Talk:Connections established on startup - Firefox

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Pinging when you click a link

An entry was just added for: * Pinging when you click a link. See browser.send_pings
I was wondering if this really belongs in the article since it involves an action on the part of the user (clicking a link). The title and first sentence of the article imply that these connections are automatically established when Firefox starts up. Alice 01:06, 20 October 2007 (UTC)

I wondered same as you. Couldn't the ping nevertheless happen at startup if link prefetching is enabled? -- Tony 01:25, 20 October 2007 (UTC)
* Prefetching links if the page it's on defines any... is already included in the article. Alice 01:30, 20 October 2007 (UTC)
yes, yes, but what about if one of those prefetched links has a ping= attribute? Wouldn't that ping the target of said attribute in addition to that of the link? -- Tony 01:36, 20 October 2007 (UTC)
In any case, it would still be the result of prefetching, wouldn't it? From what I read in the linked Prefetching FAQ, prefetching can be disabled by setting "network.prefetch-next" to "false". Anyway, I'll wait to see if FatJohn has any comments since he added the "ping" entry Alice 01:49, 20 October 2007 (UTC)
I suppose some people might want to enable link prefetching (for speed) but disable pings (for privacy). Though I suppose the line about pinging might be moved to a subentry of the one about prefetching. -- Tony 02:04, 20 October 2007 (UTC)
I was thinking the same thing and agree that the "Pinging" entry should be a sub-part of the "Prefetching" entry; also "when you click a link" should be removed. I made those changes. Alice 12:00, 20 October 2007 (UTC)
I'm quite happy with it as it now stands. I'm sure many paranoids agree... :) FatJohn 15:09, 23 October 2007 (UTC)

Where does it lead to....

Would it make sense to add where these connections lead? I occasionally see questions like this: --LoudNoise 20:24, 6 May 2008 (UTC)

I guess it would, dunno if there's a list available. --FatJohn 17:22, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

Mention malware?

Should the possibility of a malware infection be mentioned here, what do you guys & gals think? --FatJohn 17:22, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

IIUC this article is about what kinds of connections are established at startup during normal functioning, whether it might be advisable to stop them, and how to do so. Anything not mentioned here is suspect, I suppose, unless it comes from something that the user should know about, such as an extension. — Tony 19:34, 19 March 2009 (UTC)