Today's free stuff comes from Dark Reader and it's an extension that works on both Chrome and Firefox. It's called Dark Reader. I've been using it on Firefox for a while now and it's an excellent extension.
At the click of the top bar icon, this extension inverts brightness of web pages reduces the strain on your eyes while browsing the web. In dark mode it's good for night browsing. It's also highly customizable. Go on ahead and install it on your Chrome or Firefox browser for free and check it out. (Safari has the extension, but is $4.99 to download. Not free.)
It's Friday! (Everybody cheer!)
So, we all know that unwelcome twitch of seeing a Facebook ad that pops up right after we search for or buy a product somewhere else (or mention it to someone). I've got something that might help you if you are using Firefox or a Firefox fork like Waterfox or PaleMoon.
It's Facebook Container.
Here's what it does:
The Facebook Container extension isolates your FB identity into a tab and makes it harder for Facebook to track you on the web outside of Facebook.
When you visit Facebook it will open in a new blue-colored browser tab. In that tab you can login to Facebook and use it like you normally would. If you click on a non-Facebook link or go to a non-Facebook website in the URL bar, these pages will load outside of the container.
You will not see Facebook links to your account anywhere outside of Facebook because the extension blocks them from linking to your personal identity.
Facebook logins and like buttons will not work outside of Facebook. This can be a HUGE downside for people who use their Facebook login for other accounts online. I do not recommend it for these people.
I also do not recommend this extension for people who like staying logged into Facebook, Instagram or Messenger all of the time. The extension logs you out of these accounts when you close the browser tab and/or your browser.
I know that Google is impossible to contain, but at least Facebook is a bit less present in my inner life because of the fence that I've thrown up around it.
I love this extension.
Happy Friday! I'm here to spread some freedom!
In May (weekend of the 4th and 5th) Firefox had a problem that broke almost of their extensions. I am a heavy user of those extensions. The loss of those extensions broke the internet for me. It left me using Chrome and Chromium, which isn't bad, but it's not what I prefer.
So, I decided to give Waterfox, a fork of Firefox, a try!
I also said that I'd give you all an update on my experiences with various browsers. I've been using Waterfox as a daily browser since May and I love it. It behaves exactly like Firefox and I'm able to use all of my lovely extensions. Some of the extensions take a bit of fiddling, but if you aren't a power user, you probably won't need to.
One of the nice things about Waterfox is the lack of corporate apps included on install. There's no Pocket.
I like it because it lends itself to choice and risk. It doesn't tell you what you are allowed to do because you will be taking a risk. I can easily install extensions and plug-ins that are not on the Firefox white-list. Waterfox treats you like a grown-up.
In addition to the extensions available at the Mozilla site, Waterfox maintains a collection of archived addons.
The devs are responsive and have a subReddit for support. They post frequently on their blog.
Waterfox is available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
All in all, it's a great substitute for Firefox.