Mozilla's Latest Firefox Update Adds Tracking Protection
The latest version of the Firefox Web browser, released yesterday, comes with a new control center for managing online security and privacy. Firefox's private browsing feature has also been expanded with tracking protection that limits third-party access to user data.
"Firefox is the first and only major browser to automatically offer this form of protection in private browsing," said VP of Firefox Product Nick Nguyen. The update is available for devices running Windows, Mac, Android and Linux.
The new Firefox release, Version 42.0, also changes how the security of different Web sites is indicated in the browser's address bar. Sites with domain validated or extended validation certificates now display a green lock icon in the address bar, while different icons are used to indicate sites where mixed active content is allowed or blocked, or where mixed passive content is loaded.
New One-Click Muting, Password Imports
This summer, Mozilla, the organization that developed Firefox, said that it was experimenting with new private browsing features aimed at improving users' control over the security of their online data.
The tracking protection feature rolled out this week allows users to actively block content such as ads, analytics trackers and social share buttons that might be used by third parties to record their browsing activities. The updated control center also lets users turn off tracking protection for any particular Web site during private browsing sessions.
While some Web pages might appear broken when tracking elements are blocked, others might load more quickly, Nguyen said.
Other additions in the new version of Firefox include a new audio-playing tab indicator with one-click muting, improvements to the WebRTC (RTC stands for "real-time communication") feature and several updates to the Login Manager, including the ability to import passwords from Internet Explorer and Google Chrome for Windows.
Updated Tools for Visual Editing
Mozilla also noted that this month marks the one-year anniversary of its Firefox Developer Edition, a browser designed specifically for the needs of developers. It updated that edition this week with new tools for animation and visual editing online.
Working with Web animation engineer Rachel Nabors, Mozilla also launched a new site called DevTools Challenger to provide developers with hands-on exercises for trying out the new visual design tools for Firefox.
The new tools are designed to help developers "work with the Web in a visual and intuitive way," said Dave Camp, director of engineering for Firefox. The updated Developer Edition also introduces new pixel rulers and a measurement tool for fine-tuning the layout of Web pages, and adds an API for monitoring and debugging WebSocket frames.
Posted: 2015-11-06 @ 6:58am PT
I have used Firefox for years, but will be removing it as a result of this horrible forced upon you update.