This is, for the most part, a rant, but I’d love some discussion around the subject.
CAPTCHAs and DDoS protection tools will be the reason I stop caring about privacy. Not inconvenience from using a phone without Google services, not the social problems arising from not existing on social media, not the often subpar software alternatives, no. It will be the constant prompts to pass various tests to access basic websites.
Using Firefox with a few about:config variables behind a VPN has become insufferable because of Google’s CAPTCHA tools which have become so widespread I’ve almost stopped using a browser. These of course have minimal impact on Chrome users who can click a box and pass, but with the Firefox setup I have (which is not that hardcore and quite far from something like Arkenfox) I have to spend at least a minute solving them each time.
On a similar note Cloudflare’s protection is insufferable too. I cannot even access the login page on GitLab with Firefox FPI enabled.
I love Firefox, it has been what I use and recommend for years, and I am not a fan of Chromium based browsers, but if the options available are running vanilla Firefox and no VPN, deal with constant CAPTCHA prompts, or switch to a Chromium based browser, well, then I’m not sure how long I’ll stick to Firefox.
I know I’m not the only person here who values privacy, so how do you deal with this? Do you not find the constant CAPTCHAs insufferable? Have you considered leaving Firefox as a result? If you’re a Chromium user, feel free to chime in on what your experience is like.