Enhancing your privacy and minimizing the risk of being tracked or hacked whilst surfing the web starts with being aware of the possible threats that lurk online. Each time you browse the Internet, you are actually leaving a trail of your private information: what you bought, what topics piqued your interest, which pages you were on, and more. This data is then collected by ISPs, advertisers, and other trackers. Don’t be surprised if this data also falls into the hands of cyber criminals.
Is Mozilla Firefox your default browser? If the answer is yes, you may be pleased to know that Firefox have features that focus on protecting your privacy. However, not all of them are enabled by default. Here’s what Firefox users can do:
Synchronize Only the Necessary Stuff
Firefox keeps your data (preferences, favorites, passwords, etc.) on Mozilla’s servers by default. This is done to allow you share this data across multiple devices. However, Firefox only syncs your data if you have a Firefox Account. When you want to specify what data you want synchronized with a certain device, simply head to Menu > Preferences > Sync.
Enable Pop-Up Blockers
We are certain that you do not like having ads popping up every time enter a certain website. If you want to avoid this situation, go to Menu > Preferences > Content and check the ‘Block pop-up windows’ box. You can also add some exceptions if you know what you want exactly.
Take Advantage of Firefox’s Private Browsing Feature
Firefox’s private browsing mode is available to use by default or occasionally. This mode allows you to visit websites without storing data regarding your browsing activities. However, you should keep in mind that private browsing does not make you anonymous. Other applications can still track what you view and do online. Aside from opening a private browsing window, you can adjust your ‘Privacy’ settings to never remember history. If you wish to browse the web anonymously, you can consider using a private proxy server. At Proxy Key, you will find a variety of proxies that will suit your needs.
Make Sure Your Location Bar is Organized
Firefox’s location bar is designed to provide convenience when searching. It automatically suggests websites based on your past browsing habits and favorite topics. If you do not like this feature, fortunately, you can turn this off by unchecking the boxes: History, Bookmarks, and Open tabs.
Check Firefox’s Browser Security Features
A notable Firefox feature is its ability to protect users from harmful malware and phishing attacks. When you enable this function, your browser will check the site you are trying to access against a list of common cyber threats. If the site has been flagged as malicious, you will be promptly alerted. Currently, you will face a red warning screen.
If you want to enjoy maximum security, consider checking all boxes:
- Warn you when sites try to install add-ons
- Block dangerous and deceptive content
- Block dangerous downloads
- Warn you about unwanted and uncommon software
Don’t Forget to Adjust Your Privacy Settings
If you turn tracking protection on (make sure ‘Use Tracking Protection in Private Windows’ is checked), Firefox will automatically block elements that are attempting to track your browsing activity. Remember, you can tweak the protection levels. Simply click ‘Change Block List’ to proceed.