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Manock
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One Time Use Firefox

Has John T or anyone else considered compiling a one time use Firefox which leaves no traces on the host machine, or on the portable device it is run from?

Opera has a one time use edition at www.kejut.com/operaportable but which still uses folders created in the local settings temp folder. Opera says all information is completely destroyed upon shutdown but there are doubters to this.

As I understand Firefox, all temp files are created in ram which is then lost upon shutdown making Firefox the more secure of a possible onetime browser.

All ready done, or a good idea?

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What for?

I dont see a reason for a one-time FFP.
Could you elaborate the idea?

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Competition!

For competitions sake of course! Are you going to let a bunch of albino ex vikings get the upper hand here. Of course not. Your an American! Your ancestores got kicked out of every decent country in Europe! Your a hybrid! A mutant! Your not going to let that hump on your back, or the fact one leg is longer than the other stop you from showing those monarchists your as good as they are! So get in there, and become the inventor of the first american totally secure web browser, and Ill show you a mountanous region where peculiarities such as yours can be appreciated by the women there.

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?!

That has to be weakest excuse I've heard in a long time.

"Becuase it is there" is never a reasonable reason, particularly when all you need to do with the existing version of PFF is close it down, go to the contents of the drive, and delete it. I saw the one-shot at Opera's site and I can't even begin to come up with a valid reason for this. What good would it be?

As for some of the more asinine components of your pseudo-logic, I won't bother to touch them. They don't make rubber gloves that thick.

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better yet

"as good as"?

Surely you jest. We are their betters.

Why not store your Firefox in a TrueCrypt volume on your flash drive?

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Why bother? FFP already works like this.

What use would this be? You can already do this with Firefox Portable. Just download it and run the self-extractor to extract the files. Use Firefox Portable as you'd like. When done, delete the directory and the self-extractor.

A "one time use" would save at most, what, one step?

One time use:
1. Download the EXE
2. Run the EXE to use the app
3. Close the app
4. Delete the EXE

Versus the portable setup:
1. Download the EXE
2. Run the EXE to extract the app
3. Run FirefoxPortable.exe to use the app
4. Close the app
5. Delete the EXE and the FirefoxPortable folder

So, all the extra work to compile a "one time use Firefox". And all the extra work to upload, maintain and support it on an ongoing basis would all be to save one simple step. Sounds like a huge waste of time to me.

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but...

If I do read this correctly, you want a version of Firefox that automatically deletes the files on the host computer after usage... isn't that the purpose of Portable Firefox? Unless you want one that doesn't modify the disk you happen to have it on with cookies, cache, etc, then can't you burn it to a CD?

https://portableapps.com/support/firefox_portable#cd

I dunno, this is only if I did understand what you were trying to say.

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no?

Are not clean-portable apps to refrain from modifying the host computer? There are far too many dirty-portables now! Mikicun dirty-portable CS3 comes to mind... it installs a service on the host machine. tsk tsk!

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Such a "dirty portable app"

Such a "dirty portable app" is not truly portable at all. Installing stuff like services, registry entries, etc. on the host is against every rule of portable apping there is.

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Ever heard of Torpark, the

Ever heard of Torpark, the modified Firefox Portable bundled with a portable version of Tor? Its default settings do not retain any information on the portable device. Of course, if you want a "one time use Firefox" without Tor, this is not what you want.

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John...

I dunno if you've seen that "Torpark" but I just checked it out and it looks like it uses the firefox icon...?

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Violation

Yes, TorPark is using an unmodified copy of Firefox internally, which is a violation of Mozilla's Trademark Guidelines.

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Although

You did help them at one stage Wink
(Mind you, it was Portable Firefox back then :D)
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