12bytes Site updates, 26-Dec-2018

The Firefox Configuration Guide for Privacy Freaks and Performance Buffs guide has been updated and more updates are coming. My user-overrides.js was overhauled as well (you’ll find a link to it in the guide).

A ‘for dummies’ version of the guide is nearly complete. It’s titled The Firefox Privacy Guide For Dummies! and i had some fun writing it. A new relaxed_user-overrides.js has been created to mesh with the new guide. You can preview that on my GitLab repo.

In a rather important shift, i am no longer disabling First Party Isolation (FPI) in the ‘ghacks’ user.js, but then i started researching more about FPI and i bumped into this. I have been avoiding the Temporary Containers add-on for some time thinking it really didn’t offer much that couldn’t be accomplished with Firefox prefs and add-ons i was already using, however reading that thread on GitHub convinced me to install it and i’m testing it now.

Another change to the (advanced) guide is that i dropped Cookie AutoDelete as it is no longer necessary given other changes that were made. With the temp containers add-on, it becomes even less necessary and i’m not sure FPI is making a lot of sense either so i may again disable it. You may want to stay tuned for the next update before incorporating these recent changes.

Here’s the full change log for the advanced guide:

26-Dec-2018

  • add notice about newsletter subscribing
  • corrected advice regarding spoofing the referrer which was suggested for both POOP and uM (now it’s enabled in uM only)
  • dumped Cookie AutoDelete add-on – not needed when using uM and First Party Isolation, nor are any of these storage cleaning add-ons able to delete IndexedDB storage due to a shortcoming in the WebExt API, which is another reason to enable FPI
  • removed privacy.firstparty.isolate = false in user-overrides.js in order to enable First Party Isolation
  • added Restrict to Domain add-on to toggle privacy.firstparty.isolate (FPI) via toolbar button
  • removed the list of optional add-ons (NoScript and Smart Referrer)
  • minor edits
  • coming up: looks like i may be recommending to disable FPI in the very near future and use the Temporary Containers add-on instead – i’m playing with it now

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