I’m a happy user of both add-ons too. uBlock for blocking visual elements, uMatrix for blocking resources.
@cks, I’m impressed you took the time to answer my question with an in-depth blog post. Thanks a lot!
I’m trying to figure out what I would gain adding uMatrix to my setup. I Use Multi-Account Containers as well as Temporary Containers, Facebook/Google/Twitter/Reddit Containers, so I get all the cookies I want placed where I want, and for all other cookies, they get deleted right after I close the tab (thanks to Temporary Containers), and it does it by itself, contrary to uMatrix, so I think I wouldn’t gain much by using uMatrix except a bit fewer cookies for the sites I trust.
Does anybody see a fault in my thinking?
Good points. I might give it a shot.
Do you also run NoScript, or is that functionality covered by uBlock Origin?
It can be covered by uMatrix, either globally, 1st party, or individual host level.
Is uMatrix really worth it over just using uBlock Origin’s medium or hard mode?
The one clear area that uBlock Origin’s medium and hard modes don’t seem to cover is cookies (for successful requests). You can clean them up after the fact with Cookie AutoDelete, but they’ll still be sent back to sites you visit before you close things down (or manually delete them).
Good to know. Thank you very much.
I’m a past uMatrix user who switched to NoScript (though I’ve always kept uBlock Origin). The reason is that configuring uMatrix, even after years of experience, started to feel like minor configuration hell every time we see a new site. To illustrate, my friend still uses uMatrix and often their replies to my links are “Hang on – gotta play Whack-A-Script”, referring to configuring uMatrix for this new site so that it would display properly.
It’s even more worthwhile on Firefox for Android, where blocking unnecessary scripts saves battery life.
You’re far more patient than I am – “more than one try” is where I give up on the site. With NoScript it scarcely ever takes more than one try.