Software I use #
Firefox extensions and settings #
Mozilla Firefox is my favorite browser, it is fast, open-source and respects privacy. The Mozilla foundation promotes better online privacy, trustworthy artificial intelligence, and safe online experiences. In addition to the Firefox settings to improve privacy I use the extensions below to increase privacy, ad blocking and productivity.
The default Firefox settings are good to go, but I like to tweak some stuff. I’ve set the new tab (or startpage) to only show the search box. So no Top, Highlights or Snippets. Nice and clean. My other settings:
- Default search engine is set to DuckDuckGo;
- Always ask for location before downloading;
- Browser privacy set to strict - privacy first!
- uBlock Origin: I highly recommend this extension. It is a very efficient and effective content blocker. It blocks ads, tracking and other malicious content. Easy on CPU and memory.
- Privacy badger: Blocks ads and tracking cookies that do not respect the Do Not Track setting in the browser. It is complementary to uBlock Origin, which uses lists to block conten. Privacy Badger learns what content it should block and might catch trackers that are not yet listed.
- Bitwarden: The Bitwarden extension makes it easy to create, store and access passwords. It provides auto-fill functionality and works really well across devices.
- Tomato clock: A simple productivity extension that helps with time management. Not riddled with features, just a simple timer to start and stop your pomodoro. It definitly helped me to get focus-work done and manage interruptions.
- Multi-Account containers: Open browser tabs in a separate box (container) for each of my clients. No more opening different browsers to check personal / work / client X mail. I’ve created a container per client and this way I can sign into two, three, twelve different accounts on the same site (e.g. Jira, Office Outlook, Slack, developer portal). The add-on adds features such as automatically open specific sites (urls) in a container.