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Private mode in web browser [released]

asked 2013-12-25 22:31:54 +0300

updated 2015-02-27 08:18:14 +0300

It would be nice to have the possibility to switch to a "private mode" in web browser app, where the history is not saved nor any password, forms etc...

EDIT 21-01-2015 - announced as upcoming feature here

EDIT 27-02-2015- A PR is merged https://github.com/sailfishos/sailfish-browser/pull/286 Am not sure if it is available in nightly build already.

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The question has been closed for the following reason "released in a software update" by molan
close date 2015-06-15 23:46:12.485399



also, a private mode that anonymizes the browser footprint, as can be measured by EFF's panopticlick.

edgar ( 2013-12-26 17:35:39 +0300 )edit

In our Jolla ontology I think "private mode" should be called "pirate mode"

Okw ( 2014-10-20 16:10:33 +0300 )edit

I agree with edgar that this feature should be added.

Most websites do not adhere to the DNT policy and there are only policy-based compliance measures to be had. In Europe there are presently no ways of ensuring that DNT is followed. Third-party cookie blocking is, potentially, a step forward but with large companies from the US using this blocking as a method of ensuring that they set standards for other forms of tracking it's doubtful if this really protects privacy much.

teirdes ( 2015-03-09 00:47:59 +0300 )edit

Released with upgrade 1.1.6/Aaslakkajärvi

molan ( 2015-06-15 23:47:50 +0300 )edit

Usage instructions are: Browser app -> tabs -> pulley -> new private browsing tab.

This was not easy to find.

mcfrisk ( 2015-06-20 12:31:30 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-01-17 13:41:30 +0300

AzP gravatar image

Clearing specific pages from history, or clearing history without clearing saved sessions and cache, would also be preferable.

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Please read this answer from veshku:

You can clean history in Settings -> Apps -> Browser -> Privacy. Just disable clearing of other fields than history and select clear.

axaq ( 2014-10-11 19:11:56 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-11-15 20:21:17 +0300

Luca gravatar image

I'd like to have an option as Firefox has that tell browser to clear private data on exit .

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answered 2014-10-20 15:54:55 +0300

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updated 2015-02-27 05:59:38 +0300

Now an issue on the Sailfish browser GitHub: https://github.com/sailfishos/sailfish-browser/issues/202

If you have a GitHub account you can subscribe to the issue to keep up with the latest changes.

Update- A PR is merged https://github.com/sailfishos/sailfish-browser/pull/286 Not sure if it is available in nightly build already.

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answered 2015-05-08 16:20:24 +0300

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In the most recent Jolla Blog post it is mentioned that:

After contributing to the Sailfish Browser for some time, he [Siteshwar] saw a thread about private browsing and initiated a discussion with the browser maintainers. “I looked around in the code and wrote a series of patches to implement private browsing. For a feature like this, it consists of mostly backend code, but Jaakko (Designer, Jolla) has come up with beautiful designs for it. I am sure users are going to like how it looks.”

(Note: Private Browsing feature will be released in an upcoming Sailfish OS update)

So private browsing seems to be on the way!

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