Sunday, March 25, 2012

Enabling SPDY Protocol in Firefox!

Google services seem slower on FF than on Chrome?

The recently released Firefox 11 supports the SPDY protocol. Google services use SPDY if negotiated & Chrome has had it enabled by default for some time. Let's enable it on Firefox: 
  • Open a new tab in Firefox and navigate to about:config (no http:// or anything)
  • Click "I'll be careful, I promise!"
  • In the search box, type "spdy". 
  • Double-Click "network.http.spdy.enabled" to toggle it to user set - boolean - true
  • Restart the browser

That will do it! For more info about SPDY check out this great podcast: Security Now! With Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte Episode 343.

Edit: note that this change is per-user, not system wide.
Edit2: A new addon that reports if the site was pulled via SPDY with an address bar indicator!

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