Firefox Quantum

Currently working through Volume II Network security. It is all good stuff and well delivered.

My query is about the introduction of firefox quantum and the incompatibilty of several of the recommended plugins.

  • Are there similar/suitable alternatives to the plugins?
  • Is firefox still the recommended browser or should an alternative be used? (Chrome/Firefox ESR …)



Yes its extension Armageddon. Im just working out the best course of action at the moment. Firefox 57 quantum has changed the way it does extensions (to Webextentions) and some plugins are simply never going to be available for FF57+. Quickjava will not return because the new API won’t allow the functionality. Its very early days but most extensions will be converted over. See
One solution here is to use firefox ESR for a while (until the extensions you want become available, or you find alternatives), it’s based on ver 52 but has all the security fixes of other versions and will do so for many months to come. Firefox ESR still handles most add-ons, especially NoScript, but ESR is a bit slow, doesn’t decently handle add-ons that HAVE already migrated to the quantum API and is a bit of a nasty experience.

Firefox Speed Vs Chrome

Lets see what happens when the dust settles and I’ll update the course. There simply isn’t alternatives to some of the plugins!