Another very common feedback request in Hendrix is the ability to disable Private Browsing:
How can i put a password on private browsing so my kids can’t access it. I usually control what they do on the internet, but with private browsing none of the ‘parental guidance’ passwords work. In summary, private browing is a stupid idea and should be scrapped. I’m sure many parents will agree.
I do NOT like that the private browsing option cannot be disabled. I want to view my children’s history. Please let me know how to disable it or turn it off. Other wise, I need a new browser.
Firefox needs to include the ability to temporarily disable the Private Browsing feature. I (like many other parents) want the ability to browse in private, but don’t want the same privilege for my children. A simple password to turn the feature on and off would solve the problem.
This is a no-brainer, guys. I’ve seen people discussing this elsewhere on the net, so I know there’s significant demand for this ability. Not including it implies a disregard for the welfare of our kids and for your users’ desire for flexibility in our favorite browser.
I and many parents do NOT want private browsing as an option for our children using the computers. Nor should we have to navigate complicated instructions or know programming in order to circumvent problems. I have parental controls. Why can’t private browsing just be an add-in feature???
I have read other complaints online for almost a year and am about to remove Firefox from all family computers ONLY due to this problem. If you care what your consumers think, you should fix this.
Private browsing capability should not be available by default. At the least, it should be manageable down to the user level with the capability of disabling it for all users.
I have been a huge Firefox fan since 2004, but will gladly change browsers and stop recommending Firefox to my family, friends, and colleagues.
for purposes of accountability for myself and family members, I would like if the private browsing option could be removed, or at the least, be made an administrative option rather than being available for any user.
Parents are concerned that their children will not obey their house rules for use of the Internet, and they will have no method of detecting this. And, as that last quote shows, some adults want the function disabled for personal accountability to others.
Now, I agree there is no substitute for a good relationship between parent and child – in an ideal world, children would obey their parents and parents would not exasperate their children. But I firmly believe that parents are responsible for their children, and that includes controlling what they see and hear if the parents judge that it’s in their best interests. Is there any parent who has a child for whom they have never done this?
Now of course in many cases it is possible to get around the disabling of Private Browsing – you could have an alternative browser on a USB stick, or clear the entire history, or just delete places.sqlite. But each of those actions leaves some evidence. Whereas Private Browsing mode is quick to start, quick to stop, and is designed specifically to leave no evidence. So I think there is value in people being able to disable it.
At the moment, for those who want to disable it, the solution circulating in the Forums is to delete nsPrivateBrowsingService.js, which is clearly sub-optimal.
Does anyone know of an addon which can significantly raise the bar here, by disabling easy access to Private Browsing and history deletion?