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How to Clear Cookies in Firefox on Mac and iOS

Monday April 19, 2021 11:24 am PDT by
Whenever you browse the web in Firefox, the browser stores website data including cookies so that it doesn't have to do so again each time you revisit a site. In theory this should speed up your browsing experience, but there are some scenarios where you might want to clear the cache and start anew. Keep reading to learn how it's done on Mac, iPhone, and iPad. There are a couple of...

How to Use Firefox Private Network to Encrypt Your Web Traffic

Thursday September 12, 2019 2:18 am PDT by
Mozilla this week began piloting its own browser-based VPN service, and if you're located in the U.S. you can start testing it for free right away. Called the Firefox Private Network, the service promises Firefox users a more secure, encrypted path to the web that prevents eavesdroppers from spying on your browsing activity and hides your location from websites and ad trackers. In that...

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Firefox 94 Brings Updated Homepage on iOS, Battery Saving Mode on Mac

Tuesday November 2, 2021 7:00 am PDT by
Firefox today released Firefox 94 for iOS devices, which introduces a new homepage design that adds several quality of life improvements to the browser. Firefox says that the new features are designed for "short bursts of online interactions that are constantly interrupted by life." The update adds a feature that jumps back to the last open active tab so you don't lose what you were browsing ...
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Firefox 91 Update Strengthens Online Privacy With Enhanced Cookie Protection

Wednesday August 11, 2021 4:00 am PDT by
Mozilla has announced the public release of Firefox 91, featuring an enhanced version of its Total Cookie Protection for individual websites. When you browse the web on your devices, websites will often leave cookies on your system so that they can remember you and what your preferences are. Some cookies are genuinely useful, as they allow sites to save your personal information (such as...
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Firefox 89 for Mac Released With Cleaner Design, Multi-Touch Zoom, and More

Tuesday June 1, 2021 11:11 am PDT by
Mozilla today announced the public release of Firefox 89 for macOS with a redesigned and modernized core browsing experience. The latest version of the browser features a simplified toolbar with less frequently used items removed, allowing the focus to be on the most important navigation items. Menus and prompts have also been streamlined across Firefox to have cleaner designs and clearer...
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Firefox 88 to Disable FTP Next Week With Full Removal Set for June

Friday April 16, 2021 3:08 am PDT by
Firefox will soon hand over FTP requests to other applications, as Mozilla begins to phase out the browser's long-standing FTP implementation in the next stable release. Mozilla announced its intention to disable support for the FTP protocol last year, but the plan was delayed because of the global health crisis. One of the oldest network protocols still in use, FTP handles file...
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Firefox 87 Introduces 'SmartBlock' Private Browsing Feature to Fix Websites Broken By Tracking Protections

Wednesday March 24, 2021 2:58 am PDT by
Mozilla has released Firefox 87 for Macs, Windows, and Linux machines, introducing a new intelligent tracker blocking mechanism called SmartBlock. Since 2015, Firefox has included a built-in Content Blocking feature that automatically blocks third-party scripts, images, and other content from being loaded from cross-site tracking companies in Private Browsing windows and Strict Tracking...
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Firefox 86 Gains Total Cookie Protection and Multiple Picture-in-Picture Views

Tuesday February 23, 2021 3:35 pm PST by
Mozilla today released Firefox 86 for Macs, Windows, and Linux machines, introducing a new feature called Total Cookie Protection. Total Cookie Protection is designed to stop cookies from tracking users across the web by introducing a "separate cookie jar for every website." Total Cookie Protection is available as part of Firefox's Enhanced Tracking Protection functionality, and can be...
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Firefox Updated With Native Support for M1 Macs, Mozilla Touts 'Dramatic Performance Improvements'

Tuesday December 15, 2020 8:31 am PST by
Mozilla today released Firefox version 84 with native support for Apple Silicon Macs with the M1 chip, touting "dramatic performance improvements" over the previous, unoptimized version of the web browser. Specifically, Firefox now launches over 2.5 times faster and web apps are now twice as responsive, according to Mozilla. If you are using a Mac with the M1 chip, Mozilla says you will...
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Firefox 83 for Mac Brings HTTPS-Only Mode, Pinch to Zoom, and Performance Improvements

Wednesday November 18, 2020 3:31 am PST by
Mozilla has released Firefox 83 on Mac, bringing new features and improvements, including a new HTTPS-Only Mode, pinch to zoom, and more. HTTPS-Only Mode is Mozilla's latest security feature that ensures users establish fully secure connections to every website they visit. If a website doesn't support the HTTPS encrypted protocol, Firefox asks for user permission before connecting....

Firefox 76 Now Available on Mac With Improved Password Management Features

Tuesday May 5, 2020 1:44 pm PDT by
Mozilla today released the latest version of its Firefox browser, Firefox 76, which includes password management updates, picture-in-picture support, better Zoom integration, and more. The new Firefox update includes improvements for Firefox Lockwise, which offers built-in password management features much like Safari to protect saved passwords. Firefox Lockwise will require a device's...

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Urges Firefox Users to Install Update Amid Active Attack

Friday January 10, 2020 12:36 pm PST by
The United States Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA), part of the Department of Homeland Security, this week urged customers who are using the Firefox browser to upgrade to version 72.0.1, as there is a major vulnerability in older versions of the Firefox browser. Mozilla released Firefox 72.0.1 on Wednesday to address a security issue that allows malicious entities to run...

Firefox 70 for Mac Brings Social Tracking Protection and Notable Performance Gains

Wednesday October 23, 2019 3:40 am PDT by
Mozilla has launched Firefox 70 for macOS, which continues to enhance the browser's privacy features as well as bringing significant improvements to performance and power efficiency. Recent versions of Firefox have included several extensions to the Mozilla's Enhanced Tracking Protection (ETP) system, and this release is no different. ETP now features social tracking protection, which blocks...

Firefox 69 for Mac Brings Default Tracking Protection and Performance Improvements

Wednesday September 4, 2019 3:16 am PDT by
Mozilla 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...
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Mozilla Patches Two Zero-Day Vulnerabilities in Firefox Used to Install Backdoors on Macs, Update Now

Friday June 21, 2019 9:32 am PDT by
Mozilla has patched two zero-day security vulnerabilities in Firefox that allowed backdoors to be installed on Macs, bypassing Apple's usual XProtect and Gatekeeper protections. Firefox users should update the browser immediately. Ars Technica's Dan Goodin:Mozilla released an update on Tuesday that fixed a code-execution vulnerability in a JavaScript programming method known as Array.pop. On ...

Mozilla Says Paid Version of Firefox With Premium Features Coming Later This Year

Wednesday June 12, 2019 2:24 am PDT by
The Mozilla Foundation is working on a premium version of its Firefox browser, according to a new report. German media site T3N ran an interview with Chris Beard, CEO of Firefox, who appeared to confirm that a paid tier of the browser could be ready to launch by October this year. According to Beard, the premium version of Firefox is likely to include a VPN, secure cloud storage, and other...
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Firefox 62 for Mac Makes Browser Mojave-Ready With New Automatic Dark Theme

Thursday September 6, 2018 4:43 am PDT by
Mozilla today launched Firefox 62 web browser for macOS, bringing variable fonts support and a new automatic dark theme to Mac desktops. By introducing a dark theme to the browser, Mozilla is following up the one it added to its mobile counterpart last month, the only difference being that the desktop version comes with intelligent support for the new native Dark Mode featured in macOS 10.14...
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Firefox Test Pilot Program Expands to Mobile With 'Firefox Lockbox' Password Storage iOS App

Tuesday July 10, 2018 8:53 am PDT by
Mozilla's Firefox Text Pilot program allows users to test out experimental features and provide feedback that goes toward improving the service, and today the company is expanding the program to include two mobile apps. The first is an iOS app called Firefox Lockbox and it enables you to access your saved passwords within the app so that you can easily sign into various other apps on your iPhone. ...

Firefox to Get New Security Tool With 'Have I Been Pwned' Email Database Integration

Tuesday June 26, 2018 4:10 am PDT by
Mozilla has announced a new security tool for users of its Firefox web browser. Called Firefox Monitor, the website lets visitors check if their accounts have been included in known data breaches and the types of data exposed in each breach. The security tool is the result of a partnership between Mozilla and (HIBP), a site set up by security researcher Troy Hunt that...

Mozilla Releases Firefox 58 for Mac With Performance Optimizations

Tuesday January 23, 2018 2:59 pm PST by
Mozilla today announced the launch of Firefox 58, building upon the new "Quantum" features that were introduced in Firefox 57 back in November. Firefox 57 introduced a redesigned interface, new UI features, speeds twice as fast as Firefox 52, and an engine that uses 30 percent less memory than Google Chrome, and Mozilla is continuing to introduce additional improvements in Firefox 58....
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Mozilla Releases Firefox 57 'Quantum' Web Browser

Tuesday November 14, 2017 6:01 am PST by
Mozilla on Tuesday officially announced Firefox 57, the new "Quantum" version of its flagship desktop web browser for Mac, Linux, and Windows. Aside from a redesigned interface and a slew of new UI features, Mozilla says Quantum offers speeds twice as fast as Firefox 52 and a new engine that uses 30 percent less memory than Google Chrome. The performance advantages are said to be down to...

Firefox Updated With Screenshot Feature, Cross-Platform Tab Delivery, and Form Autofilling

Friday September 29, 2017 8:08 am PDT by
Earlier this week Firefox announced its upcoming "Quantum" browser that will bring twice the internet browsing speeds when it launches on November 14. Ahead of that major update, the company is now releasing a few minor additions to Firefox on desktop that will let you save screenshots, share content more easily between your computer and smartphone, and more. Screenshots allow you to capture...