I decided to further update the Firefox Configuration Guide for Privacy Freaks and Performance Buffs after skimming through it and realizing parts of it no longer jived with my personal configuration. Here’s the full change log…
- removed info about manually cleaning the user-overrides.js file in favor of using the -c switch when running the updater.js/updater.bat script
- added Site Bleacher to list of required add-ons
- removed all info regarding containers as well as the Temporary Containers and Firefox Multi-Account Containers add-ons – i prefer to enable
privacy.firstparty.isolate (the default in the ‘ghacks’ user.js) in combination with Site Bleacher (far less headaches)
- replaced Neat URL with ClearURLs – while the former is a good extension, i think the latter is even better
- replaced Smart HTTPS with HTTPZ
- moved all add-on settings info to the required add-ons section
- uBlock: added info for globally blocking 3rd party fonts while allowing 1st party fonts
- misc. edits
Overall the changes require less interaction from the user. For example, i have yet to see anything break while using the Clear URLs extension and HTTPZ is simply an install-it-and-forget-it extension. Also the removal of all things ‘containers’ simplifies things a great deal. While there are certain disadvantages in not using containers from a privacy/tracking perspective, i much prefer the reduced hassle by enabling FPI along with using the Site Bleacher extension.
The Firefox Configuration Guide for Privacy Freaks and Performance Buffs was updated slightly with a change in the instructions for cleaning the user-overrides.js file.
I made a few changes to the article Firefox Extensions – My Picks. The changes are as follows…
- added the Invidious Embed add-on
- replaced ReFont with Toggle Fonts
- removed ViewTube user script recommendation because i no longer use it
- moved Violentmonkey to the privacy/security section
- minor edits
I really like the service offered by the Invidious project. Basically it’s a YouTube front-end that allows the viewer to watch YouTube videos, which are actually hosted on a Google domain, without ever connecting to youtube.com.
The user-overrides.js preferences file for Firefox was updated. You can grab the file at its GitLab repo (direct link). Following are the changes since the last release:
* added 'extensions.blocklist.url'
* changed value and description for 'browser.display.use_document_fonts'
* changed regular expression used for finding syntax errors
Remember that this user-overrides.js is useless by itself. See one of the Firefox config guides for information on how to use it.