2014-02-17

Well, I made the leap back to Firefox. I need more control than Chrome is giving me, and I don't entirely trust the Chrome security model anymore. So, it was time to put some work into changing that. Additionally, I'm on a slow internet connection and FF has an option to only load tabs when they're viewed. Chrome takes forever to spin up, and I have to free up bandwidth for it or it starts to complain. And there's nothing worse than opening your browser in a hotel and hitting a captive portal--having all your tabs hit the same captive portal. Very painful. So, FF. Here are the add-ons I use:

Adblock Edge Adblock plus is compromised. The edge version adds all the blocking that should really be there (blocking Google). When you install it, make sure you add the EasyPrivacy filter list.

Beef Taco blocks advertising cookies. Don't want them, don't need them.

Request Policy controls cross-site requests. This is a really simple way to stop suspicioius site behavior.

NoScript Well, NoScript is probably the most limiting choice on the list. This will change how the web looks for better or worse. With time, the sites you regularly visit can be fixed. It's a pain point, but worth the effort.

HTTPS Everywhere Unless there's a good reason, a site should be SSL enabled. HTTPS Everywhere uses SSL where it is available. Thanks EFF.

Blender randomizes your browser string so that a site can't identify what you're using. One less data point to be monetized.

DuckDuckGo Plus Use a search engine that respects your privacy. DDG is quite nice. I quickly grew accustomed to the !bang shortcuts in my searches.

That's the list of what I use. What's missing?



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