Firefox adblockers without telemetry?

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  1. MobileArtist

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    In this security conscious, telemetry- centric thread, does anyone know of an adblocker for Firefox that absolutely does not spy on you?
     
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    uBlock Origin, Mozilla's disconnect integration should keep your privacy safe and sound.
     
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    I ask because of a tech article I read suggested all extensions are suspect. A few years ago the finding that WOT was tracking and sharing data was alarming.

    How does Mozilla's disconnect integration prevent intrusion and protect file integrity?

    Thanks
     
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    IDK if we can be certain of any extension, or software, unless we watch the datastream and look for data on our travels being reported.

    Here's a few extensions I use, can't gurantee if they are tight enough on security, but so far nothing odd has happened :)

    ublock Origin seems to be the one that gives the best results and performance, and it was broken off due to the purest reasons, so I tend to hope for the best.

    I also use ScriptSafe instead of noScript, it's a user preference thing, either are ok.

    Ghostery is still useful as well. Some sites block adblockers, but between ublock Origin, Scriptsafe and Ghostery at least one - sometimes two - can remain active and I can access the site.
     
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    Like hmscott mentions, I too am a fan of Raymond Hill's work. But this latest version of FF v66 has my profiles/extensions/add-ons, et, all messed up. I think gorhill is awaiting approval for more memory (simply put, for his uBO and uMatrix add-ons). The IndexedDB conversion threw alot of things out of wack... I may go strictly w/ Waterfox or Palemoon if things don't improve soon.

    To your question, a guy like Martin Brinkman doesn't use add-ons bc he doesn't want to give any control to a 3rd party. When using add-ons you have to be careful who you trust bc you're giving carte blanche access to your Browser to any add-on Dev. Ghostery used to have a bad rap, or so I thought for selling data to 3rd parties? Personally, I trust gorhill and uBO (his work, including uMatrix, is some of my favorite stuff ever). You can trust an add-on like uBO more than you can trust Microsoft (imho). :)

    *Devs gain cred for their trustworthy add-ons. Safety in numbers -go with a widely used highly rated add-on, typically. uBO advanced features are extraordinary (and fun to play with on sites with lazy devs).
     
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    I'm not sure what's messed up for you, how it got there, or what you've tried to mitigate it, but eventually I had to do a complete from scratch rebuild of my FF profiles.

    I started by backing up all of my extensions, history, bookmarks, and data, then deleting (moving to another folder tree for safety) all of the hidden folders related to FF throughout Windows.

    Continuing by uninstalling FF and reinstalling a version I thought was stable yet new enough to have all I needed.

    After that was done I continued by building several Profiles of gradual complexity - leaving 1 or 2 Profiles as stable Profiles with one clean and one with minimal load of extensions - security / privacy only.

    Then progressing back and forth between 2 Profiles, adding extensions and software until one reached the pinnacle of everything I wanted running.

    Then I backed up the final profile in several ways, cloning the final "perfect" Profile a couple of times as active and physically backed up copies, so I could restore them and move quickly to reconstruct a working full Profile. Basically setting the ground work for a quicker way of doing what I had just done from scratch.

    There are also Chuck Baker tools in FF to use to backup or enable/disable extension lists, and to restore them in new FF installs - makes it easy to transfer a profile from one machine to another. I mostly only use FEBE, but the other tools (CLEO and OPIE) have been helpful in some situations too.
    http://softwarebychuck.com/

    I forgot to mention 2 other add-on's I use that might be of interest: Privacy Badger and Nightly Tester Tools.

    For Chrome I do something similar. Chrome addon's sometimes come with rev-trackers, and are impossible to clean out without deleting the profile and starting from scratch.

    I also do this for other browsers, as these days some sites just won't render correctly the same in every browser. Especially logged in with a profile to a site, sometimes you want to look at it from a non-logged in viewpoint, so another browser that doesn't support login to that site helps.
     
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    I use Refresh FF feature to keep only bookmarks and other stuffs. I only refreshed it once every 3 years on Linux PCs because some options were creating more issues than fix. Refresh did the trick, I am thinking upgrading from 52.x to 60.xx over the course of 3 years is hard on its db and codebase.
     
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    Pretty much everything is out of whack on FF v66.03. The theme changes randomly, settings are implemented for add-ons, upon reboot they need to be re-implemented. Id reverted back to v65, but then some of my extensions began behaving strangely (likely bc these extensions were updated for FF v66 overhaul?).

    What is the latest FF version you have on a working profile? (anyone please answer?) Thanks for that Chuck Baker Tools mention -I'll look into it for sure.

    I do many of the suggestions you mention HM. Reddit is blowing up with people noting problems with FF v66. Id cultivated some awesome profiles user.js, add-ons and rules over the years. First version to break me this badly in FF v66. Like Vasudev mentioned, I may have to Refresh FF and start over. Id probably completely uninstall, clean registry, et, then rebuild FF from scratch.

    I use a semi-hardened github/ghacks inspired user.js, then mix-up add-ons like uMatrix, uBO, Privacy Badger, https Everywhere, Canvas Blocker, Chameleon, Decentraleyes, NeatURL (I try to keep Add-Ons to 4 or less per Profile). uMatrix and uBO are musts.
     
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    Am using the latest esr, 60.6.1, all well.
     
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    Do you do updates using 3rd party SW or FF itself? I think your FF profile/seup file is compromised. I ran into fake FF installer myself and they are hard to differentiate beside their signed certificate with SHA2. Always check hashes or download from reputable sources.
     
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