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Settings for privacy, browsing history and do-not-track

This article describes the settings that are available in the Firefox OptionsPreferences Privacy panel.

The Privacy panel allows you to:

  • Control how Firefox handles your history, which includes what pages you've visited, what files you've downloaded, what you've entered into forms, and what cookies sites have sent you.
  • Control what sites can send you cookies and remove cookies that sites have sent you.
  • Control how the Location bar (address bar) uses your history to suggest matches for what you type in it.

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Tracking

Tell sites that I do not want to be tracked: Checking this box will tell websites that you wish to opt-out of tracking by advertisers and other third-parties. Honoring this setting is voluntary — individual websites are not required to respect it. See How do I turn on the Do Not Track feature? for more information.

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Tracking

Request that sites not track you: Checking this box will tell websites that you wish to opt-out of tracking by advertisers and other third-parties. Honoring this setting is voluntary — individual websites are not required to respect it. See How do I turn on the Do Not Track feature? for more information.

Use tracking protection in Private Windows: Checking this box will make Firefox actively block domains and sites that are known to track users while browsing with Private Windows. Click Change Block List to choose the list Firefox uses to block trackers. See Private Browsing - Use Firefox without saving history and Tracking Protection in Private Browsing for more information.

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Tracking

Use tracking protection in Private Windows: Checking this box will make Firefox actively block domains and sites that are known to track users while browsing with Private Windows. Click Change Block List to choose the list Firefox uses to block trackers. See Private Browsing - Use Firefox without saving history and Tracking Protection in Private Browsing for more information.

You can also manage your Do Not Track settings. The Do Not Track feature is turned off by default. To turn it on, click manage your Do Not Track settings and then check the box, Use Do Not Track.

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You can also manage your Do Not Track settings. The Do Not Track feature is turned off by default except in Private Browsing where it is always on. To turn it on, click manage your Do Not Track settings and then check the box, Always apply Do Not Track.

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See How do I turn on the Do Not Track feature? for more information.

History

The Firefox will setting controls how Firefox saves information about your web browsing.

Remember history

When Firefox will is set to Remember history:

Click on:

Never remember history

When Firefox will is set to Never remember history:

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.

Click on clear all current history to open the Clear Recent History window, which allows you to erase some or all of your history quickly. For more information, see Delete browsing, search and download history on Firefox.

Use custom settings for history

Use custom settings for history

When Firefox will is set to Use custom settings for history, the following settings will be available:

Location Bar

The Location Bar is the field where you enter a site's web address (URL). The Location Bar suggests results as you type in a search based on the following:

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  • History: If selected, sites you've previously visited will appear on your results list.
  • Bookmarks: Sites you've bookmarked will appear on your results list. These results appear with the blue star next to them.
  • Open tabs: Select this if you want tabs that are currently open to appear in your results list. This is especially useful if you have many tabs open.

Click on Change preferences for search engine suggestions… to go to the Search OptionsPreferences panel, where you can enable or disable search suggestions from your preferred search engine. See How can I control what results the location bar shows me? for details.

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