The developers behind the privacy extension, Decentraleyes, have released version 2.0. Among additional languages and new features, Decentraleyes 2.0 has been fully rewritten to support Firefox 57 and beyond – an issue most Firefox users are concerned about as Firefox 57, which drops support for legacy add-ons, comes hurtling toward us.
For those of you unfamiliar with Decentraleyes, here’s a quick overview of the add-on:
“[Decentraleyes] protects you against tracking through “free”, centralised, content delivery. It prevents a lot of requests from reaching networks like Google Hosted Libraries, and serves local files to keep sites from breaking. [It] complements regular content blockers … Websites have increasingly begun to rely much more on large third-parties for content delivery. Cancelling requests for ads or trackers is usually without issue, however blocking actual content, not unexpectedly, breaks pages. The aim of this add-on is to cut-out the middleman by providing lightning speed delivery of local (bundled) files to improve online privacy.”
Additionally, the developers have added an entirely optional graphical user interface. They implemented a toggle to simplify domain whitelist management, and added support for right-to-left, top-to-bottom scripts. There is also an option to disable request metadata sanitation, as well as a feature allowing you to re-enable link prefetching.
Several new languages are now supported with this release including Arabic, Hebrew, Icelandic, Romanian, and Turkish.
As we approach Firefox 57 in mid-October, we should see more add-ons start to lose their legacy tag. Plans to move away from legacy add-ons have been known for a long time now, so developers should be close to reimplementing their add-ons in time for the upcoming release.