What is tracking?

Tracking refers to the way that websites, third–party content providers, advertisers and others learn about how you interact with sites. This might include keeping track of what pages you visit, links you click, and products you buy or review. This helps these sites offer personalized content like ads or recommendations, but it also means that your browsing activity is being collected, and often it's shared with other companies.

How Tracking Protection helps protect your privacy

Tracking Protection helps prevent your browsing info being sent to third-party content providers on sites you visit by blocking content from those providers. This helps keep your browsing activity more private. To turn on Tracking Protection, you need to install a Tracking Protection List. Think of a Tracking Protection Lists as a “do not call” list. Internet Explorer blocks any third–party content from sites on the list, and limits the info that those third–party sites can collect about you.

To add Tracking Protection Lists

  1. On the Start screen, tap or click Internet Explorer to open Internet Explorer.

  2. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.)

  3. Tap or click Privacy, and under Tracking Protection, tap or click Add Tracking Protection Lists.

  4. Pick a Tracking Protection List from the Internet Explorer Gallery, tap or click Add, and then tap or click Add List again to install it.

Installing at least one Tracking Protection List turns on Tracking Protection. You can always add more lists by visiting the Internet Explorer Gallery.

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To add a Tracking Protection List in the desktop

  1. Open the desktop, and then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Go to the Internet Explorer Gallery, and pick a Tracking Protection List you want to install.

  3. Tap or click Add, and then tap or click Add List again to install it.

To remove or turn off a Tracking Protection List

  1. Open the desktop, and then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Tools button Tools, and tap or click Manage add–ons.
  3. Under Add–on Types, select Tracking Protection.

  4. Select the list you want to remove, and do one of the following:

    • To temporarily turn off the list, tap or click Disable, and then tap or click Close.

    • To permanently remove the list, tap or click Remove, and then tap or click Close.

To turn Tracking Protection on or off

  1. On the Start screen, tap or click Internet Explorer to open Internet Explorer.

  2. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.)

  3. Tap or click Privacy, and under Tracking Protection, do one of the following:

    • Turn on Tracking Protection by turning Block content on sites from services that could track my browsing to On. (At least one Tracking Protection List must be installed.)

    • Turn off Tracking Protection by turning Block content on sites from services that could track my browsing to Off.

To turn Tracking Protection on or off in the desktop

  1. Open the desktop, and then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Tools button Tools, point to Safety, and then do one of the following:
    • Tap or click Turn on Tracking Protection.

    • Tap or click Turn off Tracking Protection.

Note

  • Turning on Tracking Protection helps keep your browsing activity more private, but it might also limit the content that you're able to see on some sites. You can choose to exempt some sites from Tracking Protection by tapping or clicking the Tracking Protection icon in the address bar, which will let you to see content that was previously blocked.

How Do Not Track helps protect your privacy

When Do Not Track is turned on, Internet Explorer will send a Do Not Track request to the sites you visit and to the third parties whose content is hosted on those sites to let the sites know that you would prefer not to be tracked. Learn more about Do Not Track







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