Feeling Safer Online With Firefox

Linked by Paul Ciano

Good stuff.

Panos Astithas:

Firefox is the only browser that answers only to you, our users; so all of us who work on Firefox spend a lot of effort making your browsing experience more private and secure. We update Firefox every 6 weeks, and every new change ships to you as fast as we can make and verify it. For a few releases now, we have been landing bits and pieces of a broader set of privacy and security changes. This post will outline the big picture of all these changes.

Securing Firefox

Chrome is an awesome browser that has been lauded for its exemplary security model. However, as we have become painfully aware of, privacy and security are not equivalent. Traditionally, Mozilla’s Firefox has been a champion of users’ rights, but, by default, it is likely not the most secure browser.

Lately, there have been several, excellent resources geared towards hardening Firefox, and I want to condense and share what I have learned. Aside from making your browsing experience more secure and respectful of your privacy, you will see performance gains, as well.

I have been utilizing these customizations for several months, and have been very happy with the results. So, without further ado, let us get to it!

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Forgetting Firefox

Linked by Paul Ciano

David Harrison:

The Mozilla Foundation was established in 2003 to “preserve choice and innovation on the Internet”. I believe they’ve succeeded — perhaps beyond their wildest dreams — in the web space. Who would have thought a small foundation creating open source software could upset one of the biggest software companies in the world and help completely disrupt their near-total market dominance?

Reach Desktop-Mobile Nirvana with Pushbullet

Desktop and mobile platforms have distinct strengths and weaknesses, and they fill an essential void in a modern, digital lifestyle. Yet, they often don’t play well together, particularly if you adopt multiple platforms (e.g., OS X for desktop, Android for mobile).

Exchanging information between desktop and mobile devices is an important function. Traditional ways of handling such actions (e.g., email, syncing services like Dropbox) are serviceable, but are often overkill.

There is a need for a more efficient solution and Pushbullet does an admirable job.

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Open Source, Hope, and the Surveillance State

Continually, reports surface that describe flaws in proprietary products and services. All such things, regardless of whether they are open or closed source, have imperfections that might lead to insecurity. Yet, it can no longer be assumed that these flaws are accidental. Continue reading Open Source, Hope, and the Surveillance State

A Reader’s Paradise: Kindle Paperwhite (Part 2)

Update 09/21/2014: Continually, new updates for the Kindle Paperwhite change its software’s appearance and functionality. Therefore, some of the screenshots and material in this series may not reflect the most up-to-date representation of the product. However, what remains should be applicable to the current Kindle Paperwhite, and is, hopefully, helpful.

In the first part of my Kindle Paperwhite review, I made the case for why I thought it was a paragon of what a modern, reading device should be. Now, I’d like to share some tips and tricks that might optimize your Kindle Paperwhite experience. Continue reading A Reader’s Paradise: Kindle Paperwhite (Part 2)