This probably sounds a bit paranoid, but I really don’t trust Google all that much, and because Firefox relies on the Google Safe Browsing API, my only option for a usable modern browser up to this point has been Microsoft Edge. Basically, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari… they all rely on the very Google API that I’m wary of.
Could anyone confirm that Comodo IceDragon doesn’t use/rely on the Google Safe Browsing API? I get the impression it wouldn’t need that API since they mention having their own block list of malicious websites, but I just want to be sure.
I apologize if this sounds like an irrational/paranoid request, but given some of the things I know about Alphabet/Google, I don’t feel comfortable leaving my security to them.
IceDragon uses Safe Browsing.
about:preferences#privacy and disable Deceptive Content and Dangerous Software Protection if you do not want to use it.
IceDragon has Comodo Online Security for additional protection against phishing and malware.
Hi, thanks for pointing me to that option. It did lead me in the right direction. I don’t want the browser sending information to Google about URLs I visit or files I download, even if those URLs or files are suspicious.
I found some information when I searched for those two options, that told me I should also set “false” on the following options in about:config to make sure Safe Browsing is completely off:
browser.safebrowsing.downloads.enabled = false
browser.safebrowsing.downloads.remote.enabled = false
browser.safebrowsing.downloads.remote.block_dangerous = false
browser.safebrowsing.downloads.remote.block_dangerous_host = false
browser.safebrowsing.downloads.remote.block_potentially_unwanted = false
browser.safebrowsing.downloads.remote.block_uncommon = false
The options you told me to uncheck only covered these two flags:
browser.safebrowsing.malware.enabled = false
browser.safebrowsing.phishing.enabled = false
I guess I’m going to be relying on Antivirus/Internet Security-style programs for protection instead. I just don’t understand how we got to a point where almost everyone is throwing up their hands and saying, “We’ve decided to allow Google to provide most of the glue and infrastructure for the modern web, and you’re going to trust them whether you like it or not.” It looks like I’m going to have to carefully disable options in every Firefox-variant I want to use, and watch the changelogs carefully to see if they pile on any more unwanted Google integration.
Thank you for your honesty and your assistance, though. It is very much appreciated.
You are welcome.
I don’t know if any part of SB is still active if it is disabled in the settings. You can test is.