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How can I get tracking protection without losing browser history?

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I am concerned about /external/ security (tracking protection) but not /internal/ security (what's stored on my computer). How can I turn ON 'tracking protection' by itself? It seems to be part of "private browsing", but if I use that, I lose my browser history, which sucks because it's useful. Even the "tracking protection" option actually says "In private windows" but I want it in NON private windows. Or, equivalently, I want private windows to save my url, form, search, download history.

These two kinds of security concern seem very different, so it seems strange that the way it's set up, you can't have the one I want, without also turning on the one I don't want!

I am concerned about /external/ security (tracking protection) but not /internal/ security (what's stored on my computer). How can I turn ON 'tracking protection' by itself? It seems to be part of "private browsing", but if I use that, I lose my browser history, which sucks because it's useful. Even the "tracking protection" option actually says "In private windows" but I want it in NON private windows. Or, equivalently, I want private windows to save my url, form, search, download history. These two kinds of security concern seem very different, so it seems strange that the way it's set up, you can't have the one I want, without also turning on the one I don't want!

Chosen solution

hi andycivil, you can enable tracking protection outside of private browsing mode like this: enter about:config into the firefox address bar (confirm the info message in case it shows up) & search for the preference named privacy.trackingprotection.enabled. double-click it and change its value to true.

if you care about security, you should also urgently update your firefox version - apparently you're still using firefox 43 which is exploitable by remote and will put your system and all your data at risk!

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hi andycivil, you can enable tracking protection outside of private browsing mode like this: enter about:config into the firefox address bar (confirm the info message in case it shows up) & search for the preference named privacy.trackingprotection.enabled. double-click it and change its value to true.

if you care about security, you should also urgently update your firefox version - apparently you're still using firefox 43 which is exploitable by remote and will put your system and all your data at risk!

hi andycivil, you can enable tracking protection outside of private browsing mode like this: enter '''about:config''' into the firefox address bar (confirm the info message in case it shows up) & search for the preference named '''privacy.trackingprotection.enabled'''. double-click it and change its value to '''true'''. if you care about security, you should also urgently update your firefox version - apparently you're still using firefox 43 which is exploitable by remote and will put your system and all your data at risk!

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Perversely, while I was in about:config, I noticed that if you turn privacy.trackingprotection.ui.enabled on, then a more useful set of options appears in the regular security tab! (I have to wonder why that wasn't the default.) Thank you. (And yes, I updated earlier.)

Perversely, while I was in about:config, I noticed that if you turn '''privacy.trackingprotection.ui.enabled''' on, then a more useful set of options appears in the regular security tab! (I have to wonder why that wasn't the default.) Thank you. (And yes, I updated earlier.)