We encourage #Firefox users who do not want US-based company Cloudflare to see which websites they are visiting to type about:config into their browser's address bar and then set:
network.trr.mode = 5
By the way: Though based on Firefox, TorBrowser is not affected.
@z428 Yes. We have tried to talk to them about privacy issue before, but all we received in response was a standard letter that promised exactly nothing. So we are not overly optimistic that they will listen to us this time. /c
@Digitalcourage Oh. That's not too encouraging, indeed. Don't really want to have to search for an alternate browser, especially given I don't really know where else to look... 😐 Thanks for keeping working on this, however.
@Digitalcourage this is wrong though. It should be an opt-in feature, not an opt-out one.
@Digitalcourage Do you know if waterfox is affected?
@Digitalcourage Thanks for this.
@gcupc Sorry, we don't know these services, and we don't know who runs them. So It's probably better to trust your local internet provider's DNS server unless they forward everything to Google or Cloudflare. /c
In the US, it is absolutely *not* better to trust your ISP's DNS servers, as they are known to do a number of shady things (NXDOMAIN hijacking, domain blocks). I understand the threat models are different in Europe, but the amount of bad reporting on this story is ridiculous and only benefits Google.
@gcupc Usually we toot in German only, but we provided an English translation of this one after a reader requested it. Maybe this will help Mozilla understand that threat models vary across the globe. Somebody suggested the DNS services should be as easily selectable as search engines. Sounds good. But but the local ISP is a better default than one big company that caters for all. /c
@Digitalcourage Is there an easier way to do this than about:config settings? I've got a bunch of other people's computers to look after behind an adblocking DNS server, and if I have to babysit each and every one of them like this, I may as well just uninstall Firefox on them.
@Digitalcourage This parameter can only be found in nightlies build as far as I know.
Just tell me I'm wrong and I will modify my message.
@fredbezies The parameter can already be found in the current stable build of Firefox, but not in the ESR edition.
TRR is not on by default yet. The setting we recommend asks Mozilla to never enable it for you. /c
@Digitalcourage Thanks for the info. I'm running nightlies since 2004 or so.
Free software world is *now* like a group of kindergarten children... Destroying their toys and crying after this happens.
I'm fed up with that and after something like 12 years being a Linux user at home full time.
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