Browsing Privately

When browsing privacy is an important consideration to make. Learn all about your browsing private mode options in this free lesson.

Do Not Track

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In case you weren't aware, websites have the ability to track what you click on. This is usually done to deliver targeted ads to you, but it can also be used for collecting data and making a site run smoother. Currently, browsers let you choose not to participate in this system by offering a Do Not Track option.

Understanding Do Not Track

Do Not Track asks each website you visit to not track your activities. It is similar to the national Do Not Call list. However, website participation in Do Not Track is voluntary, so some of the websites you visit may not honor the request. To learn more about how your browsing activity is tracked, visit our Internet Safety lesson on Understanding Browser Tracking.

Turning on Do Not Track

Internet browsers generally place the Do Not Track option in the Privacy settings. By default, most browsers have this feature turned off. You will need to open your browser's privacy settings to enable it.

In Internet Explorer, the Do Not Track option is located in the Safety menu.

  1. Click the gear icon Gear icon. Hover the mouse over Safety, then select Tracking Protection from the menu that appears.
    Screenshot of Internet ExplorerSelecting Tracking Protection
  2. The Manage Add-ons dialog box will appear. Click Tracking Protection, then click Your Personalized List.


    Screenshot of Internet ExplorerClicking Your Personalized List
  3. Click the Enable button.


    Screenshot of Internet ExplorerEnabling Do Not Track
  4. The status of Your Personalized List will change to Enabled. Do Not Track is now on.
  5. Click Close to return to Internet Explorer.


    Screenshot of Internet ExplorerClicking Close

Enabling Do Not Track in other browsers

To view instructions for how to enable Do Not Track in Firefox, Chrome, and Safari, follow the links below:

Older versions of browsers may not support the Do Not Track option. You may need to update your browser to the most recent version.