A web browser is one of the most common working tools for the Internet. Users browse web pages, respond to emails, visit online stores, download files, and more. Websites, in turn, try to get as much information as possible about visitors. Using the tools of the Firefox browser, you can keep your data secret and configure a number of other useful parameters.
Firefox Privacy Settings
In Firefox, type “about: preferences # privacy” in the address bar and open the privacy and security settings. A window will open in front of you, in which there are four sections of the security settings.
In this section, the user is given the opportunity to choose one of three levels of protection against the potential danger of content on the Internet. The default setting is Standard. However, depending on your wishes, you can configure the Custom parameter or select Strict.
Next, configure the settings for saving browsing history, cookies, passwords, and autocomplete site forms. Also in the Exceptions section, you can create a blacklist of websites for which the storage of your data will be prohibited.
In the Privacy and Security section, you can block the ability to collect various data. You can disable the use of cameras, microphones, gamepads, virtual reality glasses and the transfer of various media content, such as screenshots, through the browser. Each of these elements can be changed according to your preferences for working with websites.
User Data Collection
In this section, the user can configure how to dispose of their confidential information. You can also choose whether Firefox will automatically install updates and automatically signal crash reports to developers.
You can also set up monitoring of the status of your browser and refuse recommendations for improving your work. To increase anonymity, it is recommended to deactivate these functions.
This section of Firefox contains settings that should protect you from viruses and phishing on the Internet. Activated protection features check the pages of sites for potentially dangerous links leading to malicious web resources that can infect your computer.
In addition, they prevent phishing, that is, the theft of your personal data such as credit card information, passwords from Internet banking, and others.
We advise you to pay attention to the server certificate, which can signal its legitimacy or danger. In Firefox settings, you can configure the blocking of requests from website servers that request your personal certificate. In some cases, this will protect your personal data from theft.
The Control Center is able to make changes to the settings of any website open in your Firefox. On the page of the site you need, click on the “i” icon, which is located at the beginning of the address bar in front of the URL. You will see a window with the element management functions for this web resource.
The browser address bar displays website security information. If there is no doubt about security, then a green lock icon will be displayed in front of the site’s URL. However, if safety is in doubt, a red or yellow warning sign will be displayed instead.
For information on website security, open the Control Center and click on the Connection tab. In the window that opens, you will see detailed information about the certificate and the owner of this site.
If you open the Control Center, then on the second tab you will see if there are restrictions set by the browser or by you to block content on this website. If necessary, click on the gear icon and change the lock settings as you wish.
The third tab of the Control Center is called Permissions,and it is responsible for special settings that allow the website to track geolocation, use a camera, or the microphone. Click the gear icon to allow or prohibit this site from using similar tools to interact with you or collect information.
With this information, you have now learned that the Mozilla Firefox browser has serious tools to protect users from malware and scammers on the Internet. Thanks to the wide configuration of security settings, you can always easily distinguish good guys from bad ones.