Mozilla is experimenting with improved Private Browsing

Mozilla Foundation is again aiming to boost the privacy of Firefox users, and is beginning to test a new, improved kind of Private Browsing.


“All major browsers offer some form of experience that is labeled ‘private’ but this is typically intended to solve the ‘local’ privacy case, namely preventing others on a shared computer from seeing traces of your online activity,” the company explained in a blog post.

“Our hypothesis is that when you open a Private Browsing window in Firefox you’re sending a signal that you want more control over your privacy than current private browsing experiences actually provide.”

The new Private Browsing option, introduced in the Developer Edition of Firefox for Windows, OS X and Linux, as well as Firefox Aurora for Android, will allow users to pick and choose which security and privacy controls to turn on an off.

Website elements that could be used to record user behavior across sites will also actively be blocked, but users can unblock them if they want / need to.

A new process has also been created to try and verify add-ons and filter out possibly malicious or unwanted ones.

If all goes well, users can look forward to taking advantage of these things in future stable Firefox releases.