Mozilla: Firefox use tracking protection reduces charging time by 44 percent

May

27

2015

Mozilla states that an investigation into the performance of its tracking protection technology in Firefox shows that popular Web sites load faster on average 44 percent, while the amount of bandwidth verstookte average of 39 percent decreases.

The protective layer against trackers since Firefox 35 available. The function blocks provided manually turned on , all connections to unsecured third-party websites. Mozilla says that its filter list, also operates on the basis of the blacklist Disconnect, so too have drawn unintended side effects, such as broken parts on a website, can be prevented as much as possible.

An investigation Mozilla conducted with Columbia University, shows that the filter has a positive effect on the loading time of websites. Before that were visited two hundred popular websites using Firefox and analyzed the data. The average charging time of a web was reduced by 44 percent after switching on the tracking protection. The generated data traffic in which data was filtered from websites of third parties, fell through the filter with an average of 39 percent.

Mozilla gets the weather site Weather.com as an example. With switched filter is the loading time 3.5 seconds versus 6.3 seconds without tracking protection. The number of HTTP requests dropped from 219 to 98, so instead of just 4.3MB 2,8MB had to be brought in.

The researchers include in their research paper a critical attitude towards trackers by ad companies, partly because the do-not-track initiative died a quiet death and self-regulation in their eyes seems passé. According to the authors, there is between Internet users, advertising companies and content providers currently a race to the bottom with too much dominance for advertisers. They therefore see more bread in alternative advertising models such as Google Contributor which internet for a small amount banner freely surf to specific sites. Incidentally Mozilla recently came with its own advertising model ‘privacy-friendly’ tiles with ads in Firefox.

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