Firefox Nightly Build Permission Manager:Browse with Better Privacy Control

Did you ever think about the privacy and security of your web accounts and social networking profiles? Websites as well as the web applications collect browsing data from your computer which may be a real threat for privacy and security. Any one can collect the website list that you browse every day or find out the user name password of your Facebook account from your computer.
What they use to get the data from your computer is the browser you are using to surf the internet, websites, online applications, social network sites etc. All popular browsers like Internet explorer, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari and Firefox stores the web history and passwords. Mainly, the storing feature was included into the browser to help you out with faster browsing experiences. But that feature may be quite risky for your privacy and security as any one can steal them from computer without your knowledge.
If you are a novice or simply do not care about security and privacy, you may ignore the “Option” panel of your browser which is configured to save the passwords, tracking the location or store the cookies and cache data. These data can be easily used to track your web activities by any third party website.
While every browser is trying to end up with these type of security hole, Firefox nightly build is available with a better privacy control. They introduced the permission manager in Firefox to let the user deciding whether the browsing history or passwords would be saved for a particular website or all the sites at a bunch.
The nightly build has introduced the permission manager as a different page and can be accessed directly by the command about:permissions from the address bar. The about:permissions page look like this:

Remember that this page is only available at the Firefox nightly build. If you try to open this page in your current Firefox version (Firefox 4), it may show a not fount error message.
The about:permissions page is dedicated to control the privacy related controls over all the websites from a single page. Though you can tweak the same from Tools > Options at your browser, developers made it easy as you can configure all things from a sing;le page.
Following are few things that can be done from the about:permissions page.
1. Avoid storing passwords on Browser: It is highly recommended that you never choose to store your login passwords on browser. Rather than that you can use some password manager application to manage the passwords. But still if you do not want to quit from the habit of saving passwords into your browser, you should define the websites for which the Firefox should manage and remember the passwords.
For instance, you may have 5 Gmail accounts that you frequently use. You can choose to select the option in about:permissions page to remember the password for the Gmail accounts. For that purpose, go to the about:permissions page and use the “Block” option for all sites except the site mail.google.com.
This will enable Firefox to store the password for your Gmail account only. It will neither store the password for other websites nor show the message “Do you want this password to be saved?”.
2. Share your Location with particular websites or block them all to track your location: Websites like Google Maps collect the data from your browser to determine your location. If you want to share the location of yourself through those sites or any other trusted web apps, you may add those at about:permissions page choosing “Always share location with these sites”.
Many sites or blogs track their visitor’s location using the cookie and cache data. If you don’t rely on them and want to prevent from tracking your location, you would like to choose “Block” or “Always ask”. If you choose the second option, it will show a notification message like This site wants to know your location. Choosing the option “Always ask” is recommended (in my opinion) as it will let you to decide whether the site you are visiting will able to track your location or not.
3. Set Cookies for websites: Some websites collects data from your browser cookie. Mainly the ad serving companies uses the browser’s cookie to track the visitor interests. If you do not like to share your privacy, you can block cookie for the specific sites at the about:permissions page.
You can also block or allow pop up windows, maintain the offline storage etc. No doubt, this new feature will help the amateurs as well as the pro users to keep their privacy more secured.
Tips:
1. Share Your Video Privately With VidMe.
2. Hide Facebook Status from Particular Friend.

1 COMMENT

  1. I hate that idea of browser remembering any of my private information.
    Thanks that there is an option to turn it of. 🙂

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