A comprehensive list of Firefox privacy and security settings

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 18, 2015
Updated • Feb 12, 2017

Mozilla Firefox is without doubt the web browser that gives the most control to users in regards to privacy and security. Firefox users find some of those options listed in the graphical user interface, but full control over the browser is only granted if changes are made to the browser's configuration.

This can be done on the about:config page, or by placing a user.js file in the profile directory of the Firefox user.

The following list is a work in progress. Firefox is updated regularly and preferences may change because of this. There may be new features and new preferences as well, and the idea of this guide is to get a discussion going that improves this list on a continuous basis.

I'd like to thank Ghacks' reader Pants for creating the list and giving me permission to publish it here on the site.

Note: If you prefer to use about:config to manipulate those entries, check out our overview of Firefox privacy and security about:config settings which lists all preferences and values you can set them to.

How to get started

If you have used the list in the past, start with the changelog to find out what is new and changed.

If this is your first time, read the introduction below first, backup your user.js file as instructed below, and go through the listing one by one to modify it according to your needs.

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firefox privacy security preferences

It is highly suggested to go through the list before you place it in the Firefox profile folder as you may disable features that you require in the process.

You may edit the list in any plain text editor, and use comment syntax // at the beginning of each line to block a preference from being set.

Make sure you save it as a user.js file in the end.

  1. Type about:support in the Firefox address bar.
  2. Click the show folder link under application basics to open the profile folder on the computer system.
  3. Backup the prefs.js file.
  4. Copy the user.js file into the root of the profile folder.
  5. Restart Firefox.

Why backup prefs.js prior to this? Because any user.js preference that is legitimate is written to prefs.js when you place the user.js file in the profile folder. This means that the changes remain even if you delete it afterwards.

The privacy and security list

You can download the most recent version of the list with a click on the following link: user.js-ghacks-0.11.zip

Alternatively, you may load a custom HTML version of the list: User.js Light or User.js Dark, and load the changelog directly as well.

Please Note: Always use the latest download, as the many changes may get out of sync with what's on display in the article. Expect future versions to be less frequent, as the magnificent Pants (who is this guy? is he a wizard?) has decided to take charge of all changes, and will let the comments build up for at least a few days at a time.

Make sure you check the changelog that is included in the download as it lists changes made in recent versions.

* name: ghacks user.js
* date: 11 Feb 2017
* version: 0.11 FINAL : The [White?] House of the Rising Pants
*   "My mother was a tailor, she sewed my new blue pants"
* FF version: 51 (DESKTOP)
* authors:  FLOTUS: Pants
VICE PRESIDENT: earthling (birth certificate on request)
SECRETARY: Martin Brinkmann
SPEAKER: Tom Hawack
CABINET: Just me, Conker, Rockin' Jerry, Ainatar, Parker Lewis
* url: https://www.ghacks.net/2015/08/18/a-comprehensive-list-of-firefox-privacy-and-security-settings/
* required reading: http://kb.mozillazine.org/User.js_file


End users of this list/file are expected to know what they are doing. These are the author's settings.

The author does NOT expect (or indeed want) end users to just run with it as is.
Use it as a comprehensive list, or as a template for your own.

Extensive links and comments have been added to help. Before using this user.js, if necessary, you should change, remove or comment out with two forward slashes any preferences you're not happy with or not sure about.

The settings in this file (user.js) OVERWRITE the ones in your prefs (prefs.js - these are accessed via about:config) when FF is started. See the required reading above.


Backup your profile first, or even just the PREFS.JS. Go to your profile directory and copy  prefs.js, rename it (eg to prefs.js.backup). That way, if you have problems, to restore FF   to the state it was in beforehand, close FF, delete the prefs.js, rename your backup copy of  prefs back to prefs.js, RENAME the user.js so it doesn't overwrite everything again, then  start FF. IF you have any problems, you can also ask in the comments at ghacks.


This is not a "comprehensive" list of ALL things privacy/security (otherwise it would be huge)  It is more like a list of settings that generally differ from their defaults, and is aimed at  improving security and privacy, at making a "quieter" FF, and at reducing fingerprinting and  tracking; while allowing functionality. There will be trade-offs and conflicts between these.


Some prefs will break some sites (it's inevitable). If you are having issues search for  "WARNING:" in this document, especially the ones listed just below.

This user.js uses the author's settings, so you need to check these EACH release because
the author prefers anonymity, security, and privacy over functionality [eg being able to
paste in Facebook, downloadable fonts, and other minor inconveniences]. You have been warned.

  • 0202 & 0204 & 0207 & 0208: search, language and locale settings
  • 0903 & 0904: master password (author set his up to last 5 minutes, default is once per session)
  • 1007 & 1008: disabling/reducing session store saves affects recently closed tabs history
  • 1204: security.ssl.require_safe_negotiation
  • 1206: security.OCSP.require
  • 1208: security.cert_pinning.enforcement_level
  • 1209: TLS min and max
  • 1210: disable 1024-DH Encryption
  • 1211: disable SHA-1
  • 1212: disable SSL session tracking
  • 1401 & 1406: browser.display.use_document_fonts [author blocked fonts]
  • 1404: default fonts [author changed default fonts]
  • 1805: plugin.scan.plid.all [author blocked all plugins]
  • 1807: disable auto-play of HTML5 media (may break some sites' playback)
  • 2025: enable/disable media types [author's settings, choose your own]
  • 2201: dom.event.contextmenu.enabled
  • 2300's: workers/service.workers/push notifications etc may affect twitter, street view and other sites
  • 2402: dom.event.clipboardevents.enabled
  • 2404: dom.indexedDB.enabled [author killed indexedDB]
  • 2415b: limit popup events
  • 2421: two JS preferences that cause the odd issue (commented out, not worth the performance loss)
  • 2507: keyboard fingerprinting (android + physical keyboard)
  • 2508: hardware acceleration (performance vs lots of video, also fonts render differently)
    [author killed hardware acceleration]
  • 2509: dom.w3c_touch_events.enabled (you will want to change this if you use touch)
  • 2619: network.http.redirection-limit
  • 2627: various User Agent and navigator objects
  • 2662: browser.download.forbid_open_with
  • 2698: privacy.firstparty.isolate
  • 2705: dom.storage.enabled


Special thanks to Martin Brinkmann and the ghacks community
Lots of websites, lots of people, too many to list but here are some excellent resources

  • https://github.com/pyllyukko/user.js
  • https://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/firefox-lockdown.368003/
  • http://12bytes.org/articles/tech/firefoxgecko-configuration-guide-for-privacy-and-performance-buffs
  • https://www.privacy-handbuch.de/handbuch_21.htm (German)


// START: internal custom pref to test for syntax errors (thanks earthling)
// Yes, this next pref setting is redundant, but I like it!
// https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_parrot
// https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warrant_canary
user_pref("ghacks_user.js.parrot", "Oh yes, the Norwegian Blue... what's wrong with it?");


user_pref("ghacks_user.js.parrot", "0100 syntax error: the parrot's dead!");

// 0101: disable "slow startup" options
// warnings, disk history, welcomes, intros, EULA, default browser check
user_pref("browser.slowStartup.notificationDisabled", true);
user_pref("browser.slowStartup.maxSamples", 0);
user_pref("browser.slowStartup.samples", 0);
user_pref("browser.rights.3.shown", true);
user_pref("browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone", "ignore");
user_pref("startup.homepage_welcome_url", "");
user_pref("startup.homepage_welcome_url.additional", "");
user_pref("startup.homepage_override_url", "");
user_pref("browser.laterrun.enabled", false);
user_pref("browser.shell.checkDefaultBrowser", false);
user_pref("browser.usedOnWindows10.introURL", "");

// 0102: set start page (0=blank, 1=home, 2=last visited page, 3=resume previous session)
// home = browser.startup.homepage preference
// You can set all of this from Options>General>Startup
// user_pref("browser.startup.page", 0);


user_pref("ghacks_user.js.parrot", "0200 syntax error: the parrot's definitely deceased!");

// 0201: disable location-aware browsing
user_pref("geo.enabled", false);
user_pref("geo.wifi.uri", "");
user_pref("geo.wifi.logging.enabled", false); // (hidden pref)
user_pref("browser.search.geoip.url", "");
user_pref("geo.wifi.xhr.timeout", 1);
user_pref("browser.search.geoip.timeout", 1);

// 0202: disable GeoIP-based search results
// NOTE: may not be hidden if Mozilla have changed your settings due to your locale
// https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/16254
user_pref("browser.search.countryCode", "US"); // (hidden pref)
user_pref("browser.search.region", "US"); // (hidden pref)

// 0203: disable using OS locale, force APP locale
user_pref("intl.locale.matchOS", false);

// 0204: set APP local
user_pref("general.useragent.locale", "en-US");

// 0206: disable geographically specific results/search engines eg: "browser.search.*.US"
// i.e ignore all of Mozilla's multiple deals with multiple engines in multiple locales
user_pref("browser.search.geoSpecificDefaults", false);
user_pref("browser.search.geoSpecificDefaults.url", "");

// 0207: set language to match
// WARNING: reset this to your default if you don't want English
user_pref("intl.accept_languages", "en-US, en");

// 0208: enforce US English locale regardless of the system locale
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=867501
user_pref("javascript.use_us_english_locale", true); // (hidden pref)

0300: QUIET FOX [PART 1]

No auto-phoning home for anything. You can still do manual updates. It is still important to do updates for security reasons. If you don't auto update, make sure you do manually.

There are many legitimate reasons to turn off AUTO updates, including hijacked monetized    extensions, time constraints, legacy issues, and fear of breakage/bugs

user_pref("ghacks_user.js.parrot", "0300 syntax error: the parrot's not pinin' for the fjords!");

// 0301: disable browser auto update
// Options>Advanced>Update>Never check for updates

user_pref("app.update.enabled", false);
// Options>Advanced>Update>Use a background service to install updates
user_pref("app.update.service.enabled", false);
// ensure update information is not suppressed
user_pref("app.update.silent", false);
// disable background update staging
user_pref("app.update.staging.enabled", false);

// 0302: disable browser auto installing update when you do a manual check
user_pref("app.update.auto", false);

// 0303: disable search update (Options>Advanced>Update>Automatically update: search engines)
user_pref("browser.search.update", false);

// 0304: disable add-ons auto checking for new versions
user_pref("extensions.update.enabled", false);

// 0305: disable add-ons auto update
user_pref("extensions.update.autoUpdateDefault", false);

// 0306: disable add-on metadata updating
// sends daily pings to Mozilla about extensions and recent startups
user_pref("extensions.getAddons.cache.enabled", false);

// 0307: disable auto updating of personas (themes)
user_pref("lightweightThemes.update.enabled", false);

// 0309: disable sending Flash crash reports
user_pref("dom.ipc.plugins.flash.subprocess.crashreporter.enabled", false);

// 0310: disable sending the URL of the website where a plugin crashed
user_pref("dom.ipc.plugins.reportCrashURL", false);

// 0320: disable extension discovery
// featured extensions for displaying in Get Add-ons panel
user_pref("extensions.webservice.discoverURL", "");

// 0330a: disable telemetry
// https://gecko.readthedocs.org/en/latest/toolkit/components/telemetry/telemetry/preferences.html
// the pref (.unified) affects the behaviour of the pref (.enabled)
// IF unified=false then .enabled controls the telemetry module
// IF unified=true then .enabled ONLY controls whether to record extended data
// so make sure to have both set as false
user_pref("toolkit.telemetry.unified", false);
user_pref("toolkit.telemetry.enabled", false);

// 0330b: set unifiedIsOptIn to make sure telemetry respects OptIn choice and that telemetry
// is enabled ONLY for people that opted into it, even if unified Telemetry is enabled
user_pref("toolkit.telemetry.unifiedIsOptIn", true); // (hidden pref)

// 0331: remove url of server telemetry pings are sent to
user_pref("toolkit.telemetry.server", "");

// 0332: disable archiving pings locally - irrelevant if toolkit.telemetry.unified is false
user_pref("toolkit.telemetry.archive.enabled", false);

// 0333a: disable health report
user_pref("datareporting.healthreport.uploadEnabled", false);
user_pref("datareporting.healthreport.documentServerURI", ""); // (hidden pref)
user_pref("datareporting.healthreport.service.enabled", false); // (hidden pref)

// 0333b: disable about:healthreport page (which connects to Mozilla for locale/css+js+json)
// If you have disabled health reports, then this about page is useless - disable it
// If you want to see what health data is present, then these must be set at default
user_pref("datareporting.healthreport.about.reportUrl", "data:text/plain,");

// 0334a: disable new data submission, master kill switch (FF41+)
// If disabled, no policy is shown or upload takes place, ever
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1195552
user_pref("datareporting.policy.dataSubmissionEnabled", false);

// 0335: remove a telemetry clientID
// if you haven't got one, be proactive and set it now for future proofing
user_pref("toolkit.telemetry.cachedClientID", "");

// 0336: disable "Heartbeat" (Mozilla user rating telemetry)
// https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/18738
user_pref("browser.selfsupport.enabled", false); // (hidden pref)
user_pref("browser.selfsupport.url", "");

// 0340: disable experiments
// https://wiki.mozilla.org/Telemetry/Experiments
user_pref("experiments.enabled", false);
user_pref("experiments.manifest.uri", "");
user_pref("experiments.supported", false);
user_pref("experiments.activeExperiment", false);

// 0341: disable Mozilla permission to silently opt you into tests
user_pref("network.allow-experiments", false);

// 0350: disable crash reports
user_pref("breakpad.reportURL", "");

// 0351: disable sending of crash reports (FF44+)
user_pref("browser.tabs.crashReporting.sendReport", false);

// 0360: disable new tab tile ads & preload & marketing junk
user_pref("browser.newtab.preload", false);
user_pref("browser.newtabpage.directory.ping", "data:text/plain,");
user_pref("browser.newtabpage.directory.source", "data:text/plain,");
user_pref("browser.newtabpage.enabled", false);
user_pref("browser.newtabpage.enhanced", false);
user_pref("browser.newtabpage.introShown", true);

// 0370: disable "Snippets" (Mozilla content shown on about:home screen)
// https://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox/Projects/Firefox_Start/Snippet_Service
// MUST use HTTPS - arbitrary content injected into this page via http opens up MiTM attacks
user_pref("browser.aboutHomeSnippets.updateUrl", "");

// 0373: disable "Pocket" (third party "save for later" service) & remove urls for good measure
// NOTE: Important: Remove the pocket icon from your toolbar first
// https://www.gnu.gl/blog/Posts/multiple-vulnerabilities-in-pocket/
user_pref("extensions.pocket.enabled", false);
user_pref("extensions.pocket.api", "");
user_pref("extensions.pocket.site", "");
user_pref("extensions.pocket.oAuthConsumerKey", "");

// 0374: disable "social" integration
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Projects/Social_API
user_pref("social.whitelist", "");
user_pref("social.toast-notifications.enabled", false);
user_pref("social.shareDirectory", "");
user_pref("social.remote-install.enabled", false);
user_pref("social.directories", "");
user_pref("social.share.activationPanelEnabled", false);
user_pref("social.enabled", false); // (hidden pref)

// 0375: disable "Reader View"
user_pref("reader.parse-on-load.enabled", false);

// 0376: disable FlyWeb, a set of APIs for advertising and discovering local-area web servers
// https://wiki.mozilla.org/FlyWeb
// https://www.ghacks.net/2016/07/26/firefox-flyweb/
user_pref("dom.flyweb.enabled", false);

// 0380: disable sync
user_pref("services.sync.enabled", false); // (hidden pref)

0400: QUIET FOX [PART 2]

This section has security & tracking protection implications vs privacy concerns.

These settings are geared up to make FF "quiet" & private. I am NOT advocating no protection.

If you turn these off, then by all means please use something superior, such as uBlock Origin.

IMPORTANT: This entire section is rather contentious. Safebrowsing is designed to protect users from malicious sites. Tracking protection is designed to lessen the impact of third parties on websites to reduce tracking and to speed up your browsing experience. These are both very good features provided by Mozilla. They do rely on third parties: Google for safebrowsing and Disconnect for tracking protection (someone has to provide the information).

Additionally, SSL Error Reporting helps makes the internet more secure for everyone. If you do not understand the ramifications of disabling all of these, then it is advised that you enable them by commenting out the preferences and saving the changes, and then in about:config find each entry and right-click and reset the preference's value.

user_pref("ghacks_user.js.parrot", "0400 syntax error: the parrot's passed on!");

// 0401: DON'T disable extension blocklist, but sanitize blocklist url - SECURITY
// It now includes updates for "revoked certificates" - security trumps privacy here
// https://blog.mozilla.org/security/2015/03/03/revoking-intermediate-certificates-introducing-onecrl
// https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/16931
user_pref("extensions.blocklist.enabled", true);
user_pref("extensions.blocklist.url", "https://blocklist.addons.mozilla.org/blocklist/3/%APP_ID%/%APP_VERSION%/");

// 0402: disable/enable various Kinto blocklist updates (FF50+)
// What is Kinto?: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox/Kinto#Specifications
// As FF transitions to Kinto, the blocklists have been broken down (more could be added). These contain
// block entries for certs to be revoked, add-ons and plugins to be disabled, and gfx environments that
// cause problems or crashes. Here you can remove the collection name to prevent each specific list updating
user_pref("services.blocklist.update_enabled", true);
user_pref("services.blocklist.signing.enforced", true);
user_pref("services.blocklist.onecrl.collection", "certificates"); // Revoked certificates
user_pref("services.blocklist.addons.collection", "addons");
user_pref("services.blocklist.plugins.collection", ""); // I have no plugins
user_pref("services.blocklist.gfx.collection", ""); // I have gfx hw acceleration disabled

// 0410: disable safe browsing
// I have redesigned this sub-section to differentiate between "real-time"/"user initiated"
// data being sent to Google from all other settings such as using local blocklists/whitelists
// and updating those lists. There SHOULD be NO privacy issues here. Even *IF* an URL was sent
// to Google, they swear it is anonymized and only used to flag malicious sites/activity. Firefox
// also takes measures such as striping out identifying parameters and storing safe browsing
// cookies in a separate jar. (#Turn on browser.safebrowsing.debug to monitor this activity)
// To use safebrowsing but not "leak" binary download info to Google, only use 0410e and 0410f
// #Required reading: https://feeding.cloud.geek.nz/posts/how-safe-browsing-works-in-firefox/
// https://wiki.mozilla.org/Security/Safe_Browsing

// 0410a: disable "Block dangerous and deceptive content" This setting is under Options>Security
// in FF47 and under this is was titled "Block reported web forgeries"
// this covers deceptive sites such as phishing and social engineering
user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.malware.enabled", false);
user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.phishing.enabled", false); // (FF50+)

// 0410b: disable "Block dangerous downloads" This setting is under Options>Security
// in FF47 and under this was titled "Block reported attack sites"
// this covers malware and PUPs (potentially unwanted programs)
user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.downloads.enabled", false);
// disable "Warn me about unwanted and uncommon software" Also under Options>Security (FF48+)
user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.downloads.remote.block_potentially_unwanted", false);
user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.downloads.remote.block_uncommon", false);
// yet more prefs added (FF49+)
user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.downloads.remote.block_dangerous", false);
user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.downloads.remote.block_dangerous_host", false);

// 0410c: disable Google safebrowsing downloads, updates
user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.provider.google.updateURL", ""); // update google lists
user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.provider.google.gethashURL", ""); // list hash check
user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.provider.google4.updateURL", ""); // (FF50+)
user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.provider.google4.gethashURL", ""); // (FF50+)

// 0410d: disable mozilla safebrowsing downloads, updates
// NOTE: These two prefs are also used for Tracking Protection (see 0420)
user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.provider.mozilla.gethashURL", ""); // resolves hash conflicts
user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.provider.mozilla.updateURL", ""); // update FF lists

// 0410e: disable binaries NOT in local lists being checked by Google (real-time checking)
user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.downloads.remote.enabled", false);
user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.downloads.remote.url", "");

// 0410f: disable reporting URLs
user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.provider.google.reportURL", "");
user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.reportMalwareMistakeURL", "");
user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.reportPhishMistakeURL", "");
user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.reportPhishURL", "");
user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.provider.google4.reportURL", ""); // (FF50+)

// 0410g: show=true or hide=false the 'ignore this warning' on Safe Browsing warnings which
// when clicked bypasses the block for that session. This is a means for admins to enforce SB
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1226490
// tests: see APPENDIX A: TEST SITES - Section 06
// user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.allowOverride", true);

// 0420: disable tracking protection
// There SHOULD be NO privacy concerns here, but you are better off using an extension such as
// uBlock Origin which is not decided by a third party (disconnect) and is far more effective
// (when used correctly). NOTE: There are two prefs (see 0410d) shared with Safe Browsing
// https://wiki.mozilla.org/Security/Tracking_protection
// https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/tracking-protection-firefox
user_pref("privacy.trackingprotection.enabled", false); // all windows pref (not just private)
user_pref("privacy.trackingprotection.pbmode.enabled", false); // private browsing pref

// 0421: enable more Tracking Protection choices under Options>Privacy>Use Tracking Protection
user_pref("privacy.trackingprotection.ui.enabled", true);

// 0430: disable SSL Error Reporting - PRIVACY
// https://gecko.readthedocs.org/en/latest/browser/base/sslerrorreport/preferences.html
user_pref("security.ssl.errorReporting.automatic", false);
user_pref("security.ssl.errorReporting.enabled", false);
user_pref("security.ssl.errorReporting.url", "");

// 0440: disable Mozilla's blocklist for known Flash tracking/fingerprinting (48+)
// If you don't have Flash, then you don't need this enabled
// NOTE: if enabled, you will need to check what prefs (safebrowsing URLs etc) this uses to update
// https://www.ghacks.net/2016/07/18/firefox-48-blocklist-against-plugin-fingerprinting/
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1237198
user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.blockedURIs.enabled", false);

0600: BLOCK IMPLICIT OUTBOUND [not explicitly asked for - eg clicked on]

user_pref("ghacks_user.js.parrot", "0600 syntax error: the parrot's no more!");

// 0601: disable link prefetching
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/HTTP/Link_prefetching_FAQ
user_pref("network.prefetch-next", false);

// 0602: disable dns prefetching
// https://www.ghacks.net/2013/04/27/firefox-prefetching-what-you-need-to-know/
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/HTTP/Controlling_DNS_prefetching
user_pref("network.dns.disablePrefetch", true);
user_pref("network.dns.disablePrefetchFromHTTPS", true); // (hidden pref)

// 0603: disable Seer/Necko
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Projects/Necko
user_pref("network.predictor.enabled", false);

// 0603a: disable more Necko/Captive Portal
// https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captive_portal
// https://wiki.mozilla.org/Necko/CaptivePortal
user_pref("captivedetect.canonicalURL", "");
user_pref("network.captive-portal-service.enabled", false); // (FF52+?)

// 0604: disable search suggestions
user_pref("browser.search.suggest.enabled", false);

// 0605: disable link-mouseover opening connection to linked server
// http://news.slashdot.org/story/15/08/14/2321202/how-to-quash-firefoxs-silent-requests
// https://www.ghacks.net/2015/08/16/block-firefox-from-connecting-to-sites-when-you-hover-over-links
user_pref("network.http.speculative-parallel-limit", 0);

// 0606: disable pings (but enforce same host in case)
// http://kb.mozillazine.org/Browser.send_pings
// http://kb.mozillazine.org/Browser.send_pings.require_same_host
user_pref("browser.send_pings", false);
user_pref("browser.send_pings.require_same_host", true);

// 0607: stop links launching Windows Store on Windows 8/8.1/10
// https://www.ghacks.net/2016/03/25/block-firefox-chrome-windows-store/
user_pref("network.protocol-handler.external.ms-windows-store", false);

// 0608: disable predictor / prefetching (FF48+)
user_pref("network.predictor.enable-prefetch", false);


Not ALL of these are strictly needed, some are for the truly paranoid, but included for a more comprehensive list (see comments on each one)

user_pref("ghacks_user.js.parrot", "0800 syntax error: the parrot's ceased to be!");

// 0801: disable location bar using search - PRIVACY
// don't leak typos to a search engine, give an error message instead
user_pref("keyword.enabled", false);

// 0802: disable location bar domain guessing - PRIVACY/SECURITY
// domain guessing intercepts DNS "hostname not found errors" and resends a
// request (eg by adding www or .com). This is inconsistent use (eg FQDNs), does not work
// via Proxy Servers (different error), is a flawed use of DNS (TLDs: why treat .com
// as the 411 for DNS errors?), privacy issues (why connect to sites you didn't
// intend to), can leak sensitive data (eg query strings: eg Princeton attack),
// and is a security risk (eg common typos & malicious sites set up to exploit this)
user_pref("browser.fixup.alternate.enabled", false);

// 0803: disable locationbar dropdown - PRIVACY (shoulder surfers,forensics/unattended browser)
user_pref("browser.urlbar.maxRichResults", 0);

// 0804: display all parts of the url
// why rely on just a visual clue - helps SECURITY
user_pref("browser.urlbar.trimURLs", false);

// 0805: disable URLbar autofill -  PRIVACY (shoulder surfers, forensics/unattended browser)
// http://kb.mozillazine.org/Inline_autocomplete
user_pref("browser.urlbar.autoFill", false);
user_pref("browser.urlbar.autoFill.typed", false);

// 0806: disable autocomplete - PRIVACY (shoulder surfers, forensics/unattended browser)
user_pref("browser.urlbar.autocomplete.enabled", false);

// 0808: disable history suggestions - PRIVACY (shoulder surfers, forensics/unattended browser)
user_pref("browser.urlbar.suggest.history", false);

// 0809: limit history leaks via enumeration (PER TAB: back/forward) - PRIVACY
// This is a PER TAB session history. You still have a full history stored under all history
// default=50, minimum=1=currentpage, 2 is the recommended minimum as some pages
// use it as a means of referral (eg hotlinking), 4 or 6 may be more practical
user_pref("browser.sessionhistory.max_entries", 4);

// 0810: disable css querying page history - css history leak - PRIVACY
// NOTE: this has NEVER been fully "resolved": in Mozilla/docs it is stated it's only in
// 'certain circumstances', also see latest comments in the bug link
// https://dbaron.org/mozilla/visited-privacy
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=147777
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/CSS/Privacy_and_the_:visited_selector
user_pref("layout.css.visited_links_enabled", false);

// 0811: disable displaying javascript in history URLs - SECURITY
user_pref("browser.urlbar.filter.javascript", true);

// 0812: disable search and form history
// Under Options>Privacy> if you set Firefox to "use custom settings" there will be a
// setting called "remember search and form history".
// You can clear formdata on exiting Firefox (see 2803)
// user_pref("browser.formfill.enable", false);

// 0813: disable saving form data on secure websites - PRIVACY (shoulder surfers etc)
// For convenience & functionality, this is best left at default true.
// You can clear formdata on exiting Firefox (see 2803)
// user_pref("browser.formfill.saveHttpsForms", false);

// 0815: disable live search suggestions in the urlbar and toggle off the Opt-In prompt (FF41+)
// Setting: Options>Privacy>Location Bar>Related searches from the default search engine
user_pref("browser.urlbar.suggest.searches", false);
user_pref("browser.urlbar.userMadeSearchSuggestionsChoice", true);

// 0816: disable browsing and download history
// Under Options>Privacy> if you set Firefox to "use custom settings" there will be a
// setting called "remember my browsing and download history"
// You can clear history and downloads on exiting Firefox (see 2803)
// user_pref("places.history.enabled", false);

// 0817: disable Jumplist (Windows7+)
user_pref("browser.taskbar.lists.enabled", false);
user_pref("browser.taskbar.lists.frequent.enabled", false);
user_pref("browser.taskbar.lists.recent.enabled", false);
user_pref("browser.taskbar.lists.tasks.enabled", false);

// 0818: disable taskbar preview
user_pref("browser.taskbar.previews.enable", false);

// 0819: disable one-off searches from the addressbar (FF51+)
// https://www.ghacks.net/2016/08/09/firefox-one-off-searches-address-bar/
user_pref("browser.urlbar.oneOffSearches", false);

// 0820: disable search reset (about:searchreset) (FF51+)
// https://www.ghacks.net/2016/08/19/firefox-51-search-restore-feature/
user_pref("browser.search.reset.enabled", false);
user_pref("browser.search.reset.whitelist", "");


user_pref("ghacks_user.js.parrot", "0900 syntax error: the parrot's expired!");

// 0901: disable saving passwords
// Options>Security>Logins>Remember logins for sites
// NOTE: this does not clear any passwords already saved
// user_pref("signon.rememberSignons", false);

// 0902: use a master password (recommended if you save passwords)
// There are no preferences for this. It is all handled internally.
// https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/use-master-password-protect-stored-logins

// 0903: set how often Mozilla should ask for the master password
// 0=the first time, 1=every time it's needed, 2=every n minutes (as per the next pref)
// WARNING: the default is 0, author changed his settings
user_pref("security.ask_for_password", 2);

// 0904: how often in minutes Mozilla should ask for the master password (see pref above)
// in minutes, default is 30
user_pref("security.password_lifetime", 5);

// 0905: disable auto-filling username & password form fields - SECURITY
// can leak in cross-site forms AND be spoofed
// http://kb.mozillazine.org/Signon.autofillForms
// password will still be auto-filled after a user name is manually entered
user_pref("signon.autofillForms", false);

// 0906: ignore websites' autocomplete="off" (FF30+)
user_pref("signon.storeWhenAutocompleteOff", true);

// 0907: force warnings for logins on non-secure (non HTTPS) pages
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1217156
user_pref("security.insecure_password.ui.enabled", true);

// 0908: When attempting to fix an entered URL, do not fix an entered password along with it
// i.e do not turn ~http://user:password@foo into ~http://user:password@(prefix)foo(suffix)
// but instead ~http://user@(prefix)foo(suffix))
user_pref("browser.fixup.hide_user_pass", true);

// 0909: disabling for now (FF51+)
user_pref("signon.formlessCapture.enabled", false);

1000: CACHE

user_pref("ghacks_user.js.parrot", "1000 syntax error: the parrot's gone to meet 'is maker!");

// 1001: disable disk cache
user_pref("browser.cache.disk.enable", false);
user_pref("browser.cache.disk.capacity", 0);
user_pref("browser.cache.disk.smart_size.enabled", false);
user_pref("browser.cache.disk.smart_size.first_run", false);

// 1002: disable disk caching of SSL pages
// http://kb.mozillazine.org/Browser.cache.disk_cache_ssl
user_pref("browser.cache.disk_cache_ssl", false);

// 1003: disable memory cache as well IF you're REALLY paranoid
// I haven't tried it, but I'm sure you'll take a performance/traffic hit
// user_pref("browser.cache.memory.enable", false);

// 1004: disable offline cache
user_pref("browser.cache.offline.enable", false);

// 1005: disable storing extra session data 0=all 1=http-only 2=none
// extra session data contains contents of forms, scrollbar positions, cookies and POST data
user_pref("browser.sessionstore.privacy_level", 2);

// 1006: disable pages being stored in memory. This is not the same as memory cache.
// Visited pages are stored in memory in such a way that they don't have to be
// re-parsed. This improves performance when pressing back/forward.
// For the sake of completeness, this option is listed for the truly paranoid.
// 0=none, -1=auto (that's minus 1), or any other positive integer
// http://kb.mozillazine.org/Browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewers
// user_pref("browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewers", 0);

// 1007: disable the Session Restore service completely
// WARNING: This also disables the "Recently Closed Tabs" feature
// It does not affect "Recently Closed Windows" or any history.
user_pref("browser.sessionstore.max_tabs_undo", 0);
user_pref("browser.sessionstore.max_windows_undo", 0);

// 1008: IF you use session restore (see 1007 above), increasing the minimal interval between
// two session save operations can help on older machines and some websites.
// Default is 15000 (15 secs). Try 30000 (30sec), 60000 (1min) etc - your choice.
// WARNING: This can also affect entries in the "Recently Closed Tabs" feature:
// i.e the longer the interval the more chance a quick tab open/close won't be captured
// this longer interval *MAY* affect history but I cannot replicate any history not recorded
// user_pref("browser.sessionstore.interval", 30000);

// 1009: DNS cache and expiration time (default 400 and 60 - same as TBB)
// user_pref("network.dnsCacheEntries", 400);
// user_pref("network.dnsCacheExpiration", 60);

// 1010: disable randomized FF HTTP cache decay experiments
// https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/13575
user_pref("browser.cache.frecency_experiment", -1);

// 1011: disable permissions manager from writing to disk (requires restart)
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=967812
// user_pref("permissions.memory_only", true); // (hidden pref)

// 1012: disable resuming session from crash
user_pref("browser.sessionstore.resume_from_crash", false);


Note that your cipher and other settings can be used server side as a fingerprint attack vector:  see https://www.securityartwork.es/2017/02/02/tls-client-fingerprinting-with-bro/ .

You can either strengthen your encryption/cipher suite and protocols (security) or keep them at default and let Mozilla handle them (dragging their feet for fear of breaking legacy sites)

user_pref("ghacks_user.js.parrot", "1200 syntax error: the parrot's a stiff!");

// 1201: block rc4 fallback (default is now false as of at least FF45)
user_pref("security.tls.unrestricted_rc4_fallback", false);

// 1203: enable OCSP stapling
// https://blog.mozilla.org/security/2013/07/29/ocsp-stapling-in-firefox/
user_pref("security.ssl.enable_ocsp_stapling", true);

// 1204: reject communication with servers using old SSL/TLS - vulnerable to a MiTM attack
// https://wiki.mozilla.org/Security:Renegotiation
// WARNING: tested Jan 2017 - still breaks too many sites
// user_pref("security.ssl.require_safe_negotiation", true);

// 1205: display warning (red padlock) for "broken security"
// https://wiki.mozilla.org/Security:Renegotiation
user_pref("security.ssl.treat_unsafe_negotiation_as_broken", true);

// 1206: require certificate revocation check through OCSP protocol
// This leaks information about the sites you visit to the CA (cert authority)
// It's a trade-off between security (checking) and privacy (leaking info to the CA)
// WARNING: Since FF44 the default is false. If set to true, this may/will cause some
// site breakage. Some users have previously mentioned issues with youtube, microsoft etc
// user_pref("security.OCSP.require", true);

// 1207: query OCSP responder servers to confirm current validity of certificates (default=1)
// 0=disable, 1=validate only certificates that specify an OCSP service URL
// 2=enable and use values in security.OCSP.URL and security.OCSP.signing
user_pref("security.OCSP.enabled", 1);

// 1208: enforce strict pinning
// https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/16206
// PKP (public key pinning) 0-disabled 1=allow user MiTM (such as your antivirus), 2=strict
// WARNING: If you rely on an AV (antivirus) to protect your web browsing
// by inspecting ALL your web traffic, then leave at current default =1
user_pref("security.cert_pinning.enforcement_level", 2);

// 1209: control TLS versions with min and max
// 1=min version of TLS 1.0, 2-min version of TLS 1.1, 3=min version of TLS 1.2 etc
// WARNING: FF/chrome currently allow TLS 1.0 by default, so this is your call.
// http://kb.mozillazine.org/Security.tls.version.*
// https://www.ssl.com/how-to/turn-off-ssl-3-0-and-tls-1-0-in-your-browser/
// user_pref("security.tls.version.min", 2);
// user_pref("security.tls.version.fallback-limit", 3);
// user_pref("security.tls.version.max", 4); // allow up to and including TLS 1.3

// 1210: disable 1024-DH Encryption
// https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/10/how-to-protect-yourself-from-nsa-attacks-1024-bit-DH
// WARNING: may break obscure sites, but not major sites, which should support ECDH over DHE
user_pref("security.ssl3.dhe_rsa_aes_128_sha", false);
user_pref("security.ssl3.dhe_rsa_aes_256_sha", false);

// 1211: disable or limit SHA-1
// 0 = all SHA1 certs are allowed
// 1 = all SHA1 certs are blocked (including perfectly valid ones from 2015 and earlier)
// 2 = deprecated option that now maps to 1
// 3 = only allowed for locally-added roots (e.g. anti-virus)
// 4 = only allowed for locally-added roots or for certs in 2015 and earlier
// WARNING: when disabled, some man-in-the-middle devices (eg security scanners and antivirus
// products, are failing to connect to HTTPS sites. SHA-1 will eventually become obsolete.
// https://blog.mozilla.org/security/2016/10/18/phasing-out-sha-1-on-the-public-web/
// https://github.com/pyllyukko/user.js/issues/194#issuecomment-256509998
user_pref("security.pki.sha1_enforcement_level", 1);

// 1212: disable SSL session tracking (36+)
// SSL session IDs speed up HTTPS connections (no need to renegotiate) and last for 48hrs.
// Since the ID is unique, web servers can (and do) use it for tracking. If set to true,
// this disables sending SSL3 Session IDs and TLS Session Tickets to prevent session tracking
// WARNING: This will slow down TLS connections (personally I don't notice it at all)
// https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc5077
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=967977
user_pref("security.ssl.disable_session_identifiers", true); // (hidden pref)

// 1213: disable 3DES (effective key size < 128)
// https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3des#Security
// http://en.citizendium.org/wiki/Meet-in-the-middle_attack
// http://www-archive.mozilla.org/projects/security/pki/nss/ssl/fips-ssl-ciphersuites.html
user_pref("security.ssl3.rsa_des_ede3_sha", false);

// 1214: disable 128 bits
user_pref("security.ssl3.ecdhe_ecdsa_aes_128_sha", false);
user_pref("security.ssl3.ecdhe_rsa_aes_128_sha", false);

// 1215: disable Microsoft Family Safety cert (Windows 8.1)
// 0: disable detecting Family Safety mode and importing the root
// 1: only attempt to detect Family Safety mode (don't import the root)
// 2: detect Family Safety mode and import the root
user_pref("security.family_safety.mode", 0);

// 1216: disable insecure active content on https pages - mixed content
user_pref("security.mixed_content.block_active_content", true);

// 1217: disable insecure passive content (such as images) on https pages - mixed context
// current default=false, leave it this way as too many sites break visually
// user_pref("security.mixed_content.block_display_content", true);

// 1218: disable HSTS Priming (FF51+)
// RISKS: formerly blocked mixed-content may load, may cause noticeable delays eg requests
//  time out, requests may not be handled well by servers, possible fingerprinting
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1246540#c145
user_pref("security.mixed_content.send_hsts_priming", false);
user_pref("security.mixed_content.use_hsts", false);

// 1219: disable HSTS preload list
// recommended enabled, unless you fully understand the risks and trade-offs
// user_pref("network.stricttransportsecurity.preloadlist", false);

// 1220: disable intermediate certificate caching (fingerprinting attack vector)
// NOTE: This affects login/cert/key dbs. AFAIK the only effect is all active logins start anew
// per session. This may be better handled under FPI (ticket 1323644, part of Tor Uplift)
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1334485 // related bug
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1216882 // related bug (see comment 9)
// user_pref("security.nocertdb", true); // (hidden pref)

1400: FONTS

user_pref("ghacks_user.js.parrot", "1400 syntax error: the parrot's bereft of life!");

// 1401: disable websites downloading their own fonts (0=block, 1=allow)
// This setting is under Options>Content>Font & Colors>Advanced>Allow pages to choose...
// If you disallow fonts, this drastically limits/reduces font enumeration (by JS) which
// is a high entropy fingerprinting vector.
// WARNING: Disabling fonts can uglify the web a fair bit.
user_pref("browser.display.use_document_fonts", 0);

// 1402: allow icon fonts (glyphs) (FF41+)
user_pref("gfx.downloadable_fonts.enabled", true);

// 1403: disable rendering of SVG OpenType fonts
// https://wiki.mozilla.org/SVGOpenTypeFonts - iSECPartnersReport recommends to disable this
user_pref("gfx.font_rendering.opentype_svg.enabled", false);

// 1404: use more legible default fonts
// WARNING: These are the author's settings, comment out if you do not require them
// Been using this for over a year, it really grows on you
user_pref("font.name.serif.x-unicode", "Georgia");
user_pref("font.name.serif.x-western", "Georgia"); // default Times New Roman
user_pref("font.name.sans-serif.x-unicode", "Arial");
user_pref("font.name.sans-serif.x-western", "Arial");  // default Arial
user_pref("font.name.monospace.x-unicode", "Lucida Console");
user_pref("font.name.monospace.x-western", "Lucida Console"); // default Courier New

// 1405: disable woff2
user_pref("gfx.downloadable_fonts.woff2.enabled", false);

// 1406: disable CSS Font Loading API
// WARNING: Disabling fonts can uglify the web a fair bit.
user_pref("layout.css.font-loading-api.enabled", false);

// 1407: remove special underline handling for a few fonts which you will probably never use.
// Any of these fonts on your system can be enumerated for fingerprinting. Requires restart.
// http://kb.mozillazine.org/Font.blacklist.underline_offset
user_pref("font.blacklist.underline_offset", "");

// 1408: disable graphite which FF49 turned back on by default
// In the past it had security issues - need citation
user_pref("gfx.font_rendering.graphite.enabled", false);


Except for 1601 and 1602, these can all be best handled by an extension to block/spoof all and then whitelist if needed, otherwise too much of the internet breaks.

Improve online privacy by controlling referrer information

Required reading: https://feeding.cloud.geek.nz/posts/tweaking-referrer-for-privacy-in-firefox/

user_pref("ghacks_user.js.parrot", "1600 syntax error: the parrot rests in peace!");
// 1601: disable referer from an SSL Website
// to be deprecated in FF52+? - https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1308725
user_pref("network.http.sendSecureXSiteReferrer", false);

// 1602: DNT HTTP header - essentially USELESS - default is off. I recommend off.
// NOTE: "Options>Privacy>Tracking>Request that sites not track you"
// if you use NoScript MAKE SURE to set your noscript.doNotTrack.enabled to match
// http://kb.mozillazine.org/Privacy.donottrackheader.value (pref required since FF21+)
// user_pref("privacy.donottrackheader.enabled", true);
// user_pref("privacy.donottrackheader.value", 1); // (hidden pref)

// 1603: referer, WHEN to send
// 0=never, 1=send only when links are clicked, 2=for links and images (default)
// user_pref("network.http.sendRefererHeader", 2);

// 1604: referer, SPOOF or NOT (default=false)
// user_pref("network.http.referer.spoofSource", false);

// 1605: referer, HOW to handle cross origins
// 0=always (default), 1=only if base domains match, 2=only if hosts match
// user_pref("network.http.referer.XOriginPolicy", 0);

// 1606: referer, WHAT to send (limit the information)
// 0=send full URI (default), 1=scheme+host+port+path, 2=scheme+host+port
// user_pref("network.http.referer.trimmingPolicy", 0);


user_pref("ghacks_user.js.parrot", "1800 syntax error: the parrot's pushing up daisies!");

// 1801: set default plugin state (i.e new plugins on discovery) to never activate
// 0=disabled, 1=ask to activate, 2=active - you can override individual plugins

user_pref("plugin.default.state", 0);
user_pref("plugin.defaultXpi.state", 0);

// 1802: enable click to play and set to 0 minutes
user_pref("plugins.click_to_play", true);
user_pref("plugin.sessionPermissionNow.intervalInMinutes", 0);

// 1802a: make sure a plugin is in a certain state: 0=deactivated 1=ask 2=enabled (Flash example)
// you can set all these plugin.state's via Add-ons>Plugins or search for plugin.state in about:config
// NOTE: you can still over-ride individual sites eg youtube via site permissions
// https://www.ghacks.net/2013/07/09/how-to-make-sure-that-a-firefox-plugin-never-activates-again/
// user_pref("plugin.state.flash", 0);

// 1804: disable plugins using external/untrusted scripts with XPCOM or XPConnect
user_pref("security.xpconnect.plugin.unrestricted", false);

// 1805: disable scanning for plugins
// http://kb.mozillazine.org/Plugin_scanning
// plid.all = whether to scan the directories specified in the Windows registry for PLIDs
// includes: RealPlayer, Next-Generation Java Plug-In, Adobe Flash, Antivirus etc
// WARNING: The author turned off plugins, try it one day. You are not missing much.
user_pref("plugin.scan.plid.all", false);

// 1806: Acrobat, Quicktime, WMP are handled separately from 1805 above.
// The string refers to min version number allowed
user_pref("plugin.scan.Acrobat", "99999");
user_pref("plugin.scan.Quicktime", "99999");
user_pref("plugin.scan.WindowsMediaPlayer", "99999");

// 1807: disable auto-play of HTML5 media
// WARNING: This may break youtube video playback (and probably other sites). If you block
// autoplay but occasionally would like a toggle button, try the following add-on
// https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/autoplay-toggle
user_pref("media.autoplay.enabled", false);

// 1808: disable audio auto-play in non-active tabs (FF51+)
// https://www.ghacks.net/2016/11/14/firefox-51-blocks-automatic-audio-playback-in-non-active-tabs/
user_pref("media.block-autoplay-until-in-foreground", true);

// 1820: disable all GMP (Gecko Media Plugins)
// https://wiki.mozilla.org/GeckoMediaPlugins
user_pref("media.gmp-provider.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.gmp.trial-create.enabled", false);

// 1825: disable widevine CDM
user_pref("media.gmp-widevinecdm.visible", false);
user_pref("media.gmp-widevinecdm.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.gmp-widevinecdm.autoupdate", false);

// 1830: disable all DRM content (EME: Encryption Media Extension)
user_pref("media.eme.enabled", false); // Options>Content>Play DRM Content
user_pref("browser.eme.ui.enabled", false); // hides "Play DRM Content" checkbox, restart required
user_pref("media.eme.apiVisible", false); // block websites detecting DRM is disabled

// 1840: disable the OpenH264 Video Codec by Cisco to "Never Activate"
// This is the bundled codec used for video chat in WebRTC
// Disable pings to the external update/download server
user_pref("media.gmp-gmpopenh264.enabled", false); // (hidden pref)
user_pref("media.gmp-gmpopenh264.autoupdate", false);
user_pref("media.gmp-manager.url", "data:text/plain,");

// 1850: disable the Adobe EME "Primetime CDM" (Content Decryption Module)
// https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/16285
user_pref("media.gmp-eme-adobe.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.gmp-eme-adobe.visible", false);
user_pref("media.gmp-eme-adobe.autoupdate", false);


user_pref("ghacks_user.js.parrot", "2000 syntax error: the parrot's snuffed it!");

// 2001: disable WebRTC
// https://www.privacytools.io/#webrtc
user_pref("media.peerconnection.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.peerconnection.use_document_iceservers", false);
user_pref("media.peerconnection.video.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.peerconnection.identity.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.peerconnection.identity.timeout", 1);
user_pref("media.peerconnection.turn.disable", true);
// disable video capability for WebRTC
user_pref("media.navigator.video.enabled", false);

// 2001a: pref which improves the WebRTC IP Leak issue, as opposed to completely
// disabling WebRTC. You still need to enable WebRTC for this to be applicable (FF42+)
// https://wiki.mozilla.org/Media/WebRTC/Privacy
user_pref("media.peerconnection.ice.default_address_only", true); // (FF41-FF50)
user_pref("media.peerconnection.ice.no_host", true); // (FF51+)

// 2010: disable WebGL, force bare minimum feature set if used & disable WebGL extensions
// http://www.contextis.com/resources/blog/webgl-new-dimension-browser-exploitation/
// https://security.stackexchange.com/questions/13799/is-webgl-a-security-concern
user_pref("webgl.disabled", true);
user_pref("pdfjs.enableWebGL", false);
user_pref("webgl.min_capability_mode", true);
user_pref("webgl.disable-extensions", true);
user_pref("webgl.disable-fail-if-major-performance-caveat", true);

// 2011: don't make WebGL debug info available to websites
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1171228
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/WEBGL_debug_renderer_info
user_pref("webgl.enable-debug-renderer-info", false);

// 2012: two more webgl preferences (FF51+)
user_pref("webgl.dxgl.enabled", false);
user_pref("webgl.enable-webgl2", false);

// 2021: disable speech recognition
user_pref("media.webspeech.recognition.enable", false);
user_pref("media.webspeech.synth.enabled", false);

// 2022: disable screensharing
user_pref("media.getusermedia.screensharing.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.getusermedia.screensharing.allowed_domains", "");
user_pref("media.getusermedia.screensharing.allow_on_old_platforms", false);
user_pref("media.getusermedia.browser.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.getusermedia.audiocapture.enabled", false);

// 2023: disable camera stuff
user_pref("camera.control.face_detection.enabled", false);

// 2024: enable/disable MSE (Media Source Extensions)
// https://www.ghacks.net/2014/05/10/enable-media-source-extensions-firefox/
user_pref("media.mediasource.enabled", true);
user_pref("media.mediasource.mp4.enabled", true);
user_pref("media.mediasource.webm.audio.enabled", true);
user_pref("media.mediasource.webm.enabled", true);

// 2025: enable/disable various media types - end user personal choice
// WARNING: this is the author's settings, choose your own
user_pref("media.mp4.enabled", true);
user_pref("media.flac.enabled", true); // (FF51+)
user_pref("media.ogg.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.ogg.flac.enabled", false); // (FF51+)
user_pref("media.opus.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.raw.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.wave.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.webm.enabled", true);
user_pref("media.wmf.enabled", true); // https://www.youtube.com/html5 - for the two H.264 entries

// 2026: disable canvas capture stream
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/HTMLCanvasElement/captureStream
user_pref("canvas.capturestream.enabled", false);

// 2027: disable camera image capture
// https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/16339
user_pref("dom.imagecapture.enabled", false);

// 2028: disable offscreen canvas
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/OffscreenCanvas
user_pref("gfx.offscreencanvas.enabled", false);


 see http://kb.mozillazine.org/Prevent_websites_from_disabling_new_window_features

user_pref("ghacks_user.js.parrot", "2200 syntax error: the parrot's 'istory!");

// 2201: disable website control over right click context menu
// WARNING: This will break some sites eg Dropbox, Google Docs? gmail?
user_pref("dom.event.contextmenu.enabled", false);

// 2202: UI SPOOFING: disable scripts hiding or disabling the following on new windows
user_pref("dom.disable_window_open_feature.location", true);
user_pref("dom.disable_window_open_feature.menubar", true);
user_pref("dom.disable_window_open_feature.resizable", true);
user_pref("dom.disable_window_open_feature.status", true);
user_pref("dom.disable_window_open_feature.toolbar", true);

// 2203: POPUP windows - prevent or allow javascript UI meddling
user_pref("dom.disable_window_flip", true); // window z-order
user_pref("dom.disable_window_move_resize", true);
user_pref("dom.disable_window_open_feature.close", true);
user_pref("dom.disable_window_open_feature.minimizable", true);
user_pref("dom.disable_window_open_feature.personalbar", true); //bookmarks toolbar
user_pref("dom.disable_window_open_feature.titlebar", true);
user_pref("dom.disable_window_status_change", true);
user_pref("dom.allow_scripts_to_close_windows", false);

// 2204: disable links opening in a new window
// https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/9881
// test url: https://people.torproject.org/~gk/misc/entire_desktop.html
// You can still right click a link and select open in a new window
// This is to stop malicious window sizes and screen res leaks etc in conjunction
// with 2203 dom.disable_window_move_resize=true | 2418 full-screen-api.enabled=false
// user_pref("browser.link.open_newwindow.restriction", 0);


user_pref("ghacks_user.js.parrot", "2300 syntax error: the parrot's off the twig!");

// 2301: disable workers API and service workers API
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/Worker
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/ServiceWorker_API
// https://www.ghacks.net/2016/03/02/manage-service-workers-in-firefox-and-chrome/
// WARNING: WILL break sites as this gains traction: eg mega.nz requires workers
user_pref("dom.workers.enabled", false);
user_pref("dom.serviceWorkers.enabled", false);

// 2302: disable service workers cache and cache storage
user_pref("dom.caches.enabled", false);

// 2303: disable push notifications (FF44+) [requires serviceWorkers to be enabled]
// web apps can receive messages pushed to them from a server, whether or
// not the web app is in the foreground, or even currently loaded
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en/docs/Web/API/Push_API
// WARNING: may affect social media sites like Twitter
user_pref("dom.push.enabled", false);
user_pref("dom.push.connection.enabled", false);
user_pref("dom.push.serverURL", "");
user_pref("dom.push.userAgentID", "");

// 2304: disable web/push notifications
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/notification
// NOTE: you can still override individual domains under site permissions (FF44+)
// WARNING: may affect social media sites like Twitter
user_pref("dom.webnotifications.enabled", false);
user_pref("dom.webnotifications.serviceworker.enabled", false);


user_pref("ghacks_user.js.parrot", "2400 syntax error: the parrot's kicked the bucket!");

// 2402: disable website access to clipboard events/content
// https://www.ghacks.net/2014/01/08/block-websites-reading-modifying-clipboard-contents-firefox/
// WARNING: This will break some sites functionality such as pasting into Facebook
// this applies to onCut, onCopy, onPaste events - i.e is you have to interact with
// the website for it to look at the clipboard
user_pref("dom.event.clipboardevents.enabled", false);

// 2403: disable clipboard commands (cut/copy) from "non-priviledged" content
// this disables document.execCommand("cut"/"copy") to protect your clipboard
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1170911
user_pref("dom.allow_cut_copy", false); // (hidden pref)

// 2404: disable JS storing data permanently
// If you block indexedDB but would like a toggle button, try the following add-on
// https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/disable-indexeddb/
// This setting WAS under about:permissions>All Sites>Maintain Offline Storage
// NOTE: about:permissions is no longer available since FF46 but you can still override
// individual domains: use info icon in urlbar etc or right click on a web page>view page info
// WARNING: If set as false (disabled), this WILL break some [old] add-ons and DOES break
// a lot of sites' functionality. Applies to websites, add-ons and session data.
user_pref("dom.indexedDB.enabled", false);

// 2405: https://wiki.mozilla.org/WebAPI/Security/WebTelephony
user_pref("dom.telephony.enabled", false);

// 2410: disable User Timing API
// https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/16336
user_pref("dom.enable_user_timing", false);

// 2411: disable resource/navigation timing
user_pref("dom.enable_resource_timing", false);

// 2412: disable timing attacks - javascript performance fingerprinting
// https://wiki.mozilla.org/Security/Reviews/Firefox/NavigationTimingAPI
user_pref("dom.enable_performance", false);

// 2414: disable shaking the screen
user_pref("dom.vibrator.enabled", false);

// 2415: max popups from a single non-click event - default is 20!
user_pref("dom.popup_maximum", 3);

// 2415b: limit events that can cause a popup
// default is "change click dblclick mouseup notificationclick reset submit touchend"
// WARNING: Author killed all methods but does this with Popup Blocker Ultimate
// in Strict mode with whitelist. Or you can allow all but blacklist. Either way,
// Popup Blocker Ultimate overwrites this pref with a blank (or allows everything!).
// http://kb.mozillazine.org/Dom.popup_allowed_events
user_pref("dom.popup_allowed_events", "click dblclick");

// 2416: disable idle observation
user_pref("dom.idle-observers-api.enabled", false);

// 2418: disable full-screen API
// This setting WAS under about:permissions>All Sites>Fullscreen
// NOTE: about:permissions is no longer available since FF46 but you can still override
// individual domains: use info icon in urlbar etc or right click on a web page>view page info
// set to false=block, set to true=ask
user_pref("full-screen-api.enabled", false);

// 2420: disable support for asm.js ( http://asmjs.org/ )
// https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/advisories/mfsa2015-29/
// https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/advisories/mfsa2015-50/
// https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-2712
user_pref("javascript.options.asmjs", false);

// 2421: in addition to 2420, these settings will help harden JS against exploits such as CVE-2015-0817
// https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-0817
// WARNING: causes the odd site issue and there is also a performance loss
// Update: Jan-2017: commented out for now, as performance gains outweigh extra security
// user_pref("javascript.options.ion", false);
// user_pref("javascript.options.baselinejit", false);

// 2425: disable ArchiveAPI i.e reading content of archives, such as zip files, directly
// in the browser, through DOM file objects. Default is false.
user_pref("dom.archivereader.enabled", false);

// 2450: force FF to tell you if a website asks to store data for offline use
// https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1098540
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=959985
user_pref("offline-apps.allow_by_default", false);
// Options>Advanced>Network>Tell me when a website asks to store data for offline use
user_pref("browser.offline-apps.notify", true);
// change size of warning quota for offline cache (default 51200)
// Offline cache is only used in rare cases to store data locally. FF will store small amounts
// (default <50MB) of data in the offline (application) cache without asking for permission.
// user_pref("offline-apps.quota.warn", 51200);


user_pref("ghacks_user.js.parrot", "2500 syntax error: the parrot's shuffled off 'is mortal coil!");

// 2501: disable gamepad API - USB device ID enumeration
// https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/13023
user_pref("dom.gamepad.enabled", false);

// 2502: disable Battery Status API. Initially a Linux issue (high precision readout) that is now fixed.
// However, it is still another metric for fingerprinting, used to raise entropy.
// eg: do you have a battery or not, current charging status, charge level, times remaining etc
// http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/04/battery-attributes-can-be-used-to-track-web-users/
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1124127
// https://www.w3.org/TR/battery-status/
// https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/aug/02/battery-status-indicators-tracking-online
// NOTE: From FF52+ Battery Status API is only available in chrome/privileged code.
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1313580
user_pref("dom.battery.enabled", false);

// 2503: disable giving away network info
// eg bluetooth, cellular, ethernet, wifi, wimax, other, mixed, unknown, none
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/Network_Information_API
// https://wicg.github.io/netinfo/
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=960426
user_pref("dom.netinfo.enabled", false);

// 2504: disable virtual reality devices
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/WebVR_API
user_pref("dom.vr.enabled", false);
user_pref("dom.vr.oculus.enabled", false);
user_pref("dom.vr.osvr.enabled", false); // (FF49+)
user_pref("dom.vr.openvr.enabled", false); // (FF51+)

// 2505: disable media device enumeration (FF29+)
// NOTE: media.peerconnection.enabled should also be set to false (see 2001)
// https://wiki.mozilla.org/Media/getUserMedia
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/MediaDevices/enumerateDevices
user_pref("media.navigator.enabled", false);

// 2506: disable video statistics - JS performance fingerprinting
/ https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/15757
user_pref("media.video_stats.enabled", false);

// 2507: disable keyboard fingerprinting (FF38+) (physical keyboards)
// The Keyboard API allows tracking the "read parameter" of pressed keys in forms on
// web pages. These parameters vary between types of keyboard layouts such as QWERTY,
// AZERTY, Dvorak, and between various languages, eg German vs English.
// WARNING: Don't use if Android + physical keyboard
// UPDATE: This MAY be incorporated better into the Tor Uplift project (see 2699)
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/KeyboardEvent/code
// https://www.privacy-handbuch.de/handbuch_21v.htm
user_pref("dom.keyboardevent.code.enabled", false);
user_pref("dom.beforeAfterKeyboardEvent.enabled", false);
user_pref("dom.keyboardevent.dispatch_during_composition", false);

// 2508: disable graphics fingerprinting (the loss of hardware acceleration is negligible)
// These prefs are under Options>Advanced>General>Use hardware acceleration when available
// NOTE: changing this option changes BOTH these preferences
// https://wiki.mozilla.org/Platform/GFX/HardwareAcceleration
// WARNING: This changes text rendering (fonts will look different)
// If you watch a lot of video, this will impact performance
user_pref("gfx.direct2d.disabled", true);
user_pref("layers.acceleration.disabled", true);

// 2509: disable touch events
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/Touch_events
// https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/10286
// fingerprinting attack vector - leaks screen res & actual screen coordinates
// WARNING: If you use touch eg Win8/10 Metro/Smartphone reset this to default
user_pref("dom.w3c_touch_events.enabled", 0);

// 2510: disable Web Audio API (FF51+)
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1288359
user_pref("dom.webaudio.enabled", false);

// 2511: disable MediaDevices change detection (FF51+) (enabled by default starting FF52+)
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/Events/devicechange
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/MediaDevices/ondevicechange
user_pref("media.ondevicechange.enabled", false);


user_pref("ghacks_user.js.parrot", "2600 syntax error: the parrot's run down the curtain!");

// 2601: disable sending additional analytics to web servers
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/navigator.sendBeacon
user_pref("beacon.enabled", false);

// 2602: CIS 2.3.2 disable downloading on desktop
user_pref("browser.download.folderList", 2);

// 2603: always ask the user where to download - enforce user interaction for security
user_pref("browser.download.useDownloadDir", false);

// 2604: https://bugzil.la/238789#c19
user_pref("browser.helperApps.deleteTempFileOnExit", true);

// 2605: don't integrate activity into windows recent documents
user_pref("browser.download.manager.addToRecentDocs", false);

// 2606: disable hiding mime types (Options>Applications) not associated with a plugin
user_pref("browser.download.hide_plugins_without_extensions", false);

// 2607: disable page thumbnail collection
// look in profile/thumbnails directory - you may want to clean that out
user_pref("browser.pagethumbnails.capturing_disabled", true); // (hidden pref)

// 2608: disable JAR from opening Unsafe File Types
user_pref("network.jar.open-unsafe-types", false);

// 2611: disable WebIDE to prevent remote debugging and add-on downloads
// https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/16222
user_pref("devtools.webide.autoinstallADBHelper", false);
user_pref("devtools.webide.autoinstallFxdtAdapters", false);
user_pref("devtools.debugger.remote-enabled", false);
user_pref("devtools.webide.enabled", false);

// 2612: disable SimpleServiceDiscovery - which can bypass proxy settings - eg Roku
// https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/16222
user_pref("browser.casting.enabled", false);
user_pref("gfx.layerscope.enabled", false);

// 2613: disable device sensor API - fingerprinting vector
// https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/15758
user_pref("device.sensors.enabled", false);

// 2614: disable SPDY as it can contain identifiers
// https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser/design/#identifier-linkability (no. 10)
user_pref("network.http.spdy.enabled", false);
user_pref("network.http.spdy.enabled.deps", false);

// 2615: disable http2 for now as well
user_pref("network.http.spdy.enabled.http2", false);

// 2617: disable pdf.js as an option to preview PDFs within Firefox
// see mime-types under Options>Applications) - EXPLOIT risk
// Enabling this (set to true) will change your option most likely to "Ask" or "Open with
// some external pdf reader". This does NOT necessarily prevent pdf.js being used via
// other means, it only removes the option. I think this should be left at default (false).
// 1. It won't stop JS bypassing it. 2. Depending on external pdf viewers there is just as
// much risk or more (acrobat). 3. Mozilla are very quick to patch these sorts of exploits,
// they treat them as severe/critical and 4. for convenience
user_pref("pdfjs.disabled", false);

// 2618: when using SOCKS have the proxy server do the DNS lookup - dns leak issue
// http://kb.mozillazine.org/Network.proxy.socks_remote_dns
// https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/doc/TorifyHOWTO/WebBrowsers
// eg in TOR, this stops your local DNS server from knowing your Tor destination
// as a remote Tor node will handle the DNS request

user_pref("network.proxy.socks_remote_dns", true);

// 2619: limit HTTP redirects (this does not control redirects with HTML meta tags or JS)
// WARNING: a low setting of 5 or under will probably break some sites (eg gmail logins)
// To control HTML Meta tag and JS redirects, use an add-on (eg NoRedirect). Default is 20
user_pref("network.http.redirection-limit", 10);

// 2620: disable middle mouse click opening links from clipboard
// https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/10089
// http://kb.mozillazine.org/Middlemouse.contentLoadURL
user_pref("middlemouse.contentLoadURL", false);

// 2621: disable IPv6 (included for knowledge ONLY - not recommended)
// This is all about covert channels such as MAC addresses being included/abused in the
// IPv6 protocol for tracking. If you want to mask your IP address, this is not the way
// to do it. It's 2016, IPv6 is here. Here are some old links
// 2010: https://www.christopher-parsons.com/ipv6-and-the-future-of-privacy/
// 2011: https://iapp.org/news/a/2011-09-09-facing-the-privacy-implications-of-ipv6
// 2012: http://www.zdnet.com/article/security-versus-privacy-with-ipv6-deployment/
// NOTE: It is a myth that disabling IPv6 will speed up your internet connection
// http://www.howtogeek.com/195062/no-disabling-ipv6-probably-wont-speed-up-your-internet-connection
// user_pref("network.dns.disableIPv6", true);
// user_pref("network.http.fast-fallback-to-IPv4", true);

// 2622: ensure you have a security delay when installing add-ons (milliseconds)
// default=1000, This also covers the delay in "Save" on downloading files.
// http://kb.mozillazine.org/Disable_extension_install_delay_-_Firefox
// http://www.squarefree.com/2004/07/01/race-conditions-in-security-dialogs/
user_pref("security.dialog_enable_delay", 1000);

// 2623: ensure Strict File Origin Policy on local files
// The default is true. Included for completeness
// http://kb.mozillazine.org/Security.fileuri.strict_origin_policy
user_pref("security.fileuri.strict_origin_policy", true);

// 2624: enforce Subresource Integrity (SRI) (FF43+)
// The default is true. Included for completeness
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/Security/Subresource_Integrity
// https://wiki.mozilla.org/Security/Subresource_Integrity
user_pref("security.sri.enable", true);

// 2625: Applications [non Tor protocol] SHOULD generate an error
// upon the use of .onion and SHOULD NOT perform a DNS lookup.
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1228457
user_pref("network.dns.blockDotOnion", true);

// 2626: strip optional user agent token, default is false, included for completeness
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/HTTP/Gecko_user_agent_string_reference
user_pref("general.useragent.compatMode.firefox", false);

// 2627: Spoof default UA & relevant (navigator) parts (also see 0204 for UA language)
// NOTE: may be better handled by an extension (eg whitelisitng), try not to clash with it
// NOTE: this is NOT a complete solution (feature detection, some navigator objects leak, resource URI etc)
// AIM: match latest TBB settings: Windows, ESR, OS etc
// WARNING: If you do not understand fingerprinting then don't use this section
// test: http://browserspy.dk/browser.php
//       http://browserspy.dk/showprop.php (for buildID)
//       http://browserspy.dk/useragent.php
// ==start==
// A: navigator.userAgent leaks in JS, setting this also seems to break UA extension whitelisting
// user_pref("general.useragent.override", "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:45.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/45.0"); // (hidden pref)
// B: navigator.buildID (see gecko.buildID in about:config) reveals build time
// down to the second which defeats user agent spoofing and can compromise OS etc
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=583181
user_pref("general.buildID.override", "20100101"); // (hidden pref)

// C: navigator.appName
user_pref("general.appname.override", "Netscape"); // (hidden pref)

// D: navigator.appVersion
user_pref("general.appversion.override", "5.0 (Windows)"); // (hidden pref)

// E: navigator.platform leaks in JS
user_pref("general.platform.override", "Win32"); // (hidden pref)

// F: navigator.oscpu
user_pref("general.oscpu.override", "Windows NT 6.1"); // (hidden pref)

// 2628: disable UITour backend so there is no chance that a remote page can use it
user_pref("browser.uitour.enabled", false);
user_pref("browser.uitour.url", "");

// 2629: disable remote JAR files being opened, regardless of content type
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1215235
user_pref("network.jar.block-remote-files", true);

// 2650: start the browser in e10s mode (48+)
// After restarting the browser, you can check whether it's enabled by visiting
// about:support and checking that "Multiprocess Windows" = 1
// use force-enable and extensions.e10sblocksenabling if you have add-ons
// user_pref("browser.tabs.remote.autostart", true);
// user_pref("browser.tabs.remote.autostart.2", true); // (FF49+)
// user_pref("browser.tabs.remote.force-enable", true); // (hidden pref)
// user_pref("extensions.e10sBlocksEnabling", false);

// 2651: control e10s number of container processes
// https://www.ghacks.net/2016/02/15/change-how-many-processes-multi-process-firefox-uses/
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1207306
// user_pref("dom.ipc.processCount", 4);

// 2652: enable console shim warnings for extensions that don't have the flag
// 'multiprocessCompatible' set to true
user_pref("dom.ipc.shims.enabledWarnings", true);

// 2660: enforce separate content process for file://URLs (FF53+?)
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1147911
// https://www.ghacks.net/2016/11/27/firefox-53-exclusive-content-process-for-local-files/
user_pref("browser.tabs.remote.separateFileUriProcess", true);

// 2662: disable "open with" in download dialog (FF50+)
// This is very useful to enable when the browser is sandboxed (e.g. via AppArmor)
// in such a way that it is forbidden to run external applications.
// WARNING: This may interfere with some users' workflow or methods
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1281959
user_pref("browser.download.forbid_open_with", true);

// 2663: disable MathML (FF51+)
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1173199
// test: http://browserspy.dk/mathml.php
user_pref("mathml.disabled", true);

// 2664: disable DeviceStorage API
// https://wiki.mozilla.org/WebAPI/DeviceStorageAPI
user_pref("device.storage.enabled", false);

// 2665: sanitize webchannel whitelist
user_pref("webchannel.allowObject.urlWhitelist", "");

// 2666: disable HTTP Alternative Services
// https://www.ghacks.net/2015/08/18/a-comprehensive-list-of-firefox-privacy-and-security-settings/#comment-3970881
user_pref("network.http.altsvc.enabled", false);
user_pref("network.http.altsvc.oe", false);

// 2667: disable various developer tools in browser context
// Devtools>Advanced Settings>Enable browser chrome and add-on debugging toolboxes
// http://github.com/pyllyukko/user.js/issues/179#issuecomment-246468676
user_pref("devtools.chrome.enabled", false);

// 2668: lock down allowed extension directories
// https://mike.kaply.com/2012/02/21/understanding-add-on-scopes/
// archived: http://archive.is/DYjAM
user_pref("extensions.enabledScopes", 1); // (hidden pref)
user_pref("extensions.autoDisableScopes", 15);

// 2669: strip paths when sending URLs to PAC scripts (FF51+)
// CVE-2017-5384: Information disclosure via Proxy Auto-Config (PAC)
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1255474
user_pref("network.proxy.autoconfig_url.include_path", false);

// 2670: close bypassing of CSP via image mime types (FF51+)
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1288361
user_pref("security.block_script_with_wrong_mime", true);

// 2671: disable SVG (FF53+)
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1216893
user_pref("svg.disabled", true);


// 2698a: enable first party isolation pref and OriginAttribute (FF51+)
// WARNING: breaks lots of cross-domain logins and site funtionality until perfected
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1260931
// 2698b: this also isolates OCSP requests by first party domain
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1264562
// user_pref("privacy.firstparty.isolate", true);

2699: TOR UPLIFT: privacy.resistFingerprinting

     This preference will be used as a generic switch for a wide range of items.
This section will attempt to list all the ramifications and Mozilla tickets

// 2699a: limit window.screen & CSS media queries providing large amounts of identifiable info.
// POC: http://ip-check.info/?lang=en (screen, usable screen, and browser window will match)
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=418986
// NOTE: does not cover everything yet - https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1216800
// NOTE: this will probably make your values pretty unique until you resize or snap the
// inner window width + height into standard/common resolutions (mine is at 1366x768)
// To set a size, open a XUL (chrome) page (such as about:config) which is at 100% zoom, hit
// Shift+F4 to open the scratchpad, type window.resizeTo(1366,768), hit Ctrl+R to run. Test
// your window size, do some math, resize to allow for all the non inner window elements
// test: http://browserspy.dk/screen.php
// Common resolutions: http://www.rapidtables.com/web/dev/screen-resolution-statistics.htm

// 2699b: spoof screen orientation
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1281949
// 2699c: hide the contents of navigator.plugins and navigator.mimeTypes (FF50+)
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1281963
user_pref("privacy.resistFingerprinting", true); // (hidden pref)


user_pref("ghacks_user.js.parrot", "2700 syntax error: the parrot's joined the bleedin' choir invisible!");

// 2701: disable cookies on all sites
// you can set exceptions under site permissions or use an extension (eg Cookie Controller)
// 0=allow all 1=allow same host 2=disallow all 3=allow 3rd party if it already set a cookie
user_pref("network.cookie.cookieBehavior", 2);

// 2702: ensure that third-party cookies (if enabled, see above pref) are session-only
// https://feeding.cloud.geek.nz/posts/tweaking-cookies-for-privacy-in-firefox/
// http://kb.mozillazine.org/Network.cookie.thirdparty.sessionOnly
user_pref("network.cookie.thirdparty.sessionOnly", true);

// 2703: set cookie lifetime policy
// 0=until they expire (default), 2=until you close Firefox, 3=for n days (see next pref)
// If you use custom settings for History in Options, this is the setting under
// Privacy>Accept cookies from sites>Keep until <they expire/I close Firefox>
// user_pref("network.cookie.lifetimePolicy", 0);

// 2704: set cookie lifetime in days (see above pref) - default is 90 days
// user_pref("network.cookie.lifetime.days", 90);

// 2705: disable dom storage
// WARNING: this will break a LOT of sites' functionality.
// You are better off using an extension for more granular control
// user_pref("dom.storage.enabled", false);

// 2706: disable Storage API (FF51+) which gives sites' code the ability to find out how much space
// they can use, how much they are already using, and even control whether or not they need to
// be alerted before the user agent disposes of site data in order to make room for other things.
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/StorageManager
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/Storage_API
user_pref("dom.storageManager.enabled", false);

// 2707: clear localStorage and UUID when a WebExtension is uninstalled
// NOTE: both preferences must be the same
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/Add-ons/WebExtensions/API/storage/local
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1213990
user_pref("extensions.webextensions.keepStorageOnUninstall", false);
user_pref("extensions.webextensions.keepUuidOnUninstall", false);


user_pref("ghacks_user.js.parrot", "2800 syntax error: the parrot's bleedin' demised!");

// 2802: enable FF to clear stuff on close
// This setting is under Options>Privacy>Clear history when Firefox closes
user_pref("privacy.sanitize.sanitizeOnShutdown", true);

// 2803: what to clear on shutdown
// These settings are under Options>Privacy>Clear history when Firefox closes>Settings
// These are the settings of the author of this user.js, chose your own
user_pref("privacy.clearOnShutdown.cache", true);
user_pref("privacy.clearOnShutdown.cookies", false);
user_pref("privacy.clearOnShutdown.downloads", true);
user_pref("privacy.clearOnShutdown.formdata", true);
user_pref("privacy.clearOnShutdown.history", true);
user_pref("privacy.clearOnShutdown.offlineApps", true);
user_pref("privacy.clearOnShutdown.sessions", false); // active logins
user_pref("privacy.clearOnShutdown.siteSettings", false);

// 2803a: include all open windows/tabs when you shutdown
// user_pref("privacy.clearOnShutdown.openWindows", true);

// 2804: (to match above) - auto selection of items to delete with Ctrl-Shift-Del
user_pref("privacy.cpd.cache", true);
user_pref("privacy.cpd.cookies", false);
user_pref("privacy.cpd.downloads", true);
user_pref("privacy.cpd.formdata", true);
user_pref("privacy.cpd.history", true);
user_pref("privacy.cpd.offlineApps", true);
user_pref("privacy.cpd.passwords", false);
user_pref("privacy.cpd.sessions", false);
user_pref("privacy.cpd.siteSettings", false);

// 2804a: include all open windows/tabs when you run clear recent history
// user_pref("privacy.cpd.openWindows", true);

// 2805: reset default 'Time range to clear' for 'clear recent history' (see 2804 above)
// Firefox remembers your last choice. This will reset the value when you start FF.
// 0=everything 1=last hour, 2=last 2 hours, 3=last 4 hours, 4=today
user_pref("privacy.sanitize.timeSpan", 0);


Settings that are handy to migrate and/or are not in the Options interface. Users can put their own non-security/privacy/fingerprinting/tracking stuff here

user_pref("ghacks_user.js.parrot", "3000 syntax error: this is an ex-parrot!");

// 3001: disable annoying warnings
user_pref("general.warnOnAboutConfig", false);
user_pref("browser.tabs.warnOnClose", false);
user_pref("browser.tabs.warnOnCloseOtherTabs", false);
user_pref("browser.tabs.warnOnOpen", false);

// 3001a: disable warning when a domain requests full screen
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/Guide/API/DOM/Using_full_screen_mode
// user_pref("full-screen-api.warning.delay", 0);
// user_pref("full-screen-api.warning.timeout", 0);

// 3002: disable closing browser with last tab
user_pref("browser.tabs.closeWindowWithLastTab", false);

// 3004: disable backspace (0 = previous page, 1 = scroll up, 2 = do nothing)
user_pref("browser.backspace_action", 2);

// 3005: disable autocopy default (use extensions autocopy 2 & copy plain text 2)
user_pref("clipboard.autocopy", false);

// 3007: open new windows in a new tab instead
// This setting is under Options>General>Tabs
// 1=current window, 2=new window, 3=most recent window
user_pref("browser.link.open_newwindow", 3);

// 3008: disable "Do you really want to leave this site?" popups
// https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1043508
user_pref("dom.disable_beforeunload", true);

// 3009: turn on APZ (Async Pan/Zoom) - requires e10s
// https://www.ghacks.net/2015/07/28/scrolling-in-firefox-to-get-a-lot-better-thanks-to-apz/
// user_pref("layers.async-pan-zoom.enabled", true);

// 3010: enable ctrl-tab previews
user_pref("browser.ctrlTab.previews", true);

// 3011: don't open "page/selection source" in a tab. The window used instead is cleaner
// and easier to use and move around (eg developers/multi-screen).
user_pref("view_source.tab", false);

// 3012: spellchecking: 0=none, 1-multi-line controls, 2=multi-line & single-line controls
user_pref("layout.spellcheckDefault", 1);

// 3013: disable automatic "Work Offline" status
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=620472
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Online_and_offline_events
user_pref("network.manage-offline-status", false);

// 3015: disable tab animation, speed things up a little
user_pref("browser.tabs.animate", false);

// 3016: disable fullscreeen animation. Test using F11.
// Animation is smother but is annoyingly slow, while no animation can be startling
user_pref("browser.fullscreen.animate", false);

// 3017: submenu in milliseconds. 0=instant while a small number allows
// a mouse pass over menu items without any submenus alarmingly shooting out
user_pref("ui.submenuDelay", 75); // (hidden pref)

// 3018: maximum number of daily bookmark backups to keep (default is 15)
user_pref("browser.bookmarks.max_backups", 2);

// 3020: FYI: urlbar click behaviour (with defaults)
user_pref("browser.urlbar.clickSelectsAll", true);
user_pref("browser.urlbar.doubleClickSelectsAll", false);

// 3021: FYI: tab behaviours (with defaults)
// open links in a new tab immediately to the right of parent tab, not far right
user_pref("browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent", true);
// switch to the parent tab (if it has one) on close, rather than to the adjacent right tab if
// it exists or to the adjacent left tab if it doesn't. NOTE: requires browser.link.open_newwindow
// set to 3 (see pref 3007). NOTE: does not apply to middle-click or Ctrl-clicking links.
user_pref("browser.tabs.selectOwnerOnClose", true);

// Options>General>When I open a link in a new tab, switch to it immediately
// default is unchecked = DON'T switch to it = true
user_pref("browser.tabs.loadInBackground", true);

// set behavior of pages normally meant to open in a new window (such as target="_blank"
// or from an external program), but that have instead been loaded in a new tab.
// true: load the new tab in the background, leaving focus on the current tab
// false: load the new tab in the foreground, taking the focus from the current tab.
user_pref("browser.tabs.loadDivertedInBackground", false);

// 3022: hide recently bookmarked items (you still have the original bookmarks) (FF49+)
user_pref("browser.bookmarks.showRecentlyBookmarked", false);

// 3023: disable automigrate, current default is false but may change (FF49+)
// need more info, but lock down for now
user_pref("browser.migrate.automigrate.enabled", false);

// END: internal custom pref to test for syntax errors
user_pref("ghacks_user.js.parrot", "No no he's not dead, he's, he's restin'! Remarkable bird, the Norwegian Blue");

 9996: PALEMOON SPECIFIC ( https://www.palemoon.org/ )

     Full list maintained by Moonchild: https://forum.palemoon.org/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=3357
If you have issues or questions about any of these, please use the palemoon forums
NOTE: This section is no longer maintained [after version 10]

// 9996-1: (v25.6+) disable canvas fingerprinting
// user_pref("canvas.poisondata", true);

// 9996-2: (v25.2+) control HSTS
// If editing this in about:config PM needs to be fully closed and then restarted
// NOTE: This is a trade-off between privacy vs security. HSTS was designed to increase
// security to stop MiTM attacks but can also be misused as a fingerprinting vector, by
// scrapping previously visited sites. Recommended: security over privacy. Your choice.
// user_pref("network.stricttransportsecurity.enabled", true);

// 9996-3: (v25.0+) controls whether to ignore an expired state of stapled OCSP responses
// If set to true, breaks with RFC6066 (like Firefox) and ignores the fact that stapled
// OCSP responses may be expired. If false (the default) aborts the connection.
// user_pref("security.ssl.allow_unsafe_ocsp_response", false);

// 9996-4: (v25.6+) Controls whether to completely ignore "autocomplete=off" on login fields
// user_pref("signon.ignoreAutocomplete", false);

// 9996-5: (v26.0+) read Moonchild's description on the palemoon forum thread linked above
// user_pref("dom.disable_beforeunload", true);


     Personally confirmed by resetting as well as via documentation and DXR searches.
NOTE: numbers may get re-used

// 2607: (23+) disable page thumbnails, it was around v23, not 100% sure when
// this pref was replaced with browser.pagethumbnails.capturing_disabled
// user_pref("pageThumbs.enabled", false);

// 2408: (31+) disable network API - fingerprinting vector
// user_pref("dom.network.enabled", false);

// 2620: (35+) disable WebSockets
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/Firefox/Releases/35
// user_pref("network.websocket.enabled", false);

// 2023: (37+) disable camera autofocus callback (was in 36, not in 37)
// Not part of any specification, the API will be superceded by the WebRTC Capture
// and Stream API ( http://w3c.github.io/mediacapture-main/getusermedia.html )
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Firefox_OS/API/CameraControl/
// user_pref("camera.control.autofocus_moving_callback.enabled", false);

// 1804: (41+) disable plugin enumeration
// user_pref("plugins.enumerable_names", "");

// 0420: (42+) disable tracking protection
// this particular pref was never in stable
// labelled v42+ because that's when tracking protection landed
// user_pref("browser.polaris.enabled", false);

// 2803: (42+) what to clear on shutdown
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1102184#c23
// user_pref("privacy.clearOnShutdown.passwords", false);

// 0411: (43+) disable safebrowsing urls & download
// user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.gethashURL", "");
// user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.malware.reportURL", "");
// user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.provider.google.appRepURL", "");
// user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.reportErrorURL", "");
// user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.reportGenericURL", "");
// user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.reportMalwareErrorURL", "");
// user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.reportMalwareURL", "");
// user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.reportURL", "");
// user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.updateURL", "");

// 0420: (43+) disable tracking protection. FF43+ URLs are now part of safebrowsing
// https://wiki.mozilla.org/Security/Tracking_protection (look under Prefs)
// NOTE: getupdateURL = WRONG / never existed. updateURL = CORRECT and has been added FYI
// user_pref("browser.trackingprotection.gethashURL", "");
// user_pref("browser.trackingprotection.getupdateURL", "");
// user_pref("browser.trackingprotection.updateURL", "");

// 1803: (43+) remove plugin finder service
// http://kb.mozillazine.org/Pfs.datasource.url
// user_pref("pfs.datasource.url", "");

// 2403: (43+) disable scripts changing images - test link below
// http://www.w3schools.com/jsref/tryit.asp?filename=tryjsref_img_src2
// WARNING: will break some sites such as Google Maps and a lot of web apps
// user_pref("dom.disable_image_src_set", true);

// 2615: (43+) disable http2 for now as well
// user_pref("network.http.spdy.enabled.http2draft", false);

// 3001a: (43+) disable warning when a domain requests full screen
// replaced by setting full-screen-api.warning.timeout to zero
// user_pref("full-screen-api.approval-required", false);

// 3003: (43+) disable new search panel UI [Classic Theme Restorer can restore the old search]
// user_pref("browser.search.showOneOffButtons", false);

// 1201: (44+) block rc4 whitelist
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/Firefox/Releases/44#Security
// user_pref("security.tls.insecure_fallback_hosts.use_static_list", false);

// 2417: (44+) disable SharedWorkers, which allow the exchange of data between iFrames that
// are open in different tabs, even if the sites do not belong to the same domain.
// https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser/design/#identifier-linkability (no. 8)
// https://bugs.torproject.org/15562
// is used in FF 45and 46 code once, to set it for a test
// user_pref("dom.workers.sharedWorkers.enabled", false);

// 1005: (45+) disable deferred level of storing extra session data 0=all 1=http-only 2=none
// user_pref("browser.sessionstore.privacy_level_deferred", 2);

// 0334b: (46+) disable FHR (Firefox Health Report) v2 data being sent to Mozilla servers
// user_pref("datareporting.policy.dataSubmissionEnabled.v2", false);

// 0373: (46+) disable "Pocket". FF46 replaced these with extensions.pocket.*
// user_pref("browser.pocket.enabled", false);
// user_pref("browser.pocket.api", "");
// user_pref("browser.pocket.site", "");
// user_pref("browser.pocket.oAuthConsumerKey", "");

// 0410e: (46+) safebrowsing
// user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.appRepURL", ""); // Google application reputation check

// 0333b: (47+) disable about:healthreport page UNIFIED
// user_pref("datareporting.healthreport.about.reportUrlUnified", "data:text/plain,");

// 0807: (47+) disable history manipulation
// https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/Guide/API/DOM/Manipulating_the_browser_history
// WARNING: if set to false it breaks some sites (youtube) ability to correctly show the
// url in location bar and for the forward/back tab history to work
// user_pref("browser.history.allowPopState", false);
// user_pref("browser.history.allowPushState", false);
// user_pref("browser.history.allowReplaceState", false);

// 0806: (48+) disable 'unified complete': 'Search with [default search engine]'
// this feature has been added back in Classic Theme Restorer
// http://techdows.com/2016/05/firefox-unified-complete-aboutconfig-preference-removed.html
// user_pref("browser.urlbar.unifiedcomplete", false);

// 3006: (48+) disable enforced add-on signing
// NOTE: the preference is still in FF48+, but it's legacy code and does not work in stable
// user_pref("xpinstall.signatures.required", false);

// 0372: (49+) disable "Hello" (TokBox/Telefonica WebRTC voice & video call PUP) WebRTC (IP leak)
// https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/privacy/firefox-hello/
// https://security.stackexchange.com/questions/94284/how-secure-is-firefox-hello
// https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/hello-status
// user_pref("loop.enabled", false);
// user_pref("loop.server", "");
// user_pref("loop.feedback.formURL", "");
// user_pref("loop.feedback.manualFormURL", "");
// additional facebook loop settings
// user_pref("loop.facebook.appId", "");
// user_pref("loop.facebook.enabled", false);
// user_pref("loop.facebook.fallbackUrl", "");
// user_pref("loop.facebook.shareUrl", "");
// https://groups.google.com/d/topic/mozilla.dev.platform/nyVkCx-_sFw/discussion
// user_pref("loop.logDomains", false);

// 2202: (49+) ONE of the new window UI prefs
// user_pref("dom.disable_window_open_feature.scrollbars", true);

// 2431: (49+) disable ONE of the push notification prefs
// user_pref("dom.push.udp.wakeupEnabled", false);

// 0308: (50+) disable update plugin notifications
// if using Flash/Java/Silverlight, it is best to turn on their own auto-update mechanisms.
// See 1804 below: Mozilla only checks a few plugins and will soon do away with NPAPI
// user_pref("plugins.update.notifyUser", false);

// 0410a: (50+) "Block dangerous and deceptive content" pref name change
// user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.enabled", false); // FF49 and earlier

// 1202: (50+) disable rc4 ciphers
// https://www.fxsitecompat.com/en-CA/docs/2016/rc4-support-has-been-completely-removed/
// https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/17369
// user_pref("security.ssl3.ecdhe_ecdsa_rc4_128_sha", false);
// user_pref("security.ssl3.ecdhe_rsa_rc4_128_sha", false);
// user_pref("security.ssl3.rsa_rc4_128_md5", false);
// user_pref("security.ssl3.rsa_rc4_128_sha", false);

// 1809: (50+) remove Mozilla's plugin update URL
// user_pref("plugins.update.url", "");

// 1851: (51+) delay play of videos until they're visible
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1180563
// user_pref("media.block-play-until-visible", true);

// 2504: (51+) disable virtual reality devices
// user_pref("dom.vr.oculus050.enabled", false);

// 2614: (51+) disable SPDY
// user_pref("network.http.spdy.enabled.v3-1", false);



// 1400's: set whitelisted system fonts only (FF52+)
// If whitelist is empty, then whitelisting is considered disabled and all fonts are allowed.
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1121643
// user_pref("font.system.whitelist", "");

// 2698-append: privacy.firstparty.isolate.restrict_opener_access
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1319773

// 1200's: Isolate the HSTS and HPKP cache by first party domain
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1323644

// 2400's: reduce precision of time exposed by javascript
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1217238
// user_pref("javascript.options.privacy.reduce_time_precision", true);

// 2699-append: resource://URIs leak
// https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/8725
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=863246
// test: https://www.browserleaks.com/firefox

// 2001: preference to fully disable WebRTC JS API
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1314443

// 2699-append: enable fingerprinting resistence to WebGL
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1217290

// 2699-append: checkbox in about#preferences#privacy for privacy.resistFingerprinting
// when this lands, add note to 2699
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1308340

// 2699-append: use UTC timezone (spoof as UTC 0)
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1330890

// 2699-append: new window sizes to round to hundreds
// Note: override values, future may enforce a select set of (inner) window measurements
// If override values are too big, the code falls back and determines it for you
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1330882
// user_pref("privacy.window.maxInnerWidth", 1366);
// user_pref("privacy.window.maxInnerHeight", 768);

// 1400's: prevent local font enumeration
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=732096

// 1800's: disable "This Plugin is Disabled" overlay
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=967979
// user_pref("privacy.plugin_disabled_barrier.enabled", false);

// 2500's: disable/mitigate canvas fingerprinting
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1041818

// 2500's: enable prompt (site permission) before allowing canvas data extraction
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=967895

// 2600's: window.name
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=444222

// 2698-append: checkbox in about:preferences#privacy for privacy.firstparty.isolate
// when this lands, add note to 2611
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1312655

// 2698-append: FPI and HTTP Alternative Services (see 2666)
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1334690

// 2698-append: FPI and SPDY/HTTP2
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1334693

// 2699-append: disable keyboard fingerprinting
// Test: https://w3c.github.io/uievents/tools/key-event-viewer.html
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1222285

// 2699-append: disable WebSpeech API
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1333641
// see also: web speech exposes TTS engines
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1233846

// 2699-append: spoof Navigator API
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1333651

// 2699-append: set and enforce various prefs with privacy.resistFingerprinting
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1333933

// 2699-append: bundle and whitelist fonts with privacy.resistFingerprinting
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1336208


// 1600's: restrict the contents of referrers attached to cross-origin requests (FF52+)
// 0- 1- 2-scheme+hostname+port
// user_pref("network.http.referer.XOriginTrimmingPolicy", 2);

// 1600's: default referrer fallback override? (FF52+?)
// 0-no-referer 1-same-origin 2-strict-origin-when-cross-origin
// 3-no-referrer-when-downgrade (default)
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1304623
// user_pref("network.http.referer.userControlPolicy", 3);

// 3000's: show system add-ons in about:addons (so you can enable/disable them) - NOT landed yet
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1231202
// user_pref("extensions.hideSystemAddons", false); // (hidden pref)
// ^^ keep an eye on extensions.systemAddon* prefs
// dom.presentation.*
// privacy.userContext.* (Containers)
// use a private container for thumbnail loads (FF51+)
// user_pref("privacy.usercontext.about_newtab_segregation.enabled", true);
// browser.newtabpage.remote*
// user_pref("browser.formfill.expire_days", 1);
// user_pref("javascript.options.shared_memory", false);
// user_pref("plugin.disable_full_page_plugin_for_types", "application/pdf");
// network.http.enablePerElementReferrer
// history.length XSHM fix
// https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1315203
// sandbox levels (recommended to leave at what Firefox sets it to)
// https://www.ghacks.net/2017/01/23/how-to-change-firefoxs-sandbox-security-level/
// security.sandbox.content.level


Here is an exhaustive list of various websites in which to test your browser. You should enable JS on these sites for the tests to present a worse-case scenario. In reality, you should control JS and XSS (cross site scripting) on sites with add-ons such as NoScript, uMatrix, uBlock Origin, among others, to reduce the possibility of fingerprinting attacks.

url: https://www.ghacks.net/2015/12/28/the-ultimate-online-privacy-test-resource-list/

01: Fingerprinting

  • Panopticlick      https://panopticlick.eff.org/
  • JoDonym           http://ip-check.info/?lang=en
  • Am I Unique?      https://amiunique.org/
  • Browserprint      https://browserprint.info/test

02: Multiple Tests [single page]

  • Whoer             https://whoer.net/
  • 5who              http://5who.net/?type=extend
  • IP/DNS Leak       https://ipleak.net/
  • IP Duh            http://ipduh.com/anonymity-check/

03: Multiple Tests [multi-page]

  • BrowserSpy.dk     http://browserspy.dk/
  • BrowserLeaks      https://www.browserleaks.com/
  • HTML Security     https://html5sec.org/
  • PC Flank          http://www.pcflank.com/index.htm

04: Encryption / Ciphers / SSL/TLS / Certificates

  • BadSSL            https://badssl.com/
  • DCSec             https://cc.dcsec.uni-hannover.de/
  • Qualys SSL Labs   https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/viewMyClient.html
  • Fortify           https://www.fortify.net/sslcheck.html
  • How's My SSL      https://www.howsmyssl.com/
  • RC4               https://rc4.io/
  • Heartbleed        https://filippo.io/Heartbleed/
  • Freak Attack      https://freakattack.com/clienttest.html
  • Logjam            https://weakdh.org/
  • Symantec          https://cryptoreport.websecurity.symantec.com/checker/views/sslCheck.jsp

05: Other

  • AudioContext      https://audiofingerprint.openwpm.com/
  • Battery           https://pstadler.sh/battery.js/
  • DNS Leak          https://www.dnsleaktest.com/
  • DNS Spoofability  https://www.grc.com/dns/dns.htm
  • Evercookie        https://samy.pl/evercookie/
  • Firefox Add-ons   http://thehackerblog.com/addon_scanner/
  • localStorage      http://www.filldisk.com/
  • HSTS Supercookie  http://www.radicalresearch.co.uk/lab/hstssupercookies
  • HSTS [sniffly]    https://zyan.scripts.mit.edu/sniffly/
  • HTML5             https://www.youtube.com/html5
  • Keyboard Events   https://w3c.github.io/uievents/tools/key-event-viewer.html
  • rel=noopener      https://mathiasbynens.github.io/rel-noopener/
  • Popup Killer      http://www.kephyr.com/popupkillertest/index.html
  • Popup Test        http://www.popuptest.com/
  • Redirects         https://jigsaw.w3.org/HTTP/300/Overview.html
  • Referer Headers   https://www.darklaunch.com/tools/test-referer
  • Resouce://URI     https://www.browserleaks.com/firefox
  • WebRTC IP Leak    https://www.privacytools.io/webrtc.html

06: Safe Browsing, Tracking Protection

  • Attack            https://itisatrap.org/firefox/its-an-attack.html
  • Blocked           https://itisatrap.org/firefox/blocked.html
  • Malware           https://itisatrap.org/firefox/unwanted.html
  • Phishing          https://itisatrap.org/firefox/its-a-trap.html
  • Tracking          https://itisatrap.org/firefox/its-a-tracker.html


A massive thank you to all the developers and online communities who provide and maintain these.

Sometimes preferences alone are not enough. Here is a list of some essential addons for security, privacy, and fingerprinting protection. This is not a debate, it's just a list covering JS, XSS,  AdBlocking, cookies, DOM Storage, UTM, redirects, and other items. Some are global, others allow  granular control. While I believe most of these are the very best of the best, this can be subjective  depending on your needs. Some of these may become obsolete with upcoming FF changes (canvas,  resource://URI), some of these are debatable (should we UA spoof?), some I'm still looking for a better solution, and some I do not use but they will suit a lot of users.

  • NoScript                  https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/noscript/
  • uBlock Origin             https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ublock-origin/
  • uMatrix                   https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/umatrix/
  • *Cookie Controller        https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/cookie-controller/
  • *Self-Destructing Cookies https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/self-destructing-cookies/
  • HTTPS Everywhere          https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/https-everywhere/
  • CanvasBlocker             https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/canvasblocker/
  • No Resource URI Leak      https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/no-resource-uri-leak/
  • Decentraleyes             https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/decentraleyes/
  • NoRedirect                https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/noredirect/
  • UAControl                 https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/uacontrol/
  • User-Agent JS Fixer       https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/user-agent-js-fixer/
  • Popup Blocker Ultimate    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/popup-blocker-ultimate/
  • Pure URL                  https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/pure-url/
  • **Google Privacy          https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/google-privacy/
  • ***Quick Java             https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/quickjava/

* Don't use both cookie add-ons
** Yes, I use google search sometimes (my choice). I have some global add-ons that address       tracking in URLS, but am still looking for a working, comprehensible solution.
*** It's not just Java! Covers JS, Cookies, Java, Flash... and more. Customisable controls and defaults

NOTE: At the time of publication the following are not e10s compatible: Google Privacy, NoRedirect, UAControl, User-Agent JS Fixer, Popup Blocker Ultimate

Now You: Please leave comments below suggesting new entries and changes. Feel free to add other information, such as compatibility, links to resources or suggestions on how to organize the list better.

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  1. Jonas said on September 27, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Since I’ve rarely wanted to transfer more than one tab between browsers, I’m not inclined to install another extension just for that — especially one that (according to your description) closed all my tabs in the process. In the past I’ve just copied and pasted the URL, but (even for just one tab) that is a little tedious.

    I just tried an interesting little experiment, with a useful result. (I did this on my Mac, but I’m guessing it would work on other platforms too.) I’m reading this article in Firefox, so I opened a new blank window in Chrome. At the top of both browser windows, at the far-left end of the URL bar, there’s a little icon of the letter “i” in a circle. (If you hover over it in Firefox, it says “Show site information”; in Chrome, hovering it says “View site information” — that’s the icon I’m talking about.)

    I simply dragged the Firefox “i” icon from the top of this page, into the Chrome window — and this page loaded in Chrome! It worked! Then I tried something just a bit trickier, in the other direction — I first (from a bookmark) loaded into Chrome a page from my local web-development server (i.e. not online)… then dragged the “i” icon from the Chrome toolbar into this Firefox window — and it worked then too!

    So, although I have no interest in the OneTab extension, I just learned something useful! I hope other people find this trick useful too. (Later I’ll try it in Safari — maybe it works in every browser?)

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 28, 2019 at 8:03 am

      Interresting find Jonas, thanks for sharing!

      1. John G. said on August 27, 2023 at 8:13 pm

        Your comment doesn’t appear to be one of the real @Martin, because there is no black label rounding the entire title of the comment as before. :S

  2. kero said on January 30, 2020 at 10:08 am

    I also used onetab already and didn’t even know they had this feature. Thanks so much.

  3. Legion said on February 17, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    Exporting tabs to FF: “The address wasn’t understood. Firefox doesn’t know how to open this address, because one of the following protocols (chrome-extension) isn’t associated with any program or is not allowed in this context.”


  4. DMoRiaM said on August 17, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    And the most important information was left out of the article or it don’t even exist in the first place: how to completely disable such functionality.

    1. Tom said on August 23, 2023 at 8:59 am

      Your comment doesn’t make any sense at all. It’s an explicit user action to import data from other add-ons. If you don’t want it you just don’t do it.

      1. Christoph said on August 25, 2023 at 9:14 am

        This comment actually does make a lot of sense, and I am actually searching for this. Some people do NOT want websites to be (badly) translated, so they never use such a feature. The things is, every time I visit a non-english website this annoying menu pops up, and the button is another element in the URL bar cluster of useless unused features. I do not want to add all languages to a “do not translate” list, instead I want a “hide button” or “disable translations completely” setting.

      2. Christoph said on August 25, 2023 at 9:24 am

        This comment actually does make a lot of sense, and I am currently searching for this. Some people do NOT want websites to be (badly) translated, so they never use such a feature. The things is, every time I visit a non-english website this annoying menu pops up, and the button is another element in the URL bar cluster of useless unused features. I do not want to add all languages to a “do not translate” list, instead I want a “hide button” or “disable translations completely” setting.

      3. Christoph said on August 25, 2023 at 9:32 am

        my bad. somehow my, and I think DMoRiaM’s comment got mixed into the wrong article. Haha.

    2. Christoph said on August 25, 2023 at 9:34 am

      go to about:config and set browser.translations.automaticallyPopup to false.

      1. Robert G. said on September 28, 2023 at 9:36 pm

        Thanks Christoph for the info.

  5. Sean said on August 17, 2023 at 11:34 pm

    Does this hack still work on FF 107 or whatever is most current?

    1. Addlibs said on August 19, 2023 at 9:27 pm

      Firefox 118 seems to be officially rolling this out by default: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/website-translation

      1. zed said on August 20, 2023 at 11:08 am

        Hoping Mozilla won’t remove the option altogether in the future as they already did for other, ahem, unwanted features… Why don’t they listen to their users instead?

      2. owl said on August 21, 2023 at 4:13 am


        your reply seems to be Addlibs (according to your RSS reader),
        Addlibs did not intend to comment on this article “OneTab browser extension”, but regarding Firefox’s new built-in fullpage translation “Firefox Translation”.
        Firefox Fullpage Translation

  6. dmacleo said on August 20, 2023 at 5:22 pm

    what the heck is going on with comments on this site lately?
    first comment on THIS article was 9-2019.

    1. John Wold said on August 21, 2023 at 2:50 am

      Looks like the comments database is corrupted.

      Besides old comments appearing in new articles, the same comment appears in multiple articles.

      Also I answered a comment in one article, and the same answer appeared as an answer to a different comment by the same person.

  7. owl said on August 21, 2023 at 4:16 am

    @Martin Brinkmann,

    Anyway, please deal with this anomaly ASAP.
    Comments are a mess, irrelevant and chaotic.
    If there is no prospect, Ghacks Technology News should be put on hiatus until the system is fixed.

    1. Frankel said on August 21, 2023 at 11:46 am

      It’s the same as before with endless monologues or people telling others why they are wrong.

      1. Guest said on August 23, 2023 at 3:55 pm

        Actually, Frankel, it’s you who’s wrong

  8. martins Lutes said on August 22, 2023 at 4:39 pm

    This is all techo-BS. What people want is far simpler: a hotkey toggle: images on/images off. Is that really so complex? Seems so. It’s like autoplay videos on/off. In that case you can set it to off but it doesn’t stick. Typical digiocy.

  9. Mystique said on August 23, 2023 at 11:11 am

    This isn’t great but it might help people that have moved from chrome to firefox to some extent. I can’t tell you the amount of time I have seen people complain that a certain extension they use on google is not available and the only thing holding them back from moving over when they are actually wrong and the very same developer has a Firefox version also. I would always encourage manually looking as there are always hidden gems.

    In regards to the website I have reached out to Martin personally and to his credit he replied very quickly. He has informed me that they are aware of the problems and are attempting to fix it.

    Martin is no longer involved in the technical management of the site so I imagine if we want to ask someone then our comments would perhaps be better directed towards Softonic.

  10. John G. said on August 23, 2023 at 11:39 am

    I don’t understand what is happening here with the comments. The counter shows zero comments and then inside there are some comments from older dates even since years. And mostly of them are non related by the way with the article. So sad what’s going on and nobody is still fixing it. :S

    1. Herman Cost said on August 23, 2023 at 5:35 pm

      This site now appears to be mostly be created and run by AI. On the positive side (if there is one), I guess we can assume at some point the AI will be capable of recognizing and fixing corrupted files and the like.

  11. Andy Prough said on August 23, 2023 at 6:05 pm

    “Import Chrome extensions” …. (by installing comparable Firefox extensions) … (for a small number of extensions).”

    What a bunch of bogus PR spin. Someone who liked uBlock Origin on Chrome could already install it just fine on Firefox with a couple of mouse clicks. This just adds extra unnecessarily complicated steps to something that was already dead simple, all in order for Mozilla to claim fake one-to-one compatability that doesn’t actually exist.

  12. Ray said on August 23, 2023 at 9:57 pm

    It would be interesting if Firefox could install Chrome Addons directly from the Chrome Web Store. Although there would probably be some incompatibility, perhaps there’s a shim to translate some Chrome-specific WebExtension APIs over to Firefox. Microsoft Edge can install extensions directly from the Chrome Web Store, but Edge is using the same Blink web engine as Chrome so that makes things easy.

    Don’t really care about importing as I never use that feature.

  13. Rex said on August 24, 2023 at 11:50 am

    Just retire Gecko and join the Blink bandwagon already, Mozilla. Then you can guarantee 100% Chrome extension compatibility! /s
    Not like your browser is getting much attention let alone budget compared to your other woke social justice initiatives.

  14. Anja said on August 24, 2023 at 2:36 pm


    does anyone know if the STG has issues with the sidebar at the moment? I just added it and can not find any option to use it in the sidebar. I am also using an add-on for tree style tab…this might be the source of the problem?

    Greetings, Anja

  15. Pete willams said on August 25, 2023 at 1:41 am

    tried typing- about:config -in the search bar -( I want to enable javascript) but it simply will NOT open!

  16. Anonymous said on August 27, 2023 at 4:51 pm

    I tried Firefox Translate, but it doesn’t do Chinese or Japanese, and that’s a deal-breaker for me. I uninstalled it and am sticking with the Google Translate extension.

  17. ECJ said on August 27, 2023 at 7:07 pm

    “…Vivaldi and Brave use self-hosted solutions, which still require connections, but offer better privacy than an integration of Google Translate or other third-party translation services would offer.”

    While I like Brave as a browser, their translation “solution” just plain sucks. I’d rather have the data sent to Google or Bing, than have a translate feature that just doesn’t work properly. Not only is it not possible to select just a section of text to translate, but to make it worst, most of the time translating the whole page in Brave is either really unbearably slow, or more often than not, it just won’t translate the page at all and displays a “This page couldn’t be translated” error. It’s pretty pointless if their users need to keep using something else to translate pages and have to give up their privacy anyway.

    The native translate feature in Firefox sounds like a much better solution than what Brave use.

  18. Merlin said on August 27, 2023 at 8:05 pm

    Great news, thanx FF devs! Hopefully, more languages will be available in the future. So happy!

  19. TelV said on August 28, 2023 at 1:18 pm

    Floorp comes with its own built-in translator. It’s been like that ever since the first release in fact.

  20. Mystique said on August 29, 2023 at 1:39 pm

    Article title: Firefox 117: native language translations, last Firefox 102 update and security fixes

    I think for now every time I comment on an article I am going to put the title of the article and/or the URL of said article because I am seeing my own comments which are from another Firefox related article but not exactly this one.

    In regards to this website Martin does not have administrative access to the back end of the website. It would fall on softonic international to fix it now which seems to be of very low priority.

    This might be the straw that broke the camels back for ghacks which is a shame because it had many good comments and articles that go way back. Moving away from it would suck.

    Maybe try contacting them here to see if you can get any action.

  21. Quinton Blakely said on August 30, 2023 at 3:31 pm

    Can you help me please.

  22. Brian said on September 1, 2023 at 12:15 am

    Latest version, they pust their VPN (powered by Mullvad) yet again. Instead of writing version changes. sigh. https://imgur.com/g6N20bN

  23. Shiva said on September 1, 2023 at 10:01 am

    Luckily I had a recent backup available. Firefox was no longer giving me access to profiles when I reinstalled version 116.03 and was asking me to create a new profile. It asked me to upgrade last night and to my surprise all theJS scripts were gone.

  24. Firewall said on September 1, 2023 at 3:58 pm

    Firewall: “Deny [Firefox] outgoing connections to domain nextdns.io”

  25. Firewall said on September 1, 2023 at 9:56 pm

    Firewall: “Deny [plugin-container] outgoing connections to domain cloudflare-dns.com (including mozilla.cloudflare-dns.com)”

  26. Zibtek said on September 13, 2023 at 8:46 am

    It’s exciting to hear that Mozilla is actively working on a design refresh for their Firefox web browser, internally referred to as Photon. The last major redesign, known as Proton, was introduced in Firefox 57 back in November 2017. Since then, Mozilla has made some interface changes, including the controversial address bar overhaul in Firefox 75 Stable.

    While specific details about the design refresh are currently limited, Mozilla has created a meta bug on Bugzilla to track the changes. Although no mockups or screenshots have been shared yet, the bug names provide some insights into the elements that will receive a refresh, such as the address bar, tabs bar, main menu, infobars, doorhangers, context menus, and modals.

    The new design is scheduled to be released in Firefox 89, which was initially planned for a mid-2021 release, specifically May 18, 2021. However, as development work is still ongoing, there is a possibility of a delayed release.

    1. TelV said on September 13, 2023 at 11:58 am

      @ Zibtek,

      I’m already using Photon on Floorp which is a fork of Firefox. Here’s a pix of what it looks like:
      https://i.postimg.cc/8PsK7DjV/floorp-photon.png I enabled the menu bar at the top, but you can turn it off if you don’t like it.

      Floorp is a Japanese browser based on FF102. I’ve been using it as my default browser ever since ‘owl’ pointed it out on the Ghacks site last year (or was it this year, can’t remember exactly when). In any event it contains many more enhancements than the vanilla version of Firefox. It also comes with searXNG search engine in the list of search engines provided which saves having to install it yourself.

      Floorp download: https://floorp.app/en/

  27. owl said on September 13, 2023 at 9:03 am

    My comment is regarding the following,
    Article title:
    Mozilla patches critical WebP security issue in Firefox and Thunderbird
    >> ghacks.net/2023/09/13/mozilla-patches-critical-webp-security-issue-in-firefox-and-thunderbird/#respond

    Indeed, today, those patch versions were applied through automatic updates.
    However, since I had disabled the “WebP” function, I was not interested in that topic (Google, etc.).

    Regarding Thunderbird:
    Today finally,
    My Thunderbird 102.14.0 (en-US) was updated with “Thunderbird 102.15.1 (x64)” through the automatic update feature.
    By the way,
    Naturally, it will not be automatically updated to 115 (Supernova).

    it is clear from Bugzilla that the bug fixes related to migration from 102 to 115 are not complete, so existing users of “102” should refrain from manually updating to 115.
    >> ghacks.net/2023/09/08/thunderbird-102-to-115-upgrades-are-now-enabled/#comment-4573569

    Betterbird has been released 115.2.1-bb11 (12 September 2023) . Betterbird make Thunderbird a faithful upstream.
    Betterbird: Release Notes
    >> betterbird.eu/releasenotes/?locale=en-US&version=115.2.1&channel=default&os=WINNT&buildid=20230911203543

    1. owl said on September 13, 2023 at 9:31 am

      @Martin Brinkmann,

      I posted in response to an article published on 2023/09/13.
      Article title: Mozilla patches critical WebP security issue in Firefox and Thunderbird. >> ghacks.net/2023/09/13/mozilla-patches-critical-webp-security-issue-in-firefox-and-thunderbird/
      However, the link was to an unrelated article published on 2019/09/27.
      >> ghacks.net/2019/09/27/how-to-import-tabs-from-chrome-to-firefox-and-vice-versa/

      This kind of “disorder of Articles and Comments” has been going on for another month.
      Is this an obvious (by Softonic, which operates and manages ghacks.net) act of sabotage against Martin and Ashwin?
      It’s really frustrating!

  28. Anonymous said on September 13, 2023 at 11:09 am

    [ My comment is on “Mozilla patches critical WebP security issue in Firefox and Thunderbird” https://www.ghacks.net/2023/09/13/mozilla-patches-critical-webp-security-issue-in-firefox-and-thunderbird/ though not directly related to that article ]

    What happened to gHacks? When the site was bought out, Martin assured us it wouldn’t go downhill and he’d maintain editorial control, but the AI-written articles are ruining the quality of the site. I’ve been tempted to drop the site from my RSS reader because of this. Is there an RSS feed with only the human-written articles? Individual feeds for each author isn’t a good solution.

  29. Mystique said on September 13, 2023 at 1:38 pm

    Article Title: Mozilla patches critical WebP security issue in Firefox and Thunderbird
    Article URL: https://www.ghacks.net/2023/09/13/mozilla-patches-critical-webp-security-issue-in-firefox-and-thunderbird/

    If anyone was unaware you should download the extension “Don’t Accept WebP” regardless of the patch. WebP is absolute trash that is unnecessary and clearly an issue. I would rather my images be in their native format and not some recompiled trash such as WebP.

    I have absolutely no love for the parent company of this website.

    1. bruh said on September 13, 2023 at 6:33 pm

      I agree, this is so atrocious – most of the time you can even tell by the URL what format the original image was in – this “reconvert-on-the-fly” nonsense is terrible – but especially so when you’re converting a lossy format, which should be avoided as often as possible.

      Sometimes you can edit the image URL to get it to send the right image, unfortunately “don’t accept WebP” doesn’t always work – but that’s why they offer a built in conversion, I suppose.

    2. TelV said on September 13, 2023 at 6:46 pm

      @ Mystique,

      Thanks for the tip (about the addon). I wasn’t aware that Webp was a vulnerability.

  30. News filter for ghacks said on September 13, 2023 at 8:44 pm

    I read only Martin Brinkmann’s, Mike Turcotte’s, and Ashwin’s articles. Add uBlock Origin news filter for ghacks:

    ! 2023-09-13 https://www.ghacks.net/
    ghacks.net##.hentry,.home-posts:not(:has-text(/Martin Brinkmann|Mike Turcotte|Ashwin/))

    1. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 7:50 am

      @ https://www.ghacks.net/2023/09/13/mozilla-patches-critical-webp-security-issue-in-firefox-and-thunderbird/#comment-4573641

      I tried your uBlock filter on Brave snap packaga for Ubuntu, but it doesn’t work, do I need to restart the browser?

      I have noticed uBO doesn’t fully work on Brave, for instance the Element Picker can’t pick anything while the Zapper do, but not 100%, Nuke Anything works much better, but it’s only temporarily.

  31. bruh said on September 19, 2023 at 5:53 pm

    “important address bar change” alright calm down… lol

    I have gotten rid of the stupid shield and the “not secure” box, and have it set up so that it always displays the full URL (I think…?).

    In a perfect world, it should just always show the full url, no icons, or emojis, or anything like that.

    “Users may want to know why Firefox is no longer displaying https:// in the address bar” I’ll bet nobody will notice anything – apart from a select few autists like myself who customise everything and don’t like change.

    1. Tom Hawack said on September 19, 2023 at 6:57 pm

      “Users may want to know why Firefox is no longer displaying https:// in the address bar”

      Why, I don’t know either (a breeze of madness or is it of love in the air), but there’s an about:config to handle that as well (Firefox) :

      // display all parts of the url in the location bar (do not trim)
      pref(“browser.urlbar.trimURLs”, false); // Dfault=true

      Things, too many, too often are decided in spite of common sens.

  32. Anonymous said on September 19, 2023 at 7:48 pm

    Firefox is always copying whatever Chromium does… it is like they are a Chromium browser without the name and having trouble rendering many websites. In fact, it is like they are getting 400million just for existing and adopt anything Google releases or does, like web extensions, widevine, safe browsing and then visual changes like this.

    I like how some people think there is a choice, and the choice is better than the leader… while still failing at basic stuff.

  33. Anonymous said on September 19, 2023 at 7:52 pm

    What’s the point of these useless changes? Just show the full address with the protocol at all times and be done with it…

  34. Grand Prosecutor Jihana said on September 19, 2023 at 8:55 pm

    I set the User Agent address bar to always show the entire URI in a unmasked format.

    Martin, as of 19 September 2023, the gHacks comments system is still severely mangled. Data subjects have considerable rights conferred on them; where those decisions are likely to affect them.

    1. Grand Prosecutor Jihana said on September 21, 2023 at 4:54 pm

      Let’s start again. “I set the User Agent address bar to always show the entire URI in [an] unmasked format.”

      Hallowed be the memory of the Lost Souls.

  35. Anonymous said on September 19, 2023 at 9:40 pm

    “HTTPS doesn’t mean safe:
    Many people assume that an HTTPS connection means that the site is secure. In fact, HTTPS is increasingly being used by malicious sites, especially phishing ones.”


  36. Anonymous said on September 19, 2023 at 9:41 pm

    HTTPS doesn’t mean safe
    Many people assume that an HTTPS connection means that the site is secure. In fact, HTTPS is increasingly being used by malicious sites, especially phishing ones.

  37. x said on September 19, 2023 at 9:42 pm

    HTTPS doesn’t mean safe
    Many people assume that an HTTPS connection means that the site is secure. In fact, HTTPS is increasingly being used by malicious sites, especially phishing ones.

  38. Tachy said on September 20, 2023 at 4:11 am

    website still wacked huh?

  39. Anonymous said on September 21, 2023 at 2:06 am

    Article: Firefox 119 will launch with an important address bar change

    Just one thing regarding the URL bar as it looks like now in latest Firefox, the relatively new feature where some extensions would add their icon inside the URL bar, how bad can it get?

    ps. uploaded same pic to several links just to make sure some will work.

    (For those who can’t see the pic it’s a snapshot showing a URL bar full of extensions, and also Firefox own built in icons that would appear inside the URL bar depending in some cases on which type of website is being viewed, there’s no space left for the actual thing the URL bar is supposed to view, namely the URL address itself)

    Yes, I have several extensions on the toolbar, but the menu bar is pretty full and I want to keep some on the toolbar too, and usually Firefox would also push excessive extensions behind a drop-down menu for access to them as well, but as it looks like now the URL bar is given too little space priority, or is there a way to restrict to a minimum URL bar size?

    1. a2 said on September 24, 2023 at 4:13 am

      You can modify Firefox with a “profileFolder/chrome/userChrome.css” file:
      /* https://www.reddit.com/r/FirefoxCSS */
      /* https://github.com/MrOtherGuy/firefox-csshacks */
      @import url(urlbar_info_icons_on_hover.css);
      @import url(page_action_buttons_on_hover.css);
      @import url(compact_extensions_panel.css);
      #urlbar-container:focus-within { min-width: 60vw !important; }
      #navigator-toolbox .chromeclass-toolbar-additional { margin-inline: -2px !important; }
      #unified-extensions-button { order: 1 !important; }

  40. Anonymous said on September 23, 2023 at 7:53 pm

    Well, Mozilla and Firefox are saved because of this and many other changes / ‘news’ in the past days!

  41. Anonymous said on September 23, 2023 at 9:25 pm

    A while ago they separated the “Firefox” brand from the “Firefox Browser” brand, now they are abandoning the Firefox brand? Or are they abandoning the Firefox Browser brand? I don’t know.

  42. Anonymous said on September 24, 2023 at 4:03 pm

    While that small change would make sense as standalone, it’s unfortunately done in a context where Google (and thus Mozilla) wants to get rid of the URL ultimately and just display search engine data on that bar, going on with that trend of the browser only being a search engine carrier.

  43. Anonymous said on September 24, 2023 at 6:26 pm

    Were users forced to use the same account for different Mozilla products ? Maybe those who want their news reading habits to be tracked and monetized by Mozilla Pocket do not want their e-commerce habits to be tracked and monetized by Mozilla Fakespot under the same identity ? This is really starting to look like a Google account. When I think that this Firefox account thing more or less started with just an end-to-end encrypted sync service where Mozilla could not access the data. Now they use accounts to monetize user data. Sigh.

    There are probably still drones haunting the web claiming the highly repeated lie that “Mozilla does not even have user personal data” (meaning they only monetized the fuck out of every possible piece of sensitive private user data under other forms, without the risk of breaching GDPR). Well, sure they have, lots of that too.

    “users who signed-in using Google or Apple credentials”

    Wait, what ?

  44. bruh said on September 26, 2023 at 4:16 pm

    “Firefox 118 release brings new web translation feature and end of Firefox ESR 102”


    Ugh, is this really their priority? If you want to provide translation, if you want to do a great job, it takes lots of time and effort, and you’ll have better luck if you severely limit the number of languages – this is a big job to provide decent translation, any POC can provide poor translation.

    Curious how good it is, and how much of the firefox time/resources are being wasted on this that could be used elsewhere.

  45. Stop the crap said on September 26, 2023 at 8:48 pm

    Great extension, shame firefox is just pants, now all a sudden in 118 I can no longer copy the URL address in firefox and paste it in any other app.
    All other apps works perfectly fine, I can even copy and paste from a web page within firefox, but not from the URL bar…. idiots.

    1. bruh said on September 27, 2023 at 1:42 pm

      Err, really, are you sure this is a real problem?

      I don’t have 118, but if you’re on a page, you should be able to highlight and copy that URL.

      One thing I noticed on chrome recently is it won’t let you copy any of the URL auto-complete suggestions unless you actually click on one and go to it, after you do, you can then copy it,

      I want to hear more about this as I may be going to 118 at some point, on the lookout for “breaking changes” such as this.

  46. Stella said on September 27, 2023 at 6:49 pm

    Nice, just a suggestion, would be nice to see a screenshot of the translate feature in this article so we have an idea of what if looks like.
    Other than that, great article!

  47. kampus muhammadiyah sejuta inovasi said on September 29, 2023 at 4:30 am


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