In the FAQ section, the answer to “Can I use Firefox Sync with LibreWolf? Is it safe to do so?” is that “There aren’t any major privacy or security downsides in doing so, as Firefox Sync encrypts your data locally before transmitting it to the server”.
So why does LibreWolf disable it by default?
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Opt-in seems like a reasonable position for this optional feature. Not everyone uses it. I don’t. To turn the question on its head:
Is there a compelling reason to enable it by default?
yup, the idea is to ship a de-cluttered and straightforward browser. however we figured there was no reason to completely block users from using Sync, so we made it easier to enable and added the faq entry for those who like the convenience.
it’s just another option, like xbrowsersync and manual backups.
Thanks for the answers :) I think that’s reasonable but I also think that changing about:config (or LW config) isn’t something that anyone could do. So I’m assuming that LibreWolf is not meant for everyone? Not for newbies certainly?
it probably takes some getting used to, yeah. however (I maintain the settings) I try to trim the number of about:config changes needed as much as possible, so that it’s not annoying for users.
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