I added the Invidition add-on to Firefox Extensions – My Picks. Invidition is a fairly nice add-on that redirects all links to YouTube videos and embedded YouTube videos to one of the Invidious instances which provide an alternative front-end to youtube.com. By using the add-on one can avoid youtube.com completely whilst still being able to watch YouTube videos. Think privacy.
As for the state of the Mozilla Firefox Add-ons site (AMO), it is in sad shape. Many of the new add-ons being published are garbage and many contain what i broadly define as malware. While Mozilla's choice to discontinue the older XUL add-ons in favor of Web Extensions is nice for security, the move has resulted in an influx of developers apparently coming from Google Chrome since both browsers use essentially the same extension API. The fallout from these changes, as well as the implementation of an automated extension review system, has resulted in a significant number of malware containing add-ons being published to AMO every day. While these malicious add-ons seem to be removed from AMO within roughly 24 hours, they still present potentially serious risks for those who install them before they are removed and disabled.
I think a lot of the innovation that once surfaced on AMO has dried up and it's rather sad and annoying to see that replaced with money hungry morons, among them a bazillion VPN providers with piss-poor "privacy" policies, and piles of "Adobe Flash" add-ons, virtually all of which are outright malware. It's also frustrating to watch hundreds and even thousands of ignorant sheep installing this garbage.
If you have a desire to help Mozilla do what it damn well should be doing without your help, create a Firefox Account, go to addons.mozilla.org and start down-voting and flagging these malicious add-ons.
I updated my user-overrides.js for Firefox (click here and press Ctrl+S to download).
Always remember to run the 'ghacks' prefsCleaner script after every update to either their user.js or my user-overrides.js.
On rather important thing i added to my user-overrides.js is the following comment:
* ALWAYS READ THE 'LATEST CHANGES' SECTION NEAR THE TOP and if there are any
* preferences in it that have been removed, these preferences need to be reset
* from about:config in Firefox
If you really want to be sure any old prefs or incorrect pref values are removed from prefs.js, exit Firefox and rename it to prefs.js.bak, then restart Firefox.
Recent changes as follows:
* added 'webgl.dxgl.enabled'
* added 'browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.asrouter.userprefs.cfr.addons'
* removed 'browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.asrouter.userprefs.cfr' - depreciated
* moved 'browser.display.use_document_fonts' to ghacks diffs section
* moved 'layout.css.font-loading-api.enabled' to personal prefs section
* minor edits
Waterfox is a fork of Firefox and i used to use it until it gave me problems that Firefox didn't. Waterfox made its mark as a speedy, 64 bit version of Firefox before there was a 64 bit version of Firefox. More recently the developer started focusing on privacy, or so he claims. I was quite surprised when i ran across this today:
Waterfox – Spyware Level: High
To be clear, the 'spyware' that is claimed to exist in Waterfox is mostly the same kind of stuff that Mozilla Firefox does before it's beaten into submission; phoning home, update checks, search engine shenanigans, etc., but in my book some of that stuff is malware/spyware.
The article is a year old and maybe some of this stuff has been addressed, but not all of it has to my knowledge. Here's some highlights…
If you start up Waterfox for the first time, it will make 109 requests to several spyware platforms, most notably Google Analytics, and Mozilla online services like its Geolocation service, and several other Mozilla services, as well as Waterfox's own update service.
By default Waterfox is using the spyware search engine Bing. Why would a privacy-based Web Browser offer this search engine by default? The other offered search engines are not much better- we have the option of searching with Google, which also logs your internet searches, and Ecosia, which also logs your internet searches (but it gives them to Bing).
And just a note to those who subscribe to new post notifications via email; if you haven't seen the boo-boo i made, please read this.
I issued a small update to my user-overrides.js (click here and press Ctrl+S to grab the file). Change log follows…
* added 'dom.targetBlankNoOpener.enabled'
* added 'font.name.serif.x-unicode'
* added 'font.name.serif.x-western'
* removed 'network.trr.uri'
* removed 'network.trr.bootstrapAddress'
* removed redundant pref
* set 'webgl.disabled' to 'false'
* minor pref description edits
A very thoughtful 'dngray' forked the ghacks-user.js repository for Firefox and created a privacy-centric version for Thunderbird over at the ghacks-thunderbird-user.js repository on GitHub, so go grab it!
If you want a script to update the user.js, and you run Linux, you can copy the code i left in this issue and paste it to a new file named 'updater.sh' in your Thunderbird profile directory (don't forget to make it executable).
If you want to use my personal preferences on top of those in the user.js, grab my user-overrides.js at my GitLab repository, then run the updater.sh script and it will append that stuff to your user.js.
This is all a bit experimental at the moment, so leave a comment if you have any issues.
Lastly, if you want to made aware of updates to my user-overrides.js, here's what you can do…
- If you're already receiving email notifications for this website, click the 'To change the categories you're subscribed to, go here:' link in the email notification you received for this post and make sure you're subscribed to the Thunderbird category
- If you're a new subscriber, go to the Subscribe page and add you name (optional) and email address in the 'Post notifications' section. You'll receive an email from which you can edit your subscription.
Note that i decided to notify those that are subscribed to the Firefox category about this post since i'm guessing some/all of you will be interested in the Thunderbird stuff. I won't bother Firefox subscribers again, so make sure to edit your notification subscriptions to hear about Thunderbird stuff in the future.