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    Brian MasinickBrian Masinick

    I’m using a personal copy of Firefox 85.0.1 that I download and regularly update. I also have a directory containing Firefox Beta and another with Firefox Nightly. On most of my Linux distributions I’d say that the overall set of features and performance of Firefox are as good or better than other options. A few are lighter, a few have this feature or that feature, but without having to chase around or have a high degree of paranoia about it, Firefox works fine for me.

    On my phone I happen to like using the Brave Web Browser. Like most of the browsers, it also has its own means of paying for itself with advertising. Let’s face it, we either have to pay for something with our income or through advertising; everyone has to support themselves somehow. This is not inherently “evil”, it is necessary. There is source code available for more than one Web browser. No, it’s NOT easy to build and that is why so few of us, other than developers, build Web browsers.

    These two browsers are decent examples of browsers that do get some revenue from advertising and some by making deals with other companies.
    From what I can tell I seldom get spammed directly from this browsing; lately I’ve seen stuff directly texted to my phone number; that device is at least as intrusive, if not more so. Like the computer, I can turn it off or leave it on a shelf if I want complete privacy. If I want “convenience”, chances are at least some “privacy” is compromised. If I walk outside of my room, “someone might see me and know what I am doing’. Who cares? Nothing has been stolen from me. I don’t have a lot to hide. But I do have a choice of when to use these conveniences and when to shut them off. That’s good enough for me.

    Brian Masinick


    Cons [..] you have manually allow using DRM if you want to do something like watching Netflix

    IMO, this behavior is absolutely not a “con” (aka antifeature)

    If you do choose to allow, understand that download//installation of the WideVine DRM is a one-way operation ~~ it cannot later be “uninstalled”. The component does _permanently_ create a fingerprint based on your details of your operating system. If you recall (or go lookitup), Netflix had shunned linux for years, until a durable fingerprinting mechanism was in place.

    You should investigate/test:
    After it has been installed, are you [popup] asked each time some website wants to “check”? Or, forevermore, can any website silently initiate WideVine auth handshake (for no reason of benefit to you, they just want to track/fingerprint)? Can you enforce a preference “before activating WideVine, ask me each time”? If you grant permission for a given website (er, domain), is it a permanent grant or can you insist on being asked each time?

    Cons [..] no localized version I can find

    Will need to figure out which settings or missing url in config are at present hindering a direct Language pack



    lockPref(“intl.locale.requested”, “en-US”) is probably to reduce fingerprinting

    When requesting help, pasting the output from inxi -Fzr command will provide important relevant details:
    antiX version//edition ~~ stable vs testing repos ~~ live vs installed vs virtualbox ~~ hardware specs


    > > Do you care to share here how to tweak the included user.js settings for “ultimate privacy”?
    > > It’s something I’m interested but never done before…

    Ultimate Privacy is perhaps a poor expression, I will change to further privacy.

    For howto info:
    you can go here, skimread the page, then click the “Wiki” link: https://github.com/arkenfox/user.js

    also, it will probably be beneficial to selectivly read the associated ghacks articles
    (the article COMMENTS are often insightful)
    note: across browser versions, details change ~~ some specific details within older articles may be outdated.

    When requesting help, pasting the output from inxi -Fzr command will provide important relevant details:
    antiX version//edition ~~ stable vs testing repos ~~ live vs installed vs virtualbox ~~ hardware specs


    Thank everyone with facts and knowledge, aplogize i mostly spout opnions, but this is important to Tech, aspiring Tech, and civilian equally. Thank everyone so much for contributions!

    Human persistence fails me, the second before I would have answered my own question. Again, often, mostways.


    Hi skidoo, thanks for further info and comments.
    Regarding lang preference in LibreWolf I too think “us english locked pref” is to reduce tracking
    I had found out how to unlock in policies script for passing on to anyone who insists on another language.
    Easy job.

    Using enterprise policy to set and change prefs as done in Librewolf is very useful and powerful.

    I used enterprise policy generator addon to create some policy files for understanding how to create
    test, modify. As well as learn where to find or put a policy. Addon gives instructions.
    Users pls note, not all policies work in normal FF latest, even less in nightly where you can not switch off
    data reporting..

    Agree no widevine auto download is a feature, I watch films from hired DVD without
    any network connection. :-). Only tracking is a list at the hire shop.

    As I also mentioned, users please read up on user.js, mozilla keeps making changes to preference.
    some names change with new releases, useful preferences may hidden from user until entered to activate.

    • This reply was modified 1 week, 5 days ago by ModdIt.

    Yet another chrome based Browser SR Ware Iron, available in 32 and 64 bit

    http://www.srware.net/downloads/iron.deb #32 bit version

    For those who want to use netflix widevine plugin should/will install.
    To kill it you can remove contents of /home/demo/.config/chromium/WidevineCdm.
    go to chrome://components/ then search Widevine to check installation of compoment or look for updates.

    Added /home/demo/.config/chromium/privacy.ini file and set to 1 made read only. “replace demo with username”
    Can be set with Iron config tool checkbox enhanced privacy but can change/be changed by extensions.

    To use the equivalent to FF about:config enter: chrome://flags/#omnibox
    First change I made was chrome://flags/#omnibox-context-menu-show-full-urls

    Speed Stability and functionality are, up to now excellent. u block is an included addon.
    Privacy is seeming pretty good as long as enhanced privacy is set.. Without that iron permanently connects to google.
    If you connect to google store you will definitely be fingerprinted.
    Widevine is of course a very intrusive fingerprinter. Included due user demand/forum requests.
    Everybody wants netflix, nope not me.

    Allow access to chrome.google.com and or chrome.com if you wish to get extensions from chrome store.

    You can install unpacked extensions, go to chrome://extensions/ Enable developer options, drag and
    drop your extension in to the window. You may need to activate the extension with the slider switch in
    its description box.

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