How do I share Firefox between people on a computer?
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If you share your computer with other people, you may want to prevent them from logging to your social network account, viewing your stored passwords and changing your bookmarks in Firefox. This article describes basic protections to take.
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Use individual user accounts
You should create individual user accounts for each person who regularly use your computer. This allows each user to have his or her own customization such as the wallpaper and visual style, and his or her own document folders such as the Firefox profile that stores your form history, Internet usernames and passwords, bookmarks, and other personal settings. Each person accesses his or her user account with a username and password.
To create a user account:
- Windows Vista/7: See Create a user account at microsoft.com
- Windows XP: See How to create and configure user accounts in Windows XP at microsoft.com
For more information on choosing secure passwords, see Create secure passwords to keep your identity safe.
Lock your computer when you are away from it
When you leave your computer, you should lock the screen to prevent other people from using your desktop and accessing your files. You will still be logged in and all your applications will keep running, but you will have to enter your password to use your computer again. You can lock the screen manually, but you can also have the screen lock automatically.
- Lock after a period of inactivity:
- Windows Vista/7: See Use your Windows password for your screen saver password at microsoft.com
- Windows XP: See To protect your files by using a screen saver password at microsoft.com
- Manual lock: Press + L.
Set a Firefox master password
In case someone would access Firefox if you forgot to lock your computer, you can also set a Firefox master password. For more information, see Use a Master Password to protect stored logins and passwords.