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Hi Mozilla community, hope you can help with various newb questions:

1. The do not track feature built in to Firefox 13, does it do the full job or other addons needed?

2. Does the do not track feature render the 3rd party addon Do Not Track Plus, unnecessary?

3. What would be the best collection of addons without slowing Firefox down to a crawl with too many, and that they all do a great job of looking after us? As a start, the Firefox feature do not track - is on, Better Privacy seemed very popular, so that is on.

4. What data/access are addons able to get to our computers? I'm thinking about those annoying FB apps that seem like a great idea or the game looks amazing - but they ask for access to our email addresses, our friend list, our DoB, our telephone numbers, our bank account details, in fact, pretty much everything - which is why I never use any of them.

5. Are the addons freely able to 'phone home' with data/etc?

6. Is there an addon that will gather the daily best from video sites, funny pic sites, etc?

7. Is there an addon that will sync my bookmarks between computers on the same network? I don't want to upload my bookmarks to a 3rd party site and then back down to the PC sat next it (Xmarks style).

8. Is there a bookmark duplicate addon that will help me resolve a decade of bookmarks that may or may not be dupes, but certainly need lots of managing?

Hi Mozilla community, hope you can help with various newb questions: 1. The do not track feature built in to Firefox 13, does it do the full job or other addons needed? 2. Does the do not track feature render the 3rd party addon Do Not Track Plus, unnecessary? 3. What would be the best collection of addons without slowing Firefox down to a crawl with too many, and that they all do a great job of looking after us? As a start, the Firefox feature do not track - is on, Better Privacy seemed very popular, so that is on. 4. What data/access are addons able to get to our computers? I'm thinking about those annoying FB apps that seem like a great idea or the game looks amazing - but they ask for access to our email addresses, our friend list, our DoB, our telephone numbers, our bank account details, in fact, pretty much everything - which is why I never use any of them. 5. Are the addons freely able to 'phone home' with data/etc? 6. Is there an addon that will gather the daily best from video sites, funny pic sites, etc? 7. Is there an addon that will sync my bookmarks between computers on the same network? I don't want to upload my bookmarks to a 3rd party site and then back down to the PC sat next it (Xmarks style). 8. Is there a bookmark duplicate addon that will help me resolve a decade of bookmarks that may or may not be dupes, but certainly need lots of managing?

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I might not have all your answers, but I've got a few for you :)

1. Do not Track is basically just a switch that you have to flip telling advertisers you do not want to be tracked. It doesn't block ads or anything like that, but is merely an opt-out signal. Since this is just a simple switch, the built in feature works fine. Do not Track Plus takes a pro-active approach, actively blocking websites that try to track you.

2. The DNT and Do not track Plus don't work the same way, so they are two different things. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/donottrackplus vs. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-do-i-turn-do-not-track-feature

3. I'm not sure what you mean here. There are thousands of add-ons, all of them serving different purposes. Some users might want a certain set of features, another user might not. The more add-ons you do install, the greater the chance Firefox will slow down a bit. I wouldn't install any add-ons you don't really want, and other than that, just use what you want.

4. A FB app doesn't access data on your PC, it merely is asking to access the information on your FB profile. You can read the add-on review process, and what add-ons are allowed and which are not at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/developers/docs/policies/reviews

5. See above link.

6. Maybe :) I'd suggest searching addons.mozilla.org. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/morning-coffee is a popular add-on that might suit your needs.

7. I would suggest using Firefox Sync. How do I set up Firefox Sync?. It will perfectly fine for computers on a home network (there is no way I know of to sync without sending it to another server unless you set up your own Firefox Sync server), plus it gives you the ability to access Firefox information on a support mobile device as well.

8. Again, I'd look on the Add-ons website. There are lots of bookmark management add-ons available on there.

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I might not have all your answers, but I've got a few for you :)

1. Do not Track is basically just a switch that you have to flip telling advertisers you do not want to be tracked. It doesn't block ads or anything like that, but is merely an opt-out signal. Since this is just a simple switch, the built in feature works fine. Do not Track Plus takes a pro-active approach, actively blocking websites that try to track you.

2. The DNT and Do not track Plus don't work the same way, so they are two different things. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/donottrackplus vs. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-do-i-turn-do-not-track-feature

3. I'm not sure what you mean here. There are thousands of add-ons, all of them serving different purposes. Some users might want a certain set of features, another user might not. The more add-ons you do install, the greater the chance Firefox will slow down a bit. I wouldn't install any add-ons you don't really want, and other than that, just use what you want.

4. A FB app doesn't access data on your PC, it merely is asking to access the information on your FB profile. You can read the add-on review process, and what add-ons are allowed and which are not at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/developers/docs/policies/reviews

5. See above link.

6. Maybe :) I'd suggest searching addons.mozilla.org. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/morning-coffee is a popular add-on that might suit your needs.

7. I would suggest using Firefox Sync. How do I set up Firefox Sync?. It will perfectly fine for computers on a home network (there is no way I know of to sync without sending it to another server unless you set up your own Firefox Sync server), plus it gives you the ability to access Firefox information on a support mobile device as well.

8. Again, I'd look on the Add-ons website. There are lots of bookmark management add-ons available on there.

I might not have all your answers, but I've got a few for you :) 1. Do not Track is basically just a switch that you have to flip telling advertisers you do not want to be tracked. It doesn't block ads or anything like that, but is merely an opt-out signal. Since this is just a simple switch, the built in feature works fine. Do not Track Plus takes a pro-active approach, actively blocking websites that try to track you. 2. The DNT and Do not track Plus don't work the same way, so they are two different things. [https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/donottrackplus https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/donottrackplus] vs. [https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-do-i-turn-do-not-track-feature https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-do-i-turn-do-not-track-feature] 3. I'm not sure what you mean here. There are thousands of add-ons, all of them serving different purposes. Some users might want a certain set of features, another user might not. The more add-ons you do install, the greater the chance Firefox will slow down a bit. I wouldn't install any add-ons you don't really want, and other than that, just use what you want. 4. A FB app doesn't access data on your PC, it merely is asking to access the information on your FB profile. You can read the add-on review process, and what add-ons are allowed and which are not at [https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/developers/docs/policies/reviews https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/developers/docs/policies/reviews] 5. See above link. 6. Maybe :) I'd suggest searching [http://addons.mozilla.org addons.mozilla.org]. [https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/morning-coffee https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/morning-coffee] is a popular add-on that might suit your needs. 7. I would suggest using Firefox Sync. [[Firefox Sync - Take your bookmarks, tabs and personal information with you]]. It will perfectly fine for computers on a home network (there is no way I know of to sync without sending it to another server unless you set up your own Firefox Sync server), plus it gives you the ability to access Firefox information on a support mobile device as well. 8. Again, I'd look on the Add-ons website. There are lots of bookmark management add-ons available on there.