Which is why I'm left wondering why nobody has mentioned Firefox Incognito mode (chrome too I think).
At least on firefox, incognito mode does not store cookies on disk. They persist for the duration of the tab/window you logged into.
this would circumvent cookie tracking, I think. I mean I guess not if you opened one icognito window and did all of your browsing inside of it, and never closed it?
am I missing something?
This doesn't solve all tracking, but it will stop some cookie abuse. Choosing to use it also comes with the downside that you can't stay logged in to sites, and you may lose context & history you wanted to keep.
Incognito is super useful for web development precisely because you can very quickly get a fresh profile with no cookies in it.
Blocking the canvas fingerprint also enables easy identification, so you'll need a free add-on that generates noise.