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Disable history and password saving for all users via console and task bar drop down

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I am trying to find out how to disable the browsing history and ability to save passwords via console commands or editing a config file for CentOS 6.5+. I have tried many options, and have it only partially working.

Settings work when launched via console (/usr/bin/firefox, or just firefox) by adding the following to /usr/lib64/firefox/defaults/preferences/all-linux.js: pref("browser.privatebrowsing.autostart", true); pref("", true); pref("places.history.enabled", false);

However, these settings do not affect firefox when launched via the task bar drop down (Applications > Internet > Firefox Web Browser). I can manually edit the menu item by right-clicking on Applications on the task bar, but I need to have a way that I can change it via console, so it can be scripted for security hardening purposes.

Anyone have any ideas on how to get this to work?? Thanks in advance.

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hi xion824, please refer to the guide at on how to deploy/lock certain preferences. in addition, please note that the right preference for disabling the storage of passwords is signon.rememberSignons (has to be set to false in this case).

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Note that a pref() call sets the pref on each Firefox start and that users are still able to make changes for the current session.

These functions can be used in the mozilla.cfg file:

defaultPref();	// set new default value
pref();		// set pref, allow changes in current session
lockPref();	// lock pref, disallow changes

See also Configuration: