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If you’re looking to wring better surfing performance from Firefox, there’s an extension called Fasterfox that will let you delve into some of the more arcane caching and prefetching options resting beneath the surface of Mozilla’s browser. Don’t worry, for the less technically inclined, it also provides a simpler set of options for those that want to fire and forget.
Despite the strides taken with internet media, the ancient Graphics Interchange Format remains popular for presenting animated images, even with its 256-colour limitation and sub-optimal compression. GIF also does not support “buffering”, so when you do view one, it often has stuttered playback or starts in the middle of the loop. Fortunately, Firefox and Chrome users don’t have to put up with this.
Firefox: A lot of people are scared of the way Google tracks everything you do on the web, including your searches. DuckDuckGo is a great option for track-free searches, but if you still want to use Google without handing over all your data, Searchonymous is the easiest way to make it happen.
It’s hard to think of a product like Firefox, which has been one of the shining examples of how a free, open source project can become prevalent and popular, would seriously consider the addition of in-browser advertising. Yet, that’s exactly what’s happening right now and as expected, fans have not taken kindly to suggestion, leaving Mozilla chair Mitchell Baker to defend the organisation’s decision.
Adobe’s Flash plug-in has grown more robust over time, but it’s still one of the major causes of instability in Firefox. You could always avoid sites containing Flash content, but that’s not exactly practical. Instead, you can try and minimise where things can go wrong by tweaking your browser’s settings and performing maintenance on your system.
Android: HTTPS Everywhere, one of our favourite privacy-protecting browser extensions, now protects your surfing on your Android phone as well, as long your primary browser on Android is Firefox. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has made the add-on available to mobile users, and it works like a charm.