Mozilla Prefetch and Google Search Results

If you browse the web with Mozilla Firefox and search a phrase or keyword from Google, be aware that Google prefetches the first Google result. This has privacy implications and/or can be used for affiliate cookie stuffing by Google and/or others.

Here is more information from Mozilla:

Along with the referral and URL-following implications already mentioned above, prefetching will generally cause the cookies of the prefetched site to be accessed. (For example, if you google amazon, the google results page will prefetch www.amazon.com, causing amazon cookies to be sent back and forth. You can block 3rd party cookies in Firefox, see Disabling third party cookies.

Note: Filing this under the Freshbot Google category since Google owns Mozilla.

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