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How-to: Get Privacy in Firefox

Firefox Private Browsing windowPrivate Browsing – Browse the web without saving information about the sites you visit

As you browse the web, Firefox remembers lots of information for you: sites you’ve visited, files you’ve downloaded, and more. There may be times, however, when you don’t want other users on your computer to see this information, such as when shopping for a birthday present.

Private Browsing allows you to browse the Internet without saving any information about which sites and pages you’ve visited. Private Browsing Firefox won’t remember any history for this window.

Warning: Private Browsing doesn’t make you anonymous on the Internet. Your Internet service provider, employer, or the sites themselves can still track what pages you visit. Private Browsing also doesn’t protect you from keyloggers or spyware that may be installed on your computer.

In a Private Browsing window, Firefox won’t keep any browser history, search history, download history, web form history, cookies, or temporary internet files.  However, files you download and bookmarks you make will be kept.

Enabling private browsing

  1. With a Firefox window open, click the “File” menu, then click “New Private Window”
  2. A new window will open that says (Private Browsing) on the top with a purple
    masquerade mask.

To exit private browsing, just close the window.

Enabling Do Not Track
Firefox Do Not Track settings Of all the browsers, Firefox has the simplest Do Not Track feature. To turn it on:

  1. With a Firefox window open, click on the “Firefox” menu, then “Preferences.”
  2. With the preferences box open, click on the “Privacy” tab. It looks like a purple masquerade mask.
  3. Check the box next to “Tell web sites I do not want to be tracked.”
  4. To disable Do Not Track, un-check this box.

Note: Firefox’s Do Not Track header isn’t mandatory and most sites don’t observe to it. For added protection against tracking in Firefox, try a privacy add-on like Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-Out (TACO). AJS

Related: Get Privacy in Internet Explorer

About Allan J. Smithie

Allan J. Smithie is a journalist and commentator based in Dubai.


2 thoughts on “How-to: Get Privacy in Firefox

  1. Way cool! plus the rest of the website is really good.

    Posted by kris hoffman | Jul 25, 2013, 12:08 am
  2. Thanks.

    Posted by lillian mello | Jul 30, 2013, 8:34 am

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