Firefox 69 for Mac Brings Default Tracking Protection and Performance Improvements

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firefoxlogoMozilla has launched Firefox 69 for Macs, boasting performance improvements and some notable updates to its security repertoire.

Firefox 69 for desktop now blocks third-party tracking cookies by default for all users. The feature is an existing part of the browser's Enhanced Tracking Protection system that was actually launched in June, but that introduced the default setting only for new users. Now even existing Firefox users are protected as standard.

Firefox's default anti-tracking smarts now also extend to blocking cryptomining, a nefarious practice that aggressively hogs processor cycles and battery life in the background as it mines for cryptocurrency while the unsuspecting user browses the web. Firefox 69 also blocks fingerprinting in the user-selected Strict mode, and Mozilla says it plans to turn this protection on by default in a later release.

firefox ETP Blocking CookiesFirefox users can tell if they have ETP enabled by looking for a shield icon in the address bar, which indicates tracker blocking is active. Users can also click on the icon to view a Content Blocking menu listing all currently blocked tracking cookies. From here, it's also possible to disable tracking cookie blocking on a per site basis.

Security aside, other new features in this release include the ability to block autoplaying videos, including those that don't play audio. For users in the US or using the en-US browser, there's a new New Tab page experience that connects them to the best of Pocket's content, while macOS users can also look forward to improved battery life and a download manager interface that displays file download progress.

Mozilla's full changelog can be found here. If you're already a Firefox user, you should receive an automatic upgrade after restarting the browser. For everyone else, Firefox 69 is available for macOS as a free download directly from the Mozilla website.

Top Rated Comments

MoXoM Avatar
16 months ago
Seeing the number 69 and then looking at the Firefox logo made me chuckle.

I really am immature sometimes...
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kabeyun Avatar
16 months ago
Gotta say, Mozilla has been quietly upping the game to the point where I’m starting to prefer it over Safari, which has been my default forever. There are times/sites where Safari doesn’t load elements, like Recapcha, which renders them unusable. Google image searches don’t populate to the scroll-down part of the page. Firefox has no such issues for me so far. It might be a Safari bug, or some security setting I haven’t found, but Firefox is now actually a more reliable browser. And I respect their steps towards privacy/security, this one included.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sasparilla Avatar
16 months ago
Some other big news, though, is that version 70 supposedly drops power usage on Mac's by a factor of 3. Finally MacBook users will be able to use the browser without a power cord if they want.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/upcoming-firefox-update-will-decrease-power-usage-on-macos-by-up-to-three-times/
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kabeyun Avatar
16 months ago

Is it much better than Chrome when using Windows?

If you’re comfortable with a Google product as your window to the Internet, have at it. Not I. Ever.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jimmy James Avatar
16 months ago
Wine me, dine me, Firefox me.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
now i see it Avatar
16 months ago
the web has grown into such a diseased & nefarious medium that I no longer accept cookies from any sight I'm not buying something from (which get purged immediately after leaving the site) and use ad blockers for everything. Seems like going back to the Stone Age
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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