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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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Mozilla Firefox “not an ad” experiment irks the Web, again

Mozilla Firefox “not an ad” experiment irks the Web, again

Mozilla, the not-for-profit organization behind the popular Firefox browser, is always searching for ways to keep the lights on while developing and distributing a complex and sophisticated piece of software for the price of free. Many of those, especially the ones that involved sponsored content, a.k.a. ads, have been met with criticism and opposition. It seemed that Mozilla was taking yet another stab at it without telling anyone and the reactions were unsurprising.

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Firefox Focus now lets you decide which cookies to eat

Firefox Focus now lets you decide which cookies to eat

Cookies may sound delicious but, in the World Wide Web, they can also be dangerous. To your privacy at least. Sites and ads have long abused these piecemeal bits of data to go beyond improving user experience and improve advertiser profits instead. Since website owners seem less inclined to care, web browser makers are taking matters into their own hands. In the latest update to the privacy-focused Firefox Focus, users can specify the kind of cookies they can allow into their experience or, at their own risk, accept them all.

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Firefox 64 arrives with better tab organization and feature suggestions

Firefox 64 arrives with better tab organization and feature suggestions

Mozilla has released Firefox 64 for desktop, giving its users access to better tab organization and a contextual feature recommender (CFR), among other things. The changes make it easier for users to organize the dozens of browser tabs they may have open, as well as discovering Firefox features and add-ons that they may be otherwise unaware of.

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Firefox Price Wise, Email Tabs want to make holidays less stressful

Firefox Price Wise, Email Tabs want to make holidays less stressful

They call it the holidays but for some people, those days are even more nerve-wracking than regular days. From the travel accommodations that have to be made to the presents that have to be bought, people are flooded with more information than they would normally get during any other day. And since most of that information is coming from the Web, Mozilla is trying out some new tricks to let Firefox help rather than add to the problem, like keeping track of prices for you or helping you email links to yourself.

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Firefox 63 advanced tracking protection blocks bad cookies

Firefox 63 advanced tracking protection blocks bad cookies

They may sound delicious but like their sugary and carb-filled real-world counterparts, browser cookies can be bad for your digital wellbeing. Especially when said cookies come from third-party sites that want to track your every move, even when you ’ve moved away from that site. These tracking cookies leave crumbs that vendors and even hackers can follow to potentially violate your privacy or even influence your mind. Firefox version 63 will finally put a stop to that but only if you tell it to.

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