Trace is a browser add-on/extension for Firefox and Chrome that blocks multiple tracking techniques used by many websites.
Trace is a new browser extension that has some advanced blocking features- it blocks tracking pixels, page ads, media requests, code requests (3rd party scripts and ping requests) and more. Here's what Trace blocks:
- Canvas Fingerprinting
- Audio Fingerprinting
- WebRTC Leaks
- User-Agent Tracking
- Browser plugin fingerprinting
- Beacon Requests
- Bad Top Level Domains
- Hyperlink Auditing
- HTTP Referrer Headers
- Chrome Header Tracking
- E-Tag Tracking
- URL Tracking Cleaner (experimental)
- Trace Page (injects code into sites to disable certain functions)
Most of us probably don't know what all the things on that list are, but you can find an explanation of each and why you may or may not want to enable it in the settings. Click the name to get an expanded definition.
After installation, Trace adds an icon to the browser's main toolbar which enables easy access the settings and statistics. In addition to blocking features, Trace comes with the ability to whitelist sites, if you run into an issue with a website you can whitelist it to restore functionality.
There's a basic version and a premium version - the premium version supports further development of the extension and gives you access to a premium blocklist for a few dollars. I didn't notice any functionality difference between the two versions. Trace is under active development and the developer welcomes bug reports.
I've noticed faster page load times since I installed Trace, which is more than welcome on this slow internet connection.
Trace officially works with Chrome and Firefox. I've successfully installed it on Opera, Vivaldi, and Waterfox, where it's running with no issues so far.
All in all, Trace is a nice addition to your browser privacy collection. Get Trace for Chrome and Firefox here:
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