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Customizing Firefox for Use in Windows 8.1

Browse privately in Firefox.

Firefox has a private browsing feature similar to IE’s InPrivate browsing. Firefox’s version is called, er, Private Browsing. (Hey, Firefox invented it!)

To start a Private Browsing session, click the Firefox menu and choose Start Private Browsing.

Some people prefer to always work in Private Browsing mode. There’s a lot to be said for that approach, although you won’t get the advantages of having cookies hanging around. Staying in Private Browsing mode is easy to do in Firefox. Here’s how:

Start Firefox on the desktop. Click the Firefox menu button and choose Options, and then Options again. At the top, click the Privacy icon.

In the Firefox Will box, choose Use Custom Settings for History.

Then select the box marked Always Use Private Browsing Mode.

If you want to turn on Do Not Track, select the Tell Websites I Do Not Want to Be Tracked check box. Admittedly, DNT doesn’t do much right now, but it doesn’t hurt, and may actually block a few sites.

Click OK.

The next time you start Firefox, it’ll be in Private Browsing mode. If you ever want to drop back into regular mode, click the Firefox menu and choose Stop Private Browsing.

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