Friday, August 2, 2013

Enhanced Private Browsing for Firefox Portable

Yesterday, we discussed how we can disable private browsing in Firefox to enable parents to keep an eye on what their kids are doing online. Today, we’ll see how we can actually improve private browsing in Firefox Portable.

Private Browsing by PortableApps is a private browsing add-on developed by PortableApps.com for Firefox Portable that enhances private browsing by several ways. While Firefox already has a private browsing mode that doesn’t keep a history of sites you have visited, or cookies, or passwords, or a list of downloaded items and search entries, Private Browsing by PortableApps comes with all of that and a couple of privacy plugins and a custom profile that turns of persistent cookies, provides improved separation from the local PC and keeps other privacy features off.

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You get two Firefox add-ons automatically installed by default. They are Flashblock, to block Flash content and Flash cookies that are notoriously hard to remove, and AdBlock Plus with a subscription to the EasyPrivacy list, that blocks the majority of advertisements and tracking by advertisement companies. Any add-ons that you have previously installed will be ignored, so you don't have to worry about them recording any compromising information.

Since private browsing is launched in an entirely new profile, the browser is launched in its default state with default toolbar layout, default set of bookmarks etc. Any websites that you had bookmarked previously will not be available from within this profile. New bookmarks that you make within a private browsing session will be persistent, but will be kept separate from your regular Firefox profile.

Private Browsing by PortableApps is designed to work only with the PortableApps’s version of Firefox Portable. For this, you need to first download and install PortableApps launcher either to a USB drive or to your local hard drive.

Then download Firefox Portable and Private Browsing by PortableApps from the web and install them through the “Install Apps” menu item on PortableApps. Alternatively, click on the “Get more apps” menu item, and then from the Portable Apps Directory, find and install the two programs.

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To launch a secured private browsing session, run the Private Browsing by PortableApps program from the menu. To start Firefox in your old profile, run Firefox Portable as usual.

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