You’re not secure online; your privacy is at risk. You can make your online presence more secure by doing some Firefox tweaks. Firefox is considered to be more secure than its counterparts e.g. Google Chrome, Chromium, Opera and other proprietary web browsers.
Courtesy for this post goes to privacytools.io
First of all, here are some about:config tweaks that will help you making your online presence more secure:
- Type about:config in your Firefox address bar and press the Enter key.
- Click on the button I’ll be careful, I promise!
- Search for media.peerconnection.enabled and make its value false.
- Search for privacy.trackingprotection.enabled and make its value true
This is Mozilla’s new built in tracking protection.
- Search for geo.enabled and make its value false
This will disable geolocation.
- Search for browser.safebrowsing.enabled and make its value false
It disables Google Safe Browsing and phishing protection. It’s a security risk, but improves privacy.
- Search for browser.safebrowsing.malware.enabled and make its value false
It disables Google Safe Browsing malware checks. It’s a security risk, but improves privacy.
- Search for dom.event.clipboardevents.enabled and make its value false
It disables that websites can get notifications if you copy, paste, or cut something from a web page, and it lets them know which part of the page had been selected.
- Search for network.cookie.cookieBehavior and make its value 1
It disables cookies. 0 = accept all cookies by default; 1 = only accept from the originating site (block third party cookies); 2 = block all cookies by default
- Search for network.cookie.lifetimePolicy and make its value 2
It deletes cookies at the end of the session. 0 = Accept cookies normally; 1 = Prompt for each cookie; 2 = Accept for current session only; 3 = Accept for N days
- Search for browser.cache.offline.enable and make its value false
It disables offline cache.
- Search for browser.send_pings and make its value false
The attribute would be useful for letting websites track visitors’ clicks.
- Search for webgl.disabled and make its value true
WebGL is a potential security risk.
- Search for dom.battery.enabled and make its value false
Website owners can track the battery status of your device.
Now, add the following addons on your Firefox. These will boost your security. And of course, don’t take my word for it. Read through each of them before use. It’s recommended!
Disconnect was founded in 2011 by former Google engineers and a consumer-and privacy-rights attorney. The addon is open source and loads the pages you go to 27% faster and stops tracking by 2,000+ third-party sites. It also keeps your searches private.
- uBlock Origin
uBlock Origin is an lightweight and efficient blocker: easy on memory and CPU footprint. The extension has no monetization strategy and development is volunteered. OS: Firefox, Safari, Opera, Chromium. AdBlock Plus is not recommended because they show “acceptable ads”. The system behind that white list is lacking transparency.
- Random Agent Spoofer
Random Agent Spoofer is a privacy enhancing Firefox addon which aims to hinder browser fingerprinting. It does this by changing the browser/device profile on a timer.
- Self-Destructing Cookies
Self-Destructing Cookies automatically removes cookies when they are no longer used by open browser tabs. With the cookies, lingering sessions, as well as information used to spy on you, will be expunged.
- HTTPS Everywhere
HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox, Chrome, and Opera extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure. A collaboration between The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
These security tweaks and addons don’t guarantee your ultimate privacy and security. Security and privacy are myth these days. These will only make you more secure. That’s all.