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A faster and safer Firefox experience

Here are a few tips to make your Mozilla Firefox experience faster, safer and more private. Most “average” users might not bother with these, but the more discerning types will find them helpful.

1. Install the following Firefox extensions – NoScript, Ghostery, Adblock Plus, OptimizeGoogle.

2. Type “about:config” (no quotes) in the address bar.

Toggle network.http.pipelining to “true”.

Toggle network.http.proxy.pipelining to “true”.

Then set integer value for network.http.pipelining.maxrequests to 40.

Right-click anywhere that’s blank on the page and then create a new item called “nglayout.initialpaint.delay” and set its integer value to 0 (zero)

The Ghostery extension will allow you to selectively block hidden data-gathering activities such as traffic-ranking, click-throughs and such stuff like that, which can monitor what you do on the net. Some of that stuff is probably harmless but slows down your browsing experience during its data-gathering phase. The other extension recommendations are well-known as to what they do.

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