Learn about tracking prevention in Microsoft Edge

Applies to: PrivacyMicrosoft EdgeEdge for Mac

 

What are trackers?

Websites use trackers to collect data about your browsing behavior. Trackers collect data about how you interact with a site, such as the content you click on. They also enable functionality on some websites, such as comments sections, buttons to share articles to social media, and personalized ads.

Some trackers collect data about you across multiple sites. For example, a tracker could track when you go to your favorite shopping site and news site. This is why it can sometimes feel like an ad is following you around the web.

What is tracking prevention?

The

new Microsoft Edge 

is designed to detect and block known trackers. We let you decide what trackers to block. You can choose from three levels of tracking prevention: Basic, Balanced, and Strict. Balanced is selected as the default. All three options block potentially harmful trackers—trackers we detect as cryptomining or fingerprinting.

Basic: Blocks potentially harmful trackers but allows most other trackers and those that personalize content and ads. 
Balanced (Recommended): Blocks potentially harmful trackers and trackers from sites you haven’t visited. Content and ads will likely be less personalized.
Strict: Blocks potentially harmful trackers and most trackers across sites. Content and ads will likely have minimal personalization. This option blocks the most trackers but could cause some websites to not behave as expected. For example, a video might not play, or you might not be able to sign in.

Select your tracking prevention level

  1. In Microsoft Edge, select Settings and more  > Settings  > Privacy and services.
  2. Make sure Tracking prevention is set to On.
  3. Select the level of tracking prevention that’s right for you.

Make an exception for tracking prevention

While preventing trackers increases your privacy, you might want to create exceptions for certain trusted websites. This will allow all trackers on those sites, including potentially harmful ones.

  1. In Microsoft Edge, select Settings and more  > Settings   > Privacy and services.
  2. Make sure Tracking prevention is set to On.
  3. Under Tracking prevention, select Exceptions.
  4. Select Add a site, type in the full URL, and then select Add.

You can also create an exception directly from the site. 

  1. Go to the site you want to add as an exception for tracking prevention. 
  2. Select View site information  on the side of the address bar. 
  3. Under Tracking prevention, select Off from the drop-down menu.

See what trackers were blocked

If you’ve turned on tracking prevention, you can see trackers that were blocked on individual sites.

  1. Go to a site you’re curious about.
  2. Select View site information  on the side of the address bar.
  3. Select Trackers to see which trackers the site uses and how many were blocked.

Learn more about tracking prevention

To learn more about how tracking prevention works in Microsoft Edge, check out our blog post!