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Firefox now blocks 3rd party tracking cookies by default

Firefox now blocks 3rd party tracking cookies by default

Browser makers are going on a cookie diet. After years of allowing site owners to abuse cookies, the likes of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are finally putting their foot down and saying "no". The latter has actually rolled out its "Enhanced Tracking Protection" feature quite a while ago but it will now turn it on by default for all users. Mozilla didn't stop there, though, and is pushing out more privacy-related features for other apps in its Firefox ecosystem.

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Firefox 67 promises to be faster thanks to procrastination

Firefox 67 promises to be faster thanks to procrastination

Web browsers have become bigger than ever in more ways than one. Yes, they have become practically central to the way we use computers but they've also become more complex as they gain new features. Web pages, too, have become more complex and browsers have to adjust to support them. Complexity always has a cost, however, and most of that cost is in performance. With the latest version 67 release of the Firefox browser, Mozilla is promising a faster experience not by trimming off the fat but by "procrastinating on purpose".

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Firefox broke add-ons because it let a security certificate expire

Firefox broke add-ons because it let a security certificate expire

What should have probably been an uneventful weekend, or a weekend spent watching Avengers: Endgame, turned out to be a mini-nightmare for the folks at Mozilla. The developers of the Firefox web browser spent the past two days feverishly working to re-enable users' add-ons that suddenly became unusable on Friday night. All because Mozilla forgot that a critical security certificate would be expiring that day and wasn't able to renew it in time.

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Firefox Lockbox password manager now on Android

Firefox Lockbox password manager now on Android

Web browsers have long offered the convenience of remembering the passwords you need to access websites and syncing them across all devices that the browser is available on. The problem, however, is when you need to log into mobile apps for the services whose passwords you have already stored on your browser. You could opt to migrate to a dedicated password manager or you could, instead, install Mozilla's Firefox Lockbox, its once experimental password manager that is now available for Android users.

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Firefox for iPad gets split screen support, tab tiles, and more

Firefox for iPad gets split screen support, tab tiles, and more

Mozilla has revealed a new version of Firefox for iOS that enables iPad owners to better control their browsing experience. The new version brings support for a number of features, including split screen, and improves convenience in other areas, such as offering one-click access to Private Browsing mode. As part of its announcement, Mozilla acknowledged that "iPads aren't just bigger versions of iPhones."

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Firefox 66 silences autoplaying videos, content-pushing ads

Firefox 66 silences autoplaying videos, content-pushing ads

Although it's no longer a Wild, Wild West, World Wide Web is still far from being a peaceful territory. There is no shortage of players who'd do everything to make an easy buck or even legit actors that impose their will on users, even if it means ruining the latter's experience. From autoplaying videos that can scare the daylights out of you to late-loading ads that throw you off your reading groove, the latest Firefox release reins these misbehaving elements in to ensure a pleasurable Web experience for users.

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Windows Defender for Chrome and Firefox requires Microsoft Edge

Windows Defender for Chrome and Firefox requires Microsoft Edge

Microsoft has given its best, and sometimes its worst, to put its Internet Explorer past behind it and push Microsoft Edge to its users. It has failed and is reworking Edge to use Chrome's engine instead. In yet another admission of defeat, it will be making its Windows Defender Application Guard browser extension, previously exclusive to Edge, available for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. The catch? You will still have to bear with using Edge when it determines you're visiting an untrusted site.

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Firefox Send encrypted file transfer service is free for everyone

Firefox Send encrypted file transfer service is free for everyone

Mozilla has its own free online file-sharing service and it is now available to everyone. Called Firefox Send, the platform originally launched in 2017 as an experimental service under Firefox Test Pilot. Though the latter no longer exists, Firefox Send has blossomed into an end-to-end encrypted file transfer service enabling anyone to send files up to 2.5GB in size.

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Firefox 66 will automatically mute annoying auto-playing media

Firefox 66 will automatically mute annoying auto-playing media

Mozilla has good news for Firefox users -- the upcoming Firefox 66 release will block websites from automatically playing those obnoxious audio clips and noisy videos. The change will apply only to media that plays sound and it will be on by default, though users will have the option to enable auto-playing audible content if they want. Mozilla will bring the feature to Firefox on both Android and desktop.

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Firefox 65 makes it easier to control browser privacy settings

Firefox 65 makes it easier to control browser privacy settings

Mozilla's latest Firefox update makes it easier for users to control their privacy level, the company has announced. The browser's Content Blocking section has been redesigned to offer two different view options, making it easy to see what settings are available and what each one offers. As well, the update brings improved performance management and support for video compression tech AV1.

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Research: 4 new ways browser history can be exposed

Research: 4 new ways browser history can be exposed

A recent study by the University of California, San Diego, showed four new ways to expose Internet users' browsing histories. They also showed the ways in which these histories could and can be used to target internet users with various attacks. Most of these attacks take aim psychologically, targeting the trust users have in details to which they believe only their closest friends and family have access.

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Firefox Test Pilot program ends, spirit of experimentation lives on

Firefox Test Pilot program ends, spirit of experimentation lives on

You can say what you want about Mozilla’s attempts at earning money but you can’t criticize it for lack of trying. In fact, the non-profit open source organization has a knack for throwing out ideas and experiments and getting users to be their guinea pigs. Or brave testers, if you will. Those experiments all came from the Firefox Test Pilot garage, which is sadly now closing up shop. Mozilla assures fans of the browser, however, that experiments will stop. In fact, it promises there will be even more.

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