For the longest time from my point of view, Firefox was the most stable and managed by the non-profit Mozilla Foundation. At the core of it’s most privacy-focused browsers to date, It’s open source so anyone can view the code available to anyone who wants it and will not collect private info like the big data-mining corporations, like Google’s Chrome, Apple’s Safari and even Microsoft’s Edge (Internet Explore). Here I have a guide that will show you how to set it up for privacy, security and functionality.
First thing to do
Unless you have a very specific need for flash, I would remove it completely for It crashes a lot. It requires constant security updates. It’s a fossil, left over from the era of closed standards and unilateral corporate control of web technology. It introduces some scary security and privacy issues from Flash cookies
For the eco enthusiasts, this search engine plants trees with its ad revenue. Every time you search, ads generate income for Ecosia to find and support innovative solutions to reverse the tide of deforestation.
Add-on’s For Privacy
Firefox does collect some information like Firefox Sync to use your tab, passwords, bookmarks, and other browser information to sync across devices. Here are a list I recommended to have every time you browse the web.
An absolute must have security add-on for your browser. By default, blocks everything to protects you from cross-site scripting attacks and clickjacking attacks. There are lots of extra options to drill down into if you want, and I highly recommend using this. you’ll be surprised by how many scripts are running on some sites.
When you visit websites, you are automatically sending data about your computer like your operating system and what version it is used to fingerprint and track you. This add-on provides an easy interface to access all 26 user agents that changes your user agent for as often as you wish, making it a little harder to passively track you.
uBlock Origin can automatically block different ads while you browse. Aside from most ads being annoying, the fact is that they also track your movements on the web.
Similar-ish to an ad-blocker, but more robust. Made by the EFF this add-on checks to see if third party servers are tracking you through cookies or canvas fingerprinting, and gives you the option to block them so you can decide what you want to allow and what to block.
It allows users to see advertising, analytics and social media tracking cookies. The extension comes with a host of features, including the ability to create whitelists and blacklists of permitted trackers, listing the trackers on a particular site and an indicator of how much time and bandwidth is saved by blocking trackers and other elements.
Produced as part of a collaboration between the Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. It automatically checks whether every site you visit has an SSL encryption certificate that requests HTTPS so passive trackers can’t see the actual content of what you’re looking at.
Check Your Browser
Make sure that you know what add-ons are installed and remove any that you don’t want or are known to have privacy concerns or even spyware as an extra measure.
This website below will tell you if your browser is secured or if it can potentially track you by displaying technical details on what it has or what it lack’s.
Add-on’s For Functionality
This is more of an optional preference of mine to give you an idea of what I like to have on my browser to make it better to surf the web. [>.0]
We all know about the threats like viruses, spyware, adware, malicious spam, phishing etc. Web Of Trust warns you about risky websites that try to scam you before they enter in them using a safety rating and combines evidence collected from multiple sources. Come’s with a protection level for children by blocking inappropriate content.
Used for switching an internet connection across one or more proxy servers based on URL patterns and switching rules defined by you.
Check’s the DNS secure status of every website you browse. This add-on will display whether or not the visited domains’ zones are signed with DNSSEC in your URL bar.
Firefox Web Extension to add an HTTP/2 support indicator in the address bar.
It won’t work on its own. The magic comes when you install purpose-built instructions called scripts that control how different websites show information to automates a series of tasks, modify the underlying structure of the websites you work with, and is available from userscripts.org.
Dark Background and Light Text
A Web Extension that turns each page colors into light text on dark background.
Ever since Firefox 57 Quantum release on November 1st 2017, changes in the platform has affected many legacy extensions that won’t work on the latest web extensions API in version 57 and later. Fortunately, there’s an alternative called Waterfox that can use legacy add-on”s without any trouble.
Here are a list of recommend add-on’s that are no longer supported by Firefox yet are useable on Waterfox.
Classic Theme Restorer
Restores many customization features Firefox lost over time like orange menu button, squared tabs, add-ons bar, small navigation bar buttons, old search, old preference window, old location bar menu, eye-friendly add-ons manager, old buttons and many more.
Download Status Bar
If you are the kind of person who likes to have total control over every aspect of your downloads, then is the add-on you are looking for. It’s not only a download management add-on but a helper tool for boosting your Productivity.
The add-on that goes to private mode inside a tab without needing to open a seprate window which can also create private bookmarks to always open some links as well.
Shows a preview on tabs and navigate on tab contents through a small window.
Who stole my pictures?
Useful for searching your own photos used without your permission, or to search for copies of the images in the best quality or without watermarks.
A Professional Geo Add-on with security features and advanced network tools that can detect the real location of a web server and extended information about the data center. It come’s with an Anti-phishing solution with Security features against DNS spoofing and fake websites.
This Dark Chrome like theme swaps the light and dark modes so that normal windows are dark and private browsing windows are light.
Glass My Fox
Enables a more Glass like effects on the default Firefox skin (only possible on Windows 7 and Vista with enabled Aero Glass ). Windows 8/10 does not offer Aero Glass by default, but it can restore the old window transparency.
More to come
Check back on this post as I continue to discover new ways to use Firefox and additional hacks and mod’s to make this browser work better for you. Have any tips and tricks or some details I missed that you like to share?
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