How to use Private Browsing in Firefox?

Dec 15, 2010

Firefox version 3.5 and later comes with “Private Browsing“, a feature that lets your browse Internet without saving any browsing history on your computer. This feature is helpful when you don’t want other users of your computer to see what websites you’ve visited or what files you’ve downloaded from the Internet. Private Browsing is useful when you are accessing the web from a shared computer or when you are browsing something about which you don’t want others to know.

Firefox Private Browsing

How to use Private Browsing in Firefox?

  1. Open Firefox web browser.

  2. Go to Tools menu and select “Start Private Browsing“.

  3. If you are using this option for the first time, a alert window will appear asking you start Private Browsing. If you don’t want to see this message again, check “Do not show this message again”. Press the “Start Private Browsing” button.

  4. That’s it. Firefox will now enter Private Browsing mode and Private Browsing information screen will appear. Start browsing.

  5. To disable Private Browsing mode, simply go to Tools menu and select the “Stop Private Browsing” option.

Private Browsing is a temporary state of Firefox that can be easily enabled or disabled. Once Private Browsing is enabled, no pages will be added to the list of sites in the Firefox History menu, the Library window’s History list, or the Awesome Bar address list. No passwords, cookies and temporary Internet files or cached files will be saved on your computer. Even Firefox will also stop saving data that you enter into text boxes on web pages or the search bar. In simple words, no information about your browsing session will be stored locally.

Note: Private Browsing does protects your privacy from other users of your computer, but it can’t make you anonymous online. Your ISP, company, or government will still be able to monitor your activities online. Mind it.

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