How To Setup Firefox Permission Manager For Websites

One important addition to Firefox has been inclusion of a Permission Manager for Firefox. The Permission Manager of Mozilla Firefox will allow users to define the users own settings for the websites. For example, a user can set whether a website stores a user password, user’s location, cookies, show pop-up windows and maintain data offline. The great thing about the Permission Manager is the level of customization that it offers and it is easy to configure. You can decide what data you want to share with websites!

So now a user can store their settings on save passwords, share location, set cookies, open pop-up windows and maintain offline storage by following these steps in Permission Manager.

When the user opens the screen it displays the default permissions for all sites accessed in the web browser.

Let me introduce the user about the five options in the Firefox 6 Permission Manager.

  • Store Passwords: Here a user can allow or block storing of password for any websites. This has no impact on third-party log in helpers like Last Pass. This affects the default Firefox password. According to this, the user can allow or block the storing of passwords on individual site or many other websites.
  • Share location:  Firefox will submit the information to the websites if they support the Mozilla Firefox feature, which gathers additional information from user such as location and computer IP address. It always detects a computer’s IP address regardless of the setting. There are  two options: Always Ask or Block. User can set block category for some websites.
  • Set Cookies: Here two options are permitted like Block Cookies along with Allow for session only. The site or all sites can set cookies, if the user wants.
  • Open Pop-up Windows:  This option I would like to recommend to the users. Put this option into the Block category because this will block all pop-ups across all websites.
  • Maintain Offline Storage: This should not confused with the Web Browser cache.  If the users have favorite’s website content in offline browsing mode, it might be handy. So offline storage is used to provide access to data when the browser is in offline mode.

Set Permissions for a site:

When user selects one of the sites in the Permission Manager, user will see information about the data that it has currently stored in the browser. Normally Firefox will display a most used websites list in your Firefox 6. If the user can’t find their favorite browser website in the list, go through these steps.

Step 1: Visit your favorite website in Firefox 6 and Click on the website icon in the address bar.

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Step 2: Now Click More Information.

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Step 3: Then Click on Permissions tab and set the permissions for the site that you’re visiting.

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I must say that this feature is a very useful one for regular as well as advanced users as by using it, we can provide separate permissions for any number of websites.

Post updated thanks to Jim Boyd.

Firefox 6 actually introduces a new advanced Permissions Manager that can be accessed by typing about:permissions in the address bar.


Instead of hunting all over Firefox to change various website permissions, the Permissions Manager now collects them all in one place. You can customize permissions for individual sites or set the default permissions for all sites.

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4 Comments

  1. Jim Boyd

    People who do not know about the features of Firefox shout NOT be writing articles about it.

    This technique listed above is NOT new to Firefox 6…it became available in Firefox 4 and is used to control basic permissions for individual sites as you visit them.

    The NEW, and more advanced, Permission Manager in Firefox 6 is actually accessed by typing about:permissions in the address bar…for more information on how to do this read THIS article:

    http://www.techfeb.com/2011/08/firefox-6-new-feature-permission-manager/

  2. Jim Boyd

    People who do not know about the features of Firefox shout NOT be writing articles about it.

    This technique listed above is NOT new to Firefox 6…it became available in Firefox 4 and is used to control basic permissions for individual sites as you visit them.

    The NEW, and more advanced, Permission Manager in Firefox 6 is actually accessed by typing about:permissions in the address bar…for more information on how to do this read THIS article:

    http://www.techfeb.com/2011/08/firefox-6-new-feature-permission-manager/

  3. HG

    It should also be pointed out that Firefox 6 that is said to be “available for downlod” in this article has no Java support and cabatibility issues with many popular ad-ons…meaning it’s still a beta.

  4. Hackerman1

    “Step 1: Visit your favorite website in Firefox 6 and Click on the website icon in the address bar.”

    you should mention to LEFT-click on the icon

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