How to Disable Cross-Website Tracking In Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Opera

How to Disable Cross-Website Tracking In Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Opera

While browsing the web, you might have noticed that every website you visit starts showing ads or services relevant to you. It happens because websites track our activities and later sell that data to advertisers. Some people find it useful as they only see the ads based on their interest, but many users find it annoying. Thankfully, all popular browsers have the option to disable cross-website tracking. Here’s how you can disable cross-site tracking in Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Opera browsers to stop websites from tracking you.

Related | How to Turn On “Do Not Track” in Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Edge

Prevent Cross-Website Tracking On Your Browser

In Chrome

Step 1: Open Google Chrome on your Windows or macOS running computer. Tap on the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner.

Three dot menu

Step 2: Under Menu, tap on Settings.

Settings

Step 3: In the settings, head over to Privacy and security.

Privacy & security

Step 4: Then, tap on Cookies and other site data.

Disable Cross Website Tracking in Chrome

Step 5: Here, look for the option that says Send a ‘Do Not Track’ request with your browsing traffic. Please turn on the toggle for it.

Send a 'Do Not Track' request with your browsing traffic

Step 6: Give the final confirmation on the next screen.

Disable Cross Website Tracking in Chrome

The next time you visit any website, a request will be sent not to track you. But ultimately, it will depend on a particular website whether it honors your request or not. Still, it is better to keep ‘do not track’ enabled as many websites will stop tracking your activity to show targeted ads.

In Safari

Step 1: Open the Safari browser on your Mac.

Safari

Step 2: Hover on the top left corner for the Menu bar to appear. Here, tap on Safari.

Safari Browser

Step 3: On the next screen, tap on Preferences. Alternatively, you can type Command+ to open Preferences.

Preferences

Step 4: By default, you will be on the General tab. Switch to the Privacy tab.

General

Step 5: Under Privacy, check the box that says Website tracking: Prevent cross-site tracking.

Disable Cross Website Tracking in Safari Browser

Step 6: After a few days, Privacy Report will start showing how many trackers it has prevented from profiling you.

Disable Cross Website Tracking in Safari Browser

This is how you can disable cross-website tracking in Safari.

In Mozilla Firefox

Step 1: Open Firefox on your computer and tap on the Application menu icon in the top right corner.

Application Menu

Step 2: From the application menu, go to settings.

Settings

Step 3: Under Settings, tap on Privacy & Security.

Privacy & Security

Step 4: Scroll down and look for Send websites a “Do Not Track” signal that you don’t want to be tracked. Set it as Always.

Disable Cross Website Tracking in Firefox Browser

By following the steps above, you can easily disable cross-website tracking in Firefox.

In Opera

Step 1: Open Opera Browser on your Windows or Mac computer and tap the Easy View icon at the top right corner.

Easy View

Step 2: Scroll down and tap Go to full browser settings.

Go to full browser settings

Step 3: In Settings, tap on Advanced.

Advanced

Step 4: You will find Privacy & security under Advanced. Tap it.

Privacy & security

Step 5: Then, go to Cookies and other site data.

Disable Cross Website Tracking in Opera Browser

Step 6: Look for Send a “Do Not Track’ request with your browsing traffic and turn on the toggle.

Disable Cross Website Tracking in Opera Browser

Step 7: Give the final confirmation on the next screen.

Disable Cross Website Tracking in Opera Browser

This is how you can disable cross-website tracking in the Opera browser.

Final Words

Now you have a good idea to disable cross-website tracking in your favorite browser. Make sure you have done that so the next time you visit a website, you don’t get tracked. I have provided steps needed on Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera. Follow them, and you will be able to disable cross-website tracking. Although it is not 100% full-proof, it depends on the website to respect your request, but it is still better than not disabling it.

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Ratnesh Kumar

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