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Why does Firefox feed so much data to Google?

A while back, I discovered a Google plugin hidden within Firefox. I figured maybe one thing was fine until I realized that Widevine actually did some bad stuff to your OS… (read more)

A while back, I discovered a Google plugin hidden within Firefox. I figured maybe one thing was fine until I realized that Widevine actually did some bad stuff to your OS, since it needs to access the internal OS to block screenshots and screen recordings. Today, I discovered that geolocation also uses Google servers, and in the process of turning it off I also discovered that there is this "Safe Browsing" that also uses Google. Looking even further, even some of the privacy things redirect to Google. I haven't even mentioned that the default search engine is Google. Even if Google paid you to make them the default, you could create a prompt on the first launch asking for search engine, with Google selected by default but another search engine (like DDG) recommended. All of this Google software is likely sucking on our data.

Now while writing this post, I noticed something even worse. Why are Google servers on the filter whitelists? This is uncool. I understand, maybe your website needs to detect Firefox to function correctly, and antifingerprint would break it. But WHY GOOGLE? All of this seems to be going against the goal of privacy. How are you supposed to expect a random person to go directly to about:add-ons, disable Google Widevine, go to about:preferences, disable safe browsing, go to about:config, enter the "danger" zone confidently, and delete Google from the 10,000 times it appears in the config?

Asked by matthew34 2 weeks ago

Last reply by jscher2000 1 week ago

web sites not working?

https://www.table-games-online.com/mississippi-stud/ and other similar sites work fine in Safari but not in latest 2 or 3 versions of Firefox. They used to work in Fire… (read more)

https://www.table-games-online.com/mississippi-stud/ and other similar sites work fine in Safari but not in latest 2 or 3 versions of Firefox. They used to work in Firefox.

I'm running Firefox 79.0 on an iMac with all the latest updates and Mac OS 10.15.6.

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Asked by gp43 1 week ago

Last reply by FredMcD 1 week ago

Custom links from orgnization dont give option like chrome does, Stopped working since firefox 79.0

My company have a shorthand for company links, known as go links. They are shorthand for long internal llinks so instead of typing full url we can just say go/jira, go/fi… (read more)

My company have a shorthand for company links, known as go links. They are shorthand for long internal llinks so instead of typing full url we can just say go/jira, go/firefox etc.

In older version of firefox when I used to type such links, after finish typing "go/" It used to give option to open as url not a Google search but in recent release it doesn't give me that option anymore but instead directly goes to Google search which is super annoying.

Chrome handles this very well as its been three years to switch to firefox I really dont want to switch back to Chrome but this feature will kind of forcing me to move back as firefox making things harder.

Hope attached screenshots will help.

Thank you!.

Asked by Piyush 1 week ago

Last reply by Standard8 1 week ago

My Firefox seems to have died. When I click the app, nothing happens. I've downloaded a new copy of Firefox. Now I need help getting my Bookmarks transferred to the new copy.

My Firefox seems to have died. When I click the app, nothing happens. I've downloaded a new copy of Firefox. Now I need help getting my Bookmarks transferred to the new c… (read more)

My Firefox seems to have died. When I click the app, nothing happens. I've downloaded a new copy of Firefox. Now I need help getting my Bookmarks transferred to the new copy.

Asked by broberts1 1 week ago

Last reply by FredMcD 1 week ago

Web page will not load properly

When I try to load the sleepiq web site I get this: https://sleepiq.sleepnumber.com/#/ and a blue screen. When I load the same website from Chrome I get this: https://sle… (read more)

When I try to load the sleepiq web site I get this: https://sleepiq.sleepnumber.com/#/ and a blue screen. When I load the same website from Chrome I get this: https://sleepiq.sleepnumber.com/#/dashboard/sleep, and the page loads. Safari is the same as Chrome, I get the information I'm looking for. As Firefox is my default browser I'd like to be able to fix this problem.

Asked by rdfield 1 week ago

Last reply by FredMcD 1 week ago

Is there a way to view hidden history URLs?

I just discovered that there are URLs saved in Firefox’s History that are only viewable when searching (i.e. they are hidden when viewing the History window normally with… (read more)

I just discovered that there are URLs saved in Firefox’s History that are only viewable when searching (i.e. they are hidden when viewing the History window normally with an empty search box).

From what I can tell, they are mainly (if not all) redirection URLs that never show a webpage.

I have 2 related questions: Is there a way I can make all URLs always visible in the normal/unsearched History window?

Is there a way I can view a history window that only shows the hidden URLs and not the rest? (I’m hoping to see what hidden URLs I’ve built up in my history before I start having them in the normal view.)


Note: The Mac version of Firefox is the only version I currently use.

Asked by xizzix22 1 week ago

Last reply by cor-el 1 week ago

Language changes after update

Every time I update Firefox, the language changes back to English. It is annoying to change the language whenever there is an update especially that sometimes it is updat… (read more)

Every time I update Firefox, the language changes back to English. It is annoying to change the language whenever there is an update especially that sometimes it is updated automatically

Asked by twmrsmy125 1 week ago

Last reply by cor-el 1 week ago

I keep getting popup windows (I'm on Mac Catalina)

For several months or more, I keep getting the following pop up windows. I can't seem to make them go away even after following the Java instruction. So discouraging. Thi… (read more)

For several months or more, I keep getting the following pop up windows. I can't seem to make them go away even after following the Java instruction. So discouraging. This is not happening on Safari.

Thank you, Isabella

Asked by isabaloo 1 week ago

Last reply by jscher2000 1 week ago

Hindi text rendering in Twitter is broken

Hindi text rendering in Twitter is broken for half characters. For example, compare https://twitter.com/Rjkaavya/status/1287322534757560320 in Firefox vs. Safari (see com… (read more)

Hindi text rendering in Twitter is broken for half characters. For example, compare https://twitter.com/Rjkaavya/status/1287322534757560320 in Firefox vs. Safari (see comparison image attached).

This is something of a new break, in one of the recent updates. Used to work fine earlier.

Asked by Neeraj N 1 week ago

Last reply by cor-el 1 week ago

Cannot sync between computers

I have three computers — an older Mac (2010), a newer one (2015), and a laptop Pro (2018). I cannot sync to the older Mac. They are all synced, accounts are signed in, bu… (read more)

I have three computers — an older Mac (2010), a newer one (2015), and a laptop Pro (2018). I cannot sync to the older Mac. They are all synced, accounts are signed in, but Firefox will not sync on the older Mac.

Asked by anthonyrc70 1 week ago

Last reply by the-edmeister 1 week ago

Menu bar disappears on primary monitor when going full screen on HDMI secondary monitor

On my MacBook Pro, when I'm using Firefox and go full screen on my secondary monitor (connected HDMI), my Menu bar goes away on the primary (laptop) monitor. How do I get… (read more)

On my MacBook Pro, when I'm using Firefox and go full screen on my secondary monitor (connected HDMI), my Menu bar goes away on the primary (laptop) monitor. How do I get it to stop doing this?

Asked by KT 1 week ago

Last reply by child_duckling 1 week ago

Chrome "Other Bookmarks" not importing into Firefox

1.) In Chrome, I have a lot of Bookmarks and bookmark Folders in my Chrome "Other Bookmarks" folder. However, I can not figure out how to import the "Other Bookmarks" fol… (read more)

1.) In Chrome, I have a lot of Bookmarks and bookmark Folders in my Chrome "Other Bookmarks" folder. However, I can not figure out how to import the "Other Bookmarks" folder from Chrome. I've tried numerous methods and can't figure it out.

2.) Since moving to Firefox, I've added Bookmarks and don't want to lose them with an overwrite. Is there a way I can import just one folder of Bookmarks from Chrome? Rather than doing a complete overwrite?

Asked by KT 1 week ago

Last reply by FredMcD 1 week ago

about:newtab doesn't work on 78

In a forum name "How can I disable unsolicited Firefox web requests (e.g. "detectportal.firefox.com", "getpocket.cdn.mozilla.net", "snippets.cdn.mozilla.net")?" it was de… (read more)

In a forum name "How can I disable unsolicited Firefox web requests (e.g. "detectportal.firefox.com", "getpocket.cdn.mozilla.net", "snippets.cdn.mozilla.net")?" it was described to use about:newtab but this does not work in my version of FF 78, should it work?

Asked by Mace2 2 weeks ago

Last reply by jscher2000 1 week ago

Overflow auto/scroll

Hello. There is a bug in the latest version of Firefox browser. Overflow auto or scroll doesn't work only in this browser. I tested it everywhere else and it works. … (read more)

Hello. There is a bug in the latest version of Firefox browser. Overflow auto or scroll doesn't work only in this browser. I tested it everywhere else and it works.

Asked by sharaputo 1 week ago

Last reply by jscher2000 1 week ago