Nov 28, 2008

Firefox - Clearing private data

Private data is used by the browser to enhance your experience on the internet. When the browser remembers a web site you previously visited or the username and password for your favorite web site, this information is considered your private data.

However, there may be times when you do not want other users of your computer to see or access such information. For example, perhaps if a friend or family member shares your computer, you would prefer for them not to be able to see what web sites you’ve visited or what files you’ve downloaded. In such cases, you have the option to clear your private data. You can clear it whenever you feel the need, or you can have Firefox automatically clear either certain elements or all of your private data.


What is private data

  • Browsing History: contains a log web locations you have previously visited.
  • Download History: keeps a list of files you've downloaded.
  • Saved Form Information: contains a list of phrases you have entered in text fields, such as web searches, and name and address fields.
  • Cache: stores temporary files, such as web pages and other online media, that you have downloaded from the Internet.
  • Cookies: stores files created by web sites, that store information on your computer, such as your preferences when visiting that site. (When a web site has a "remember this" checkbox, they are using a cookie.)
  • Saved Passwords: contains a list of usernames and passwords you have opted to have Firefox remember.
  • Authenticated Sessions: keeps you logged into secure web sites, you have already used the password manager to log in to.

Clearing your private data

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu, and select Clear Private Data....



  2. The Clear Private Data window will open, allowing your to select which private data you want to clear.



  3. Check mark the data you want to clear, then click on Clear Private Data Now, to clear the data; or click on Cancel, to close the Clear Private Data window, without clearing any private data.

Configuring private data removal

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu, and select Options....
  2. Select the Privacy panel. You can see three areas related to your privacy: History, Cookies and Private Data.
  3. In the Private Data section, the following options are available:



    • Always clear my private data when I close Firefox: You can choose to have Firefox clear your private data whenever it is closed. To configure what data is cleared, click Settings....
    • Ask me before clearing private data: With this option selected, Firefox asks you before automatically clearing the specified private data.
      • To immediately clear all private data that you have specified to be removed, click Clear Now....

 
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