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  1. How to enable Redirect Tracking Protection in Firefox Mozilla released Firefox 79.0 to the stable channel recently and one of the main changes of that release improved the browser's tracking protection feature. Enhanced Tracking Protection 2.0 introduced support for preventing an advanced tracking technique called redirect tracking. Redirect Tracking is used to bypass a browser's mechanisms to block online tracking. While browser's may block third-party cookies, redirect tracking basically adds the tracker's site to the navigational event to make it first party in the context. So, instead of visiting Site B from Site A right away, you would be taken to Site T as well (Site A > Site T > Site with T being the tracker site. Site T would just load briefly and then redirect to the actual target. Mozilla notes on its developer site: Redirect trackers work by forcing you to make an imperceptible and momentary stopover to their website as part of that journey. So instead of navigating directly from the review website to the retailer, you’ll end up navigating to the redirect tracker first rather than to the retailer. This means that the tracker is loaded as a first party. The redirect tracker associates tracking data with the identifiers they have stored in their first-party cookies and then forwards you to the retailer. Firefox's redirect tracking protection clears cookies and site data from trackers regularly provided that the preference network.cookie.cookieBehavior is set to the value 4 or 5. You can check the value of the preference by loading about:config in the browser's address bar and searching for the preference. Mozilla will introduce support for the values 1 and 3 in Firefox 80. Firefox users may configure the browser's tracking protection feature on about:preferences#privacy. Firefox will clear the following data associated with the tracking attempt: Network cache and image cache Cookies AppCache DOM Quota Storage (localStorage, IndexedDB, ServiceWorkers, DOM Cache, etc.) DOM Push notifications Reporting API Reports Security Settings (i.e. HSTS) EME Media Plugin Data Plugin Data (e.g. Flash) Media Devices Storage Access permissions granted to the origin HTTP Authentication Tokens HTTP Authentication Cache Origins will only be cleared if they met the following conditions: If it stored or accessed site storage within the last 72 hours. The origin is classified as a tracker by Mozilla's Tracking Protection list. No origin with the same base domain has a user-interaction permission. Permissions are granted for 45 days if a user interacts with the top-level document, e.g. by scrolling. Data is cleared when the user has been idle for 1 minute (>48 hours after the last purge) or 3 minutes (24-48 hours after the last purge). Manage Redirect Tracking Protection in Firefox Redirect tracking protection is rolled out over the next two weeks to all Firefox users. The feature is controlled by a preference that Firefox users may set right away to enable the protection. Enable Redirect Tracking Protection in Firefox: Load about:config in the browser's address bar. Search for privacy.purge_trackers.enabled. Set the preference to TRUE to enable it, or FALSE to disable it. Search for network.cookie.cookieBehavior. Make sure it is set to 4 or 5 in Firefox 79, and 1,3,4 or 5 in Firefox 80). Restart the web browser. Check out the post on Mozilla's developer site for additional information. How to enable Redirect Tracking Protection in Firefox
  2. Firefox gets next-gen anti-tracking defense, stymies 'bounce' trackers Mozilla is rolling out a new defense against advanced tracking tactics in Firefox 79; users should get it during the next few weeks. HAKINMHAN / Getty Images Mozilla today announced a new defense against advanced tracking tactics that it will be switching on in Firefox 79 starting immediately and pushing out to the remaining user base during the next few weeks. Calling the improved technologies and techniques Enhanced Tracking Protection 2.0 – Mozilla said that ETP 2.0's primary job is to block redirect tracking, also known as bounce tracking. Trackers have been exploiting a loophole of sorts to continue following users browsing with Firefox, which enabled its first-generation ETP by default in June 2019. ETP takes a hands-off approach for first-party cookies – those tied to the site being browsed – because to do otherwise would break many of those websites or require users to, say, log in each time they returned. Trackers exploited that. "Redirect tracking takes advantage of this to circumvent third-party cookie blocking," Steven Englehardt, a Mozilla privacy engineer, said in an Aug. 4 post to a company blog. To do so, those practicing redirect or bounce tracking force users to "make an imperceptible and momentary stopover to their website" so that their trackers can be loaded as first-party and thus have their cookies stored by Firefox (for later reuse, as first-party cookies are). The redirect or bounce tracker than sends the user on to the latter's destination website, now burdened with identifiers following them and reporting back to the first-party cookies. Mozilla In redirect or bounce tracking, the first website – a review site – briefly sends the browser to the redirect tracker to score a first-party cookie. The redirect tracker then sends the browser on to the user's destination, in this case a retail site. Tracking accomplished. To short-circuit this trickery, Firefox's ETP 2.0 regularly scrubs the browser of cookies and other site-specific data stored by known trackers. "This prevents redirect trackers from being able to build a long-term profile of your activity," Englehardt wrote. ETP 2.0 doesn't completely stop bounce tracking, as the cookies survive between ETP 2.0's house cleanings. The interval between cleanings will be at least 24 hours, and if the browser is active throughout (as unlikely as that may be), up to and beyond 48 hours, because cookie and other site data storage will be cleared only when the browser is idle, according to a technical description of the new defense. ETP 2.0 is also supposed to steer clear of cookies tied to legitimate services, even if those cookies are served by trackers (another dodge by these web bloodhounds). Instead, Firefox will leave cookies be if the user has interacted with the site in the past 45 days, even if those cookies are used to conduct tracking. "This way you don't lose the benefits of the cookies that keep you logged in on sites you frequent, and you don't open yourself up to being tracked indefinitely based on a site you've visited once," said Selena Deckelmann, vice president of Firefox desktop, in a different blog post. Firefox 79, which Mozilla released a week ago, can be downloaded from here for Windows, macOS and Linux. Firefox gets next-gen anti-tracking defense, stymies 'bounce' trackers
  3. Translate Web Pages brings Chrome-like translate functionality to Firefox One of the first things that Google did introduce in its Chrome web browser was support for translating websites manually or automatically. The feature leveraged the company's own Google Translate service and made web page translations that much easier. Mozilla worked on several systems in the past to integrate a comparable feature in the organization's Firefox web browser; nothing came out of it though. While Firefox users may integrate translate functionality in Firefox, it means getting an API key from one of the supported services. Mozilla did reveal in late 2019 that it was working on a native Firefox translation feature. Translate Web Pages is a free open source extension for Firefox that brings Google Chrome-like translate functionality to Firefox. In short: the extension detects the language of the page. users may translate web pages manually. automatic translation of certain languages is supported. an exception list is provided. The extension adds an icon to the Firefox address bar after it has been installed and opens its configuration window as well in a new tab. You can change the target language here as well as the desired translation engine (only Google Translate or Yandex Translate are supported),. Here you may also disable the context menu entry if you don't need it, and manage the "never translate" and "automatically translate" sites and languages. A click on the icon displays the options. You may click on translate to have the current web page translated to the target language right away. The "always translate" checkbox automates the process for the selected language so that web pages that use it are translated automatically from that moment on. A click on options in the interface displays the "never translate" option to exclude the site from the extension's automatic translation behavior. Closing Words Translate Web Pages is a useful extension for Firefox users who wish that Firefox would get a native translate feature. The extension worked well during tests but it is possible that users will hit certain API quotas eventually. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/traduzir-paginas-web/ Translate Web Pages brings Chrome-like translate functionality to Firefox
  4. Firefox 81: PDF Reader gets form filling capabilities and more Mozilla plans to launch several improvements to the PDF reader of the organization's Firefox web browser when the browser hits version 81 later this year. Besides design changes that bring the interface closer to the Photo-style of Firefox, it is form filling and support for layers that Firefox users can look forward to. Firefox 81 will be released on September 22, 2020 according to the Firefox release schedule. The Photon design implementation changes several interface elements of the native Firefox PDF viewer. Icons are now flat and the larger buttons are designed to improve control opens on touch-capable devices. Users may furthermore notice a lack of textures, unnecessary shadows and gradients, and that some animations have been removed to make the page lighter, load faster, and streamline the interface. The following two screenshots show the new PDF viewer in the new light and dark design. The new light and dark designs of the PDF viewer match the browser's own options in regards to light and dark interface themes. Firefox's native PDF viewer has been a reader application up to this point; users could load PDF documents in Firefox to read them right in the browser but there were no options to fill out forms using the component. Mozilla plans to introduce form filling support in Firefox 81. Firefox users may use the new functionality to fill out forms in PDF documents and to save or print the edited documents. Firefox 81 will support AcroForm by default and maybe also XFA-forms, but the latter is not clear yet and depends on how development of the feature progresses in the coming weeks. It is possible that the functionality is postponed and will be introduced in future versions of the browser. Firefox's PDF reader will support layers as well when the browser hits version 81. Lack of support of layers in the native PDF viewer could result in PDF document display issues as content that should not be visible would be visible in the Firefox PDF viewer. Closing Words Firefox users who use the built-in PDF viewer benefit from the change as they will soon be able to fill out forms using the reader. While that is probably only useful to a subset of users who use the reader, it is still a good improvement. Firefox 81: PDF Reader gets form filling capabilities and more
  5. CCleaner is now deleting synched Firefox extension data Microsoft has never been a fan of “registry cleaner” CCleaner and now the company has just given Microsoft another reason to keep it in its black books. The latest public version of CCleaner has been found to delete synched Firefox extensions setting and other data. This is due to a change in where Firefox 79 stores extension data when you are synching two PCs with Firefox, with the data now being stored in the Profile directory. Unfortunately, CCleaner routinely deletes the contents of the Profile directory, meaning your Extensions data and setting and constantly being deleted. While this may seem like an honest mistake, the issue has been reported to Piriform in July when Firefox was in Beta, but no action had been taken by the company, with users now losing data with the final release of Firefox 79. [Please read updated information a few posts down] The solution is of course to uninstall CCleaner, but if for some reason you wish to continue using it, you can exclude the relevant files (Storage-sync-v2-sqlite-shm and storage-sync-v2.sqlite-wal ) from the daily purge by going to CCleaner > Options > Excludes > Add > File and adding: Exclude1=PATH|%AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\*\|*.sqlite-shm;*.sqlite-wal||0|0|24 via Techdows CCleaner is now deleting synched Firefox extension data
  6. YouTube Windowed FullScreen is an extension for Firefox and Chrome that plays full screen videos in windowed mode Want to watch YouTube videos in a larger view than theater mode, but don't want it take up the entire screen when you hit the full screen button? There's a way to do this. YouTube Windowed FullScreen is an extension for Firefox and Chrome that plays full screen videos in windowed mode. Full screen mode as you may know does not allow you to interact with other tabs or applications. This add-on can be useful if you want to watch videos while working with other applications, monitoring notifications from other programs/tabs, using dual monitors, etc. Install YouTube Windowed FullScreen and it presents its settings window. Dismiss the panel for now, we'll get back to this later once we have seen it in action. Go to YouTube and play a video. Hit the ` key (Tilde) and the extension will force the video to play in a windowed full screen, hence the name. How does it differ from the regular full screen mode? Take a look at these screenshots, compare them and you'll notice the difference. Youtube theater mode Youtube Windowed FullScreen There is a lot of wasted screen real estate in YouTube's theater mode. When YouTube Windowed FullScreen is enabled, it hides the elements at the top (menu, search bar, sign in, notifications, etc) and below the video player (views, likes, comments, autoplay, etc). This gives you a more immersive and distraction-free viewing experience, while restricting the video to play in windowed mode. Head to the YouTube Windowed FullScreen settings by clicking on the extension's button. It has three options, none of which are enabled by default. The first of these, allows you to set a custom shortcut key. Though the box next to this setting is blank, the addon does have a default hotkey pre-enabled, which as I mentioned earlier is ~. Click in the hotkey box to register a new key, and hit the save button to apply the changes. The second option hides the full screen button in YouTube's video player. You can still switch to full screen mode when you have hidden the button, to do so hit the "F" key. There is one other thing this setting does, it adds a new button to toggle the windowed full screen mode. If you mouse over the button, a tooltip appears that says "Full browser mode". The last setting is to "auto-toggle" the windowed full screen mode, which makes all videos open in this view by default. There is no way to resize the video player directly, but since it plays in a full screen window, you can just resize the window to your liking. And yes, there is a noticeable difference between a regular YouTube window that's resized and a resized "windowed full screen". Since the latter doesn't display the search bar and other elements in the window it is easier to use (resizes dynamically), as opposed to resizing and then scrolling down to hide the elements in a regular window until it meets your requirements. I came across YouTube Windowed FullScreen on reddit about a week ago, where the author navi,jador announced the release of the Firefox add-on, which is a port of their Chrome extension. Download YouTube Windowed FullScreen for Firefox and Chrome. It is a good extension. An extra on-screen button to toggle full browser mode (without disabling the full screen button) would have been nice for users who prefer the mouse over using keyboard shortcuts. A potential issue arises from the reliance on a single-key shortcut as it may conflict with other keys. YouTube Windowed FullScreen is an extension for Firefox and Chrome that plays full screen videos in windowed mode
  7. Translate selected text quickly with the Simple Translate extension for Chrome and Firefox Remember the extension called "To Google Translate"? That's what I normally use on Firefox, but it's not available for Chrome or other Chromium-based web browsers. Recently, I had to use Chrome for some work, but I'm not a fan of its built-in translation style. That's mostly because translated pages had their web script completely messed up. Besides, I prefer having the original page loaded while getting a translated version in a box similar to the one used by the add-on I'm used to. A search for these requirements led me to an extension called Simple Translate. It's actually pretty similar to "To Google Translate", and is also available for Firefox. Here's how it works. Install Simple Translate and it places an icon on the toolbar. Click on it to view its pop-up interface. Enter some text in the large box or paste something in it. The drop-down menu in the bottom right corner of the pop-up is for selecting the language the content has to be translated to, aka the target language. The extension translates the text to the language that you selected. Click on the copy button to send the translated version to the clipboard. Listen to the translation by clicking on the speaker icon. Hit the "Translate this page" option to load the page in a new Google Translate tab. There are three more ways to translate text. Select some text on a web page, and click on the Simple Translate icon in the toolbar and it uses it as the source to be translated. Or, you can click on the pop-up Translate button that appears when you select the text. The third way is to select text and use the right-click context menu to translate the text. This displays the translated version in a pop-up box right next to the selection. Setting your second target language in the Simple Translate options page can be useful. If the selected text is already in your primary language, the addon will translate it to your second language. You can toggle the button at the top to disable translation on the current website. The add-on's settings has a blacklist option "URL list to disable translation", use it to enter the addresses of the web pages that you don't want to be translated. You can customize the add-on's behavior and its interface (font, display position, height, width of the pop-up, etc). Error: Service Usage limit reached If you use it t translate too many phrases quickly, Simple Translate throws up an error message that says "Error: Service usage limit reached. Please wait a while and try again". It happened in both Chrome and Firefox. To fix this, the extension recommends you to increase the "waiting time to translate" from the add-on's options. I tried this, but the error seems to recur, it mostly happened after I used it to translate a few phrases. So, I decided to simply wait it out, and it worked. You can still use Google Translate normally during the "waiting time". The GitHub issues page for the extension reveals that this is a very old issue, dating back to 2018. This page in particular sheds more light on it. Apparently, Simple Translate sends a request to the Google Translator API whenever text is selected, to auto-detect the language of the selected text. The developer mentions that this behavior is by design. That means, if you quickly select text multiple times, a number of queries are sent to the API, which blocks the query sender (your IP address) from using the service for a short while. I disabled the translation button, and the "translate in text field" options, and set the waiting time to 1000 (milliseconds). This seems to work better, at least for me. Download Simple Translate for Chrome and Firefox. It is an open source extension. The add-on is quite good, except for the annoying error message. And since it uses Google Translate's API, the same privacy policies apply to the add-on's usage. Translate selected text quickly with the Simple Translate extension for Chrome and Firefox
  8. What's in the latest Firefox upgrade? Firefox 79 adds under-the-hood improvements, but no pizzaz The newest version of Mozilla's browser fixes 19 flaws – four of them serious – but added no new features of note. Magdalena Petrova/IDG Mozilla this week upgraded Firefox to version 79, patching 10 vulnerabilities without making any notable changes that users will see. Of the 10 security bugs, Mozilla marked four as "High," the browser's second-most-serious label. Firefox 79 can be downloaded for Windows, macOS and Linux from Mozilla's site. Because Firefox updates in the background, most users will get the latest version just by relaunching the browser. To manually update on Windows, pull up the menu under the three horizontal bars at the upper right, then click the help icon (the question mark within a circle). Choose "About Firefox." (On macOS, "About Firefox" can be found under the "Firefox" menu.) The resulting page shows that the browser is either up to date or displays the in-process refresh. Mozilla now upgrades Firefox every four weeks, a shorter cadence than rivals like Google's Chrome or Microsoft's Edge. Mozilla last upgraded the browser on June 30. Where's the new shiny stuff? With a tight release schedule of rolling out a new version every 28 days, it's not surprising that some upgrades add little to the browser's visible features and functionality. Firefox 79 is one such upgrade. Although Mozilla called out some under-the-hood improvements – WebRender support for more Intel and AMD graphics processors, for one – and several changes of interest to developers, there was nothing to pitch to users. That's understandable, of course. But it was also a lost opportunity to offer something new to users in a time when Firefox continues to struggle maintaining its already small share. As of June 30, the most recent measurement by analytics company Net Applications, Firefox accounted for only 7.2% of all browser activity across the world, a mark 2.3 points fewer than 12 months prior. (That meant Firefox lost almost a quarter of its share in the past year.) Mozilla also addressed a handful of bugs related to its enterprise edition – Firefox ESR (Extended Support Release) – and how IT administrators manage the browser using group policies. The organization took advantage of the paucity of new features to remind those enterprise customers of the upcoming transition of ESR versions. The final ESR based on last year's Firefox 68 will be issued Aug. 25, Mozilla said, and all those who hadn't upgraded to 2020's ESR, Firefox 78, will be forcibly migrated to the latter starting Sept. 22. The next Mozilla upgrade, Firefox 80, will be released Aug. 25. What's in the latest Firefox upgrade? Firefox 79 adds under-the-hood improvements, but no pizzaz [ Front Paged here ... Mozilla Firefox Browser 79.0 ]
  9. I couldn't decide whether this should go into more of a general chat forum or here. As I do have a question, it went here, and I really would be so happy if ayone knew a way for me to go a different route to the one I feel I am having to go. Read on... I love using an old version of firefox (v.43) with my favourite addons and have refused to update for ages. If it aint broke, dont fix it, right?! It really is a pity the browser creators do not agree with me on that because they have been determined to force people to update for years...each time some stubborn users refuse and are left behind (me!) as they keep finding a workaround to enable them to simply keep the browser in the very good and useful working state they were already using it in. (You know, the most efficient and streamlined usage of the software they had eventually arrived at.) Yet, for some unknown reason the creators will not allow that situation. They seem to feel it is better to get all users moved onto the new versions and keep them all in the updated path from then on. Not to forget that, because they changed the system, most older addons are no longer working and many authors simply never converted their addon to work with the newer firefox because it involved so much work and they also felt mozilla had shown them no respect for their work. And could leave them in the cold again in the future! Many ideas were even 'stolen' from addons and put into the new browser! Too right they didn't respect the addon authors! But that is another discussion hehe... My point was that lots of addons did not work and never had anything like an equivalent one in the new browser and no settings in the browser either. I mean, how hard is it to have multiple row tabbed browsing built in? Yet still it is not an option and so i will miss my good friend Tab Mix Plus when I am forced to change to the latest browser version. That is only one of many addons I use and which really do add speed and efficiency to the browser and make it a real power user machine! The time has arrived I am sad to say. Time to be forced to upgrade and this time there is no workaround, no avoidance tactic I can come up with. A url I need (and I mean i need because that url is the interface for Plex Media Server which we use in the house for nearly everything we watch) suddenly one day didn't load the expected Plex web interface, instead only loading up a Plex logo in the middle of the page and nothing else. No server, no access to settings, nothing but a logo.!?! The only solution apparently is to use the latest browser versions! They are forcing me to update my browser! After years of ducking and diving during each major browser overhaul and attempts by mozilla to convert me to an upgraded browser user and mess my addons up, etc, ... somehow I always managed to get over it and avoid it only to now be beaten by a Media Server Developer! That is the reason I must upgrade! A related, amusing little aside: Even Plex's website doesn't let me login when using v43 of firefox! When I click sign in, up pops the sign in window which usually contains multiple options for signing in (like the one on imdb where it says by email, by facebook, by google logins etc etc) except it doesn't look like it usually did. The whole window is blank! So there is nowhere to put your login information and essentially it is impossible to log in. The irony! I wanted to login to talk about the inability to use or see the server interface in the browser, but I can't see any login in the browser either. Aaarrrggghhhhhhhhhhhh! *pulls hair out* *remembers he is bald* *wonders where these clumps of hair in his hands came from?..!?* 😃😊🤔 I am also struggling to have roboform work these days too which is yet another story but basically I will be changing over to Keepass or Lastpass or something to use with the latest firefox when i install it. So if anyone is thinking of another workaround I could do, keep in mind that I seem to be forced to upgrade in order to have a working password manager too!! There truly is no hope is there ☹️☹️ ... I suppose the point of this -apart from just to rant about annoying software developers like Mozilla and definitely those plext'ds (!!) is to see if anyone here knows any way I can go about this differently and wind up keeping my legacy addons in whatever version of firefox I need to use with them! I have already been using the Esr version which allowed my use of old addons for a longer time and still works great with them all but like I say, I need plex daily and cant access it. I have run out of options... Any ideas folks?
  10. Firefox 79 for Android tweaks and tips Mozilla's new mobile browser for Android, Firefox 79, has been released. Users of the classic browser will be upgraded to the new version automatically over the coming weeks, and new users may install the new stable version of the browser soon from Google Play and other sources. Firefox 79 is a redesigned version of Firefox for Android that shares many of the features of the classic version but not all of them. Migrations include important bits of data such as the bookmarks, open tabs, or saved passwords if no master password is set. With any new browser release, it is a good idea to go through the settings at least once to make sure everything is set up correctly. The following tips and tricks help you make educated decisions about some of the features and settings of Firefox 79 for Android. Tip 1: Search Engines Custom search engines are not migrated when classic Firefox is upgraded to the new version. Users who have used non-standard search engines in Firefox, e.g. Startpage search, need to add these again to the browser. A tap on Menu > Settings > Search opens the configuration. Select "add search engine" on the page that opens a selection of additional search engines and an option to add a custom search engine. The process of adding a custom search engine is quite cumbersome as you need to supply the full search URL of the desired search engine plus the placeholder for the search query; this may work okay on desktop devices but is not user friendly at all on mobile devices. Firefox does not appear to add search engines that you use to the list of engines that it displays automatically on that page. Tip 2: Data Collection Firefox 79 collects data by default and also shares some of the data with the customer engagement platform Leanplum. Tap on Menu > Settings and select Data Collection on the page that opens to control the options that Mozilla provides. All three available options were enabled by default: Usage and technical data -- "shares performance, usage, hardware and customisation data about your browser with Mozilla to help us make Firefox better". Marketing data -- "Shares data about what features you use in Firefox with Leanplum, our mobile marketing vendor". Experiments -- "Allows Mozilla to install and collect data for experimental features". The page offers no additional information and there is no link to Mozilla's or Leanplum's privacy policy. It is unclear which data is shared, e.g. what usage data under "usage and technical data" entails. For an organization so focused on privacy, it is problematic if users are not even informed about these settings in first place. Tip 3: Add-ons Firefox 79 supports nine add-ons at the time of writing that were handpicked by Mozilla. The organization promised that full add-on support will be introduced in a future version of Firefox for Android but for now, it is these nine extensions that Firefox for Android users may install. The installation process is very straightforward as all of them are listed under Menu > Settings > Addons. Each add-on is listed with its name, a short description, rating, and the current number of users (Android version only it appears). To install an extension, tap on the plus icon, check the permissions that it requests, if any, and click on add to proceed. The extension is downloaded and installed, and you may enable it in private browsing mode as well. The settings of extensions that we tested are identical to the desktop versions, and Mozilla picked several good ones including uBlock Origin, NoScript Security Suite, or Privacy Possum. Nine is not a lot on the other hand, but it is definitely better than nothing. Tip 4: Site Permissions Autoplay blocking is enabled by default, which is good. If you don't care about notifications, you may want to turn them off instead of keeping them at the "ask" setting. Select Menu > Settings > Site Permissions, and then Notification. Switch from "ask to allow" to "blocked" to prevent any notification permission request. Tip 5: Customize The Customize settings page lists two of the new features of Firefox for Android. Use it to switch the theme to light or dark permanently, and to move the toolbar from the bottom to the top. Other tips and information While on a site, tap Menu > Desktop site to request the desktop site. To use and configure installed add-ons, select Menu > Add-ons > Name of add-on, or Add-ons Manager. Select Menu > Add to top sites, to add the current site to the New Tab page's top sites listing. Firefox Stable for Android does not allow you to use about:config. You can manage font sizes under Menu > Settings > Accessibility. Enhanced Tracking Protection is set to default. You may change that to strict or custom in the Settings. Firefox 79 for Android tweaks and tips
  11. Mozilla releases final update for the old Firefox for Android browser Mozilla has released what should be the final update for its old Firefox for Android browser. In the next release cycle, which is due in about a month, the firm should switch users to its newly-built browser as the default option. Mozilla codenamed its new browser Fenix but when it launches to the general public, it will be known as Firefox. The firm has been working on the new browser for over a year and is continually adding new features. While the desktop browser is now on version 79, the main Android browser has been stuck on Firefox 68 and just received point release updates to patch bugs. Firefox 68 launched on July 9, 2019, and is beginning to feel stale when compared to Chrome and other browsers available on Android. The brand new version of Firefox uses GeckoView which should make browsing quicker and Mozilla has completely overhauled the look and feel of the browser compared to Firefox 68. Unlike the existing Firefox for Android browser, the new version only has a limited selection of add-ons to install. In one respect, this is good because it gives Mozilla a chance to test the add-ons and ensure they work correctly in a mobile environment, on the other hand, you could be left without some of the add-ons you use at the moment. Mozilla is always expanding the list of add-ons available but depending on which ones you use, you could be waiting a while until they’re are approved. If you want to test out the new browser, you can install Firefox Nightly or Firefox Beta from the Google Play Store. What you see with those is what you can expect next month when Mozilla releases it on the stable branch. Mozilla releases final update for the old Firefox for Android browser
  12. Never-Consent refuses GDPR consent requests automatically GDRP and cookie consent prompts are displayed on many Internet sites. Some sites check a user's location to determine whether consent prompts need to be displayed, others display these prompts to anyone entering the site. What started with good intentions has quickly turned the Internet into consent-hell as users are bombarded with these prompts quite frequently. While it is possible to deny giving consent, it is not really productivity to react to consent prompts regularly. To make matters worse, most sites use cookies to determine a user's response to the prompt, and if cookies get deleted regularly or denied outright, prompts will be displayed on every visit to the site. The Firefox and Chromium add-on Never-Consent has been designed to provide an automated solution for users of the browser. It will refuse GDPR consent on any site that is loaded in the web browser provided that the site uses a consent platform that is supported. The latest version at the time of writing supports a good dozen consent platforms including Cookie Law Info, CookieConsent, Quantcast, OneTrust, ConsentManager and Didomi. All it takes is to install the extension in a supported browser, e.g. Firefox, Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based). The extension works automatically in the background to refuse any GDPR consent prompt right away that the extension recognizes. The extension itself is open source, you can check out the source on the project's GitHub site. Additional GDPR platforms are already on the project's to-do list, and the project team is looking for a solution to deal with custom GDPR prompts that are not powered by any of the widely used platforms. The extension comes without any options and works right after installation. Closing Words Never-Consent is a handy browser extension that complements the anti-cookie consent extensions and options nicely. Users who run into GDPR prompts frequently benefit the most from installing the extension, others may prefer to handle the prompts manually to avoid installing another extension in the web browser of choice. Landing Page (Firefox): https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/never-consent/ Never-Consent refuses GDPR consent requests automatically
  13. Open a list of webpages in one go with the Bulk URL Opener extension for Firefox and Chrome We've reviewed extensions such as Copy Selected Links or Copy All Tab URLs which can save the web addresses from all your tabs with a single click. Now, how about reviewing an extension that can open a list of URLs in your browser of choice? Bulk URL Opener is an extension for Firefox and Chrome, which can do that. Install it and click on its icon that on the toolbar and, Bulk URL Opener's interface pops-up. A large pane contains a list of all tabs that are loaded in the current window. It works on a per-window basis. The pane is the URL field, though it just looks like a text box. Paste the links that you want to open in the box, and then click on the Open Links button. The extension will load all the links in new tabs, hence the name, Bulk URL Opener. The "Get links of all opened tabs" is sort of like an undo option, in case you deleted the contents in it. You can do the same by just clicking away and reopening the add-on's window. An icon is displayed next to the extension's name in the pop-up, click on it to open the add-on's interface in its own window. This is optional, of course. The links that you paste don't have to be in a special format, all you need to do is make sure that there's only one URL per line. So, you can import links that you've obtained from other extensions, text files, etc. Bulk URL Opener opens the pasted links in the same window. If you want it to open them links in a separate window instead, you'll have to open a new window before using the add-on to load the list of tabs. The extension can also be used to save the URLs from all loaded tabs. There are two ways to do this: you can copy and paste it to a text file to save the links. You can even use the list in a different browser if you want to. Or, click on the new list button to save the tabs using the add-on's built-in list manager. The saved list can be accessed from the drop-down menu in the left corner of the pop-up interface. This is sort of like saving a browsing session. Lists can be edited or deleted anytime you want to. The Load list button does not open the links immediately, it only displays the URLS. Use the Open links button for opening the loaded list. Don't want all tabs loading at once? Enable the last option on the Bulk URL Opener's settings page, to make it load a tab only when it is selected. Export your settings and tab lists, and save the script in a text file. Import them back by pasting the script. Bulk URL Opener has a setting, which, when enabled, will try to extract a URL from the string, which is handy if you paste text that contains a link somewhere, instead of using an actual URL. Or, you can tell the extension to perform an online search using Google, DuckDuckGo or Bing with the non-URL text as the keyword. The add-on has a night theme that you can toggle, though this only affects the Settings page. Download Bulk URL Opener for Chrome and Firefox. The extension is open source. Landing Page (Firefox): https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/bulkurlopener/ Landing Page: (Chrome): https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/bulk-url-opener/kgnfciolbjojfdbbelbdbhhocjmhenep Open a list of webpages in one go with the Bulk URL Opener extension for Firefox and Chrome
  14. View tab previews, save and restore sessions with the Tabby - Window & Tab Manager extension for Firefox Navigating through browser tabs without the help of some extension or the other can be rather difficult. Forget scrolling through the tab bar, using a vertical scrollable list can be a lot faster. Tabby - Window & Tab Manager makes that possible. The extension puts a colorful three-line icon on the toolbar, clicking on it opens its interface. This pop-up window has two panes: the list on the right displays all tabs that are/were opened in the current window. Mouse over a tab and a visual preview of the page is displayed on the left pane. This helps in finding the right tab way simpler than switching from tab-to-tab. The preview also contains the full title and URL of the tab, and you can copy it without switching the focus to the tab. Speaking of which, click on a tab to switch to it. Drag and drop tabs to rearrange their order. Each tab has its title and favicon, but you will notice two more buttons next to tabs. Clicking on the x button closes a tab. Hit the Pin icon to send the tab to the top of the list, the add-on uses Firefox's pin function for this. The preview loads instantly if the tab is currently loaded in the browser, if it isn't though, the preview takes a few seconds to appear as the add-on fetches the content in the background. If the list of tabs is too long, you can filter the view by entering the name of the website in the search box. Hit enter to open the highlighted tab. Right-click on a tab and select the "Send tab to" menu option to move it to a different window. This also works from the page context menu in the browser. Right-click on the Window's name in the Tabby popup interface, to rename it. Tabby - Window & Tab Manager can save websites for later. Hit the button next to the Search box to save the tabs in the current window. To load the "window's session", click on the restore button. The add-on opens a new tab to restore the windows. It supports multiple windows as well, i.e., tab sessions from multiple windows can be saved and restored. The restoration process works even after you have closed each window, and restarted the browser several times. Resize the extension's pop-up window from its options page. You may toggles for the tab preview, tab details, search in URLs per your requirements. Tabby supports keyboard shortcuts for switching to the last used tab or window, and to open the pop-up interface. Select a tab and hold down the left mouse button, and press P to pin it, M to mute it. The extension does not support the browser's tab right-click menu, and instead displays the default context menu when you right-click on a tab in the pop-up view. This is somewhat odd for a tab manager add-on. Tabby was among Mozilla's Firefox Quantum Extensions Challenge finalists, though it eventually lost the contest. This is an open source extension. It should not to be confused with Tabby2, which was once a popular add-on. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/tabby-window-tab-manager/ View tab previews, save and restore sessions with the Tabby - Window & Tab Manager extension for Firefox
  15. Firefox's Multi-Account Containers add-on gets Site Isolation feature Containers is an interesting feature that Mozilla implemented in the Firefox web browser some time ago. It provides users with a way to separate sites from each other, and benefits of doing so are clear: less tracking, improved privacy, and the ability to sign-in to multiple accounts in a single browsing session. The Mutli-Account Containers add-on adds configuration options to the feature. You use it to create and edit containers, and to assign sites to containers. The extension ships with the four default containers personal, work, banking and shopping, and users may add more containers, rename existing ones, or customize them with different colors or icons. Up until now, it was possible to assign certain sites to specific containers. An assigned site would always be opened in that particular container in Firefox to separate it from others. The new major Firefox Multi-Account Containers release that just landed on Mozilla AMO introduces another feature: site isolation. Besides assigning sites to containers, it is now possible to limit containers to particular sites. You may use the improved functionality to isolate sites similarly to how standalone extensions such as Facebook Container isolate Facebook from the rest of the browsing session. Usage is straightforward. Load a site or sites in a particular container in Firefox, e.g. facebook.com. Select the Multi-Account Containers icon in the toolbar and activate the manage containers option in the interface that opens. Select the container that you added the site or sites to, and check the "limit to designated sites" box on the page that opens. Last step in the process is to open the sites again in a new tab and check the "always open in container" option to make sure that the site is opened in that container whenever it gets loaded in the browser. You may use the site isolation feature to limit sites to specific containers, and make sure that only the selected sites do get opened in these containers. The feature works really well for search engines. Say you assign Google Search or Bing Search to a container and make sure that only the search engine is opened in that container. Run a search and click on a result, and you will notice that the result is opened in a new tab outside the container. The same can be done for sites that post links that point to third-party resources, e.g. Reddit, Facebook, Pinterest, any search engine, or Twitter. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/multi-account-containers/ Firefox's Multi-Account Containers add-on gets Site Isolation feature
  16. Firefox 80: HTTPS-only Mode in Settings Mozilla added an optional HTTPS-only mode to Firefox 76 Nightly back in March 2020. The organization's engineers have now added the mode to the settings of Firefox 80 Nightly, and it is likely that users of other Firefox channel versions, e.g. Firefox Stable, will be able to configure the mode once their version of the browser is updated to Firefox 80. HTTPS-Only Mode is designed to enforce HTTPS on sites. It works similarly to HTTPS Everywhere and other HTTPS upgrade extensions for browsers in that it attempts to upgrade HTTP connections, that are not secure, to HTTPS connections, which are. The core difference between the native HTTPS-Only Mode and extensions is that Mozilla's implementation attempts to upgrade every HTTP connection to HTTPS. HTTPS Everywhere uses a list for the upgrades that rewrite connections on sites that are opened in the browser. Firefox's HTTPS-Only Mode applies the upgrade to all HTTP connections, even if an HTTPS option is not available; this may lead to loading errors that can range from sites not loading at all to content on the site becoming unavailable. Firefox informs the user if the entire site could not be loaded because it does not support HTTPS. The same is not true for elements that may not be loaded on a site, though. Up until now, Nightly users had to set the value of the preference dom.security.https_only_mode to TRUE to enable the feature in the browser. A value of FALSE, the default, disables the HTTP to HTTPS upgrade enforcement in the browser. Starting in Firefox 80, that is no longer necessary but still available. Mozilla added options to control the browser's HTTPS-Only Mode in the options. Load about:preferences#privacy in the browser's address bar and scroll all the way down to the HTTPS-Only Mode group. The feature is set to "Don't enable HTTPS-Only Mode" by default. Switch it to Enable HTTPS-Only Mode in all windows to enable it everywhere, or Switch it to Enable HTTPS-Only Mode in private windows only, to only enable it for private browsing. A restart is not required. When you enable the option, Firefox will rewrite HTTP links to HTTPS automatically. Closing Words When Mozilla launched the HTTP upgrade mode in Firefox 76, I concluded that it could be useful in some situations, e.g. when using profiles in Firefox and using one of the profiles for secure activities such as online banking. The downside to enabling the mode is that it may break functionality on some sites, and some sites entirely. Since there is no simply "turn off mode on this page" option, it is quite cumbersome to deal with the issue when it is encountered. I find it puzzling that the option is added to the browser's preferences, considering that Mozilla's stance in the past was to limit user exposure to settings that could potentially impact the accessibility of sites. I think it would be better if Mozilla would integrate HTTPS Everywhere in the browser, maybe even with an option to enforce HTTPS everywhere. The extension is already included in the Tor Browser by default. Firefox 80: HTTPS-only Mode in Settings
  17. What's in the latest Firefox upgrade? Firefox 78 starts ESR transition for enterprises The latest version of Mozilla's browser fixes 13 flaws and starts the annual process of retiring 2019's Extended Support Release and offering customers the latest enterprise-designed build. Magdalena Petrova/IDG Mozilla last week upgraded Firefox to version 78, patching a baker's dozen of security flaws and starting the annual process of retiring last year's Extended Support Release (ESR) and offering customers the latest enterprise-designed build. Company engineers patched 13 vulnerabilities, seven labeled "High," Firefox's second-most-serious label. Unlike most Firefox refreshes, version 78 did not fix any bugs marked "Critical." Firefox 78 can be downloaded for Windows, macOS and Linux from Mozilla's site. Because Firefox updates in the background, most users can simply relaunch the browser to get the latest version. To manually update on Windows, pull up the menu under the three horizontal bars at the upper right, then click the help icon (the question mark within a circle). Choose "About Firefox." (On macOS, "About Firefox" can be found under the "Firefox" menu.) The resulting page shows that the browser is either up to date or describes the refresh process. A day after Firefox 78's debut, Mozilla updated the browser again to fix "an issue which could cause installed search engines to not be visible when upgrading from a previous release." Mozilla upgrades Firefox every four weeks, a much faster tempo than Google's Chrome or Microsoft's Edge. Mozilla last upgraded the browser on June 2. More information on the privacy dashboard Some Firefox updates are more notable than others, especially now that Mozilla is on an accelerated every-four-weeks schedule. Firefox 78 is one of the less notable upgrades. Among the few visible-to-users changes are additions to the "Protections Dashboard," the new name for the consolidated display of Firefox's anti-tracking technologies' results, known data breaches affecting the user and potential password problems. The dashboard carries on the gradual improvements Mozilla's made to Firefox's Enhanced Tracking Protection, which put Firefox in the lead last year in comprehensive quashing of the ad- and site-trackers which trace users' web movements and actions. The dashboard is a convenience, a slightly improved variation on what the browser has had for several iterations. New items on it show passwords that fell victim to known breaches as well as steps the user has already taken to mitigate said breaches (which may involve changing passwords, putting two-factor authentication into effect and the like). Firefox's Protections Dashboard can be called from the menu at the far right (the three horizontal lines) or by entering about:protections in the address bar. Mozilla New to the dashboard in Firefox 78 are indicators of user-resolved breaches and the status of the browser's password management. Also with Firefox 78, Mozilla began culling OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite) and 10.11 (El Capitan) from support, automatically shifting users of those outdated Mac operating systems to the Extended Support Release (ESR). ESR starts next transition Firefox ESR, which traces roots to 2012, is the release channel crafted for enterprises that cannot – or will not – upgrade workers' browsers every four weeks. Instead, approximately once a year, Mozilla issues a new ESR that then is supported until its replacement appears (plus a several-week overlap). The concept grew from concerns by large organizations over the fast release schedule Firefox adopted nearly a decade ago; IT administrators balked at testing and adopting a new release every few weeks. ESR would address that by accepting only the separate security updates Mozilla made (and distributed on the same every-four-week schedule used by its standard browser channel). New features would not be introduced to any given ESR version during its year-long run. Instead, users would "catch up" on feature and functionality changes when the next ESR was released. To give enterprises time to test and roll out the next ERS, Mozilla would use an eight-week overlap during which it would release both the previous ESR (designated "n") and its replacement ("n+1"). Enterprises have been using Firefox ESR 68 since the summer of 2019, but its end nears. The next ESR is v. 78. Mozilla will refresh both ESRs on July 28 and Aug. 25; ESRs 68.11 and 78.1 will appear on the first date, ESRs 68.12 and 78.2 on the second. The next release cycle, slated for Sept. 22, will see only ESR 78.3; ESR 68's support will come to an end that day. The following table illustrates the changeover from one ESR to the next. IDG/Gregg Keizer During an ESR transition, Mozilla issues two builds during a three-release cycle to give IT admins time to test and deploy the next static-for-a-year browser. The next Mozilla upgrade, Firefox 79, will be released July 28. What's in the latest Firefox upgrade? Firefox 78 starts ESR transition for enterprises
  18. Yet another speed dial is an simple, customizable new tab replacement extension for Firefox and Chrome Yet another speed dial! No, I'm not complaining about anything. That's the name of a speed dial extension for Firefox and Chrome. The add-on is meant to replicate Opera browser's famous feature, and it does so rather nicely. Once installed, Yet another speed dial takes over the new tab. The add-on starts with a blank page, and displays some steps to help you get started. Add speed dials The easiest way to add speed dials is to visit any web page and right-click on it and select "Add to Speed Dial" from the context menu. The extension saves a thumbnail screenshot of the page to be used for the dial. The second method is to click on the new tab button, and then on the large + button to add a new site. Paste the URL of the website to be added in the text field, and click on "Add to Speed Dial". The add-on opens a new tab to load the site to save its thumbnail. Another way to add dials is by bookmarking a page and placing it in the Other Bookmarks > Speed Dial folder. This also ensures your bookmarks are synced with your Firefox/Google account. Rearrange the position of a dial by dragging it to a different place. Right-click on a dial to open it in a new tab, new window or private window. It can also be used to delete a dial. You may edit a dial's settings including the URL and the image, the extension lets you choose between the web page thumbnail or the favicon, or you can use a custom image from your computer. Settings Right-click anywhere on a new tab, or click on the gear icon in the top right corner of the add-on's page to access its settings. Yet another speed dial lets you use your own wallpaper as the background. Prefer a solid color instead, you can customize that too. Don't like the label (title) displayed below every dial, toggle the setting. The + button (Add side) can be disabled as well. The last option on the settings page sets the dials to be vertically aligned on the screen. Hit the save button to apply the changes that you've made. Incompatibility with Firefox Containers Yet another speed dial worked well with Chrome (Microsoft Edge Chromium), but I had some trouble with the extension on Firefox. It wouldn't capture the images for the dial, or even add the dial when I used the right-click menu. The issues page on the add-on's GitHub didn't have any reports related to this. I had almost given up on the add-on thinking it was broken, and if there hadn't been a Chrome extension, I certainly would've. That's what made me curious, why it would work in one browser but not in the other. I disabled some of my other add-ons in Firefox to narrow down the issue. Eventually, I found the answer. It appears the extension is not compatible with Firefox Containers. When I tried to add a dial for a web page that is configured to load in a container, the extension would not finish capturing the images. Also, the right-click menu was non-responsive when used with contained websites. For e.g. I've set Ghacks, Reddit, Google (Gmail, Docs, etc.,) to load in their own Firefox Containers. When I tried to add these pages to the dials, only one of these worked (Google.com). Even Google's sub-domains like Gmail and YouTube couldn't be added. This wasn't the case for web pages that were loaded normally (no containers). For e.g. Yahoo, GitHub, SourceForge, etc. The extension's "Add to dial menu" and + button worked perfectly with normal pages. To put this theory to the test, all I had to do was disable the Firefox Multi-Account Containers add-on, and then try adding the web pages using Yet another speed dial. It worked. You may want to use this as a temporary workaround, but I won't recommend disabling containers permanently, because Privacy & Security > convenience anyday. Yet another speed dial is an open source extension. Download it for Chrome or Firefox. It does not sync to any cloud service, which is a good thing. There are no way to organize dials in folders, and the lack of an option to backup your dials is a bit disappointing as well, since there's no way to restore dials in case you reset Firefox (or Chrome). Landing Page: https://github.com/conceptualspace/yet-another-speed-dial Yet another speed dial is an simple, customizable new tab replacement extension for Firefox and Chrome
  19. Behave for Chrome and Firefox warns you of port scans and local attacks Behave! is a new browser extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox that is designed to inform its users when sites misbehave by performing port scans or access private IP addresses. The extension may also work in other Chromium-based and Firefox-based browsers but I have not tested that. Behave! should not be confused with the Firefox extension behind!, which we reviewed yesterday. The new extension reveals when sites scan local ports or access private IPs. We revealed in May 2020 that eBay and other major sites were running port scans on user systems as soon as the browser connected to these sites. The sites checked ports used by local remote software and used for fraud detection as remote software may be used for that purpose. Users on the other hand voiced concern that the port scanning was unethical and an invasion of privacy. The browser extension Behave! monitors web pages for certain activity, and informs the user if it notices it. One of the main features of the extension is that it detects port scanning and will reveal as much immediately. The extension adds an icon to the toolbar of the browser and changes the color of the icon based on its findings. A click on the icon displays information about the activity of sites in the browser sorted by method. For IP access, Behave! lists the target IP and port, target host, and the host the request originated from. For Port scans, it lists the port, host, and the from host. For Rebinding scans, it lists the hosts, IPs and from host. Behave! detects browser based port scans, access to private IPs, and DNS rebinding attacks to private IPS. The extension comes with a basic set of preferences that let you change the portscan threshold, enable or disable the monitoring, and to enable or disable Windows notifications. The open source extension is developed by Stefano Di Paola, the co-founder and CTO of MindedSecurity. Technically speaking, Behave! "will alert if a web page tries to directly access [...] an IP belonging to any of the following blocks": Loopback addresses IPv4 127.0.0.1/8 Loopback addresses IPv6 ::1/128 Private Networks IPv4 10.0.0.0/8 - 172.16.0.0/12 - 192.168.0.0/16 Unique Local Addresses IPv6 fc00::/7 Closing Words Behave! notifies users if sites misbehave or if DNS rebinding attacks are performed. The extension comes without any options to block the site behavior. The developer plans to introduce new features in future versions of the extension. Plans are underway to integrate a whitelist in the application and an option to "track back the code performing the suspicious activity". Landing Page: https://github.com/mindedsecurity/behave Behave for Chrome and Firefox warns you of port scans and local attacks
  20. Firefox add-on behind! lets you download any image that is behind the cursor It is sometimes difficult to download certain elements from websites. Some sites use code that actively prevents the use of save options of the browser that is being used; many use Javascript for that, others try to force you to sign-up for an account before some functionality becomes available. The new Firefox add-on behind! has been designed as a workaround. It allows you to display and then download any image that is behind the cursor, even on sites that try to prevent this from happening. All you need to do is install the extension in the browser, right-click on the image that you want to display fully or download, and select the behind! option of the right-click context menu. The extension opens a new tab and loads the selected image in that tab. The extension may display multiple versions of the image on the opening page; this is the case if the site uses multiple versions, e.g. a small resolution one that it displays on the page and a larger one that it links to. You can look at the images and use built-in functionality to zoom the content or to save it. To save one of the images, right-click on the image and select the "save image as" option of the context menu to do so. The developer of the extension lists a number of cases where the extension may help users. It can reveal: Background images Images under layers of nonsense (e.g. clickable surfaces designed to hide the image from you) Embedded images / base64-encoded image chunks Alternative resolutions Vector images (even when they are inlined) Images in shadow DOM The extension has no options at the time of writing. It worked really well on all tested websites but a set of options would certainly make it more useful or flexible. An option to select the target action when selecting the behind! option comes into mind, e.g. to open the image in a foreground tab instead of a background tab, or to download all images or the smallest/largest right away. Other than that, it is a great extension for Firefox users who sometimes or often encounter sites that somehow block them from displaying or downloading images. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/behind/ Firefox add-on behind! lets you download any image that is behind the cursor
  21. How to enable HTTP/3 support in Firefox HTTP/3 is the next major version of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol and one of the main changes that will go along with it is that the new transport protocol QUIC will be used instead of TCP. QUIC is designed to improve the performance and security of Internet connections. Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox support QUIC but the feature may not be turned on by default in all clients. The latest Firefox Nightly version introduces support for HTTP/3 and QUIC, and users of the web browser may enable support for the new protocol in Firefox to take advantage of it. Firefox Nightly is a development version of the browser. Mozilla may still work on some of the features that become available in the browser and it may take some time before features land in stable versions of the Firefox web browser. Here is what needs to be done to enable support for HTTP/3 in the Firefox web browser: Make sure you run the latest Firefox Nightly version, e.g. by selecting Menu > Help > About Nightly. I tested this in Firefox Nightly 80.0a1 from June 30, 2020. Type about:config in the browser's address bar and hit Enter to load the page. Confirm that you will be careful if a warning is displayed. Search for the preference network.http.http3.enabled. Set it to TRUE to enable support for HTTP/3 Set it to FALSE to disable support for HTTP/3 You may want to test the feature once it has been enabled. Note that it is not necessary to restart the browser after making the change. You may test HTTP/3 in Firefox in the following way: Load https://cloudflare-quic.com/ in the web browser's address bar. Tap on the F12 key to open the Developer Tools and switch to the Network tab. Alternatively, select Menu > Web Developer > Network. Right-click on any column header and select "Protocol" from the menu to add a column for the protocol. Reload the website. You should notice that HTTP/3 is used for many of the connections to the page. Support for HTTP/3 will be enabled by default eventually in Firefox and other browsers. For now, it is necessary to enable it manually in Firefox. How to enable HTTP/3 support in Firefox
  22. Here is what is new and changed in Firefox 78.0 Firefox 78.0 is the latest stable version of the Firefox web browser. It was first offered on June 30, 2020 and is the second major release of the browser in June 2020. The new version is offered via in-browser upgrades and as a direct download from the Mozilla website. Firefox 78 is the first release of the new Firefox ESR, Extended Support Release, version and as such introduces major changes to systems that are upgraded from the previous 68.x ESR version. All Firefox channels are updated around the same time. Firefox Beta and Developer will get bumped to version 79.0, Firefox Nightly to version 80.0, and Firefox ESR to version 78.0 just like Firefox Stable. The Android version of Firefox will also be upgraded to 78.0 as it follows the ESR release schedule until the migration to the new Android browser completes. The next stable version of the Firefox web browser will be released on July 28, 2020. Executive Summary Firefox ESR is now available in a new major version (78.0). WebRender rollout continues. TLS 1.0 and 1.1 are now disabled. Firefox 78 is the last major release that supports Mac OS 10.9, 10.10, and 10.11. Users will be supported through the Firefox 78.x lifecycle. Firefox 78.0 download and update The rollout of the new Firefox versions starts on June 30, 2020. Firefox installations will pick up the new version automatically if automatic updating has not been disabled in the browser. Firefox users may select Menu > Help > About Firefox to run a manual check for updates. Note that the release may not be offered right away as it may not be released yet if you try to upgrade to early on June 30, 2020. The following pages list direct downloads for supported Firefox channels (will be available later on June 30, 2020) Firefox Stable download Firefox Beta download Nightly download Firefox ESR download Firefox 78.0 Changes Support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 is dropped. DHE cipher suites are no longer supported. New major Firefox ESR version. TLS 1.0 and 1.1 changes, and DHE cipher suites Mozilla's initial plan was to drop support for the outdated security protocols TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in Firefox 74.0. The organization re-enabled the protocols because of the Coronavirus pandemic and Google, and has now disabled the protocols again in Firefox 78.0. All major browser makes pledged to remove support for the protocols from their browsers to push the adoption of TLS 1.2 and TLS 1.3 which offer better security and performance. The protocols have not been removed in Firefox 78.0. It is still possible to restore these by doing the following: Type about:config in the web browser's address bar. Confirm that you will be careful if the warning is displayed. Search for security.tls.version.min. Set the value to 1 instead of 3 (default). 1 means that protocols TLS 1.0 and newer are supported. 2 means that protocols TLS 1.1 and newer are supported. 3 means that protocols TLS 1.2 and newer are supported. Note that Mozilla will remove support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 eventually so that it will no longer be possible to restore support. Tip: use the add-on IndicateTLS to show the TLS version of sites in Firefox's address bar. Firefox 79.0 removes support for the following DEH cipher suites as well. These are considered weak according to Mozilla: TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA To mitigate compatibility issues, Mozilla enabled two AES-GCM SHA2-based ciphersuites. New major Firefox ESR version Firefox ESR 79.0 is the new major Extended Support Release version. The ESR version bumps introduces lots of new features to the ESR channel as these get security and bug fix updates only for the most part during minor version upgrades You can check out our reviews of the last eight or so Firefox Stable releases for a rundown on the changes, or check out some of the highlights here: Service Worker and Push APIs enabled. Picture-in-Picture support. Option to manage certificates on about:certificate. Support for Kiosk mode and client certificates. Support for client certificates stored can be enabled by setting the preference security.osclientcerts.autoload to true. New Enterprise policies to manage some of the new features. Block Autoplay is enabled. Always activate Flash no longer available. Flash cannot be put in the Firefox application directory anymore. Firefox does not load userChrome.css and userContent.css by default. Administrators need to set the preference toolkit.legacyUserProfileCustomizations.stylesheets to true to enable support. Check out this Firefox 78.0 ESR guide on the Mozilla website for additional changes. Other changes Option to view blocked resources in the Firefox Developer Tools, e.g. by content blocker extensions. Firefox may be set as the default PDF viewer on Windows. Options to close multiple tabs have been moved to a submenu. Restoring of multiple tabs improved as well. Users from the UK get Pocket Recommendations on the New Tab Page. Minimum system requirements on Linux are now GNU libc 2.17, libstdc++ 4.8.1 and GTK+ 3.14 or newer versions. Accessibility improvements for screen reader users. Also, number of animations was reduced. WebRTC calls will no longer be interrupted by the screen saver. Mozilla added a Refresh button to the Firefox Uninstaller as many users who use the uninstaller do so to re-install the browser. The new Protections Dashboard, which you can access via about:protections in the browser's address bar, lets you track the number of data breaches that you resolved, and displays if saved passwords may have been exposed in data breaches. Firefox for Android Mozilla lists "various stability and security fixes" without providing details. Developer Changes RegExp engine update introduces support for all new features of ECMAScript 2018. Firefox ESR 78 is the first version that supports Service Workers and Push API. WebAssembly improvements. Known Issues none listed. Security updates / fixes Security updates are revealed after the official release of the web browser. You find the information published here. Additional information / sources Firefox 78 release notes Add-on compatibility for Firefox 78 Firefox 78 for Developers Site compatibility for Firefox 78 Firefox Security Advisories Firefox Release Schedule Here is what is new and changed in Firefox 78.0 [Frontpaged here.., https://www.nsanedown.com/?request=230571 ]
  23. Visual Tabs is a Firefox extension that places a scrollable list of tabs in a sidebar I always have a couple of dozen tabs or more in Firefox. If you do the same, you can perhaps relate to how difficult it can be to scroll through them to find a tab. There are various extensions that help you deal with this problem. Visual Tabs is a Firefox add-on that places a scrollable list of tabs in a sidebar. It reminds me of TreeStyleTabs, but it is simpler to use. A side-bar appears on the left side of the screen after you install the extension. This is the interface of Visual Tabs. The extension displays the favicon and the page's title for each tab. But on some websites such as Ghacks, Firefox AMO, GitHub, YouTube, etc., it also displays a partial preview of the web page. The Visual Tabs list is scrollable, you can use the mouse wheel or the scroll-bar. That's quite easier to navigate than using the tab bar, and the title and the tab preview are features that make the add-on special. Mouse over a tab to view an animation that displays a slightly larger preview. The extension displays tabs from the current window. Every tab on the sidebar has an X, aka the close button. You can right-click on a tab to bring up Firefox's tab menu to close, move, undo closed tab, etc. Click on the + button at the bottom of the sidebar to open a new tab. You can resize the side panel by dragging it to the left. Speaking of which, drag a tab over another to rearrange it. The Visual tabs sidebar can be hidden by clicking on its toolbar icon. To make it reappear when you need it, click on the button again. If you observe the sidebar closely, you'll notice there are some icons near the bottom of the panel. This is the extension's menu. The first menu button is to open a new container tab. Yes, Visual Tabs supports Firefox container tabs, i.e., it also displays the color of the container on the edge, just like the tab bar does (under the tab). That's a nice touch. The second option in the menu is a shortcut for the add-on's Options page. We'll get back to this in a bit. Clicking the third icon cycles between the four preview modes that are available in Visual Tabs. These are None, Minimal, Compact and Full. None is basically a preview-less mode which displays the icon and the title of the tab. The default view is "Compact" (explained earlier), Minimal displays the favicon and the tab's title, the preview appears when you mouse over it. The Full view displays a larger preview of the page. There is one more preview mode, default. The fourth button collapses the menu. The sidebar has one more menu, which can be accessed by clicking on the words "Visual Tabs" at the top of the panel. Use it to switch the sidebar to the right side of the screen, or to access your bookmarks, history, etc. Visual Tabs options You can change the background theme of the add-on to Default, Light or Dark. The add-on's options let you toggle the scrollbar, change the new tab behavior, default preview mode, etc. The extension is an open source project. Visual Tabs is very useful and simple to use. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/visualtab/ Visual Tabs is a Firefox extension that places a scrollable list of tabs in a sidebar
  24. How to Get Safari's New Privacy Features in Chrome and Firefox Apple's browser is getting serious about security protections. If you can't or won't switch, don't worry: You don't have to fall behind. You don't have to wait for macOS Big Sur to drop to get a lot of these upcoming features though—both Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome have similar features.Photograph: Apple Apple just unveiled a raft of changes coming with the new macOS Big Sur later this year. Along with the visual redesign, the introduction of Control Center, and upgrades to Messages, the built-in Safari browser is getting new-and-improved privacy features to keep your data locked away. You don't have to wait for macOS Big Sur to drop to get a lot of these upcoming features though—both Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome have similar features, or they can with the help of a third-party extension. Here's how you can get Firefox or Chrome up to par with Safari in macOS Big Sur today. The Changes Coming to Safari When macOS Big Sur arrives, Safari is going to look somewhat different. Courtesy of Apple Privacy and data protection are already big priorities for Safari, but the version coming with macOS Big Sur is going to go even further to protect you from being tracked on the web. Some of the existing features are becoming more visible, while Safari is also embracing more extensions, with as much care for user safety as possible. The browser already warns you against using passwords that are easily guessed or that you've used before (assuming they're saved in Safari's password locker), but the next version will also warn you if your email address, username, or password have been exposed in a data breach online—which would mean the need to take action and change your password would be even more urgent. A new Privacy Report button is getting added to the toolbar—you can click on this to see exactly which trackers Safari is blocking in its ongoing attempts to stop advertisers and companies from following you around the web. Safari is particularly good at stopping "fingerprinting," where various characteristics of your device (like screen resolution and operating system) are used to figure out who you are. This same Privacy Report is going to be displayed on your browser start page, which should give you a better idea of which sites are most aggressively trying to track you, as well as showing off the work that Safari is busy doing in the background. Safari in macOS Big Sur is also boosting support for extensions. (Safari already has extensions, but there aren't many of them.) New developer tools will make it easier for add-ons to be ported from Chrome and Firefox, and Safari is going to give users a suite of controls to limit the browsing data and other information that extensions are able to get access to. Adding Features to Chrome uBlock Origin is one Chrome extension that can block trackers. Screenshot: David Nield via Google Google already checks the passwords that it saves for you against a database of leaked credentials (besides warning about duplicates and passwords that could be easily guessed)—this is actually a Google account feature as well as a Chrome one. From the Chrome Settings panel, click Passwords then Check passwords to run an audit. You can already get some tracking data about a site by clicking the icon to the left of a URL in the address bar in Chrome (the icon will be either a padlock or an info bubble). To get even more tracking data, and to selectively block it, Safari-style, you can use an extension like uBlock Origin: One click shows you how many trackers are active on a page and which have been stopped by uBlock Origin. As well as stopping tracking across multiple sites, uBlock Origin also suppresses aggressive ads and protects against sites embedded with malware. A similar tool for Chrome that you can try is Disconnect—again, a single click blocks out tracking technologies, unwanted advertising, and social plug-ins (used by the likes of Facebook to see what you're up to when you're out and about across the web). Individual trackers and sites as a whole can be granted permission to operate outside of the restrictions put in place by uBlock Origin and Disconnect, which can be used for sites with responsible advertising that you want to support. As an added bonus, all of this tracking and blocking should mean a faster browsing experience too. Policing extension permissions isn't quite as easy in Chrome as it sounds like it will be in the next Safari upgrade, but you do have options: Choose More Tools then Extensions from the Chrome menu, then click Details next to any extension. The next page shows you the permissions the add-on has and lets you set when and how the utility can read your browsing data—on all sites (everywhere you go, without question), on specific sites (only on sites you specifically list), or on click (so you'll be asked for permission whenever access is required). Adding Features to Firefox Firefox comes with a host of privacy protections built in. Screenshot: David Nield via Firefox Firefox already packs plenty of user privacy and anti-tracking technology into its interface, so you don't need to do too much in the way of tweaking to get it up to par with the improvements that Apple just announced for Safari. It blocks more than 2,000 web trackers by default, for example, and warns you if your details are included in a data breach as part of its Firefox Monitor and Firefox Lockwise tools. Click the little purple shield icon to the left of the address bar on any site to see what Firefox has blocked, including advertising trackers, social media plug-ins, attempts to fingerprint your device, and more. Firefox will intelligently allow some plug-ins to run if blocking them would seriously compromise the functionality of the site—it's then your choice to continue using the site or find an alternative. To open a report on how these various measures are working over time, open the main Firefox menu and choose Privacy Protections. If you open up Preferences then Privacy & Security from the Firefox menu, you can choose how these measures (called Enhanced Tracking Protection) are applied. Three different modes of operation are available—Standard, Strict, and Custom—and it's possible to tailor the level of blocking for specific sites too. Enhanced Tracking Protection can be turned off for sites that you particularly trust, as well. It's fantastic having all of these features built right into Firefox, and it may be where Apple got some of its inspiration from for Safari, but plenty of third-party extensions are also available if you want to go even further. uBlock Origin and Disconnect are both available for Firefox as well as Chrome, for example, and both work in the same way: With one click on the browser toolbar you can see which adverts and trackers are being blocked. To keep watch over which extensions are allowed to what in Firefox, choose Add-ons then Extensions from the program menu. Click the three dots next to any extension to see the data and browser features that it has access to—for the time being you can't change this, though you can block add-ons from running in private browser windows. If an extension is using a permission that you're not happy with, you'll have to uninstall it. How to Get Safari's New Privacy Features in Chrome and Firefox
  25. Here is why the user count dropped for nearly all Firefox add-ons If you have been to Mozilla AMO recently, the main and official repository for Firefox add-ons and themes, you may have noticed that the "users" count of extensions that you checked out there has dropped. Take the popular content blocker uBlock Origin for example. The extension's current count is 3.94 million users according to Mozilla AMO; some days ago, the count was 5.5 million users. Mozilla published a blog post on the official Mozilla Add-ons blog that highlights why there is a drop across the board on Mozilla AMO in regards to the number of users. Mozilla employee Jorge Villalobos reveals there that Mozilla revamped the statistics that it makes available to add-on developers. The old system used stats aggregated from add-on update logs. Firefox checks Mozilla AMO daily for updates for installed extensions that are hosted on the site. The aggregated data was provided to developers and some of the information could also be accessed publicly; developers would get general information about users such as adoption or demographics. He notes that the system was "costly to run" and that data glitches happened from time to time. The new system drops the use of the daily add-on update check and rely on Telemetry data instead. The data is aggregated and no personally identifiable user data is shared with developers just like before according to Mozilla. The drop in users is caused by the switch to the new system. It appears that, in the case of uBlock Origin, about 1.6 million users of the add-on have Telemetry data disabled in Firefox. Privacy, security and advanced extensions will likely see a larger drop in users than other extensions as users of these type of extensions are more likely to turn off Telemetry. One of the benefits of using Telemetry data is that data can be shown for add-ons that are not listed on AMO. Developers will get access to all add-on usage stats regardless of where the add-on is hosted or how it is distributed. Mozilla plans to add usage by country as well in the future. Two features that were available previously are not available anymore, however. Developers won't see a breakdown of usage by add-on status anymore, and the ability to display the statistics dashboard publicly is no longer available. Villalobos notes that while the numbers are "generally" lower, they do "track very well with the update numbers in terms of change through time and how languages, platforms, versions, etc., compare with one another". Here is why the user count dropped for nearly all Firefox add-ons
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