This week for its 10th anniversary, Firefox updated to version 33.1. This .1 update brings some important privacy changes that might interest you.
The big one is the "forget" button. Simply click it and choose how far back you want Firefox to forget: five minutes, two hours or 24 hours.
Firefox will close all of your open tabs, wipe your cookie and browser history for that time period and open a new Firefox window. If you forgot to start a private browsing session before doing your spouse's Christmas shopping, this is the next best thing.
If you updated Firefox and don't see the Forget button anywhere, you'll need to add it to a menu.
Open Firefox and on the right, click the icon with the three lines. Then click Customize.
On the left under Additional Tools and Features, click and drag the Forget icon to the menu area or up to the address bar area. It can go wherever you want it. When you've got it where you want it, click the green Exit Customize button. You're done!
Another big change is that the Firefox search bar now includes the private search site DuckDuckGo. I've covered it before as a more private alternative to Google.
To use DuckDuckGo, click the Google icon in the Firefox search bar and choose DuckDuckGo from the options.
Now every search will show up in DuckDuckGo by default and your online privacy will be that much better.