Firefox 67: Enabling extensions on private windows

Mozilla will introduce a new policy in Firefox 67 to exclude installed extensions when running a private window.


The reason is very simple: since extensions need to work properly to sometimes have access to your data and the private browsing mode is supposed to be private, Mozilla believes that blocking add-ons in Firefox by default can ensure that there are no traces left behind.

And to do this, the company has decided to exclude by default all extensions to private windows unless you allow them to run. That is, you can set this ban at will.

With this change, Mozilla continues its efforts in Firefox to increase your privacy and is likely to win the hearts of many users who think this is the right approach and do not match the data collection that happens in other browsers.

The feature is already being tested as part of the Firefox nightclub, so you can try it now by installing it Mozilla's nightly browser.

Beginning with Firefox 67, every time you open a new private window, you will be notified that extensions have been blocked.
A similar warning is placed on the Firefox browser extensions configuration screens.

Firefox 67, as we said earlier, will come with a setting that will allow you to enable extensions to the browser's private mode, but you'll need to set the new permissions separately for each add-on.

There are two ways to do this. First of all, you can enable a specific extension to run on private windows during installation. An alert will appear when installing extensions enabling the setting: "Allow this extension to run in private windows".

If you want to configure the extensions that have already been installed, you must go to the add-on manager in Firefox 67. You can just type about: addons in Firefox to view the installed extensions.

Enabling them to run in private windows can be done from the options of each extension as follows: "Run in Private Windows> Allow" (Run in Private Windows> Allow). By default, this option is set to "Do not Allow".

Keep in mind that for now, Firefox 67 is in an experimental phase and that the final version could have additional settings. According to the company's program, Mozilla Firefox 67 should be released to users in 14 May 2019, so the team that develops it has two more months to make sure everything works as it should. If you install Nightly, keep in mind that this is an experimental browser and some things may not work properly.



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