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Can I set Firefox to always use Private Browsing? - new section

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  1. AliceWyman 4913 posts
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    I added a new section, "Can I set Firefox to always use Private Browsing?". I explained that a purple mask won't appear when Firefox is set to "Never remember history" even though you're effectively in Private Browsing mode. I also linked to Settings for privacy, browsing history and do-not-track for details.

    I added a new section, "Can I set Firefox to always use Private Browsing?". I explained that a purple mask won't appear when Firefox is set to "Never remember history" even though you're effectively in Private Browsing mode. I also linked to [[Settings for privacy, browsing history and do-not-track]] for details.
  2. ideato 567 posts
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    Hi, correct. We have it in older versions

    https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/private-browsing-use-firefox-without-history/revision/37597

    from a mysterious reason......disappear :-), the point is that it is really useful

    Done Alice.

    Hi, correct. We have it in older versions https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/private-browsing-use-firefox-without-history/revision/37597 from a mysterious reason......disappear :-), the point is that it is really useful Done Alice.
  3. AliceWyman 4913 posts
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    The main reasons I wanted to add back that section are

    The only indication I see in Firefox 42 when I set it to Never remember history and restart is the Hello icon, which is different and shows this tool-tip on hover:

    Fx42NeverRememberHistory-Hello


    The last discussion about the old "How do I always start Firefox in Private Browsing?" section was here: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/private-browsing-use-firefox-without-history/discuss/4795 .... which mentions setting the browser.privatebrowsing.autostart preference to true for Firefox to always start in private mode. Setting Never remember history in the Privacy panel does the same thing. Here's what Michael Verdi posted in that thread on April 19, 2013 :

    Michael Verdi said

    John99 said
    Our KB article is wrong and will need editing.

    The article is not wrong. If you select "Never remember history" you will see a message that this will use the same settings as private browsing. And indeed, testing this out you see that cookies are not retained, browsing history is not retained, passwords are not saved, etc.

    pb-fx20

    The entire section was removed Jan 24, 2014, https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/private-browsing-use-firefox-without-history/compare?locale=en-US&to=53229&from=38256 ... with the comment in History, replaced permanent private browsing instructions with links to more relevant information. ( ? )

    The main reasons I wanted to add back that section are * The [[Settings for privacy, browsing history and do-not-track]] article says, ''Using Never remember history is equivalent to always being in Firefox Private Browsing mode. For more information, see [[Private Browsing - Use Firefox without saving history]]. '' *To warn people who use that setting that, even though you're in Private Browsing mode, you won't see the purple mask and you'll have to change that setting back to remember history to get out of PM mode. The only indication I see in Firefox 42 when I set it to '''Never remember history''' and restart is the Hello icon, which is different and shows this tool-tip on hover: ;[[Image:Fx42NeverRememberHistory-Hello]] The last discussion about the old "How do I always start Firefox in Private Browsing?" section was here: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/private-browsing-use-firefox-without-history/discuss/4795 .... which mentions setting the ''browser.privatebrowsing.autostart'' preference to ''true'' for Firefox to always start in private mode. Setting '''Never remember history''' in the Privacy panel does the same thing. Here's what Michael Verdi posted in that thread on April 19, 2013 : ''Michael Verdi said'' <blockquote> ''John99 [[#post-8333|said]]'' <blockquote> Our KB article is wrong and will need editing. </blockquote> The article is not wrong. If you select "Never remember history" you will see a message that this will use the '''same''' settings as private browsing. And indeed, testing this out you see that cookies are not retained, browsing history is not retained, passwords are not saved, etc. [[Image:pb-fx20]] </blockquote> The entire section was removed Jan 24, 2014, https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/private-browsing-use-firefox-without-history/compare?locale=en-US&to=53229&from=38256 ... with the comment in History, ''replaced permanent private browsing instructions with links to more relevant information''. ( ? )
  4. AliceWyman 4913 posts
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    P.S. Tracking Protection also applies to "permanent" private browsing via the Never remember history setting, as shown in this screenshot i just uploaded:

    Fx42NeverRememberHistory-Tracking
    P.S. [[Tracking Protection in Private Browsing]] also applies to "permanent" private browsing via the Never remember history setting, as shown in this screenshot i just uploaded: ;[[Image:Fx42NeverRememberHistory-Tracking]]
    Modified by AliceWyman on