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Secure Firefox

How to Secure Firefox Web Browser

  • Why Firefox?
    • Firefox can be configured to not share (as much) information
    • You may need a secure browser if you have unpopular political views, business secrets, embarrassing health problems or other issues where you don't want to be session tracked BY THE WEBSITES YOU VISIT.
    • We are attempting to improve privacy 
      • If you need anonymity then use Tor Browser and other tools
      • If you are worrying about attacks on the browser then this HOW TO doesn't go far enough.
    • Chrome is too tightly integrated into the Google experience to understand what I am sharing.
      • I use Chrome all the time, I use Google Apps (and the Cloud) for most things. 
      • I use Firefox when I don't want to be tracked.
    • I.E. is a proprietary black box so you don't know what you are sharing.
  • Install from known source
    • The Firefox website
    • Linux Distribution Repositories
  • Configuration
    • Set Homepage as Duck Duck Go
      • In Options
    • Options->Privacy Tab
      • I do not want to be tracked
    • Options-> Security
      • I check everything
      • Make sure to set a password if you want to store passwords
        • It's a trade off, convenience vs security
        • Remember anything you save in your browser can be used if the browser is compromised
    • Options-> Sync
      • I don't sync but it's a tradeoff. 
        • Mobility vs Firefox having your the data.
    • Options->Advanced->Data Choices
      • Turn Off Health Report and Crash Report and Telemetry
  • Add-Ons
  • What this does
    • These steps allow you to manage who tracks you using "normal" session tracking methods
      • Advertisers
      • Someone looking at your browser history and/or your cookies
      • Simple network sniffing
      • Some Tracking is necessary for a good web experience.
        • These steps make it possible to manage who you allow to track you.
    • These steps do not secure your computer or your browser
    • These steps do not make you anonymous and/or secure
      • Use Tor Browser for more anonymity
      • Use full disk encryption to secure your computer
      • Tighten up logon screens and passwords to secure your computer 
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