Firefox Privacy Options

If you are one of the many who use Firefox as your main Web browser, you may or may not know about the privacy options that it has to offer. Firefox has similar features to Internet Explorer, but they’re all laid out a little different.

You can get to the Privacy area by opening up your Firefox browser and going to Tools, Options and click on the Privacy icon. You will then see the headings of History, Saved Form Information, Saved Passwords, Download Manager History, Cookies and Cache. All of these titles expand out to even more information if you just click on the little plus sign that is beside them.

History: The History link deals with the Web sites you have visited. It keeps track of the sites in a list for you, so you can go back to them faster the next time. In this section, you can specify how many days you want Firefox to remember the sites you have gone to. The default is set to nine days, but you can change it by clicking on the plus sign and typing in how many days you would like. It’s probably best to keep the amount under 10 days, because so many sites get built up in there and it’s just best to keep it as cleared out as possible.

Saved Form Information: This area has to do with any type of form you fill out on the Internet. When you enter any information into a form on a site, Firefox will remember this information and it will prompt you and give suggestions to you when you’re typing it all out again. It helps the process go a little faster. If you don’t want this feature on, just uncheck the box that says “Save information I enter in Web page forms and the Search Bar.”

Saved Passwords: This one is pretty self explanatory. Firefox will remember all the passwords you put into certain Web sites if you want it to. They are securely stored and it saves you some time because you don’t have to enter your password in every time you visit a site. You can manage all of your passwords by clicking on the View Saved Passwords button. It will show you all your passwords and you can keep and delete whichever ones you want. You can also set a Master Password or you can just turn the feature off completely by unchecking the box that says “Remember Passwords.”

Download Manager History: This section keeps all of your recent downloads on file. You can use the Clear button beside it to get rid of the list and you can also choose the way you want them removed from the manager. You can either remove them manually, upon a successful download or when Firefox exits.

Cookies: As you probably know, a cookie is a file that is created by a Web site that stores information on your computer, such as your personal preferences for a certain site, etc. You can view the cookies you have by clicking the View Cookies button. You can also use the Exceptions button to allow or deny a site to store cookies on your computer. If you don’t want Web sites to store cookies, uncheck the box that says “Allow sites to set cookies.” Just keep in mind that some sites do not work properly if this option is disabled. There is also the option of setting the cookies from the originating Web site only, which will block any foreign cookies. There is one last option left. You can tell Firefox when you want your cookies to be removed from your system. You can either have them deleted when they expire, when you close Firefox or you have the option of it asking you each time what you want to do.

Cache: Under this section, you are able to specify the amount of disk space that you want your cache to take up. You can just type in the space amount in the white box. Remember, the cache is used to store the Web sites you view often so you can have quicker access to them.

Once you have everything within the Privacy tab chosen, click OK and it will all be set to your specifications. It’s important to look through these different areas. It will help Firefox run smoother for you and also help keep your system tuned up and safe.

~ Erin