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Firefox Focus Blocks Ads and Trackers By Default

Dave Parrack 18-11-2016

Mozilla has launched Firefox Focus, a simple web browser focused entirely on protecting your privacy. To that end, Firefox Focus blocks ads and trackers by default, ensuring you can browse the web without fear of your every action being analyzed.


In an increasingly connected world the very notion of privacy is under attack 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 . There’s a whole generation growing up expecting their every word and action to be out in the open. For most of us, however, privacy remains an important part of our lives.

It’s for these people, who will be viewed as dinosaurs in the decades to come, that Mozilla has launched Firefox Focus. This is a web browser that eschews fancy features in favor of functionality. Firefox Focus is designed to offer you a simple and effective way of browsing the web without being tracked.

To accomplish this, Firefox Focus blocks ads and trackers by default. And as these ads and trackers are what generally slows the web down, Firefox Focus offers speedy web browsing for those who want to get online and off again in a hurry.

Firefox Focus Has Its Downsides

There are some downsides to this. Firstly, there are no tabs, bookmarks, or settings you can tinker with to your heart’s content. Instead, you just launch Firefox Focus, find whatever it is you’re looking for, and then disappear offline again. Your browsing history and searches can be erased with one click of a button.

The second downside affects those of us on the other side of the fence. Without ads and trackers, MakeUseOf ceases to be Are Ad Blocking Browser Extensions Killing The Internet? One of the reasons for the Internet’s surge in popularity is the cost of most online content – or rather, the lack of cost. That’s not to say the content is free, however. Almost every... Read More , because as much as we love our jobs, we don’t work for free. We know the average internet user couldn’t care less about us, but it’s an important thing to consider before signing up to use Firefox Focus.


Firefox Focus is available for iOS right now, and can be downloaded for free from the App Store. There’s no word yet on a version for Android, but it has to be assumed Mozilla is working on bringing this private browsing option to Google’s mobile operating system.

Will you be downloading Firefox Focus? If you’re already using it, what do you think? What other web browsers do you use? Is privacy important to you? Or do you accept that the very notion is a thing of the past? Please let us know in the comments below!

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Related topics: Mozilla Firefox, Online Privacy, Private Browsing.

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  1. Nick Barker
    November 20, 2016 at 12:26 am

    I'm using CLIQZ Browser already, which also has got adblocking and not tracking by default. Some Websites moan about it, some refuse to work, but most sites take it as it is!

  2. Jim
    November 18, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    I only use the browser on my phone to quickly look things up when away from my computer and would definitely use the app on my Android phone. When at home I like to tinker with the settings on my browser, so would probably use something else.

  3. Jason Kirk
    November 18, 2016 at 5:47 am

    Websites like is great. We would like to see you and similar web sites among us in the future. Even if the sites are well-meaning about the visitors and their privacy, the ad companies are not. They always would like to have more info about their potential customers. Where are they living, how old are they, how many children do they have, what brand car or computer they use etc. For this purpose, may be it's time to shift to a new ad policy not only for you but also for the rest of the world.