Hackers spent at least a year spying on Mozilla to discover Firefox security holes ? and exploit them

Cathal Garvey cathalgarvey at cathalgarvey.me
Tue Sep 8 01:41:53 PDT 2015

There's two categories or buckets here if you're playing to win; One is 
a list of extensions you can install on *anyone's* computer without them 
even noticing the privacy/security boost they're receiving (because if 
they notice, you lose because they blame the new *ware for all their 
trivial problems). The other list is the power-user stuff that really 
works, but which n00bs will reject out of ignorance, blaming the 
protective software instead of the buggy websites it exposes.

My short-list for install-on-everyone's-computer is:

* Disconnect
* HTTPS-Everywhere
* uBlock Origin (don't change default settings)
* Disable 3rd Party Cookies

NoScript, Cookie-killers, RequestPolicy etcetera are too prone to 
creating problems for browser users; to an enlightened user, blame the 
website, work around, or make an exception and move on. But to a n00b, 
exposing errors in tracker-rich sites is unacceptable, sadly.

On 08/09/15 00:57, rysiek wrote:
> Dnia poniedziałek, 7 września 2015 20:49:10 stef pisze:
>> On Mon, Sep 07, 2015 at 12:55:11PM -0400, Ulex Europae wrote:
>>> I wonder, is there an A-list of must-have extensions for Firefox? Because
>>> "the internet is for porn," and porn doesn't work on text-only browsers...
>> NoScript, RequestPolicy, RefControl, CookieMonster, policeman,
>> https-everywhere, monkeysphere, RedirectCleaner, CertPatrol|Convergence,
>> BetterPrivacy, random-agent-spoofer, ssleuth
> And PrivacyBadger, I might add.
> Also, Self-Destructing Cookies is an interesting one, as while CookieMonster
> allows you to keep track of which sites can or cannot set cookies, that's
> for-session granularity. Self-Destructing Cookies destroys cookies after a set
> time after closing a given tab. I use both.
> And if you're into this kind of stuff, Lightbeam. Just for shits and giggles.

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