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Hacks 11-21

This chapter describes how to change the default security arrangements in Firefox. Security is a big subject, and it has plenty of baggage all of its own. One person’s safety is another’s prison. One person’s privacy is another person’s isolation. Changing security options amounts to changing who you are or aren’t willing to deal with. It also amounts to deciding how much you’re willing to let third parties know when you’re browsing the Web.

When you install Firefox, the default security settings give you a safe web browser. It is quite hard to create large holes by accidentally changing options. Firefox has also been closely inspected for internal problems. As a result, the browser and its underlying Mozilla technology have an excellent security track record. Rarely is a new security problem uncovered. When that happens, it is usually fixed within a day. The Firefox Update Manager informs you of new security patches, if any are made available.


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