Minimal Firefox user.js tweaked for privacy
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README.md

Vulpes 🦊

> Minimal Firefox user.js tweaked for privacy

My Firefox setup

Firefox is a mess. This repository contains many tips & tweaks you can use on Firefox based browsers. I think Mozilla should ship with these tweaks pre-configured, out of the box.

What's with the name?

vulpes - family of foxes; this user.js can be used with any Firefox based browser

Like LibreWolf?

In general, vanilla Firefox can be tweaked to do everything that LibreWolf does. Most GNU/Linux distros ship with better, up-to-date versions of Firefox, browser addons receive critical auto-updates, some distros specifically add patches to improve performance / integrate better with the desktop like KDE. Most importantly you get official support from Mozilla, should you be facing bugs. LibreWolf might feel too harsh for some people, some sites stop working. In this case you should be using the Tor Browser instead. For better privacy, compartmentalize your browsers.

So it's not really necessary to use LibreWolf if you can follow the simple instructions given here & you don't have a problem with software updates being served from Mozilla's servers.

Tweaks 🛠

  • Better Dark Theme
  • Telemetry disabled
  • Firefox accounts disabled
  • Google Safe browsing & geolocation disabled
  • Stopped pinging 3rd party sites fetched by Pocket

Instructions

0. Copy The user.js

  1. Click here to download the latest user.js file
  2. Extract the ZIP
  3. Copy the user.js file to the clipboard
  4. Launch Firefox
  5. Type about:profiles in the address bar & hit enter
  6. Navigate to the Firefox current profile folder by clicking on Open Directory
  7. Paste the user.js file into that Firefox profile directory
  8. Close Firefox & launch it again

9. Search Engine

Google, Bing, Yahoo are not good choices. Pick another search engine like DuckDuckGo, Whoogle, Brave Search, Wikipedia, a Searx instance, or simply just bookmark sites.

TIP -> Right click on the address bar to add search engines

10. Extensions

TIP -> HTTPS is always on. Don't need to install any extensions.

Done

Check this page for updates. Bookmark it. [CTRL+D]


It's a shame Mozilla bloats Firefox with every new update. Well at least it's better than anything on the market as of now. That being said, please tell Mozilla to not indulge in politics & divide users. I want them to actually fight for the 'Open Web' than act as a pawn for Google, slowly losing market share.


This repo is hosted on Codeberg & mirrored to GitHub for traffic.

license: GPLv3 or Later