Why Would You Clear Your Firefox Browsing History?
Firefox is a web browser used by millions of people across the world to access the Internet. Released in 2002, Firefox is the only browser made by a not-for-profit, mission driven organization. Just as recently as August 2016, Firefox was listed as the 3rd most popular global browser, right after Chrome and Safari. However, with so many daily searches occurring on Firefox, it is important to know how to easily clear your browsing history. People delete their browsing history in order to erase information stored by their browser. Over time, this stored information could slow down your Internet connection or threaten your Internet privacy.
Delete Your Firefox Browsing History
To delete all of your Firefox browsing history, follow the steps below. Once deleted, your website history log will be cleared and previously-visited websites will no longer appear in your Firefox history.
- Open your Firefox browser.
- Click the menu button and choose History.
- Click the drop-down menu next to Time range to clear and select how much history you wish to delete.
- Click the arrow next to Details to select what information you want to clear.
- Select Clear Now to delete your search history.
That's it. Your Firefox history is now deleted.
More Ways to Protect Your Privacy
Protecting your privacy online is crucial to ensuring your security is maintained and that you are able to enjoy an open, unrestricted Internet experience. When you browse the Internet without an extra layer of protection, such as a VPN, you are risking your private information being shared with third-party sites or hackers on your network. Information such as your IP address, location and search history are at risk. You should always be aware of the following:
- Your ISP can see your activity, location, sites visited, whom you communicate with and more.
- ISPs or other providers often share or sell this data to third parties, including advertisers.
To protect your privacy while browsing online, you can also do the following:
- Use a VPN: A VPN encrypts your Internet connection, offering an exceptional level of privacy and security every time you connect. With a VPN, no one (not your ISP or snoops) can see the sites you visit, your location or any other personal data.
- Use HTTPS: HTTPS indicates that your connection is secured, meaning it is safer than using HTTP. Always use this prefix when you browse.
- Be aware of the risks: Understand that when browsing, a lot of personal information may be exposed to your provider and websites. Being aware of this fact can help you decide what you do online and what privacy measures you take.
Sources: Mozilla Support