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How to prevent web pages from accessing my data

How to prevent web pages from accessing my data
The DuckDuckGo browser has a feature that enables users to avoid sharing data with other platforms (Digiday.com/Ivy Liu)

When navigating in internet almost all web pages request special permission from users in order to access cookie data, that virtual footprint of a person’s browsing that allows third parties to collect data basic to personalize the experience, such as advertising.

However, there are occasions when the data collected by cookies serve to generate a user profile with information like the websites that are visited frequently, what type of content is clicked on, services that have been contracted, among other aspects that may serve to develop advertising directed.

For their part, users can control to which websites Y Applications allow access to this information. This is why there are some tools that can help people who choose to prioritize their privacy.

Some web pages ask the user for their permission to collect data through cookies.  Photo: Mohssen Assanimoghaddam/dpa
Some web pages ask the user for their permission to collect data through cookies. Photo: Mohssen Assanimoghaddam/dpa

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People who are concerned about their safety choose to use browsers alternatives that offer them options dedicated to the reinforcement of the protection of the data either on desktop devices or on mobiles, through applications that can be downloaded in the stores of Applications as in the case of the browser DuckDuckGo.

East has a number of options in the settings menu related to the privacy. One of them, which is still under development, is the ability to identify which applications are receiving data from the users and stop this process to strengthen the security of the identity.


However, it is already possible to access this function called “Application Tracking Protection”, although it must be activated manually. Once it is done, the smartphone it will start executing a background process in which the data that other platforms seek to extract from device.

How to activate application tracking protection on Android smartphones

Once you have downloaded the app browser from Google Play Storeusers will need to enable the mentioned feature by following these steps:

– Open the menu options of the application by pressing the icon located in the upper right corner of the main screen of the device.

– Touch the option Settings located at the bottom of the menu.

– Once inside that section, users must scroll to the bottom of the menu until they find the option “Protection against application tracking”, which is labeled “Beta”.

App Tracking Protection feature in DuckDuckGo Browser.  (Capture)
App Tracking Protection feature in DuckDuckGo Browser. (Capture)

– When the explanatory tutorial of the function appears, users must press the button Activate.

– A pop-up window will appear requesting permission to setting. You have to press the OK button.

A Once the previous steps have been carried out, the application of the browser will display a screen with data about the applications that were stopped from collecting the data of the users and what data they requested.

On the other hand, it is possible to activate the protection for widely used platforms such as Google (together with their services), WhatsApp Y Youtubealthough a warning is generated: “You can activate these applications, but they may not work as they should.”

While this function is activated in the browsera notification will appear indicating that this task is running in the background even though the application has been closed. app.

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