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Private Tab

Rather than resetting your entire browser to be in Private Browsing Mode, why not just set it to one tab? The Private Tab extension for Firefox adds private tabs to Firefox. This way, you can use the private browsing mode of Firefox in a single tab – while the rest of the browser stays un-private.

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Do Not Track Me

Do Not Track Me ReviewHey you, yes you over there.  You are being tracked! From web analytics to ad serving, you get tracked when you visit just about any website out there.  If you are paranoid concerned about such things, then you should pick up the Firefox add-on called, DoNotTrackMe.

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Browser Cookies 101

Browser Cookie Tutorial

I always see a lot of confusion when it comes to website cookies. What are they for? What do they store? Are they delicious? So I thought I would take today’s post as a chance to describe what a website cookie does and why you need it (or may not need it).

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Disable the New Tab Page

Disable New Tab Page in about:configWant to totally remove the new tab page feature in Firefox? With a  simple about:config tweak you can get it done. Why would you want to disable the new tab page? For some people, it could be a privacy concern – and I am really happy that the Mozilla guys left in a trigger in about:config to get this done.

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Opt-Out of Cookie Based Advertising

Privacy Protection with Beef TacoWant to opt out of being targeted by advertising networks out there? The Beef Taco add-on for Firefox will help protect you.  Once installed, this extension sets permanent opt-out cookies to stop behavioral advertising for over 100 different advertising networks.  Some of the companies include:

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Turn Off Session Restore

Disable Session Restore in Firefox

Due to privacy concerns, some Firefox users may wish to disable or turn off the session restore feature in Firefox. As an example, if your computer is used by multiple users, the browser could crash while you are checking your Gmail account.  Rather than restoring Firefox, you decide to go do something else.  When somebody else comes in to launch Firefox, the browser will be restored to your inbox (due to fact that is where it crashed).  If you want a little more browsing privacy, here is how you disable the session restore feature in the browser.

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Block Cookies from a Single Website

Cookie Blocking Not sure if you want a specific website gathering information about you via browser cookies?  In Firefox it is very easy to specify website by website which ones are blocked from serving you up any cookies via the browser.  I will let you know how to block cookies on a per site basis and see the websites that you have blocked cookie access from.

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Easier Access to Private Browsing

Here is a quick tip that is not that well known.  If you want to start private browsing in a hurry, and you don’t have time to dive through the menus to start it (Tools > Start Private Browsing) then just type about:privatebrowsing into your address bar.

are you really sure?

There you have it.  Once you have done so, it will ask you if you want to switch into Firefox’s private browsing mode.  You could also save about:privatebrowsing as a bookmark, so you have easy one click access to the private browsing mode, without adding any extra add-ons to Firefox.

Now here is my challenge to all of you out there, does anybody know a quick way to stop private browsing, and return your browser back to normal (other than the traditional menu method).  If you do, leave it in the comments!