How To: Firefox Privacy and Security Settings

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Firefox has security measures in place to help protect you as you browse the web.

Follow these steps to adjust these settings:

  1. From Firefox, go to Open menu > Options. The Options window appears.
  2. Click the General tab. This tab allows you to set Firefox as your default browser.
  3. Select the Always ask me where to save files radio button. This makes it more obvious when a web page attempts to save a file to your computer.
  4. Click the Privacy tab to manage options for browser history and cookies.
    Note: For more information about cookies, see the Managing Browser Cookies how to article.
  5. In the History section, select Never remember history from the drop-down menu. If the browser remembers these options, it can be a privacy violation, especially if the browser is used in a shared environment.
  6. Click the Security tab to manage your stored passwords and to use a master password feature to encrypt the data on your system.
  7. Remove the Remember passwords for sites checkbox.
  8. Select the Use a master password checkbox if you want Firefox to manage your passwords.
  9. Select the Warn me when sites try to install add-ons checkbox if you want a warning bar to display at the top of the browser when a website attempts to install add-on.
  10. Click OK. Your preferences are saved.
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Jared Howe

Jared Howe is PRIVATE WiFi’s Senior Manager, Product Marketing Communications. Working in high tech for over 15 years, Jared currently lives in Seattle with his wife, daughter, and their two cats.