Items tagged with Firefox

At a cursory glance, it may seem like cryptocurrency mining is firmly in the rear view mirror, along with all of the unwanted side effects (GPU shortages, browser hijacking, and so forth), but not so fast. Bitcoin and other virtual currencies have seen a sharp rise in recent weeks. Does that mean we have to worry about sneaky web code using our browsers to mine cryptocurrencies? That remains to be seen, though to prevent that sort of thing, Mozilla is making some changes to Firefox. Mozilla stated in a blog post that it has added a feature to block fingerprinting and cryptomining in Firefox Nightly, as an option for users to turn on. Firefox Nightly is a pre-release version of Firefox that gets... Read more...
I’ll Chrome might be the most popular browser out there, but it still has issues that fans want resolved. Google has been working on resolving many of the big complaints that Chrome users have with features like the Never-Slow mode that aims to cut back on the resources that Chrome is notorious for hogging. Google also added a caching feature for Chrome this year that aims to make browsing faster. Another new feature that Google is working on has surfaced, and this one aims to make the browser much cleaner looking for those who tend to surf with lots of tabs open. The feature is called Tab Groups, and it organizes tabs into multiple groups to make them easier to find and work with.... Read more...
Firefox Send, a file transfer service that Mozilla first introduced in beta form back in 2017, is now fully available for the public to try out. Mozilla has repositioned Firefox as an alternative browser with a heavy focus and security and privacy, and Firefox Send is an extension of this philosophy. With Firefox Send, you can head over to send.firefox.com and transfer files up to 1TB in size to another person. You can use any browser -- not just Firefox -- to initiate the transfer. This is done completely free of charge, and there are no strings attached. In addition, Firefox Send uses end-to-end encryption to ensure that your data is safe.  Wisely, Mozilla is providing granular... Read more...
In order to avoid erecting a paywall, webmasters who want to keep their content 'free' must walk a fine line between delivering ads to pay the bills (and writers), and not overwhelming readers, who might be tempted to enable an ad blocker. In a sense, browser makers also have a balancing act on their hands. One thing they seem to agree on, though, is that autoplaying audible video and audio is undesirable, and so Mozilla is planning to crack down on this with Firefox 66. "We know that unsolicited volume can be a great source of distraction and frustration for users of the web. So we are making changes to how Firefox handles playing media with sound. We want to make sure web developers are aware... Read more...
There are mixed opinions on Microsoft's decision to rebuild its Edge browser around Chromium, the same open source platform that powers Google's own Chrome browser. For at least one Microsoft programmer, however, the decision is not only the right one for Edge, but Mozilla should "get down from its philosophical ivory tower" and do the same thing with Firefox. Microsoft announced its own plans to embrace Chromium in December, saying at the time that it would be a somewhat slow transition over the course of this year, with its first preview build expected to debut in early 2019. What this ultimately entails is ripping out its browser's EdgeHTML rendering and Chakra JavaScript engines, and replacing... Read more...
At one point in time, it seemed like Adobe's Flash animation plugin was invincible. How could such a widely-used API ever die off? Well, as it turns out, when the plugin in question has been riddled with security vulnerabilities for most of its life, sometimes the developer will do the world a favor and put the solution out to pasture. In 2017, Adobe announced that it was doing just that. Flash was effectively dead, or at least will be by the end of 2020. Shortly after that announcement, Google announced that Chrome would cease support for the plugin at the same time, and inevitably, we knew every other browser maker would follow suit. Microsoft also jumped in vowing to kill support in 2020 for... Read more...
A bug in Firefox that was first reported 12 years ago is still being exploited by malicious websites. The bug essentially allows a malicious site to ensnare a user by repeatedly showing them an "Authentication Required" pop-up login box. When the users tries to close the login box, a new one appears. The only way out is to close the browser. Users have reported this flaw in Firefox several times over the years, including yesterday (Saturday), but it's never been resolved. Here's the most recent report (edited for clarity)... "When I was browsing some site, a pop-up ad window appeared... At first I thought it is just an annoying advertising site and I went to close it," the user wrote. "However,... Read more...
The Firefox team is cooking up a new batch of experimental add-ons at its Test Pilot site to help make your life hopefully a little easier. One of the add-ons that Mozilla cooked up is Price Wise, which designed to help you track price drops on items you have been thinking about buying. Other extensions at Mozilla's Firefox Test Pilot page aim to make it easier to work and collaborate with others on projects that require multiple web pages of research. As Black Friday is fast approaching, let's start by taking a look at Price Wise. To use this feature, all you need to do is navigate to an item listed for sell by a supported retailer such as Amazon or Walmart and click the button in... Read more...
Mozilla is taking the web browser experience to the next level. Mozilla has just released Firefox Reality, the first dedicated VR web browser. The browser is free and available to download for Viveport, Oculus Go, and Google DayDream headsets. This is the first web browser intended to be used entirely in a VR headset. Andre Vrignaud, Head of Mixed Reality Platform Strategy at Mozilla, remarked “We had to rethink everything, including navigation, text-input, environments, search and more... The result is a browser that is built for the medium it serves.” Users will be able to visit both 2D and 3D websites, engage with Firefox Reality exclusive content, and search the web using... Read more...
Last week, we brought you news that Microsoft is was testing a new prompt within the latest Windows Insiders builds of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update that would harass users to break free from third-party browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, and instead try out the also-ran Microsoft Edge web browser.  However, it appears that Microsoft's little experiment generated much more negative attention than it anticipated from Windows Insiders. The company has decided that based on the feedback it received, it will not be including the warning messages when the final release of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update ships next month. The Verge notes that Microsoft "may... Read more...
When Microsoft rolls out its big update for Windows 10 in October, there will be a new and annoying popup for users who try and install Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox on their machines. Word comes from beta testers of the update report the screenshot below pops up if you try and install a competing browser on your PC. The popup notes that users already have Edge as part of Windows 10, and claims that it is the safer and faster browser. While the popup tries to talk users out of installing the alternative browsers, it will still allow you to install the other browsers if you click the “Install Anyway” button. There is a button that allows users to open the Edge browser instead... Read more...
Have you noticed that YouTube pages appear to load slower in Edge, Firefox, and Safari compared to Google's own Chrome browser? If so, you are not alone. Google redesigned the YouTube experience last year, but the site still uses an older shadow API that is only used in Chrome, which makes other browsers render YouTube much slower. Chris Peterson, a program manager at Mozilla, noticed the performance disparity and posted about the topic on Twitter. According to Peterson, the YouTube page loads five times slower in those other browsers "because YouTube's Polymer redesign relies on the deprecated Shadow DOM v0 API only implemented in Chrome." YouTube page load is 5x slower in Firefox and Edge than... Read more...
Mozilla introduced its Test Pilot program to allow users to test experimental features on the desktop version of its Firefox web browser. Mozilla is now expanding Test Pilot to the mobile space with Firefox Lockbox and Firefox Notes. Both Lockbox and Notes are standalone mobile apps and are capable of syncing with their desktop Firefox counterparts. Lockbox is a password manager that helps you manage all of your online accounts. Given that Lockbox can sync between your desktop and your smartphone, you'll never have to worry about remembering a password you created on your laptop when trying to access a particular website on your iPhone (and vice versa).  "This means you can use... Read more...
Data breaches have become way too common, and we are not just talking about personal accounts being compromised through phishing attacks, malware, and the like. Companies with an online presence (so pretty much every company in the world) are targets, and since many sites require that you register with an email account, there's a good chance your information has fallen into the wrong hands. As an added security precaution, Mozilla plans to test a new Firefox Monitor security feature using data from the 'Have I Been Pwned' (HIPB) website. Created by Troy Hunt, HIPB is a website where you can input your email address to have it crosschecked with a database of security breaches. It then tells you... Read more...
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