Firefox Tips And Tricks

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Using multiple profiles

Firefox has the ability to use multiple profiles, most people are probably not aware of this but it is a really useful feature.

Q: Why would I want to use multiple profiles?

  • For better security
  • For privacy reasons
  • For portability
  • ...Other reasons?

For example you could have one stricter profile for casual web browsing, where you add addons for adblocking, flashblocking etc. In addition, you could have one less strict profile for your banking and shopping, where you would have no addons and where you allow all cookies etc. Portable in the sense that you can specify where to put your profile, for example you might want to bring a profile along with you on a flash card, or put a profile in an encrypted container.

Q: Well then, how do I create an additional profile for my user?
First make sure all instances of firefox is shut down (more on why later).

Now either start firefox with the profile manager by add the following to your shortcut or command line:

firefox.exe -profilemanager

Or if you prefer creating a profile with the command line, add something like this to your shortcut or command line:

firefox.exe -createprofile "bankingprofile c:\bankingprofile"

If you added the options to your shortcut, make sure you remove them after running the shortcut once.