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I accidentally turned on private browsing briefly, and after it logged me out of all my online accounts and some won't let me log back inin

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I accidentally turned on private browsing briefly, and turned it back on. Everything worked fine for that session. I left my computer in sleep mode. The next time I used it, I had been logged out of every web account I have. Most of the accounts let me log back in, but on one of them I'm getting a message that says "Cookies must be enabled to log in"

I went to Tools/options/privacy and made sure both of the "accept cookies" tabs were clicked (they were)

I tried switching the History setting from custom to "firefox will remember history" but that didn't help either.

As far as I can tell, cookies are enabled, but I'm still getting the message to turn them on.

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In Private Browsing mode you can use cookies just like in normal mode.
PB mode means that nothing is saved to disk, so you can't create cookies that last longer than the current session.
In PB mode no access is possible to cookies that were created in regular mode and cookies created in PB mode are removed if PB mode is ended or Firefox is closed.
In PB mode all cookies are session cookies and expire when Firefox is closed, but you can still block or allow specific cookies based on the default setting.

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Update: I managed to get logged back in to all my accounts. Not sure why I was logged out, or what the problem with cookies was, but things seem to be working.

the-edmeister
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http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Private+Browsing

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Chosen Solution

In Private Browsing mode you can use cookies just like in normal mode.
PB mode means that nothing is saved to disk, so you can't create cookies that last longer than the current session.
In PB mode no access is possible to cookies that were created in regular mode and cookies created in PB mode are removed if PB mode is ended or Firefox is closed.
In PB mode all cookies are session cookies and expire when Firefox is closed, but you can still block or allow specific cookies based on the default setting.

Question owner

I'm still not sure why firefox logged me out of all my accounts, but I've managed to log back in so I'll consider this solved. Thanks everybody for the help.

Ben