Changing the address bar search default in Firefox

I just reinstalled my OS and the first thing I did was install Firefox. After my recent post extolling the virtues of DuckDuckGo (DDG) I wanted the search box in Firefox to use the site. No problem! A quick search on the Firefox Addons site and the DuckDuckGo search plugin was ready to use.

I assumed that using the URL bar to carry out quick searches would also use the same settings as the dedicated search box. Nope! It defaults to Google despite me not having Google set as a default anything.

A quick Google search* and I found out how to change Firefox’s default behaviour. Continue reading

GooGone? DuckDuckGo!

Or “How I’m trying to reduce my exposure to Google”

I’ve decided to reduce the amount of exposure I have to Google. I simply don’t feel comfortable with how much of my life is tracked and analysed.

I already run a few Firefox addons that should cut back the online breadcrumb trail but it’s still not enough. I found some Firefox addons (NoScript, RequestPolicy) were excellent at what they do but broke many websites due to the site’s reliance on third-party scripts. It’s not the addon’s fault but I don’t have the time to tailor different profiles on a per website basis. I now use Ghostery, Adblock and TACO to reduce the ability for ad networks to track me. But it still wasn’t enough. Continue reading