[Privacy] Abrowser sends requests when hovering over a link

Category:bug report
Status:patch (needs review)

By default if a user hovers the cursor over a link Abrowser will send a DNS request to resolve the domain of the site the link references. This is probably there in order to speed up page loading by using the prefetched DNS response, but it creates somewhat of a privacy issue. This happens on http, but I didn't see it on https.

To remove this functionality set network.http.speculative-parallel-limit to 0 on about:config page.

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 20:22
Status:active» patch (ready)

Change sent here:


Wed, 08/19/2015 - 10:31
Status:patch (ready)» patch (needs review)

Hi aklis,

There was no need to add those lines (Line nos. 191 and 192).

Just uncomment line number 17 in the same file. This setting disables pre-connecting to search engines when clicking on the search bar too, as far as I know.

There are following duplicated lines in the file:-

Lines 17  and 192. (For the above case.)
Lines 114 and 150.
Lines 102 and 104.

Also please make the following correction:-
Replace pref ("extensions.getAddons.search.url", "http://trisquel.info");
with pref ("extensions.getAddons.search.url", "https://trisquel.info/en/browser-plain");

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