Firefox 3.5 out... private browsing now in-built

#1
Just downloaded the new Firefox build (3.5) and it is ripping along....
Still not as fast as Chrome, but Chrome doesn't have the add-ons.

I'm sure that a good chunk of the ARRSE community will appreciate the private browsing mode for those one-handed surfing moments.

Download here
 
#2
Well worth the update from 3.0.11 to 3.5 been using it most of the afternoon and the speed difference is very obvious after using it just for a few minutes. Word of warning though Real Player download plugin won't work with this version at the current time along with a few other add ons, so its worth checking what works and doesn't before installing.
 
#3
Thanks for the heads up on the update, I have just upgraded to 3.5 and noticed the difference right away .. much quicker. When I installed the update it notified of me what add ons wouldnt work and available updates for them, all good so far.
 

BrunoNoMedals

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#4
How does "private browsing" work? Not something I've heard of before, but if it assists me with grot I'm all for it.
 
#5
BrunoNoMedals said:
How does "private browsing" work? Not something I've heard of before, but if it assists me with grot I'm all for it.
History is used by the browser to enhance your experience on the Internet. When the browser remembers a website you previously visited or the username and password for your favorite web site, this information is considered your history.

However, there may be times when you do not want other users of your computer to see or access such information. For example, perhaps if a friend or family member shares your computer, you would prefer for them not to be able to see what websites you've visited or what files you've downloaded.

Firefox 3.5 and later provide "Private Browsing," which allows you to browse the Internet without Firefox retaining any of data about which sites and pages you have visited.
Link.


Not something I'd use much as I'm the sole user of my machine (Well, I hope I am 8O ).
 
#6
I'm not sure what version I have, but I assume 'private browsing' is the same as I have.

basically it auto deletes your history, cookies, temp files when you shut the browser down.....covers your tracks in one simple click.

S_R

p.s. obviously I don't need to use such a feature as I have a perfectly legit browsing history.
 
#7
S_R, go to Help --> About Mozilla Firefox to find the version number.

I think the difference in this version and what you are talking about is that in the new version it doesn't store it in the first place.
 
#8
I was going to ask the same question.

What does private mode actually entail?
 
#9
You can get software that does the same sort of stuf....
 
#10
c_f, I know you can, but I think the benefit for most users is that it's already rolled into one piece of software, not something else they need to go searching for and installing separately.
 
#11
I'm still on 3.0.11 as I downloaded the Beta version of the Upgrade a few months ago and had major problems with the computer, I had to uninstall and get back to this version and lost quite a lot of programmes in the process, be good to know if no such problems exist in the new and improved Upgrade?
 
#12
I've been playing with this now for the last 24hrs. No problems as of yet and it seems stable comapired with the bug ridden beta's (I had a similier experience to Gudulph) There are still a lot of add ons which have yet to be updated but give it a few weeks and most stuff should be updated.
No script and other browser security options i use are all working fine.
 
#13
Baldrick66 said:
I've been playing with this now for the last 24hrs. No problems as of yet and it seems stable comapired with the bug ridden beta's (I had a similier experience to Gudulph) There are still a lot of add ons which have yet to be updated but give it a few weeks and most stuff should be updated.
No script and other browser security options i use are all working fine.
Thanks Baldrick, I will give it a go... Have the Fire Extinguisher ready just in case it all goes wrong 8O
 
#15
johnboyzzz said:
So what are the advantages of Firefox over IE
Apart from being more stable and more secure you could have a nose at this as well

13 Reasons To use Firefox

A google search will give you loads more reasons to make the switch
 

BrunoNoMedals

LE
Kit Reviewer
#16
Cheers for the info guys. Not quite the technical masterpiece I was expecting, but never mind!
 
#17
Version 4 of Safari, which was released a few weeks ago, also has private browsing and a very nice "Top Sites" page when you open a new tab.

Personally, I'm still sticking with Firefox but Safari and Opera are both nice browsers. MSIE is my last choice but still sometimes needed for websites using ActiveX plug-ins.
 

BrunoNoMedals

LE
Kit Reviewer
#19
Donkey-Spanker said:
Sympathetic_Reaction said:
I'm not sure what version I have, but I assume 'private browsing' is the same as I have.

basically it auto deletes your history, cookies, temp files when you shut the browser down.....covers your tracks in one simple click.

S_R

p.s. obviously I don't need to use such a feature as I have a perfectly legit browsing history.
My understanding of Firefox and private browsing is that history is stored in RAM, not on the harddrive. It's not that the data is automatically deleted, it's just lost because RAM is temporary storage which only hold data while an electric curent is flowing through it. Harddrives store data magnetically, and even if you erase the data, there may still be enough references to recover said data. The difference is that the data can never be recovered from RAM, whereas you could possibly (depending on other activity) undelete data from a harddrive.
Sounds like a waste of core resource to me. Not that browser history is going to take up vast amounts of space, like...
 
#20
Cheers guys, have had it downloaded and installed since yesterday and it's all running fine, the Add-Ons you can very quickly add are excellent, I now have all the World Time Zones running at the bottom of the screen that I need to know and have contacts with...

The ability to change the look in seconds of the entire browser screen is excellent, the Torpical Beach scene makes you long to be there in a hammock mitt ice cold beer in hand and a Top Letch in front...
 

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