I am trying to get rid of OneDrive on my newly purchased Windows 11 Dell computer -- because it is a fact that Microsoft has no idea how to assure security of my stuff (s… (read more)
I am trying to get rid of OneDrive on my newly purchased Windows 11 Dell computer -- because it is a fact that Microsoft has no idea how to assure security of my stuff (see yesterday's zero-day vulnerabilities in Excel, eg).
BUT when I go to Mozilla/Settings/Files/Downloads/ Save files to, Browse ..., and Select Folder 'Desktop' and then a folder I have newly created on my Desktop [called 'FFox downloads'], the name is changed to "C:\Users\[mynamedfolder]\OneDrive\Desktop\FFox downloads". And it is NOT possible to edit the text in the 'Save files to' to remove the 'OneDrive' path within the Mozilla box. And there is no warning that the desired location has been altered to send it to Microsoft and the cloud, not the hard drive in my office.
Details: When I look via Start File Explorer, 'This PC' contains 'OS(C:)'. which is my Local Disk per Type--clearly hardware, not cloudland). However, within 'This PC' also exists 'Desktop', containing the folders I see on my monitor/desktop, including a new folder I created there, as one always could before, called 'FFox download' to try to use it to save downloads locally, ie without sending the actual download (and/or a copy of same) to the cloud. BUT, with Windows 11, a look at Properties admits its 'physical' location is actually 'C:\Users\[mynamefolder]\OneDrive\Desktop! Also, under OS (C:) exists Users, containing a [mynamefolder] name, with a OneDrive folder within it, and Desktop within that, my intended local FFox download folder within that. HA!!
Obviously it is not Mozilla's fault that Microsoft is being sneaky. I suspect Microsoft is redirecting or copying everything on my Desktop, which in the past would exist only on my 'Local Disk', to cloudville. I have been unable so far to figure out how to fix this: do you by chance know, if so I would be most grateful. And I suspect others who wish to protect their information will, too.
Workaround: For now, I have created a new folder on OS (C:), called 'LocalDesktop', and within it a new folder, 'Localdownloads'. This seems to work, in that FFox will accept that as the place to send downloads.
ACTION ITEMS: I suggest Mozilla put a bold Warning that your FFox downloads in Windows 11 will no longer go to you alone, and certainly not insert the phrase 'OneDrive' into the 'Save files to' box when those words were NOT chosen via 'Browse...'.
[What I don't know, so far, is whether Microsoft is also copying the contents of this local folder to OneDrive, and I fear that if so there will be no warning given of this security breach.]
Thank you, and thank you Mozilla for providing Firefox to the world,