If you know what private browsing mode is but might not be using it as you’re not too confident about what it does really and how does it help you. Well, in this post, we wanna talk about what mozilla firefox private browsing mode is and how to start and stop using the same during various browsing sessions.
What is Private Browsing ?
It is browsing mode built into latest versions of mozilla firefox via which we can safely surf the web without leaving any history about which sites we have visited and what we have filled in web forms, etc. As the name suggests, switch to this mode only when you require to visit any kind of private websites or such websites about which you don’t want any trace or history.
What are limitations of private browsing ?
Private browsing mode doesn’t make you anonymous on the internet. It just make your session private so that others using the same computer can’t find about what you did during your web session. This doesn’t hide your ip address from websites you visit. This doesn’t act as any proxy or so. This doesn’t prevent ISP or our employer from finding which webpages we visited. Further, this doesn’t protect from keyloggers or spywares or other tracking softwares running on the system or network. This just makes our session private and personal on that computer so that no history is left behind after we stop private browsing.
How to Start or Switch to Private browsing mode in Mozilla Firefox ?
Just click on the Firefox Menu button and then Start Private browsing mode.
Alternatively, you can press ctrl+shift+p to activate this mode.
How to switch back to or stop firefox private browsing mode ?
To stop just close the firefox window. Alternatively, you can click on firefox menu button and then Stop private browsing option or You may type ctrl+shift+p to switch back to normal mode.
How to make firefox always start in Private browsing mode ?
Sometimes, we’re more concerned about our privacy. We may want to always start in this mode. Here are steps to do the same :
- Go to Firefox Menu button – options – options.
- Select the privacy panel .
- Under “Firefox will” – Select “Use custom settings for history”
- Select the checkbox “Permanent Private browsing mode” – ok. Thats it.