Let's have an FF tips/trick/tweaks general, more geared towards Privacy, aside from other things, like ads and shit. What add-ons do you use, what about:config commands have you added, any particular URLs that you are actively blocking, etc., etc?
I'll get the ball rolling.
Add the following to your AdBlock filter preferences to never see "Annotations" in YouTube videos ever again. Life significantly improved.
If you absolutely have to use GMail, then try the Gmelius add-on, if you haven't already. Make your Gmail look clean, and remove all the retarded text adds. Feels good man.
If you have an AdBlock, then there are 3 filter subscriptions you MUST have.
1. EasyList - for general ad unpleasantness online
2. Adblock Warning Removal List - to counter retarded websites who tell you to disable your AdBLock - lel, fuck them!
3. Fanboy's Annoyance List - removes Fakebook, G+, Twitter, etc. share buttons and similar garbage from your online experience. I love this add-on because it's very aggressive. If you are retarded enough to still have a Fakebook profile in 2014, with them selling your information to the highest bidder, and logging all of your keystrokes, then this filter will not work for you, and you should seriously consider offing yourself right this minute.
That's only if you are logged in, or allow cookies, or never close your browser. For an average Joe you'll have to deal with Annotations constantly, The add-on eliminates that need.
Dealing with cookies. There are two add-ons that you should consider. One for regular cookies, and another for special long-term flash cookies.
Self-Destructing Cookies will take care of most of your needs. Just don't be a fucktard, who installs an add-on, and does not configure it. Look through options, and maximize add-ons efficiency.
BetterPrivacy will take care of flash cookies, that are sometimes imbedded into your system for a long, long time, allowing tracking. Nope! Never again.
Whitelist cookies that you need in both.
use youtube in html5 mode, e.g. with this addon https://addons.mozilla.org/de/firefox/addon/youtube-all-html5/ if you delete cookies regularly.
then you can do »view page source«, »media«, click two times on »type« and »save as« to save a video without any addons.
Also use the following to block Google Syndication, which is used for tracking, collecting stats about you, building up your profile (your searches, sites that you visit, shit that you purchase, and so forth), then delivering targeted ads.
Add this to filter preferences:
Couple this with RequestPolicy add-on. It prevents 3rd party requests from executing on sites that you visit, unless you allow them, thus making 3rd party sites unable to easily track your online movements.
This add-on will require some "training", but once you set it up for your most visited sites, it's more or less smooth sailing from there on out.
If you haven't already, under Preferences -> Privacy put a checkmark next to "Tell websites that I do not want to be tracked". This is a pretty weak solution, since many sites would simply ignore it, but it's better to have it checked, than not. Just a heads-up.
Go to about:config and set the following to FALSE. This will prevent websites from knowing what text you have selected and/or copied from their website. Some websites can be configured to even log what you've input into their text boxes before you even submit it.
Set it to FALSE.
It doesn't do absolutely nothing and some sites do change their behavior based on the DNT variable, but most advertising companies have no respect for you and see you as the product, so they ignore it.
Just to ad, there is another thing in about:config which is worrisome: dom.storage.enabled
This is very similar to cookies, whereby a website can store info on your computer, even if you have your cookies disabled.
Unfortunately, setting it to FALSE will stop JewCaptchas from showing on 4chins. I would think that that next best solution is limiting how many kilobytes a website is allowed to store.
Look for: dom.storage.default_quota
I have it set to "1", as in 1kb, and it seems to be working fine for Captchas.
You can use Fanboy's Ultimate list for pretty much all the adblock things listed in this thread and Youtube Center for everything Youtube related that was posted. NoScript and Request Policy are also helpful, they can be annoying at first, it only takes a few seconds to set them up for a site.
I don't see any annotations so I assume it's working. But the filter preferences says the hits stay at 0.
Also, holy shit Maddox is still alive? I remember reading his rants as a kid.
They fulfil different purposes and i run them both at once.
(It's an archive link since the website doesn't seem to be working for me right now)
For added security, check about:config for the following, and edit their value is needed.
1 - all cookies allowed (negro, please)
2 - cookies from original server allowed (much more reasonable)
3 - no cookies allowed (use this one at your own discretion, as it may fuck up some of your shit)
Deals with how long cookies stay on your computer
0 - website determines when cookies will expire (hahaha... suuuure, Hebrew)
1 - user is prompted for how long to keep a cookie (meh)
2 - Cookies expire once browser is closed (bretty gud, and probably the best option)
3 - days are specified by user under "network.cookie.lifetime.days" - you might as well set that to "0"
Or, use shit like Cookie Monster to easily manage your cookies.
One stops scripts from running on the website itself, and another stops 3rd party (tracking) requests from botnets like facebook, amazon and google.
I'd use both for maximum effect. It will suck for the first few days, since you will be whitelisting a lot of shit, but it'll be fine afterwards.
Even though it's not a very strong add-on, simply because many, many websites don't bother with having https://, HTTPS-Everywhere is still a must-have.
Get it here: https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere
A better session manager. Mozilla fucked it over after Firefox 29 though.
Save Image to Folder
Search Image (by Google)
You can disable sending a header altogether through about:config:
Set it to "0"
Or use the RefControl add-on: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/refcontrol/
You could try using a fresh profile, it's likely a addon that's causing the problem. There's a way to start from a new profile but keep your bookmarks, but I don't know how in australis.
Add-ons: Adblock Plus, BetterPrivacy, Element Hiding Helper for Adblock Plus, HTTPS-Everywhere, NoScript, RefControl, RequestPolicy
Go into Adblock Plus' filter preferences and uncheck "Allow some non-intrusive advertising"
Use EasyList/EasyPrivacy + Fanboy's Social Blockng List + Malware Domains + Adblock Warning Removal List for Adblock subscriptions.
DuckDuckGo as your search engine
Within "Privacy", set custom settings for history: Uncheck "Accept cookies from sites" and only set exceptions for sites you use.
Uncheck "Block reported attack sites" and "Block reported web forgeries" because they phone Google every time to check the sites you go to against a blacklist.
>Uncheck "Block reported attack sites" and "Block reported web forgeries" because they phone Google every time to check the sites you go to against a blacklist.
I did not know this. Good info. Thank you. So every site that you go to is verified with Google when you have those checked? If I go to Wikipedia, a contact is made with Google to make sure it's non an attack site?
that's not how it works, at least on firefox.
it downloads the whole list, checks locally, and doesn't send any of your browsing info when updating. google doesn't get shit from you.
Google - joined PRISM on January 14th, 2009. NSA has unrestricted access to their servers at any time, in addition to collecting your information constantly.
You dun goof'd, sonny.
Keefox is just a FF extension to allow for auto input of passwords into forms in FF using the data from your password database (also saves pws to the database when entering them, in browser pw generator, etc)
According to the changelog on their site they haven't released a version update since 2010, which is concerning.
Preferences > Advanced > Network > Override Automatic Cache Management, then set the value to 0.
If I understand this correctly, this is mostly for when you want to use something in an "offline" mode. If you never do this, then disallow storage.
How does better privacy work for Adobe AIR? Whenever I run Rosetta Stone, air puts something (it looks like settings .sol extension) in the same folder where flash would. Would I still need better privacy, even though I don't have flash instead, even though I have AIR?
How does referrer headers work within a website? Is it used to tell the server that I came from an internal page rather than jumping straight into the middle? I would like to know so I won't get locked out of a banking website.
I got a firefox question. I just installed linux mint and got my firefox the same as on windows. But it's slow as fuck and whenever I load a new tab it just lags. I don't know what it is but I've done all the basic about:config stuff you can see on google. It's not my addons or anything else. What would it be? Is there something on mint that messes with firefox files?
It lists your IP, the system that you are using, your browser, and your location, among other things. This allows the site to adjust to your setup, but honestly, it's basically intrusive tracking.
RefControl allows putting a limitation on what you want to share, if anything, and I think it also allows "spoofing", as in sending made-up info.
I block Header sending altogether, and my online banking works just fine.
This guy is correct. Ignore >>42466863
About the blacklist download from google. Yes you have to request google servers for a do not go there guide for the web. But it really is a helpful tool and this is coming from someone who doesn't use google services beyond YouTube.
As for the filter list provided. Just download fanboy's ultimate list and malware domains. I am 90 % sure that annoyances and social stuff is included in that list.
>am i doing the right thing?
Of course. By using Gmail, you encourage others to use it.
Absolutely. Google has been a part of PRISM for 5+ years. They actually admit to sifting through your mail for keywords to improve their advertising. I wouldn't trust a company like that. Everything you have ever sent or received, encrypted or not, is forever stored on NSA servers because of their close relationship with Google.
Avoid at all costs.
Yes. Do a comparison test between it and an Adblock. Test out kissanime.com. Whenever I go there to watch detective Conan. If I don't turn off the advertising button for disconnect in addition to turning off Adblock, the site gets pissy with me. Which means that disconnect does indeed work. This behavior is similar to other websites but this is the most obvious one.
Yes I will continue to use the website because they are the only site that I have found that supports mp4 or HTML5 videos. They also have mobile versions of their videos which look great and load fast.
is there a way to install firefox without it doing with mint? I feel like the settings from the original firefox that comes with mint came over to my fresh install. I mean I am pretty new at this stuff so that might be totally wrong but. Idk
Thanks for helping guys. I'll edit have zero referrer headers and test out some websites and how they react.
As for better privacy I'll just leave it in. Makes for a convenient way to clear out the macromedia folder if anything get in there.
Because there are somethings that aren't covered by one. I have the ram to supply and Nightly never crashes. Besides why am I using either when I have a hosts file to begin with.
For Windows, to improve font rendering you can try Anti-Aliasing Tuner add-on.
Another option is to install gdipp, it will change font rendering system-wide, but won't work together with Anti-Aliasing Tuner. You will also have to go to about:config and toggle gfx.direct2d.disabled to true, and layers.prefer-d3d9 to true, then restart Firefox.
I personally prefer gdipp, much more readable and pleasant to the eye.
It may have changed recently but from January to May it kept on bitching at me to turn off my adblocker. I think I forgot to add that it would only do it when I started to play a video with Adblock on. The video would cut out about less than a minute in and then would bring up this YouTube video.
Mozilla is a company, they are obligated to make money. That guy was costing them market share, and therefore money.
We ARE capitalists people, so stop complaining that they took the profitable route
Alright, I want to maintain my YouTube account and comments, but I don't want to be a part of Googles failed social network.
Problem is, if I try to delete my Google+ it takes my YouTube account with it. What do?
Well guess they must have changed. Really should go back there so I can finish the last 100 episodes available.
Edit: my nightly browser is being checked by cloudflare servers for ddos protection. F my life. Guess I'll just watch on safari or mobile
Go to about:config, type browser.cache.disk
Toggle everything to false and set everything to 0. This will disable caching to your SSD.
If you have a HDD, you can redirect the cache to be stored on it, right click, select New > String, name it browser.cache.disk.parent_directory and then put the full path where you want the cache to be stored.
If you have a lot of RAM, you can store the cache in it, make sure browser.cache.memory.enable is set to true and set browser.cache.memory.max_entry_size to -1
Restart Firefox after changing any of these.
my end of the world set up is:
greasemonkey (for viewtube and 4chanx)
self destructing cookies
https startpage for all searching
history set to custom, accept all cookies until close, history clear on close
No clue. I've been to the website in a while. So I don't what changes I may have done to deserve this. But all my browsers and both my wifis are blocked. I can't even try and access the website through 4g on my phone.
Add this string in about:config to set a user agent of your own. So you won't be broadcasting your browser and OS to everything you connect to.
I tried having it blank for a day and it worked well on every site I visited, even my bank. The exception was BakaBT which and only presents a blank page if I don't send a user agent, but they are fine with it if my user agent is some gibberish like "asdasdasd".
How to change your browser country:
In your browser go to Tools
Languages: Choose your preferred language for displaying pages
Select a language to add...
Choose the same language, but a different country
Is there anyway to improve FF's handling of gif rendering? Everytime I try to load gifs, the browser freezes for few seconds. I tried disabling hardware acceleration, it didn't help. Fucking firefox.
It's surprising no one has mentioned Location Bar Enhancer. Great little addon but doesn't play nice with some themes, like Simple White for example.
As mentioned before, start in safe mode and see if the problem persists. Chances are an addon or config setting are the source of the problem.
adding to that...
Blender (spoof useragent as most common),
Cookie Monster (basically Noscript for cookies)
As for usability,
Image Search Options (sadly doesn't include google by default but lots of options),
InstantFox (set up keywords for custom search from address bar. Even just defaults are really good),
Lazarus (saves form inputs locally so you don't need to retype shit. Ever),
Location Bar Enhancer (breadcrumb style address bar)
Mouseover Popup Image Viewer (there might be better ones out there, too many to try them all)
btw, is youtube center broken for anyone else on FF 33? HTML5 viewer doesn't work for me.
Well I finally got on to it with my phone. Not using wifi, which could be the problem (got a new box on Tuesday). Weird because it seems like the site was probably the victim of ddos recently and they were scanning all entering traffic to prevent attacks.
Some about:config shit that you may want to check out
Set it to "false". It will prevent from auto-copying highlighted text to clipboard, even if you aren't intending on doing so.
Set it to "false". Prevents storing website info and tracking.
Set it to "false". It not absolutely necessary, as all it does is stop .ogg video files from playing. I keep it at "false", since I don't think I've even seen an .ogg video on websites that I frequent.
Set to "true". Probably unnecessary for you, but just in case keep it active, so any offline apps that might have somehow got into your system are cleared when the browser is closed.
Set to "true". Same as above.
Set to "true". Same as above.
In fact, just type in "privacy.clearOnShutdown", and go through the whole list. I have everything set to "true".
This dialog box appeared nearly one minute after I had closed and quit firefox (30).
Reading through this thread made me realize that all of you are fucking plebs. I thought it would have gotten better, but it gets worse everyday. This all should have been common knowledge. Threads like this are wasted you fucking plebs, every single thread is just helping you faggots catch up. There is no actual discussion going on. I remember this place had more people that knew what they where doing than new posters. I'm done you fags, I hope you all die. Im not even mad.
Here are the extensions I use. WOT is pretty useful, (shows a community rating of a website), but sometimes ratings are more influenced by personal beliefs, so it's always good to check on the website to see what people have to say about it.
idk if anyone has said this or not, but you can easily change your useragent in about:config, without having to have an add-on.
just go to http://www.useragentstring.com/pages/useragentstring.php, change it in about:config, and then check on panopticlick to see if it is common enough.
These threads never progress because they attract people that have a starting interest in tweaking their browser (for security and privacy). Everyone else already read it a dozen times, got what they want and are posting in desktop threads or something. Same reason there's always -that guy- that recommends Ghostery and is then surprised it's owned by an ad network even though it's mentioned at least once an hour.
What configs do I need to change? Safe mode still had the issue with gif rendering and freezing few secs. As far as I can remember, firefox always had this issue with many different computers that I've owned.
>I'm done you fags
>I hope you all die
>Im not even mad
>experiences an acute discomfort in his anal orifice
>feels the urge to shit on an actually helpful thread
>leaves right after
You all have to realize that panopticon is old. I get my user agents from techblog.willshouse.com. Yes the list is based off of his site, and it's dynamically generated and updated but it at least provides a good look as to what browsers tech-savvy people use when they visit his site.
>and then check on panopticlick to see if it is common enough.
If you just keep visiting pantopticlick it won't know it's you again. So if you were unique before and keep visiting it'll just compare your fingerprint to your old fingerprint and conclude that you're less and less unique.
Its not an ISP issue. Thats for sure. Its not just 4chan gifs. Its gifs across the internet. When I load a new gif in a new tab, it starts loading(first few frames), then the whole browser freezes for few secs, then it loads completely. Once the initial loading is done, there is no issue with gif playback.
I don't use many add-ons besides the one or two i always install with firefox. Ad block edge, and tree style tabs. There is no way I'm going back to normal tabs.
Its way better, at least for me for navigating. I usually have loads of tabs open at once and the trees make it so much easier to see quickly and use. If i used a vertical monitor for browsing, I'd totally go back to normal tabs but i can't see myself doing that anytime soon.
What, how is searchonymous achieving what it's claiming?
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You can put it on the right side yes, I prefer the left. but this addon is the reason I can't switch back to chrome. the closest thing to this for chrome doesn't let you remove the tab bar, and puts your side tabs in a completely separate window, and to boot they aren't in the tree format. just vertical
Security vs effort. It's really not a problem once you set up all the sites you use often. Other sites that have more than 10 scripts to enable to make the site functional I press the back button because fuck them.
Here's my version of RiDeag's theme if you want it. I just made it a little thinner.
It's just in there as a quick reference for what to blacklist in requestpolicy/noscript when going to new sites because searching domains isn't worth my time. Most of the time it's disabled.
>Caching on your SSD is useful. SSDs are good at caches.
RAM is even better at caches
thanks man, I hate css so I just roll with whatever I find.
This fucks up some websites which put their static content on an cdn.
I use refcontrol to forge all my referers to the site root.
It also allows exceptions, which can fixes this shitty problems with cdns.
Yes, you can uninstall it and then clear out any saved info from you system and reinstall it. You can also download a tar from Mozilla. But it will still remember settings and such unless you delete everything from the last install.
No more botnet /g/uide
>Download tor browser bundle
No more tracking , you can use Google and every botnet you want
>tor slow xD
Okey plebs, use firefox with 3rd party cookies and remove cookies on shut down + better privacy
you will not get more private when not using tor you just have a weird finger print with all crazy addons
Okay so beyond fanboy's ultimate list what other lists should use besides malware domains?
I'm looking through the lists and so far the only extra list I see I should use would be the anti-Facebook one.
I guess my question would be whether or I should use the social or annoyances lists (yes annoyances are listed to be covered in the ultimate one but there may be some things missing).
>yes annoyances are listed to be covered in the ultimate one but there may be some things missing
If it's covered, then it's covered. There is no need for a redundancy. Also, the more lists you have, the more memory Firefox uses, so keep that in mind.
Some people don't want to have gigs have anime they'll only watch once just lying on their hard drives. Besides from what I've seen torrenting detective Conan is hard given the lack of sources and newer episodes. If the stream is available why not use it.
using adblock edge
i'll just lay here some userscripts that ease the usage of some things.
userscripts.org seems to be down, you can use the mirror site after finding the scripts number. (mirror site can't search)
checkBoxMate for greasemonkey > lets you check [ ] box choices with one click and dragging.
bypass youtube age verification improved
google cache comeback > cache link under links
mouseover popup image viewer
the pirate bay cleaner > removes that pop-up
youtube center developer build > customize for your own choices, it's awesome
youtube i'm feeling lucky > i requested it and some guy on userscripts.org made it.
i found it.
dom.storage.enabled in about:config should remain true
how do i use these codes? do i have to compile them into an xpi or something? i have the classic theme restorer addon.
>enjoy leaking your filters to website, so they can track you even better
Except when you block the reporting back to the server.
i think its a good addon but i stopped using it because it definitely causes a memory leak.
With it firefox hovers over 1 gig and doesnt go down. Without it, it doesnt even hit 1 gig. If you look at the reviews other people have the same problem.
Thread is on its way out but hopefully someone can help. I took a lot of advice and suggestions here and so far everything is good except for the fact that on sites where I have to log in, I type in my username and password and it just eats it. I'm not logged in or anything. Anyone know which settings I should change back?