Switching from Chrome to Firefox can supercharge your privacy in minutes

Tutman

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Mozilla has demonstrated a years-long commitment to its users as an alternative to big tech that puts people’s privacy and security ahead of everything else.

And Mozilla continues to innovate. Most recently, it became one of the first browser makers (Google isn’t one of them) to adopt a new version of the Do Not Track signal. This one sends a signal to automatically opt the user out of the sale of their data under the California Consumer Privacy Act.
 

shmu26

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Google Chrome is one of the worst for privacy, and strongest for security.

Firefox remains a steady alternative, as users don't necessarily need to jump ship from the Chromium-based browsers.
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Switching to Firefox is a trade-off between privacy and security.
Which browser actually works better? Try and see. It depends a lot on what you expect a browser to do.
 

ANNOx

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The reality is that "Blink engine" has taken over the market share . Firefox is not trying hard enough to be a light secure browser . Majority of people are not going to "about:config" and tweak the living daylights out of Firefox for privacy . Even if you manage to do it your fingerprints become more Unique . If Mozilla really cares about our privacy why hide behind "about:config" settings only a few can find .
 
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SecurityNightmares

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Why do people actually use firefox? its many times slower and more resource heavy than chrome, and there are more private and secure browsers anyway.
Because many recommend it. Specially "expert" groups like PrivacyToolsiO.
Of course then many random guys from Reddit and they're very aggressive against all anti-Firefox posts.
 

Spawn

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If you found privacy as its great part then use it for privacy focused browsing.
Also if Firefox dies then probably Tor Browser will also die.
With the fierce competition of other Chromium-based browsers with similar privacy features, Firefox must have become less and less impressive for them. Just check their linked PC Config (2019 archive), Firefox is listed.

Since 2018, Chromium-based Brave browser has Tor.
 

Upendra19

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With the fierce competition of other Chromium-based browsers with similar privacy features, Firefox must have become less and less impressive for them. Just check their linked PC Config (2019 archive), Firefox is listed.

Since 2018, Chromium-based Brave browser has Tor.
But using Tor Window of Brave ends the whole concept of Tor which provide same fingerprint for every browser. Doesn't it? Unless people using Brave Tor window are more than Tor Browser users.
 

EndangeredPootis

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But using Tor Window of Brave ends the whole concept of Tor which provide same fingerprint for every browser. Doesn't it? Unless people using Brave Tor window are more than Tor Browser users.
Theres a difference between using it as an main stay browser and just something you quickly search illegal stuff.
 

SecurityNightmares

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But using Tor Window of Brave ends the whole concept of Tor which provide same fingerprint for every browser. Doesn't it? Unless people using Brave Tor window are more than Tor Browser users.
This concept doesn't work with Tor browser either. They provide different security levels as slider and also don't protect the browser against manually settings from e.g. UI.
Also Daniel Micay from GrapheneOS figure out that Tor browser can be easily tracked with CSS.

Does that means it's useless? No, but it's not so great as many think or spread. The user still need to know what he need to do and most doesn't know.
 

ANNOx

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People have to get out of the mindset that you have privacy using xyz browser.... because you are not . Using a browser with with big market share blend's you in ....with less extensions . Using something unique with a bunch of tweaks ain't gonna protect you . After using Firefox tweaked to perfection ain't gonna save you . Do you have anything to hide ?
Why doesn't Mozilla provide us with privacy settings out of the box for average people . Why hide behind "about:config" if you care about privacy of the average the Joe . Its a lie.. misleading .... After using Firefox for 12 years i see the picture finally . Only reason to use Firefox is to stop the Blink monopoly not privacy . Browser is the first line of defense .....use the best one available with a big corporation behind it so that you get the best protection . Privacy is a myth .
 
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ANNOx

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About:config is still superior over chromium
Nowhere near dying
Android version has support for ublock origin > better browser than other blink ones ( imo)
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Why doesn't Mozilla provide us with privacy settings out of the box for average people . Why hide behind "about:config" settings... if it's about privacy of the average Joe .
 

oldschool

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Majority of people are not going to "about:config" and tweak the living daylights out of Firefox for privacy . Even if you manage to do it your fingerprints become more Unique .
The first statement is very likely true, even though FF has moved a very few of these to its Options page.

The second may be true because of increased entropy, especially if you do the full gHacks mods. Even The Hated One admits FF default settings aren't good (his changes are only to built-in setting on Options page), but how many people even see his tweaking vids?
With the fierce competition of other Chromium-based browsers with similar privacy features,
Chromium alternatives all demand at least some changes to default settings, even if they aren't hidden in chrome://flags, as in point #1 above. How many people even bother to look, let alone change settings like search engine, 3rd party cookie blocking, etc.?
Privacy is a myth .
This is likely the bottom line, because some degree of "privacy" at the browser level (limited at best to reducing the most basic, ordinary tracking methods) doesn't prevent the many other ways we're all tracked.

I'm sticking with Brave, which I find to have hit the sweet spot for built-in features amongst Chromium browsers. (y) :D
 
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