2018-11-14 Firefox Setup

New laptop at the office... These settings reflect my own compromise between usability, security and privacy. I’ll try to comment my choices, though.


uMatrix requires some interaction every now and then. You’ll get the hang of it, eventually. :)

For about:config:

media.autoplay.default = 1

(1 means always block, 2 means you want to be prompted for every site that tries to autoplay...)

If all the text seems too small to read comfortably, use the following instead of zooming every page to 133%:

layout.css.devPixelsPerPx = 1.3

Sadly I don’t remember what else to change right now!

Remember that you can import your bookmarks from an old profile via the library / bookmark manager.

The rest of this page is about your preferences. Depending on your version of Firefox or PureBrowser or whatever you are using, the exact labels might differ.

This is from the preferences in search (the looking glass icon).

This is from the preferences in privacy/security (the padlock icon).



@sohkamyung says:

@fitheach says:

@BartG95 notes:

@chozron says:

@silkevicious recommends:

@maiki mentions Customizing Firefox using auto config:

The AutoConfig file can be managed centrally. To do so, the location of a secondary AutoConfig file in the primary AutoConfig file:

pref(”autoadmin.global_config_url”, “http://yourdomain.com/autoconfigfile.js”);

@fitheach has a customised version of this and says: “Some settings can be quite restrictive and I’ve disabled them. Best thing is to install as is, if a site doesn’t work disable some likely settings.”

@RedLore recommends an article on Restore Privacy which gives you a list of all the about:config changes to make to increase privacy on Firefox.

@steven also recommends https://privacytools.io and says it “is a great reference for privacy in general, and it recommends add-ons and about:config tweaks. Although it’s a website, it’s also an open source project, so you can look at the bug and feature requests to see the rationale behind their recommendations.”

– Alex Schroeder 2019-03-31 08:38 UTC

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