Disable JavaScript

JavaScript is a programming language that Website developers can use as a part of creating websites (JavaScript is not to be confused with Java which is very different - and quite rare these days too!)

Generally speaking, JavaScript allows websites to have a bit of interactivity built into them; to allow websites to update individual parts of a webpage (instead of having to reload the entire page); allow things to move on the page (such as in a game, or a News Feed which regularly updates).

JavaScript as a privacy risk

However JavaScript is also increasingly being used to track and profile your activity on the internet. As such, many people choose to disable JavaScript completely, or at the very least, selectively allow it to run only on websites that they trust.

Selectively allow JavaScript

You can use Browser Extensions such as NoScript to give you very fine-grained control over whether you allow particular JavaScript files to run as you access the internet.

NoScript is available for Firefox and Chrome. There may be other similar extensions for your preferred browser as well; simply browse the Addons/Extensions store for your browser.

Control your JavaScript settings

If you'd prefer not to use an Addon/Extension to disable JavaScript, you can always edit the settings yourself. You may want to completely disable JavaScript and then (in browsers which support it) only enable it on websites/domains that you really need/want it to run.

To do this, please look at our guides to enable JavaScript and then basically do the opposite! Our instructions will guide you to where the JavaScript setting is stored in your browser, and then instead of choosing "Enable JavaScript" - choose to disable it.

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