How To Secure Mozilla Firefox Web Browser

Your web browser is your gateway to the Internet. You have to keep it secure to avoid cyber thieves from breaking through it to reach your computer and home network.

Web browsers are complex, and like any software, they have defects (called bugs). Web browsers process a lot of web site code to render and display the final web page you see.

It used to be that website content - website text and graphics that display inside web browsers - was computed on the website side (sometimes called server side).

This has changed. Web browsers now compute a large part of the business logic that make websites display content in your web browser.

This may be better for the companies that create websites, but it is not ideal for the rest of us. We now have to deal with much more complexity, and with complexity comes the opportunity for cyber thieves to exploit any software issues.

Following the layered computer defense strategy, you should secure your web browser to create another obstacle a cyber thief has to overcome. The more obstacles you put in their path, the higher the chances of keeping your computer secure and your personal information safe.

The Firefox web browser is developed and supported by Mozilla. Mozilla is an open source community supported by The Mozilla Foundation (non-profit) and the Mozilla Corporation (tax-paying subsidiary).

With its focus on community collaboration and open standards, Firefox fights to protect your online rights and keep the Internet an open platform that benefits everyone.

Firefox does not sell access to your personal information like other organizations. It has good privacy tools and web tracking protection, and you can control who can see what by modifying its configuration options (see below).

Because one of the main goals of this website is to help you protect your personal information from cyber intruders, using products that care about your privacy is an important component of the overall computer strategy.

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Follow the instructions below to secure Mozilla Firefox web browser.

Secure Mozilla Firefox Instructions

1. Open Mozilla Firefox Browser

Open Mozilla Firefox browser by double-clicking its icon on the desktop or from the Windows menu.

2. Under "Configuration menu, select "Options"


3. Inside the "Options" menu, select "Privacy" section

a)  Under “History”, use the pull-down menu to select “Use custom settings for history”.

b)  Uncheck “Remember search and form history”.


4. Under main "Options" menu, select "Security"

a) Under "Logins" section, uncheck "Remember logins for sites" checkbox.


b) Click on the "Saved Logins..." button, and when the "Saved Logins" box opens up, click on "Remove All" button.


5. Under main "Options" menu, select "Advanced" section

a) Under "Data Choices" tab, uncheck everything.


b) Under "Advanced" tab, under "Firefox Updates", select "Automatically install updates".

Congratulations!

You have now increased the security and privacy of your Firefox web browser. Happy surfing!

If you have multiple computers, do not forget to secure Mozilla Firefox on all of them.