down and choose to Show Advanced Settings, then find the Send a “Do Not Track” request… box and check it.

You’ll still see ads after enabling this setting, but they won’t be as tailored to your specific interests. It’s not a perfect solution, especially because a new form of tracking called Canvas fingerprinting Canvas Fingerprinting Will Track You Everywhere You Go. Here's Why You Should Be Worried Read More  is immune to DNT.

Will you enable Do Not Track? Have you noticed a difference when using it? Weigh in below!

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  1. Tony
    November 18, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Interesting. I have ghostery on my firefox browser and it's blocking 9 from this page.