~chambln/cosine.blue

1f62eee9eab0a703822a6adaa118ae0b6f61b1ab — Gregory Chamberlain 7 months ago 683feab
Add web browser recommendations
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@@ 91,6 91,67 @@ pages in Firefox.  It is distributed under the [ISC license].
  [`webext-browserpass`]: https://packages.debian.org/stable/webext-browserpass
    "Debian package: web extension for the password manager pass"

### Web browser

This section only covers desktop browsers, not mobile.  My
recommendations focus on privacy, but not at the expense of usability.

#### Tor Browser

The best browser for preserving online privacy and anonymity is
without question the [Tor Browser].

For maximum privacy, disable JavaScript in `about:preferences`.  Keep
in mind this can stop many popular sites from working properly.

However, browsing over the Tor network can be sluggish and
intermittent.  Worse, some “services” outright *block* Tor users.

  [Tor Browser]: https://www.torproject.org/
    "Tor Project | Anonymity Online"

#### Firefox

For when Tor is not viable, I recommend [Firefox] on the desktop with
some tweaks and a number of extensions.

Start by disabling telemetry, HTTPS over DNS, the included Pocket
extension, and Firefox accounts integration.  Then install:

- [HTTPS Everywhere] by the [EFF]
- [Privacy Badger] also by the EFF
- [uBlock Origin]
- [NoScript] (optional and not for beginners)

<small>With NoScript you can block JavaScript on a per-domain basis.
The default behaviour causes many sites not to work properly since all
domains are blocked at first.</small>

On Debian you can install Firefox and these extensions using the
following command:

``` sh
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install \
  firefox-esr \
  webext-https-everywhere \
  webext-privacy-badger \
  webext-ublock-origin \
  webext-noscript
```

HTTPS Everywhere and NoScript seem to be missing from Ubuntu’s
repositories for some reason.

  [Firefox]: https://mozilla.org/firefox
  [HTTPS Everywhere]: https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere
  [EFF]: https://eff.org
  [Privacy Badger]: https://privacybadger.org/
    "Privacy Badger automatically learns to block invisible trackers"
  [uBlock Origin]: https://ublockorigin.com/
    "uBlock Origin - Free, open-source ad content blocker"
  [NoScript]: https://noscript.net/
    "JavaScript/Java/Flash blocker for a safer Firefox experience"

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  [free software]: https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/