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Post Posted September 19th, 2017, 5:20 am

It looks like your Little Snitch monitoring tool provides an option to the number of times a given outbound connection can connect so maybe you should make use of those features: https://www.macworld.com/article/322147 ... ivity.html

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Post Posted September 19th, 2017, 6:53 am

If you can identify the ip number for the stream you might try and block it in and out with the firewall.
I still think you should check with your ISP and make sure it's not something to do with them.
If you larger system is on a dark (private) channel, say something from Zayo or other network it could be the problem.

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Post Posted September 19th, 2017, 5:36 pm

^^ Reflective, I've already said that blocking outgoing connections with Little Snitch to hostname push.services.mozilla.com brings the streams to a grinding halt, so I don't see what's added by only limiting the number of times a given outbound connection can connect, so I confess that I must be completely missing your point.

^ Grumpus, I've already said that I've identified the IP addresses for the stream (there are no less than 36 of them associated with push.services.mozilla.com), and that blocking outgoing connection to that hostname halts both the outgoing & incoming streams. But that is only a stopgap measure, and what I really want to know is how to turn-off Firefox's push service.... I don't see what my ISP could have to do with it if blocking push.services.mozilla.com—and not blocking my ISP's IP address—stops the stream. Also, if my ISP has anything to do with it, then why doesn't the stream occur at all when my Firefox is launched into a different profile?... I am not going through any kind of dark (private) channel like Zayo.

Does anyone know how to turn-off Mozilla push service?
• Firefox 48.0.2
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Post Posted September 20th, 2017, 7:29 am

Have you tried the Mozilla contact link for a specific answer?
This is not a wisenheimer answer, just a suggestion because it could be beyond some of the folks currently viewing the posts.

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Post Posted September 20th, 2017, 8:06 am

^ That led to this, which didn't work:
All-Site Persistent Disable

There are two different preferences for notifications, a master switch, and one which is specific to background (web push) notifications that can appear after you leave the site which sends them.

(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button promising to be careful.

(2) In the search box above the list, type or paste webno and pause while the list is filtered

(3) To disable PUSH NOTIFICATIONS, double-click the dom.webnotifications.serviceworker.enabled preference to switch its value from true to false -- sites can still generate desktop notifications while you have a tab open to the site

(4) To disable ALL NOTIFICATIONS, double-click the dom.webnotifications.enabled preference to switch its value from true to false -- this is a master switch, you won't get any desktop notifications from sites

(5) To also disable BACKGROUND UPDATES, double-click the dom.push.enabled preference to switch its value from true to false -- but that may block actually useful services from sites you trust, so I don't recommend it at this point. (Note: you need to edit the text in the filter box above the list to display this preference.)
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Post Posted September 20th, 2017, 8:13 am

Grumpus wrote:This is not a wisenheimer answer

Oh !! Could have fooled me..
#KeepFightingMichael

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Post Posted September 20th, 2017, 12:11 pm

@Schyme Bubbula - The only problem with turning those off is there c/would be other important notifications which might be related to security.

@mightyglydd - the way you tell is the winky emoticon wasn't attached. ;)

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Post Posted September 20th, 2017, 12:32 pm

^ The only problem with turning those off is, to repeat, they don't work.
• Firefox 48.0.2
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Post Posted September 20th, 2017, 1:05 pm

@Schmye Bubbula - my thought, you might be able to contact someone beyond the help pages more up to date than a page listing due to the current Firefox changes.
It might also do some good to see if something with the Amazon Cloud which is hosting is having some kind of issue but most of the email address' supplied by any search come up with fake names and email addresses, including the abuse email addresses. In other words they know they're screwed up but have no intention of going to the trouble to examine anything, simpler to sit back swill cola and peanut butter cheese crackers and occasionally look at porn.
Since it appears you are sticking with FF48 with various known exploits, blocking the IPs, dumping the affected profile or updating without using the affected profile may be your only answer, particularly when FF will change in November.

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Post Posted September 20th, 2017, 1:22 pm

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@Schmye Bubbula - I would not worry about low level activity given you are running an eight year old OS and a version of Firefox that is a year out of date (eight versions). I would be more worried about the unfixed issues in your ancient OS and Firefox.

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