How To Browse The Internet Anonymously Using Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is a fast and reliable browser which millions of internet users use to access search and find millions of websites. But the thing about using any browser to do your web searches is that most of the times your web footprint is being tracked. This tracking takes place when you visit various websites. These websites use a piece of code called a cookie. No, it is not that type of cookie so you running to the fridge to get milk will not do. It is a  HTTP cookie, which is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored on the user's computer by the user's web browser while the user is browsing. Whenever you visit a website which uses cookies through your web browser, the site that you visit will use a cookie to keep track of you activities within that site. Cookies can help to remember your registered Login to a website, where you left off on the site, preferences and other customization functions. The website stores a corresponding file(with same ID tag)to the one they set in your browser and in this file they can track and keep information on your movements within the site and any information you may have voluntarily given while visiting the website, such as email address, age, date of birth etc. If you do not wish for websites to keep tabs on you, you can browse anonymously using Mozilla Firefox web browser.

Browsing Anonymously Using Mozilla Firefox

1. Launch Mozilla Firefox Browser

2. Click Open Menu Button (Three Lines to the far upper right corner)

3. Select New Private Window. 
This should open up a new browser window. The main difference with this browser window is that you can search the internet anonymously. The window below should now be on your screen.

If you take a look at the numbered points, you will see several key areas where Firefox will not allow saving of the following files which allows tracking.

  1. Visited Pages - All pages you have found through your web browser.
  2. Cookies - Small text files stored on your computer and website you visit to track your movement on their site.
  3. Searches - List of all keywords which you have looked up using Mozilla browser.
  4. Temporary FilesTemporary Internet Files is a folder on Microsoft Windows which serves as the browser cache for Internet Explorer to cache pages and other multimedia content, such as video and audio files, from websites visited by the user. This allows such websites to load more quickly the next time they are visited.

The other two bulleted objects you will most likely want to allow your browser to do. 

  • Bookmarks - You still can book mark sites to easily access them later.
  • Downloads - You can still download files from the internet.
The Private Browsing window also gives you the option of turning on Tracking Protection. When tracking protection is turned on, websites which use trackers to monitor you internet activities would not be able to do so. Trackers are special piece of codes placed on your computer so certain sites can look at your internet activities. They are able to tell which sites you visit often, what you like to buy and so on. Then out of the blues your email gets blasted with sites selling you from a pin to an anchor and you are there scratching your head of fixing your toupee wondering how these people got your email address and how they know you like to drink coffee and put on black lace stockings at the same time.

So you should enable tracking protection while browsing anonymously through Mozilla Firefox.

NOTE:If you plan to browse privately or anonymously using Mozilla Firefox you must remember that even though you can use Private window to browse, it is not 100 percent anonymous as your IP (Internet protocol) address can still be captured)