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2.7. Firefox Profiles

A key thing you need to understand about Firefox—in fact, about all Mozilla-based web browsers—is the concept of profiles. A profile (which is really just a folder on your hard drive) contains all the information you've customized about Firefox, including your bookmarks, settings, cookies, history, and more. When you run Firefox for the first time, it creates a profile for you (called, cleverly enough, "default"). Unless someone chooses to create an additional profile, all users of Firefox on your machine who share the same login name will use the same default profile. So yes, if you let your boyfriend log into your Windows machine using your login name, and he doesn't create his own profile, he will use your profile. Do you really want that? If not, either create a new Windows login for him (choose User Accounts from the Control Panel), or make him create his own Firefox profile!

Can't find it?

If you want to find your profile folder on your computer, it's best to read the mozillaZine article referenced in Section 1.9 at the end of this chapter, as different versions of Windows place the profile folders in different locations. If you want to find the profile so you can back it up, skip ahead to Section 2.7.1 for info on a great app that will take care of that for you.


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