We talked about a fingerprinting technique using Canvas before and explained how companies make use of the feature supported by all modern web browsers to track users across the Internet.
The most recent update of Pale Moon, a Firefox spin-off, introduces a native option in the browser that should make it a lot harder for others to use Canvas to fingerprint the browser.
Tip: If you want to check if a fingerprint may be created of your browser to track you online, check out this online test.
The new Poison Data option is not enabled by default in Pale Moon due to its impact on performance when Canvas is being used in the browser.
Pale Moon users can enable it in the following way:
To undo the change at any point in time, repeat the process described above.
So how do you know it is working? Simple, you visit the test page linked above and reload it a couple of times. You should get a new signature with every reload after you enable the Poison Data option in Pale Moon while the signature should not change at all without the preference (provided you don't use other defensive measures to protect your browser).
Anti-fingerprinting is definitely the core new feature of Pale Moon 25.6.0 but it is not the only one. Firefox users may recognize some of the features as Mozilla implemented them in Firefox in the past.
Here is a short rundown of the most important feature additions and changes in Pale Moon 25.6.0:
Details are provided by the official release notes. Existing users may use the browser's automatic update feature to update to Pale Moon 25.6.0 while new users find downloads for their operating system at the official project website.
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