Firefox configurations for tor with Mac ppc

zzzjethro666 at zzzjethro666 at
Thu Apr 22 07:05:50 UTC 2010





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From: Hanspeter Spalinger <tor at>
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Subject: Re: Firefox configurations for tor with Mac ppc

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Am 21.04.10 02:53, schrieb zzzjethro666 at

> Here's a few more. Hope someone notices them and checks them out.   Should I 
change my mac?
> browser.safebrowsing.enabled     false    mac is true
> browser.safebrowsing.malware.enabled    false    mac is true
safebrowsing is checking addresses against known "bad" sites. this list
will be retrieved from google periodicaly. This is the "enumerate
badware" aproach which is inheriently flawed. If you use active blockers
like noscript and alike, you gain much more security (eg, the "whitelist
known good stuff" aproach)
>    false    mac is true
you may want to turn this off since it may leak information to outside.

> extensions.torbutton.locked_node        true     mac is false
> extensions.torbutton.proxies_applied      true    mac is false
> extensions.torbutton.restore_tor         true       mac is false
> extensions.torbutton.settings_applied      true     mac is false
> extensions.torbutton.tor_enabled          true        mac is false
Those are state settings for torbutton. i dont think you should change them.
Read for details
> network.cookie.cookieBehavior          1         mac is   2
cookies disabled on mac. good for privacy. you may want to use a plugin
like cookiesafe to manage cookies in a more controlable way (the "always
off" doesnt work for some sites).
> network.protocol-handler.warn-external.mailto        true        mac is false
>         true         mac is false
> network.protocol-handler.warn-external.nntp           true        mac is false
> network.protocol-handler.warn-external.snews        true        mac is false
This decides if you get a warning before open urls that will be handled
by external application. Eg, click a mailto://-link and it opens your
mail-application. Your mac will open mail and news without asking if you
click a link.
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Hi and thanks for your response. I just want to be sure I understand what you are saying so please excuse my denseness.

the extension.torbutton configs I sent above are all different on my Mac so I am assuming you mean I should change my mac to 
match the "state settings" as you called them. Is that correct?

And what about "mailto", "news", "nntp" and "snews"? I should I make my mac true for them all?
And of course for the first two, concerned with safebrowsing, should I change my mac?

I had found Firefox configuration settings on the Hidden Wiki, that had recommended that network.protocol-handler.external-default be set at "false" 
and all subsettings for network.protocol-handler.external-default be set to "false".
There are 16 of them; afp, data, disk, disks, hcp, help, javascript, mailto, moz-icon, ms-help, news, nntp, shell, snews, vbscript and

Subsequently, network.protocol-handler.warn-external-default was to be set at "true", with all subsettings also set to "true".

There are four: mailto, news, nntp and snews.

Thanks for any clarity on this issue for me.

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