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Here are a few tips to make your Mozilla Firefox experience faster, safer and more private. Most "average" users might not bother with these, but the more discerning types will find them helpful.
1. Install the following Firefox extensions - NoScript, Ghostery, Adblock Plus, OptimizeGoogle.
2. Type "about:config" (no quotes) in the address bar.
Toggle network.http.pipelining to "true".
Toggle network.http.proxy.pipelining to "true".
Then set integer value for network.http.pipelining.maxrequests to 40.
Right-click anywhere that's blank on the page and then create a new item called "nglayout.initialpaint.delay" and set its integer value to 0 (zero)
The Ghostery extension will allow you to selectively block hidden data-gathering activities such as traffic-ranking, click-throughs and such stuff like that, which can monitor what you do on the net. Some of that stuff is probably harmless but slows down your browsing experience during its data-gathering phase. The other extension recommendations are well-known as to what they do.
Another thing to look at is Flash cookies. You can set Firefox to control cookies in various ways, but that doesn't stop the Flash plug-in from creating cookies that Firefox knows nothing about. They live in both
If you don't trust them, the only cure seems to be making these directories read-only.
The pipelining set to true could actually cause problems on some sites. BTW, for the best Firefox forums go to forums.mozillazine.org. I've been a member since '04, great community there. and everything you want to know about Firefox, Thunderbird, dev builds, etc...
I have done no formal tests on the speed aspects using say a timing tool, but the difference is very noticeable in real use. For example, I installed a new distro, installed Firefox and forgot to make the about:config changes. The difference was immediately noticeable, so I went back into about:config, made the changes and the effect was as before.
Perceived speed is more about what you are used to. Faster loading of say, a complex page such as a personal iGoogle page is a welcome improvement IMHO.
Browsing safety is a subject in itself, but to cut a long story short, the less analysis that is done on web-page visits, the more difficult it is to build up a statistical profile. Hence the Ghostery recommendation. In my book that is an important real-world safety paradigm.
I'm getting more and more annoyed with the way information is covertly being hi-jacked via the Internet.
The original Internet was supposed to be simply a means of facilitating the exchange of research information between academic institutions.
Nowadays though, the net is now in real danger of being hi-jacked by big-business, political and such-like interests. Net Neutrality? - not for much longer the way things are shaping up. A return to the original safer and nicer internet model has become a first priority as far as I'm concerned.
The more extensions that you use the more overhead it creates which can lead to pages loading slower.
Extensions do not do much to speed up Firefox that comes more from tweaking.
tweaking the **** out of firefox 3 http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ox-3-a-728014/
Another thing to look at is Flash cookies...
...If you don't trust them, the only cure seems to be making these directories read-only.
I tried this once and found it can cause breakage. For example the BBC iPlayer website wasn't usable. Attempting to watch anything would cause an apparent hang and then Firefox would pop up one of it's 'this script is taking a very long time' messages.
So I re-enabled the write permissions and now just periodically delete the contents of the directory. Come to think of it I could put a wrapper script around Firefox to delete the contents when Firefox quits...
Craigevil mentioned the use of TOR. I've installed it several times. It is slow.
I've been reading somewhere that it is crackable and that various government agencies are going after it and trying to make it illegal.
Anybody know more?
I've also looked into JonDo and it's recommended JonDoFox accessory.
JonDo seems to be a similar system to TOR but needs Java and is also slow. Performance seems to vary depending on the originating server that you connect via. There are paid-for options that claim to give a faster browsing experience. I've never tried a paid-for option. Does anyone know if they paid-for options are worth having in terms of performance?
JonDoFox is a severely locked-down Firefox install (either as a stand-alone Firefox installation or integratable into an existing Firefox installation as a separate profile). Again like TOR it is slow, but if you need this level of anonymity then it appears to do the trick. You can easily check its level of anonymity by clicking on a bookmarked site provided within the profile.
Personally I use a number of the extensions as listed by the contributors above. This seems adequate for me without having to resort to the use of TOR or a specially locked down browser profile - thus retaining full browsing speed.
I won't argue that since it was explained quite well in that thread.
It works for me, and the file is updated at least once a month as it has been for yrs. If nothing else it blocks the click tracking cookies from things like doubleclick as well as known malware sites which helps keep the wife's Eee that runs XP safe. Two yrs with no malware on a windows Xp system isn't bad at all.
OpenDNS's Family Shield is another way to block questionable sites.
A return to the original safer and nicer internet model has become a first priority as far as I'm concerned.