Content update: Firefox Extensions - My Picks

A few changes to the Firefox Extensions - My Picks page:

  • edits to the into text
  • removed CanvasBlocker - it's a good add-on, but i no longer use it since Firefox now covers most of what this add-on does
  • removed First Party Isolation - again, a good add-on, but i never use it
  • removed Link Text and Location Copier - unmaintained and tired of the bugs
  • added Format Link to replace Link Text and Location Copier

8 thoughts on “Content update: Firefox Extensions - My Picks”

  1. Another question. I am running FF 79.0 (64-bit) on my Linux Mint system and when I use the updater script ‘updater.sh’ it downloads and apply the user.js ‘version 80-alpha’. Is it better to stay with the previous user.js version 79 instead of updating to 80? In another words, do I have to match the browser version with the user.js script or can I apply a user.js version that has a higher version number? Does it pose any problems?

    1. the ‘arkenfox’ user.js version corresponds to the Firefox major version, so it’s best to stick with the one that matches the browser version – not doing so could *potentially* cause issues

      when i run the updater script, if it returns a newer version than my browser, i cancel the update

      that said, it most cases it won’t hurt to use a higher user.js version

  2. I enabled the screenshot functionality and screenshot upload (following line), but regarding the following line (screenshot upload) I have no upload options after taking a screenshot,…
    user_pref(“extensions.screenshots.upload-disabled”, false); // [SET] [*PRIV=true] disable screenshots uploading

    I also uninstalled canvas blocker, do I have to change any Firefox settings as you said now Firefox does the same as Canvas blocker?

    As for the line (in your user-overrides.js)
    “browser.download.folderList”, 0); // where to save downloaded files – 0=desktop 1=downloads 2=last used
    although I chose 0 (download to desktop) I still have this option ticked (screenshot):
    https://wtf.roflcopter.fr/pics/Ip3z1lt1/XR7BcOXJ.png

    1. did you change the pref ‘extensions.screenshots.disabled’? – i have that set to ‘true’ in my overrides file

      re: Canvas Blocker – no, i don’t believe there’s any settings you need to change after removing this add-on

      > … you said now Firefox does the same as Canvas blocker

      i didn’t say that :)

      Firefox does not cover all the ground that Canvas Blocker does, but it does cover much of it – i personally don’t use it anymore and i try to not list add-ons here i don’t use – if you want to be better protected against canvas fingerprinting, you should use CB

      all the pref changes with the ‘arkenfox’ user.js along with all the privacy related add-ons add to my headache of troubleshooting stuff when a website breaks and CB is yet another add-on that breaks stuff – i see CB as providing little benefit over what Firefox already does, so i dumped it

      1. “did you change the pref ‘extensions.screenshots.disabled’? – i have that set to ‘true’ in my overrides file”
        Yes, I set it to false so I can use the screenshot functionality. I also set to false ‘user_pref(“extensions.screenshots.upload-disabled”, false);’ and was expecting an upload dialogue, but no way to upload, no dialogue. Is it a security problem to allow the built in screenshot functionality?

        Also, regarding:
        user_pref(“media.videocontrols.picture-in-picture.enabled”, false); // [SET] whether to enable picture-in-picture functionality for video
        user_pref(“media.videocontrols.picture-in-picture.video-toggle.enabled”, false); // [SET] whether to enable picture-in-picture control for video
        Doest it pose a security concern to enable picture in picture? And the video controls for it?
        Thank you.

        1. i think you’ll have to troubleshoot this one yourself – see this

          > Is it a security problem to allow the built in screenshot functionality?

          no, not that i’m aware of, but there may be privacy issues with it

          > Doest it pose a security concern to enable picture in picture?

          not that i’m aware of – i disable it because i don’t like the feature

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