How To Prevent Canvas From Track Your Activity

Canvas Learning Management System (LMS), similar to other platforms, monitors user behavior for different purposes. For privacy-conscious individuals, it may be necessary to limit the extent of tracking by Canvas. This tutorial aims to assist you in safeguarding your privacy by demonstrating how to prevent Canvas from monitoring your actions.

Understanding Canvas Tracking

Canvas collects and uses data to improve user experience, provide personalized learning, and support administrative functions. However, it can also employ certain techniques to track users’ movements across the platform, such as timestamps on your activities, which some users find invasive.

Using Browser Extensions

One of the easiest ways to limit Canvas tracking is by using privacy-focused browser extensions. These add-ons can block tracking scripts and cookies from running, thereby limiting the amount of information Canvas can gather about your behavior.

uBlock Origin and Privacy Badger are two popular options that can block tracking on Canvas and other sites.

Adjusting Browser Settings

Adjusting your browser’s privacy settings can also help reduce tracking. You can block third-party cookies, limit site data, and use the browser’s private or incognito mode.

For example, in Google Chrome, you can follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Scroll down to Privacy and Security.
  • Click on Cookies and other site data.
  • Select Block third-party cookies.

Tweak Canvas Settings

In addition to browser-level protections, you can adjust your settings within Canvas to limit data collection. However, depending on your institution’s policies, some options may not be available.

Use a VPN or a Proxy Server

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) or a proxy server can also help mask your activities on Canvas. These tools hide your IP address, making it more difficult for Canvas to track your activities.


While it may be impossible to completely prevent Canvas from tracking your activity, you can take several steps to significantly limit the data it collects. Using a combination of privacy tools, browser adjustments, and careful use of Canvas’s own settings, you can maintain control over your online privacy.