But with Firefox 19.0 the option for turning js on/off has disappeared from the options, meaning I have to pull up an about:config page instead, then do a search to find the option, then turn it off or on as needed.
This is a bit of a pain, actually; I am the world's worst typist, at least on my mobile, so anything that might help would be much appreciated. Is it possible to instead bookmark a pair of url strings, one to turn js on, the other to turn it off? Or is there some other, better way in general of handling this? Thanks in advance for all advice.
I don't know why that was removed. Can you edit the subject line of your post to refer to mobile or android to draw the attention of those more in-the-know?
Oh, I see the 10 vs 19 confusion. I am using 19 on my android but 10 for my laptop. I posted this q using my laptop. Laptop works great; it's the android where I can't enable/disable js so easily.
Also, even if a newer version is faster, while that's nice (really nice, actually!) I do still like minimizing the ease of tracking me via my browser footprint. Lord knows I get enough spam as it is.
You should update your laptop to 19.0.2, as it's more secure and faster than 10.
I'll give laptop 19 a try, I guess. Am always reluctant to upgrade cuz of, well, cuz of things like no longer being able to disable js easily. So as a rule I usually stick with whatever version works till it won't work any longer.
However you shouldn't be needing to do that for performance.
Unfortunately, the performance lags using js are very noticeable for me. It could be in part because my ph is getting old, but I have turned off js over the years on every smart ph I had and each time I could sure see it help, thus the habit. Plus the pref for being less trackable.
Also, stories like this ...
... remind me that disabling js (except when absolutely needed) helps to reduce my security risks, too. I presume that the easier this is to do, the better protected, in practice, Firefox users will be.
Js is still a wonderful concept and tool, it's just that no tool needs to be used all the time.
P.S. Thx for all the helpful replies. When I compare the quick and informed responses I get from here to many other orgs that I've dealt with over the years, I can think of none better.