How To Add Private Browsing Mode on Firefox

The most popular browsers Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome has in-built privacy feature called private browsing Mode. The private browsing features allow you to surf websites without creating any history on your computer that can track locally. The Private browsing works a bit differently in Mozilla Firefox as compared to other browsers.

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.

For example, have you ever visited Amazon for particular products and after that suddenly start seeing ads related to that product on all other websites you browse. So, when you are in Firefox private mode it also prevents tracking websites from tracking you. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to turn on private browsing feature in FireFox.

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How to do Use Private Browsing Mode in Mozilla Firefox

Step 1: Open the Firefox and at the right top corner, click on the hamburger icon  New Fx Menu 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.

Private browsing in Firefox

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

Private Browsing with Tracking Protection

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.

Tracking protection

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.

Privacy mode option in mozilla firefox to disable advertisements

 Step 3: Now you will see two options:

  1. basic protection (recommended). Allows some trackers so websites function properly.
  2. 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 strict protection list. This will also block the ads coming on the websites given by Google and other advertisement companies.

Firefox will use to block Web elements that may track your browsing activity

Step 5: 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.

Private browsing in Firefox disable protection for this session

Step 6: 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.

Privacy tab under Options choosing Never remember history next Firefox


Step 7: 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.

Always use private browsing mode firefox


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.