Do Not Track and Tracking Protection in Internet Explorer 10

By default, Internet Explorer 10 turns on a feature called Do Not Track. It basically relates to how much information a website and advertisers can capture about you as you browse the web. By default, Do Not Track is turned off on all the other major browsers including Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Opera. Only IE 10 has it turned on by default.

This has caused quite a storm of controversy because a lot of groups feel it should be explicitly turned on by the user instead of being chosen for them automatically. Either way, if you want to turn off Do Not Track in IE 10 (meaning you can be tracked online), here’s how to do it.

First, open the desktop version of IE 10. Then press the ALT key on your keyboard to get the file menu. Click on Tools and Internet Options.

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Click on Advanced and then scroll down to the Security section and uncheck the “Always send Do Not Track header” box.

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That’s about it. In Internet Explorer 10 (and first introduced in Internet Explorer 9), you can also enable Tracking Protection Lists for even more tracking protection. To do this, click on ToolsTracking Protection.

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You can either create your own personalized list and add sites that you do not want to track you or you can click on Get a Tracking Protection List online and download ones that have been created and updated by third-parties. Once you download a TPL, click on it and then click Enable.

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Those are two ways that Internet Explorer 10 enables tracking protection. By default, tracking protection is disabled, but Do Not Track header is enabled. You now know how to enable or disable either one. Enjoy!