Installation Levels | Pluckeye

Terms

Level 0
The Pluckeye extension for Firefox or Chrome is installed from the Mozilla Add-ons site or from the Chrome Web Store. As long as the extension is enabled, images will be blocked within Firefox or Chrome: no whitelist, no blacklist, no configuration, no options.
Level 1
Level 1 is the default when Pluckeye is first installed from the try it page. Level 1 includes system binaries as well as the Pluckeye extensions for Firefox and Chrome. As long as the extension is enabled, level 1 allows use of most Pluckeye features in Firefox or Chrome including whitelisting, blacklisting, scheduled rules and more. Level 1 is suitable for trying Pluckeye without firmly locking down one’s Internet access.
Level 2
Also known as self-control mode, level 2 prevents the user from easily bypassing Pluckeye. In addition to Firefox and Chrome, other browsers on the computer such as Safari and Internet Explorer are filtered or blocked. See the platform notes below. The author originally expected that most users would use level 2.

Why isn’t level 2 the default?

Level 1 is the default level mainly as a safety measure. By requiring the user to set the level manually, the user is then educated on how to do the reverse as well. And some users find level 1 to be sufficient help for themselves.

Platform notes

Level 2 on Windows

On Windows, level 2 means that only Firefox, Chrome, and browsers based on them (e.g. Brave) may be used for browsing the Internet; Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and all other browsers other than Firefox and Chrome will not work at all.

Level 2 on Linux

On Linux, level 2 means that browsers other than Firefox and Chromium will be slower, overblock the user, and generally be much less useful than Firefox and Chromium. But they will still work in general. Well, with one big exception: Chrome will not work at all, but Chromium should with Pluckeye 0.50.0 or greater.

How to change the installation level

Method 1, Firefox or Chrome

Firefox or Chrome > Pluckeye Button > Settings button > Set Delay to 0 > Change level

See also this video.

Method 2, command line

Windows

C:\> pluck set "delay 0"
. . . wait until delay setting has taken effect . . .
C:\> pluck set "level 2"

Mac OS X

pluckeye_delay=$(pluck export | awk '/^Delay/ { print $2 }')
pluck set "delay 0"
sleep $pluckeye_delay
pluck set "level 2"

Linux

pluckeye_delay=$(pluck export | awk '/^Delay/ { print $2 }')
pluck set "delay 0"
sleep $pluckeye_delay
pluck set "level 2"

tl;dr

  1. Install both Firefox and Chrome (or Chromium and not Chrome on Linux).
  2. Use level 2.
  3. Get Pluckeye here.