How to Stop Websites From Harassing You About Notifications and Location Tracking

Web browsers can send you desktop notifications and track your location when you let them.

Those can be useful features if you like them and use them, but if you have no plans of ever allowing them to do so and just want the nagging requests to end, here's how to disable the features permanently in the four major web browsers on Windows.

How to Stop Websites From Harassing You About Notifications and Location Tracking Tips and Tricks Web Browser

Chrome

In Chrome, click the menu icon (three vertical dots) on the far right of the menu bar. Select "Settings" from the drop-down menu. When that tab opens, scroll down and click "Advanced Settings".

Keep scrolling down, and look for the "Privacy" section. Click the "Content settings" button to open a pop-up window.

How to Stop Websites From Harassing You About Notifications and Location Tracking Tips and Tricks Web Browser

Scroll down in that window to the "Location" section and check the box which says "Do not allow any site to track your physical location".  Then look at the next section and check the box next to "Do not allow any site to show notifications".

Now click "Done". That's it.

Firefox

Mozilla has buried the Firefox notification and location settings options in a hidden configuration menu. Open Firefox, type "about:config" into the address bar, and press Enter.

The next thing you'll see is a warning message about voiding your warranty. That is just silly legal ass-covering, so just accept the risk and continue.

To turn off notifications, type "notifications" into the search bar and look for "dom.webnotifications.enabled". Double-click it to disable this feature.

You'll know you succeeded if you see the word "false" at the end of that line.

How to Stop Websites From Harassing You About Notifications and Location Tracking Tips and Tricks Web Browser

Clear the search bar, and type in "geo.enabled". You should only see one option, so double-click it to disable it.

You'll know you succeeded if you see the word "false" at the end of that line.

How to Stop Websites From Harassing You About Notifications and Location Tracking Tips and Tricks Web Browser

Internet Explorer

How to Stop Websites From Harassing You About Notifications and Location Tracking Tips and Tricks Web Browser I can't find the IE setting to disable desktop notifications, but you can block sites from asking to track your location.

Open IE, and click the gear-shaped settings icon found on the far right of the menu bar. Choose "Internet options" from the drop down menu.

When the pop-up menu pops up, select the "Privacy" tab and then check the box next to "Never allow websites to request your physical location".

Click "Apply" and then "OK", and you're done.

Opera

Of the four major web browsers on Windows, Opera is by far the easiest to configure.

You can open the settings menu by typing "Alt+P", or by opening the "Menu" in the in the upper-left corner, and then choosing "Settings" from the drop-down menu.

Select the "Websites" option from the menu on the left, and then scroll down until you see the sections for Locations and Notifications.

How to Stop Websites From Harassing You About Notifications and Location Tracking Tips and Tricks Web Browser

Check the box which says "Do not allow any site to track my physical location".  Then look at the next section and check the box next to "Do not allow any site to show desktop notifications".

Now close the tab (or close Opera) and you're done.

h/t PCWorld

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

11 Comments

  1. Frank26 April, 2017

    Thanks, it was annoying to get those tracking popups. Now I shouldn’t anymore.

    Reply
  2. Irish Imbas Books26 April, 2017

    Very handy. Thanks, Nate.

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder26 April, 2017

      welcome!

      This really annoys me, and I knew I wouldn’t be the only one to feel that way.

      Reply
  3. Darren Keane Storm27 April, 2017

    hanks, Nate. I found a lot of useful things for myself.

    Reply
  4. Linda Thomas28 April, 2017

    What are the cons of disabling them? And are they really permanent, as you say?

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder28 April, 2017

      I don’t know of any.

      Reply
    2. Frank28 April, 2017

      The downside is if you actually want a website to know your location or send notifications then the above process would have to be reversed.

      It is permanent as long as you keep using that browser and don’t wipe the settings.

      Reply
  5. Thanks!

    Reply
  6. Ruth14 September, 2017

    Thanks. Hugs and Kisses!

    Reply
  7. LPM10 December, 2017

    Thank you so much for this!

    Reply
  8. Karen25 August, 2018

    I don’t want to use Facebook I don’t have a account and I’m not sure it’s them but everyday I get pop ups to go to settings and joiI want it to pleasstop but I only learned to use this cell phone for months my first one in my life I want it to stop thankyou

    Reply

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