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How to improve privacy in Firefox?

Below you can find some advanced tips on how you can improve your privacy if you use Mozilla's Firefox web browser to surf the web.

1. Set smart cookie settings

There are a number of websites that don't allow you a normal browsing experience without having your browser accept all cookies. If you are not a fan of cookies and want to browse this website there's a nice solution to the problem. You can, of course, manually erase all the cookies after you are done browsing such a website. A smarter way to achieve this might be to use Firefox's built in setting that deletes all cookies when you close your web browser.

  1. Go to Tools -> Options in the application's menu.
  2. Click on the Privacy tab. Set Firefox will: to Use custom settings for history.
  3. Set the cookies bit to Keep until: I close Firefox


2. Clear History Automatically

Like in the previous tip, you can have Firefox clear your history every time you close the browser. This is a particularly good thing to set on a publicly used computer.

  1. To set this navigate to Tools -> Options in the application's menu
  2. Click on the Privacy tab. Under the section titled Private Data you will find a checkbox with the words Clear history when I Firefox closes.
  3. You can also fine tune this option by clicking on the Settings button next to it. Here you can set what private data you want cleared. You can set Firefox to clear your saved passwords, browsing history, cookies, cache, and more.


3. Clear URLs from your browsing history

Firefox tries to help out users by preserving their browsing history and offering to fill out the address of a previously browsed website as you begin to type it in the address bar. However, if you visit a specific site and don't want your parents, spouse, boy/girlfriend etc, to find out that you visited it, you can delete just that site from the Firefox's history.

Start to type out the URL, and when Firefox pops up that site in the list of sites, select it by moving your cursor over it (but don't click) - and click the Delete key on your keyboard.

4. Use Master Password

    If you have set Firefox to save the passwords you use to login into your web accounts and want to maintain some degree of privacy while using them, Firefox allows you to set a master password which allows these passwords to be used.

  1. To set this navigate to Tools -> Options in the application's menu
  2. Click on the Security tab and select Use a master password

  3. Enter your master password in both of the provided fields. Click OK when you're done. Henceforth Firefox will ask you for this master password once for each browsing session for the saved passwords to be used.