Best Addons For Firefox (Privacy)

MildMallard MildMallard
Created: 5 years and 1 month ago
Which Privacy and Security Add-ons do you use for firefox?
Personally I use Adblock Plus, Disconnect, and Click and Clean.
I used to use Ghostery but I saw little difference between it and Disconnect, and Noscript seemed excessive to me.

I'm guessing some of you are more informed about the matter than I am.

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crazedpsyc
Personally, noscript. That's it.
http://fixtracking.com is DDG's official recommendation list.

BTW, what happened to your thread from a few minutes ago? Did you delete that, or did I misclick something? It vanished just as I was replying--confusing!
posted by crazedpsyc 5 years and 1 month ago Link
MildMallard
Ack, sorry! Which thread? If I was embarrassed by appearing stupid I probably deleted it.
If it was the stocks one than I edited everything into the translation one because I realized you already had stocks from Wolfram Alpha, and I couldn't delete it, so I edited everything into a new thread.
posted by MildMallard 5 years and 1 month ago Link
MildMallard
Or did you mean my shareholder question?
I just thought that question was kind of baseless.
posted by MildMallard 5 years and 1 month ago Link
crazedpsyc
Ahh, okay, as long as it wasn't a misfire on my part.
posted by crazedpsyc 5 years and 1 month ago Link
MildMallard
I'll ask it again if it wasn't inflammatory.
posted by MildMallard 5 years and 1 month ago Link
TV
Quote:
Personally, noscript. That's it.


Yeah me too. I might use HTTPS everywhere if there is no awesome duckduckgo.
posted by TV 5 years and 1 month ago Link
Veeshush
To get a good idea of what a secure system is like I'd recommend you play around with: https://tails.boum.org/ which is a Linux live disk tailored to Tor. They use "Iceweasel" which is just basically Firefox.

But these are what I like use on my own Firefox:

https://browsercheck.qualys.com/ is an extension which scans your browser for any outdated plugins and the like. Very handy to sanely keep track of updates, especially when it comes to security updates.

http://noscript.net/ blocks scripts and plugins like Adobe/Java from auto running when you visit a page. You have to just slowly add sites you trust to your whitelist as you go.

https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere I first heard about this from the Tails disk I mentioned above and I've been using it ever since. This does mainly two things: 1. Some sites that do support HTTPS don't default to it everywhere on their sites, so this helps users get the most out of these sites. And 2. It also checks the validity of the HTTPS certificates the site uses to make sure they're legit. See also: https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere/faq

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox... This is another one that the Tails disk comes with. I haven't actually learned or messed with it much, but I plan to eventually.

And this one is just a favorite of mine but not too security related: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox... It tells you where the site is hosted that you're on.
posted by Veeshush 5 years and 1 month ago Link
MildMallard
I'm definitely going to convert to GNU/Linux, my personal favorite distro is Debian, and thankfully I already know a fair amount of UNIX as I run OSX.
I can't see myself using TAILS as a full-time operating system, isn't it some sort of flash-drive type-thing? I know it's based off of Debian and forces traffic through Tor.

I don't have HTTPS everywhere because DuckDuckGo Plus covers that, but I do use flagfox, its menu has an awesome arsenal of domain tools. Today I was confused by it telling me that Telegraph.co.uk is based in the US, when it's a British Newspaper (hosted in UK according to whois).

The other extension I use is Tor FlashProxy Badge, though I have never had any connections :(

Also, upon hearing all your testimonies I reinstalled NoScript.
posted by MildMallard 5 years and 1 month ago Link
Veeshush
Tails isn't meant for 24/7, or even really meant to be installed. It's just a bootable disk kind of thing (though you can put it on a USB too). It's just a good distro to play with and learn from though.

For Linux distros to install I'd recommend Fedora, Debian or Mint. I really like https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinnamon_%... for the GUI

The only thing that has kept me from going full Linux over Windows are the few games I run. But if you're switching from Mac to Linux- bout time.
posted by Veeshush 5 years and 1 month ago Link
MildMallard
There's really no reason to have Mac over Linux (besides shinyness and IOS apps I don't care about). I'm a Nintendo/Sega gamer so I've never had to worry about PC games.

I'm not super familiar with all the desktop elements, I know Unity freaks me out. The Cinnamon Desktop is gorgeous but I would want something more similar to Mac UI for comfort's sake (Cinnamon is very Windows).
Maybe XFCE?

I don't have any CDs capable of distro-holding at home and my Mac is pretty fucked up from me sudo rm -rfing all the stuff I don't like (when I use disk utility it thinks I run Mac OS Legacy) so I'll probably have to get an entirely new computer with Debian preinstalled if I want to run Linux.

What do you use to dual-boot Windows and GNU/Linux? I know refit is good for mac.
posted by MildMallard 5 years and 1 month ago Link
anonymous
Hi MildMallard, how are you? We run a replica of this study: http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/blog/2011/0... monthly and you may see the results here: http://www.areweprivateyet.com

NoScript is pretty good, but do note that its mostly a security extension rather than a privacy oriented one.

Note: I'm one of Ghostery devs.
posted by <hidden> • 5 years and 1 month ago Link
MildMallard
I'm alright, thanks!

So you're "Adam from Ghostery"?

I did notice Ghostery blocked more, it just conflicted with Noscript for some reason.

I'll try installing it again.

posted by MildMallard 5 years and 1 month ago Link
anonymous
No, I'm Felix from Ghostery.

There should not be any conflicts, but if you do discover something, let us know.
posted by <hidden> • 5 years and 1 month ago Link