Hi all !
I’m Romain Testard, product manager on Firefox desktop. I’m super interested in opinions and ideas regarding Private Windows. We think that Private Windows are not simple enough to access and would love your feedback regarding what matters to you as a user of private windows.
How can we make private windows simpler to use so you engage with them more?
Thanks so much for your valuable ideas!
I suggest you monitor https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1320796 which I think is what you want. I'm following up with the team since this seems to be a clear opportunity to make private browsing better.
@mikewonClearly private windows are a compromise between usability and privacy guarantees. For instance running extensions inside private windows could be problematic VS user expectations - see https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/extensions-private-browsing
As a software engineer, I use private windows regularly to log in under different accounts. My biggest issue is that all private windows share the same cookie/session data, so I can only log in with 2 accounts at a time (one in my main window, another in a private window.) It would be awesome if each new private window (not tab) was isolated from the others so I could log in with several different accounts simultaneously. I understand that this would impact the ability to move tabs between different private windows, but I'm willing to lose that ability if it lets me use more than 2 sessions simultaneously.
As a software engineer, I use private windows regularly to log in under different accounts. My biggest issue is that all private windows share the same cookie/session data, so I can only log in with 2 accounts at a time (one in my main window, another in a private window.)
The most relevant feature available now would be container tabs: each container has its own cookie jar. These are "regular" tabs, meaning that history is written to disk, so in that respect, quite different from private windows.
It is difficult to access Container Tabs without an add-on, although hopefully that will be improved in the future. More info: https://support.mozilla.org/kb/containers
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