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

Article update: Firefox Tweaks and Fixes and Styles and Things

I updated Firefox Tweaks and Fixes and Styles and Things with a section on how to enlarge the Firefox user interface (UI) on small displays. In my case i use a laptop with a 17 in., 1080p display and by default everything is way too small. Making the Firefox UI and web pages look bigger can be a little tricky and cause unwanted side effects however. In the article i offer a tip which seems to be the best way to accomplish this with the least amount of problems. The tip also includes information for making the UI for Firefox’s developer tools bigger.

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