Disabling firefox detect captive portal

Story

While working on a dns server on my virtual network, I was tailing the named logs in journald, and I saw a request go through:

detectportal.firefox.com

I thought to myself, “What is that?” I ddged it and found that was a function in firefox that tries to detect if it’s in a captive portal, like at a hotel or other public wifi where you must agree to something before you can access the World Wide Web.
I realize that it is probably fine for firefox to do this, but it’s not necessary. I don’t want my browser doing anything of the sort. I will tell what and when to visit web URLs.

Disabling firefox detect captive portal

In firefox, visit about:config and search for captive.
You can change the values. The easiest one to change is the network.captive-portal-service.enabled. You can change this boolean value to false by double-clicking it.

References

Weblinks

  1. https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1307867
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One thought on “Disabling firefox detect captive portal

  1. WHO do google and Mozilla think they are? They have all kinds of crud built into their browsers that they do not tell us about… very likely security/privacy hazards. Enough of this ****ing snooping!

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