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 incredibly 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 remove 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. 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 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 YOU’RE 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 the prompt, just UNCHECK the box “Ask me before clearing private data” on the Privacy Tab as shown in Step 4.
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