Why and how to enable it

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Catherine Le Nevez
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16 December 2015 For Management

What is “Send Do Not Track Requests”?

The tracking protection measure goes through the “Send Untraceable Requests” option in Microsoft Edge Windows 10. It works by providing protection to the user against third party websites; that is, none of these sites and advertisers will no longer be able to see your browsing activity after enabling "Send do not track requests". The setting, if enabled, will send a request to advertisers and interested sites, whose ads may be displayed on the websites you visit.



Send non-tracking requests: why enable it

Often when you browse sites on the Internet, some third-party websites and advertisers tend to track your activity on the web. Often this is just to be able to request and recommend the types of sites, or the types of products, articles, etc. that you would like to see online. But some malicious websites may also monitor your internet activity, and this is certainly not a comfortable idea for any user. We would all like to protect our privacy, even on the internet, so Edge, the new browser for Windows 10 that is a company founded by Microsoft, should have better cyber protection to offer its users. As Microsoft has become increasingly concerned about user safety and has enabled various protection measures in the Windows 10 operating system, it is surprising to some that the trace protection measure in Windows 10 is disabled by default.

How to enable Send untraceable requests in Microsoft Edge

Basically, Microsoft gives users an open option - they can enable the Tracking Protection option if they prefer, but if they're not interested in sharing browsing history, they can leave the setting to stay disabled. Honestly, there aren't many reasons for user safety concern if tracking protection is disabled, but many users would prefer their activity to remain confidential.



For those users who want to keep their browsing information private, here's how to enable "Send Do Not Track Requests" for Edge in Windows 10-

  • First, you need to open the Edge browser.
  • Next, click on the More Actions option (represented by three horizontal dots) in the top right corner of the browser.
  • Choose the last option from the list, “Settings”.

  • Scroll down and select "See advanced settings“At the bottom of the Settings menu.

  • Now, in the Privacy and Services category, you will find an option called "Send Do Not Track Requests". Just move the slider from off to on. This will allow tracking protection for your browsing activity in Edge.


Note: Some websites may still be able to keep track of your browsing history even if you have enabled tracking protection using the “Send do not track requests” option.

  • These websites will most likely ignore the request not to track your browsing information and follow it anyway, you can't particularly avoid it.
  • They can react to your request by making some changes - for example, they can place random ads for you to see, instead of ads recommended specifically for you, based on your browsing history and interests.
  • Other websites may ask you to allow them to access your browsing information, and if you believe it can be trusted or want those particular sites to track you, give them permission.

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