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I'm using MacOS Catalina 10.15.7 on an iMac with Firefox 86.0 and have trouble connecting to some sites unless I'm in Privacy Mode. I use Google or DuckDuckGo (preferred) as my search engine. When I do connect I have problems if I try to play a video. Example: I can connect to Cnet.com but I can't play any vids unless I reconnect in Privacy Mode. What can I adjust in Firefox to connect an play vids without using Privacy? Thanks, any help if greatly appreciated.

I'm using MacOS Catalina 10.15.7 on an iMac with Firefox 86.0 and have trouble connecting to some sites unless I'm in Privacy Mode. I use Google or DuckDuckGo (preferred) as my search engine. When I do connect I have problems if I try to play a video. Example: I can connect to Cnet.com but I can't play any vids unless I reconnect in Privacy Mode. What can I adjust in Firefox to connect an play vids without using Privacy? Thanks, any help if greatly appreciated.

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Hi, that's interesting. Some of the differences between browsing in a regular window and a private window are:

  • Private windows do not re-use cached files saved when you visited the site in a regular window -- to reload a page in a regular window without using cached files, you can Shift+click the reload button, or press Command+Shift+R
  • Private windows do not re-use cookies set when you visited the site in a regular window
  • Private windows may have a higher level of tracker blocking (if you use the "Standard" level) than regular windows
  • Private windows may not have all of your add-ons running (more info in this article: Extensions in Private Browsing) -- possibly one of your extensions to blocking too much in regular windows
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I'm not sure exactly what I need to do to view a website or vid without using privacy.

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Good question. If a site is generally known to work in Firefox, these are standard suggestions to try when it stops working normally:

Double-check content blockers: Firefox's Tracking Protection feature, and extensions that counter ads and tracking, may break websites that embed third party content (meaning, from a secondary server).

(A) The shield icon toward the left end of the address bar usually turns a bit purplish when content is blocked. Click the icon to learn more or make an exception. See: Enhanced Tracking Protection in Firefox for desktop.

(B) Extensions such as Adblock Plus, Blur, Disconnect, DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials, Ghostery, NoScript, Privacy Badger, uBlock Origin or uMatrix usually provide a toolbar button to manage blocked content in a page. There may or may not be a number on the icon indicating the number of blocked items; you sometimes need to click the button to see what's going on and test whether you need to make an exception for this site.

Cache and Cookies: When you have a problem with one particular site, a good "first thing to try" is clearing your Firefox cache and deleting your saved cookies for the site.

(1) Clear Firefox's Cache

See: How to clear the Firefox cache

If you have a large hard drive, this might take a few minutes.

(2) Remove the site's cookies (save any pending work first). While viewing a page on the site, click the lock icon at the left end of the address bar. After a moment, a "Clear Cookies and Site Data" button should appear at the bottom. Go ahead and click that.

In the dialog that opens, you will see one or more matches to the current address so you can remove the site's cookies individually without affecting other sites.

Then try reloading the page. Does that help?

Testing in Firefox's Safe Mode: In its Safe Mode, Firefox temporarily deactivates extensions, hardware acceleration, and some other advanced features to help you assess whether these are causing the problem.

If Firefox is running: You can restart Firefox in Safe Mode using either:

  • "3-bar" menu button > "?" Help > Restart with Add-ons Disabled
  • (menu bar) Help menu > Restart with Add-ons Disabled

and OK the restart. A small dialog should appear. Click "Start in Safe Mode" (not Refresh).

If Firefox is not running: Hold down the Shift key when starting Firefox. (On Mac, hold down the option/alt key instead of the Shift key.) A small dialog should appear. Click "Start in Safe Mode" (not Refresh).

Any improvement?