Hoping that Mozilla Firefox browser had recaptured its mojo, providing a nice alternative from Google Chrome, I downloaded the new Firefox Quantum browser earlier this evening. I was prepared for a slow, clunky browser, barely able to limp along under the weight of taxing add-ons. One add-on that I promptly installed is the Multi-Account Containers add-on. It’s a life-saver for those of us with multiple email accounts, striving to keep personal, work, whatever separate at the browser cookie level.
What about Firefox Quantum?
I am pleased to share that the new Firefox Quantum browser zips right along, at least as fast as Chrome. My perception on my Surfacebook was that it was faster than Chrome browser. Get it online for your platform of choice, including mobile. You can read it’s main features on their website.
It’s zippy and that’s good enough for me. More importantly, the Multi-Account Containers add-on works great.
This awesome add-on makes it easy to create a variety of containers to house your stuff. What’s neat about that? It keeps all the browser cookies with one account separate from others. You could set one up to use just with Facebook (prevent Facebook spying of where you go), another with your personal Gmail, and yet another for work Gmail (prevent co-mingling of content, searches, etc.).
Firefox Multi-Account Containers lets you keep parts of your online life separated into color-coded tabs that preserve your privacy. Cookies are separated by container, allowing you to use the web with multiple identities or accounts simultaneously.
Isn’t that incredible? Here’s what mine look like right now:
Here are a few of the screens that pop up with Firefox while visiting Facebook:
As you can see, I have Blogger open. This allows me to also designate certain websites as “Always open in…” the appropriate account. I go to a work website, designate it as “Always open in Work” and never have to worry about it again. No more having to pick which Google account I want to use anymore. Pretty nifty, huh?
“A new study finds hundreds of sites—including microsoft.com, adobe.com, and godaddy.com—employ scripts that record visitors’ keystrokes, mouse movements, and scrolling behavior in real time, even before the input is submitted or is later deleted.” As Steven Englehardt reports in the study, “This data can’t reasonably be expected to be kept anonymous. In fact, some companies allow publishers to explicitly link recordings to a user’s real identity.” via Stephen Downes
Give it a try, and keep those companies in the dark! And, here are a few other tools to protect privacy:
- AdBlock for Firefox/Chrome – Blocks banners, pop-ups and video ads – even on Facebook and YouTube and Protects your online privacy
- Facebook is notified whenever you visit one of the more than one million sites on the web that use Facebook Connect and has a history of leaking personally-identifiable information to third parties. This turns off data flow.
- Disconnect.Me – Blocks ad-trackers, social widgets, etc. Although free, you will be asked to donate. Your choice.
- Priv3 for Firefox – The Priv3 Firefox extension lets you remain logged in to the social networking sites you use and still browse the web, knowing that those third-party sites only learn where you go on the web when you want them to. All this happens transparently, without the need to maintain any filters. Priv3 is free to use for anyone.
- Ghostery – Ghostery looks for third-party page elements (or “trackers”) on the web pages you visit and notifies you that these things are present, and which companies operate them. If you wish, choose to block the trackers they operate.
- Do Not Track Plus, and for fun,
- HTTPS Everywhere
If you really want to protect yourself, use The TOR Browser Bundle.