My last few articles focused on How-To Clear IE7 Browser History. I figured while I’m in a “Security” frame of mind, I would capture the same process for Mozilla Firefox. Like IE7, the process in Firefox is extremely easy. Personally, since you can also automate the process and have Firefox clear the cached data automatically each time you close the Firefox browser I think it’s even better than IE’s process. Yes yes yes, I know you can also configure IE to clear Temporary files on close but, from my testing that’s all it does whereas Firefox gives you more options and it’s configurable to clear cookies, history etc… after you close Firefox. Anyway, enough talk… let’s get to it!
First let’s look at the MANUAL way to Clear Browsing History and Private Data in Firefox:
1. Open Firefox and Click Tools, Clear Private Data…
TIP: You can also use the Keyboard Shortcuts and by Pressing Ctrl+Shift+Del with Firefox open
2. Check any or all items you want to clear / delete. Click Clear Private Data Now and YOUR DONE!
Now let’s review the How-To configure Firefox to Clear the Browsing History, Cache, Cookies etc… each time you close the Firefox browser.
3. Click Tools, Options
4. Click the Privacy Tab, Check Box Always clear my private data when I close Firefox then Click Settings under Private Data to configure WHAT to clear
5. Click Each box / item you want to Delete as shown below then Click OK to Continue then OK Again to Save.
Tip: Personally, for maximum privacy I always delete the Cache, Cookies and Browsing History at a minimum but this is all just personal preference / level of security consciousness / paranoia 🙂
That’s it! Next time you close your browser you will be prompted to delete all the various items (history, cache, cookies etc…) which you configured. BTW – If you don’t want to be prompted, just UNCHECK the box “Ask me before clearing private data” on the Privacy Tab as shown in Step 4.
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