The Mozilla Foundation rakes in hundreds of millions of dollars annually, the vast majority of which is generated as a result of their partnerships with various ethically challenged and proprietary search engine companies such as Google, Yahoo, and others (see Firefox Search Engine Cautions, Recommendations).
Other nefarious Mozilla partners currently, or have included in the past, Microsoft, Telefónica, LG Electronics, Sony, Verizon, Cisco, Cloudflare, the Omidyar Network, the Ford Foundation, a funder of domestic terrorist groups, and the Open Society Foundation run by George Soros which is another funder of domestic terrorist groups. These kinds of partnerships could hardly be more at odds with statements Mozilla has made in its manifesto, including "Committed to you, your privacy and an open Web" and the current "Mozilla puts people before profit". Mozilla claims to be a privacy and free speech advocate while simultaneously cultivating relationships with a laundry list of corporations, networks and foundations which zero regard for privacy or freedom.
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12bytes: Note that Firefox sandboxing was strengthened in version 99.
Firefox is sometimes recommended as a supposedly more secure browser because of its parent company's privacy practices. This article explains why this notion is not true and enumerates a number of security weaknesses in Firefox's security model when compared to Chromium. In particular, it covers the less granular process model, weaker sandboxing and lack of modern exploit mitigations. It is important to decouple privacy from security — this article does not attempt to compare the privacy practices of each browser but rather their resistance to exploitation.
Certainly there needs to be more real competition in the browser market beyond configuration files and forks but the problem, because of what the web has become, is that a web browser has to deal with whatever garbage is thrown at it and this requires a massively complex beast with 10's of millions of lines of code, much of it potentially exploitable. I don't think such an undertaking is doable with a small team, hence why i do not recommend Waterfox, Pale Moon, etc.. As such i think it's entirely possible that all future browsers will be delivered by large corporations which, like Mozilla, don't seem to give much of a crap about privacy at the corporate level. While the story is perhaps significantly different at the developer level, for now, i think we can all see a potential train wreck at the end of the tunnel.
As for me, i'm willing to roll the dice and stick with Firefox (and the 'arkenfox' user.js and my custom tweaks) for the time being, regardless of my disdain for the woke clowns which have infected Mozilla.
The Firefox version of uBlock Origin is considered the version that offers the best protection, as it supports protection against CNAME tracking, which the Chrome versions do not offer.
Hill calls uBlock Origin a "wide-spectrum content blocker" instead of an ad blocker. The extension blocks more advertisement but also trackers, miners, popups, malicious URLs and more by default. Users may add more lists, for instance to deal with annoyances on the Internet.
Many users hold uBlock Origin in high regard because of its memory and CPU effectiveness. Hill, who never accepted donations or compensation for his development work, is another core reason why the extension is as popular as it is right now.
This is old news (2019), but i just became aware of it...
Of all the browsers I tested, only Brave and Firefox currently disable it by default and do not appear to have any plans on enabling it in the future.
Click-tracking is controlled in Firefox with the
preference and, as of v97, it is still disabled by default.
On one hand i'm glad that Firefox's market share continues to plummet because it puts a dent in the piggy banks of the corporate clowns at Mozilla, but on the other i'm glad it's still around. How much longer it will remain so, i don't know. Perhaps quite a long time should the "woke", inclusive jackasses at the corporate level ever decide to return to their earthly senses.