PCQuest - - HANDS ON - – Raj Ku­mar Mau­rya rajm@cy­ber­me­

The pri­vate browsing fea­tures al­low you to surf web­sites with­out cre­at­ing any his­tory on your com­puter that can track lo­cally. Apart from pro­vid­ing the fea­ture that not save the browsing his­tory, Firefox also en­ables track­ing pro­tec­tion. This fea­ture will block mul­ti­ple sites those try to track your browsing his­tory. These web­sites track your his­tory and be­hav­ior to serve ad­ver­tise­ments.

STEP 1: Open the Firefox and at the right top cor­ner, click on the ham­burger icon to open Firefox menu. Pop-up windows will open with a cou­ple of op­tions, from there se­lect the New Pri­vate Windows op­tion. You can also use the Firefox pri­vate browsing incog­nito key­board short­cut CTRL + SHIFT + P to open Pri­vate windows in­stantly.

STEP 2: You can rec­og­nize that you in a pri­vate browsing mode by the mask lo­cated at the top right of the win­dow.

STEP 3: Some web­sites use track­ers that can mon­i­tor your ac­tiv­ity across the In­ter­net. With Track­ing Pro­tec­tion Firefox will block many track­ers that can col­lect in­for­ma­tion about your browsing be­hav­ior. De­fault this fea­ture is on if you want it to turn off just slide the but­ton.

STEP 4: As we know by de­fault the track­ing Pro­tec­tion is en­abled, that uses the list pro­vided by Dis­con­nect, which is an on­line se­cu­rity and pri­vacy data­base that has a list of all track­ing web­sites. By de­fault, the Firefox just block com­mon So­cial shar­ing, ad­ver­tis­ing, and an­a­lyt­ics track­ers by us­ing the stan­dard Dis­con­nect list. But if you want more pro­tec­tion, you can opt the strict pro­tec­tion pol­icy list that will block all track­ers.

To en­able the Firefox strict pro­tec­tion list, fol­low the fol­low­ing steps.

STEP 1: Go to Firefox menu by click­ing the ham­burger icon lo­cated at the top right cor­ner and se­lect the Op­tions-> Pri­vacy.

STEP 2: Se­lect the Pri­vacy op­tion from the left side bar and click on the op­tion “Change Block List” given next to the Use Track­ing Pro­tec­tion in Pri­vate Windows op­tion. STEP 3: Now you will see two op­tions: 1. Dis­con­ ba­sic pro­tec­tion (rec­om­mended). Al­lows some track­ers so web­sites func­tion prop­erly. 2. Dis­con­ strict pro­tec­tion. Blocks known track­ers. Some sites may not func­tion prop­erly. The first op­tion will block some web­sites but if you se­lect the sec­ond op­tion it will com­pletely block all the track­ers given in the Dis­con­ strict pro­tec­tion list. This will also block the ads com­ing on the web­sites given by Google and other ad­ver­tise­ment com­pa­nies.

STEP 4: If you are test­ing some web­site track­ing fea­ture or just don’t want to al­low track­ers on a spe­cific web­site, just click on the shield icon given in the ad­dress bar and then click on Dis­able pro­tec­tion for this ses­sion.

STEP 5: You can also en­able pri­vate browsing mode all the time while us­ing the Firefox in the nor­mal mode. For this again go to Pri­vacy tab and un­der the His­tory, op­tion click on drop down box and choos­ing Never re­mem­ber his­tory. This op­tion will never save any browsing his­tory in the Firefox in nor­mal browsing mode.

STEP 6: You can also choose the “Use cus­tom set­tings for his­tory” op­tion and check the Al­ways use pri­vate browsing mode. This will al­ways start your browser in the pri­vate browsing mode.

Now, I think af­ter en­abling all these op­tions in your Firefox browser you can feel more safe and se­cure than be­fore. Also, pri­vate browsing mode will delete all cook­ies when you close the Firefox. Other data which is also not go­ing to store while browsing in pri­vate mode are pass­words, web search his­tory, search bar en­tries, cache or tem­po­rary in­ter­net files and down­load list. Over all the Firefox is a great browser for pri­vate browsing.

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