Clear Your Private Data After Every Browser Session

Posted November 13, 2005 by risherz in Mozilla Firefox

Most users realize the necessity of signing out of a website. However, cleaning the private data and your Cache is just as important.


Your Internet browser’s cache stores information concerning the webpages you visit so that the browser does not need to download the page from the server each time you visit the site. This makes viewing faster and easier. Web browers such as FireFox also might have your passwords stored right on your computer.

In some cases, the cache stores information that you do not want to share with others. For instance, if you complete a transaction using your credit card and then you just close the window, the conformation page with your credit card number and other personal information could still be saved on your computer. Then programmers could get access to this data. Therefore, it is important to remove any private data from the cache.

Make sure that you only delete the data that you want to be kept private. Some information, such as your e-mail password, does not necessarily need to be to kept on your hard drive.

To clear private data after every browser session with Firefox, follow these steps:

1. Click on Tools.
2. Then select Options.
3. Go to the Privacy Tab.
4. Then at the bottom of the window, click on Settings.
5. Then check the box beside “Clear Private data when FireFox Closes.”
6. Make sure saved passwords and cookies are unchecked.
7. Click on OK.

Now, FireFox will automatically erase any important data from your system. In case you have any important passwords on your system too, then do not delete all passwords. Just delete the necessary ones.

To do this, use the steps below:

1. Open Tools
2. Select Options
3. Choose the Privacy tab.
4. Click on the Password tab.
5. Hit View Saved Passwords.
6. Click on the password you want to remove.
7. Click on Remove.

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