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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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Mozilla Ending Support for Firefox Lockwise Password Manager in December

Wednesday November 24, 2021 3:42 am PST by
Mozilla has told users of its Lockwise password management app that it will officially end support for the app on December 13. While the password manager will continue to work after that date, it will no longer receive support or security updates. Lockwise began life in 2018 as Lockbox, an open-source mobile app for iOS, Android, and desktop that allowed users to access login credentials and ...
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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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Apple and Other Browser Makers Ban Kazakhstan HTTPS Certificate Used to Surveil Citizens

Saturday December 19, 2020 1:38 am PST by
Apple has teamed up with Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla to block a web browser root certificate that was being used by the Kazakhstan government to surveil its citizens. The certificate allowed authorities to monitor people's online activity by intercepting and decrypting HTTPS traffic from residents in Nur-Sultan, the capital city of Kazakhstan. Local ISPs were required to block foreign...
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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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Mozilla Urges Users to Support Apple's Planned Anti-Tracking Changes: 'A Huge Win for Consumers'

Monday December 14, 2020 12:43 pm PST by
Starting early next year, iOS 14 will require apps to get opt-in permission from users to collect their random advertising identifier, which advertisers use to deliver personalized ads and track how effective their campaigns were. This new requirement was actually set to go into effect by the end of 2020, but Apple delayed the introduction of the prompt until early 2021 to provide developers ...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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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Mozilla Launches Petition Urging Apple to Reset Interest-Based Ad Identifiers on Monthly Basis

Monday April 15, 2019 10:22 am PDT by
Mozilla, the company behind Firefox, today launched a petition urging Apple to reset the unique IDs used to serve interest-based ads in the App Store and Apple News apps on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV on a monthly basis. Mozilla takes aim at Apple's recent iPhone privacy ad in a blog post:Apple's latest marketing campaign — "Privacy. That's iPhone" — made us raise our...
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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 HaveIBeenPwned.com (HIBP), a site set up by security researcher Troy Hunt that...
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Firefox for iOS Updated With Automatic Tracking Protection and New iPad Features

Friday April 13, 2018 4:03 am PDT by
Mozilla has updated Firefox for iOS with some notable changes, including new iPad features and default tracking protection in both regular and private browsing sessions. The additional privacy measure means users get automatic ad and content blocking when browsing unless they opt out, while those who want to selectively deploy Tracking Protection need only tap the menu button and slide the...
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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...
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Mozilla Releases Firefox 10 for iOS With New 'Photon' UI, Tracking Protection, and More

Thursday November 9, 2017 3:41 am PST by
Mozilla released version 10 of its Firefox browser for iOS on Wednesday. With a new look the developers have dubbed "Photon", the update represents the Quantum release for mobile, boasting the same performance advantages as its forthcoming equivalent for desktops. The more modern design aims to put users' needs first, with rearranged menus for easier access to the most-used features and an...
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Firefox 55 Browser Gains Screenshot Utility, WebVR, and New Performance Features

Wednesday August 9, 2017 4:14 am PDT by
Mozilla released Firefox 55 for macOS on Wednesday, touting new performance settings, faster speeds, several new features including a screenshot utility, and the addition of WebVR support. Firefox 55's major front end feature is Firefox Screenshots, accessed via a new screenshots icon on the toolbar. The feature allows users to capture a region of a web page by clicking and dragging a...
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Firefox 8.0 for iOS Brings New Tab Experience, Night Mode, and QR Code Reader

Friday July 21, 2017 3:18 am PDT by
Mozilla has released Firefox 8.0 for iOS with several notable new features including a Night Mode, a built-in QR code reader, and a redesigned tab experience. Changes to the web browser's tabs mean users now see recently visited sites whenever they open up a new one, combined with highlights from previous web visits. Mozilla says this change in particular will be rolled out to users gradually...
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Firefox 54 Promises Faster Browsing on Macs With Limited RAM

Wednesday June 14, 2017 3:20 am PDT by
Mozilla yesterday announced the release of Firefox 54 web browser with new multi-process architecture that promises to make browsing with multiple tabs open faster and more stable, especially on computers with 8GB of memory or less. With the latest release, Firefox uses up to four processes to run web page content across all open tabs. This means that a heavy, complex web page in one tab has...