Taking Private Browsing to the next level, during the Warwagon Tech Tip on Tuesday!
Hi, I’m Adam, I’m known as Warwagon on the forum. For 19 years I have operated my own computer repair business. In doing so, I deal daily with the average computer user.
Every bit of information I provide to people, I do so with the lowest common denominator in mind. It’s a common misconception that anyone who joins or browses a tech site is a techie. Some people are just looking for advice. That’s why for some, these technical tips may seem a little too simplistic, but they are instructive for others.
Modern web browsers incorporate a feature called “Private Browsing/Incognito Mode”. In this mode, the browser does not save your browser cache, history or any of the cookies for any of the websites you visit.
What if you could have private browsing but also save all your cookies and keep your browsing history? Maybe you want to keep some aspect of your browsing private from other people who can access the computer, but also enjoy the convenience of keeping bookmarks, history and cookies for site preference settings. ?
This can be done using 2 free tools in combination. Veracrypt and Portable Firefox.
Note: It should be noted that private browsing/incognito mode also blocks trackers and extensions. Which is not disabled by default in Portable Firefox. Instructions for this are at the end of this guide.
Veracrypt lets you create a portable encrypted container that you can store on your computer, USB drive, or external hard drive. Portable Firefox is a version of Firefox that requires no installation and can be extracted and run from inside the encrypted container.
Everything you do on portable Firefox is contained ONLY in the encrypted container, cache, cookie history, extensions, etc.
Today I’m going to tell you how to set this up.
- First we need to download and install VeracryptName
- Once installed, launch Veracrypt
- Click on “Create Volume“
- Put a period in “Create an encrypted file container“then click”Next”
- Click on “Standard VeraCrypt volume” then click next
Now we need to select a location to place your encrypted container. Click on “Choose the folder” and decide where you want to save it, then give it a name. The file will not have a file extension. Once you have given the file a name, click “to safeguard“. Then click “Next” and “Next” Again.
Now select the size you want the container to be, I would say 4GB is a good size.
- Click on Next
- Now give your encrypted container a password
- Click on Next
Now wave your mouse around like a crazy person, giving your encryption some randomness. At this point you can also choose your file system type. I will choose NTFS.
- Click on “Format” to format your encrypted container.
Congratulations, you have just created an encrypted container.
Now let’s mount it and put Portable Firefox inside.
- First click”Choose the folder“
- Locate the container you created and double click on it.
- Click on “To go up“
- enter your password
- Click on “OKAY” (Give him a few seconds)
Your encrypted container will then be mounted on the above drive letter, in my case it is drive letter O. So for the “Destination folder” I would type O:
Now we need portable Firefox. It may be down portableapps.com
Once downloaded, open it. It will ask you where you want to extract the content. In my case, I’m going to extract it to the root of my new encrypted container which is on drive o:
That’s it! Now open your container drive letter and you should see Portable Firefox!
Now open it and configure it to your liking, extensions and all!
How to disable cross-site tracking cookies, content tracking, cryptominers and fingerprinting.
- Click on the 3 horizontal lines at the top right of Firefox and select “Settings“.
- Once in the settings, click on “Privacy and Security” To the left.
- On the right Scroll down and select “Custom“.
- Now choose what you want to block.
The other advantage is that it updates like a normal version of Firefox, so you’ll always have the latest version!
Once you’re done, close Firefox and go back to Veracrypt and click “To disassemble“
Sometimes you need to click “force unmount”
If you learned something today, great! If not, maybe share your own tech tip in the comments below!