At work I have the sound of my laptop not muted because I need sound from time to time. But browsing the internet with Firefox can sometime trigger some undesired sound, very boring in the office. There is the extension Mute Tab to auto-mute a new tab on Firefox so it won’t play sound. The auto-mute must be activated in the plugin options, it’s un-checked by default.
You can find it here, no restart required : Firefox Mute Tab addon
I also use FlashStopper which block by default flash and HTML5 videos, so you can click on it to activate them, it doesn’t autoplay.
When you use google search and you click on a link, you a redirected on a google server that will take care of saving your navigation choice from their search engine into their database.
- This is bad for your privacy
- This slow the process of using the search engine because you have a redirection (that you don’t see) when you want to visit a link
There is a firefox extension that will fix the links in the results of the search engine so when you click, you just go on the website without saying “hello Google I clicked there” : Google Search Link Fix
You can also use another web engine if you don’t like Google. I keep it because I have best results when searching technical. I tried to use Yahoo, Bing, Exalead, Qwant, Duck duck go, each one for a few days and Google has the bests results so far.