Websites can use trackers to collect data about the content that you are browsing. This can include information such as the subject you like to read, videos that you are most likely to share, and items that you are likely to shop online. Some of these trackers can track your activities on several websites. As such, you will sometimes find the same advertisement following you through several websites. Microsoft Edge has functions that help prevent trackers from collecting your data. In this article, we will discuss how to manage settings in Microsoft Edge that will enhance your browsing experience.
Enabling Tracking Prevention
For PC users:
- Launch Microsoft Edge on your device. If you have trouble finding the application, the logo has a mixture of blue and green that make up the letter ‘e’.
- Click the Options button in the Microsoft Edge window. It is located on the top right of your screen and is represented by three dots in a horizontal line. From the drop-down menu that appears, choose Settings. Or, you can type “edge: // settings / privacy” into the website address bar.
- From the new page that appears as a new tab, select Privacy and Security from the panel on the left.
- Scroll and look for the Tracking Prevention feature. You can choose several default settings to activate the function. There are three standard packages available: Basic, Balanced, and Strict. Using Basic will allow most trackers on all websites when using Balanced and Strict to block more trackers. All three packages will block known dangerous trackers.
- Choose the package that best suits your needs.
For mobile device users:
- Launch Microsoft Edge.
- From within the application, click the Options button at the bottom of the screen. It must be located next to the arrow keys.
- From the window that appears at the bottom of the screen, click Settings. It has a gray icon with teeth.
- From the Settings menu, click Privacy and Security. This will direct you to a page with all settings about your personal information stored in the Microsoft Edge browser.
- Scroll down and click on the Tracking Prevention option.
- Switch the switch next to the Tracking Prevention feature. Like the PC version, there are three default packages that you can choose from.
- Click on the package that suits you and make sure the check mark appears on the right side of the package you chose.
- Tap Done after you enable Tracking Prevention and select the package you want to use.
Settings are available in Tracking Prevention
For the PC version, there are several other features that you can use to customize your Tracking Prevention feature.
- Follow steps 1 through 3 of Enabling Tracking Prevention for PC users.
- Under the Tracking Prevention plan, you can choose Blocked Trackers. This will show you all sites that have been blocked by Microsoft Edge from tracking you. You can also see how many times the site has been blocked. This can give you a rough idea of the website that wants to collect your data.
- Return to the previous page by clicking on the arrow pointing to the left. Select Exceptions. This option allows you to add web addresses that you want to allow tracking. You can add websites by clicking the Add Site button at the top right. You can delete or edit the website address by clicking on the three dots that appear next to the web address.
You can also add exceptions to the tracking feature on the Microsoft Edge mobile application at the bottom of the Privacy and Security settings page.