Bypass About:Config & Toggle Privacy Preferences From The Toolbar [Firefox]

Firefox isn’t just popular for it’s awesome web development tools but also because it gives users a lot of control over what they can customize. The About:config page is a frequented area for many Firefox users when they need to tweak something or turn Off a feature they do not like. Privacy Settings is a Firefox add-on that simplifies editing some of the most popular preferences found on the about:config page. The add-on provides toggle switches for privacy preferences related to safe browsing, data collection, media encryption, and more.

Install Privacy Settings and click the badge-like icon added to the toolbar. A long list of preferences that you can toggle opens up and changing their value requires you flipping the switch On or Off.

The complete list of preferences that you can modify, with the preference names;

Google Safe Browsing:

browser.safebrowsing.enabled
browser.safebrowsing.downloads.enabled
browser.safebrowsing.malware.enabled

Firefox stats collecting:

datareporting.healthreport.service.enabled
datareporting.healthreport.uploadEnabled

Usage statistics:

toolkit.telemetry.enabled

Encrypted Media Extensions (DRM):

media.eme.enabled
media.gmp-eme-adobe.enabled

Firefox Hello:

loop.enabled

Pocket Integration

browser.pocket.enabled

Search Suggestions:

browser.search.suggest.enabled

WebRTC:

media.peerconnection.enabled

Geolocation:

geo.enabled

The question here is, do you need this add-on? That really depends on how often you need to toggle the preferences listed above. The add-on does make it easier for novice users to change the value of a preference. Firefox power users will probably find this add-on to be utterly pointless since they’re likely to be more comfortable, and familiar, with the preferences themselves and with the about:config page.

Install Privacy Settings For Firefox

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Lily Herman
Lily Herman is a New York-based writer and editor. In recent months, her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Glamour, Refinery29, Cosmopolitan, TIME, Newsweek, Fast Company, and Mashable. You can check out her website, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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