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Private browsing

Firefox has a private browsing tab but what does this actually do ?
Does it offer you any sort of protection over and above what your firewall/ antivirus offer ?
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pberry
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Re: Private browsing

Nothing to do with shielding you from dodgy sites (that's usually built into the browser), it means your browsing session doesn't leave any trace on your computer, ie no history, cache, form details, etc.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porn_mode
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Re: Private browsing

That's interesting.  I didn't know that.  Thanks for the info.
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Re: Private browsing

Chrome has an 'Incognito Window' option which does much the same thing.
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Steve
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Re: Private browsing

And It sounds much better than " porn mode " Tongue
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Re: Private browsing

Interesting question - does "porn" mode also remove flash cookies. I suspect not as they bypass the browser
Steve
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Re: Private browsing

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Many sites that use Flash, (BBC iPlayer included) make use of Flash Stored objects which sit outside the control (for now at least, and as I understand it) a browser’s private history mode. I’m guessing it also sits outside the scope of a browser’s ‘clear cookies’ and ‘clear history’ actions?

If you’re intrigued about what flash ‘cookies’ you might have set on your computer, you can inspect them (and delete them) using this Adobe tool:
http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager07.html
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Re: Private browsing

Better still - use Firefox with this addon https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6623/
Steve
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Re: Private browsing

Show Off Tongue
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Re: Private browsing

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Better still - use Firefox with this addon https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6623/

Yes, that's a great addon Jim.  Installed some time ago when you first mentioned it.