How to Turn On or Off Content Blocking for Individual Sites in Firefox


Content blocking is a collection of Firefox privacy features that protect you from threats and annoyances on the Web. This includes protections against trackers, which collect your browsing data across multiple websites. Starting with Firefox version 67, you can block harmful scripts including cryptominers and fingerprinters. These privacy protections are mostly invisible, but you’ll know they’re working when you see a shield Turn On or Off Content Blocking for Individual Sites in Firefox-shield.png icon on the left within your address bar.

Starting with Firefox 69, Enhanced Tracking Protection for content blocking will automatically be turned on by default for all users worldwide as part of the ‘Standard’ setting in the Firefox browser and will block known “third-party tracking cookies” according to the Disconnect list.

In some cases, blocking this content makes pages load faster, but can affect the page's functionality such as prevent pages or parts of pages from loading. If content blocking interferes with your browsing, you can disable it on individual sites.

Since Private Browsing doesn’t save information about your browsing session, when you disable content blocking for a site, it will only remain disabled during your current private browsing session. When you start a new private browsing session, your content blocking settings will be restored for all sites. If you’ve disabled content blocking for a site while in a normal browsing window, Firefox will continue to disable content blocking for this same site when in a private window.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off content blocking for individual sites in Mozilla Firefox.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Content Blocking for Individual Sites in Control Center panel
  • Option Two: Turn Off Content Blocking for Individual or All Sites from Exceptions


EXAMPLE: Shield icon for Content Blocking
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When you see the shield icon, you should feel safe that Firefox is blocking thousands of companies from your online activity.

For those who want to see which companies we block, you can click on the shield icon, go to the Content Blocking section, then Cookies. It should read Blocking Tracking Cookies. Then, click on the arrow on the right hand side, and you’ll see the companies listed as third party cookies that Firefox has blocked:


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Turn On or Off Content Blocking for Individual Sites in Firefox OPTION ONE Turn On or Off Content Blocking for Individual Sites in Firefox

Turn On or Off Content Blocking for Individual Sites in Control Center panel


1. Open Firefox.

2. Go to the website you want to turn on of off content blocking for.

3. Click/tap on the shield icon or the information icon to expand the Control Center panel. (see screenshots below)

4. Click/tap on Turn off Blocking for This Site (if currently on) or Turn on Blocking for This Site (if currently off) for what you want.

If you are in a private window, you will see Turn off Blocking Temporarily instead of Turn off Blocking for This Site.

When content blocking is turned on for a site, the site is added to the content blocking exceptions list.

When content blocking is turned off for a site, a shield icon with a strikethrough will appear in the address bar.


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Turn On or Off Content Blocking for Individual Sites in Firefox OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Content Blocking for Individual Sites in Firefox

Turn Off Content Blocking for Individual or All Sites from Exceptions


1. Open Firefox.
2.Click/tap on the Menu Turn On or Off Content Blocking for Individual Sites in Firefox-menu.png button, and click/tap on Content Blocking. (see screenshot below)

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3. Click/tap on the Manage Exceptions button. (see screenshot below)

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4. Perform one of the following actions below for what you want to do: (see screenshot below)

A) To turn off content blocking for individual sites: Select a website, click/tap on the Remove Website button, and click/tap on Save Changes when finished removing websites from exceptions.

OR

B) To turn off content blocking for all sites: Click/tap on the Remove All Websites button, and click/tap on Save Changes.

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That's it,
Shawn