How to make Firefox an essential tool for OSINT

Before start reading this blog post, and gain serious interests in extra privacy tweaks on Firefox. Many related addon’s & tweaks in this post are already mentioned in my older post about tweaks that will enhance your privacy on internet with Firefox.

Okey! What is OSINT? Right?!

OSINT is defined by wikipedia as:

“Open-source intelligence (OSINT) is intelligence collected from publicly available sources. In the intelligence community (IC), the term “open” refers to overt, publicly available sources (as opposed to covert or clandestine sources); it is not related to open-source software or public intelligence.” (source)

So let’s summon this as simple as possible, basically anything you can find on the internet. The key point for me about OSINT is that it only relates to information you can find for free. Having to pay to get access to information such as an API or raw data isn’t really OSINT material. I’m not saying that’s wrong or should be a reason not to use data from paid sources, it’s just not really OSINT in its trust form. Clear?! Let’s carry on!

The most vital application for the search methods that must be conducted  is within a web browser. Most Windows users settle for Internet Explorer or Edge, well. I do not recommend using those browsers for OSINT analysis. The Firefox browser has enhanced security and a feature called “add-ons” or “extensions”. These are small applications that work within the browser that perform a specific function. They will make searching and documentation much easier. I also use, and encourage others to use, the Chrome web browser when necessary. However, many of the extensions that I need are only compatible with Firefox. The following instructions apply to any versions of Firefox, including Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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