Mozilla Tutorial - How to configure Mozilla's and Netscape 7.1's privacy and security features
People have various reasons for choosing Mozilla, be it that they want to try a "different" browser, they like Mozilla's features such as tabbed browsing or because they appreciate Mozilla's privacy and security features such as the Cookie Manager, encryption of saved data, the Spam filter and much more.
Mozilla and Netscape 7.1 are in my opinion very secure browsers, even in their "out of the box" state. Still, with the right settings, you can make them even better at preserving your privacy and security while you are surfing the Net. This tutorial will show you how. Please note that there probably is not such a thing as perfect security, i.e. there may be security-related bugs that have not yet been discovered. Plus, safe use of the internet is always also the individual user's responsibility.
Step one - Keeping the Cookie Monster in check:
With older browsers such as Internet Explorer 5.x or Netscape 4.x, you only had the choice of either completely disabling cookies, losing their benefits, allowing all cookies or having to say "Yes" or "No" to endless alert windows asking you if site "x" was allowed to set a cookie. Fortunately, newer browsers like Mozilla, Netscape 7, Opera 7 and to some degree Internet Explorer 6 give you the option to selectively allow and disallow sites to set cookies.
Mozilla's Cookie preferences
IMHO, the ideal setting is to check "Enable all cookies" and "Ask me before storing a cookie". This will make you answer "yes" or "no" to quite a few cookie dialogs, but with Mozilla you only have to do it once per site. Simply make sure "Use my choice for all cookies from this site"" is checked.
Mozilla's Cookie dialog
There are several alternatives, depending how you surf the web:
Opening Mozilla's Cookie Manager
Either open Cookie Manager by selecting "Manage Stored Cookies", which will show you all cookies that are currently set and site permissions ("Cookie sites"), or (un-)block cookies for the site you are currently visiting by selecting "Block Cookies from this site" or "Unblock Cookies from this site".
Now that we have optimized our Cookie settings, lets move on to images and ad-banners.
Next step: Images and Ad Banners.
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