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I'm over 80yrs. Used computers for yrs. but still a "newbie" . What's Private and non-private browsing??

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It's getting more and more complicated for us "oldies". We're not adolescent typists on a so-called smart phone - and we're going to suffer when Kiwibank ditches cheques and we have to learn all the ins and outs of on line banking. We were brought up in the days of times tables - pocket calculators weren't invented then. But it's overwhelming when we get all these instructions on setting up for the likes of "private" and "non-private" browsing, and the myriad of "apps" and "extensions" and whatever. If Microsoft Windows and Browsers of this day and age require a degree in how to use them, then I'll see if I can find a guru who can install Linux and a real simple Seniors Browser. Not one that sends you a host of emails on "useful hints" and "Things to do in Europe" if you happen to book and on-line ticket to see your grandchildren in Switzerland. Us 80's plus need something simple and safe to use. Forget all the gadgets. Can you re-shoe a horse - or tether one to a single furrow plough?

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Private browsing only means that Firefox doesn't store any data from a PB mode session (tab/window) in your profile folder where Firefox normally stores all session data. In PB mode this data is kept in memory and data from a regular session is temporarily swapped to the profile folder. For cookies this means that a separate cookie jar is used that is discarded automatically once all PB mode windows are closed or when you close Firefox. All cookies and cookie exceptions work the same in normal mode and in regular mode, only the website won't see cookies from a regular session. You can test it on this website when you are logged in a in regular session. Open a Private Browsing mode window and load the same page in this window and you will notice that you aren't logged in. This is done for all session data like the disk cache that is disabled and only the memory cache is used (check the about:cache page). For websites this doesn't make difference although some special features may work differently.

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Vybrané riešenie

Private browsing only means that Firefox doesn't store any data from a PB mode session (tab/window) in your profile folder where Firefox normally stores all session data. In PB mode this data is kept in memory and data from a regular session is temporarily swapped to the profile folder. For cookies this means that a separate cookie jar is used that is discarded automatically once all PB mode windows are closed or when you close Firefox. All cookies and cookie exceptions work the same in normal mode and in regular mode, only the website won't see cookies from a regular session. You can test it on this website when you are logged in a in regular session. Open a Private Browsing mode window and load the same page in this window and you will notice that you aren't logged in. This is done for all session data like the disk cache that is disabled and only the memory cache is used (check the about:cache page). For websites this doesn't make difference although some special features may work differently.

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