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  1. How Mozilla Improves Content Blocking in Firefox 65 Mozilla Firefox 65 is now available for download on all supported platforms, and one of the most important changes concerns content blockers. As one of the companies pledging for uncompromised privacy when browsing the web, Mozilla is working on updating its browser with more controls, thus making sure that users are always up-to-date with what’s happening when loading a new page in Firefox. The latest version of the browser continues this approach and includes new content blocking options, as well as a refined UI that makes setting up these controls even more straightforward. First and foremost, when loading a new website, the page information screen now has an overhauled interface to display key information, like connection details, content blockers, and cookies. To see this screen, all you have to do is click on the small “i" icon in the left side of the address bar. What you’re going to get is something like this: The new menu shows whether the connection to the website is secure or not and displays information on the permission that the page requests. If no permissions are granted, you’ll see a message reading You have not granted this site any special permissions, as it’s the case in the screenshot above. You can manage permissions per site by simply clicking the third section in this new screen. The content blocking part is the one that we’ll discuss in detail, as it allows you to block specific content on each page you load. This particular section displays blockable content detected on each page, and it lets you view all cookies, including third-party and tracking ones. While this small information screen lets you see essential information, you can further configure content blocking from the Firefox settings menu. To reach the content blocking section, you can either head over to Settings > Privacy & Security > Content Blocking or just click on the settings option in the page information screen in the address bar. There are three options that you can choose from, namely standard, strict, and custom. By default, Mozilla Firefox 65 is configured to use the standard setting, which only blocks known trackers in private windows. If you want to block absolutely all trackers that the browser discovers online, you should switch to the strict setting, though Mozilla warns that using this mode could break down some websites. This is something that’s actually very likely, as a number of websites rely on information that they collect to provide you with a custom experience, so unless they are allowed to run their trackers, this wouldn’t be possible. Last but not least, the custom profile allows you to choose what to block and configure the tracker block list and cookies. You can also disable trackers in private windows or in all Firefox windows. The same Firefox settings screen lets you configure the Do Not Track behavior, which by default is configured to work on when Firefox is set to block known trackers. And of course, there are also settings to clear and manage website data in Firefox. Another small change that you may not notice is that Firefox is now more effective in the fight against popups. The new version of the browser can block multiple popups created by one site at the same time, which means that malicious pages that are trying to lock the browser or assault you with ads should no longer be effective. All these options are available regardless of the desktop platform that you use, and this means that you can install Firefox 65 to try them out no matter if you run Windows, Linux, or macOS. Source
  2. Firefox 65 Enhances Security on Linux via Stronger "Stack Smashing" Protection Mozilla officially released today the Firefox 65 web browser for all supported platforms, including Linux, Android, macOS, and Windows, adding yet another layer of enhancements and optimizations to make your browsing experience better. With the Firefox 65 release, Mozilla enhanced the security of its open-source web browser on Linux platforms by enabling "Stack smashing" protection by default, which could allow malicious actors to take control or corrupt a vulnerable program. The "Stack smashing" protection is also enabled for Android and macOS platforms. Apart from the stronger "Stack Smashing" protection, the Firefox 65 release also enhances the tracking protection by offering users stricter, custom, and standard options for controlling online trackers through a revamped Content Blocking section shown in the site information panel. "Simplified content blocking settings give users standard, strict, and custom options to control online trackers," says Mozilla. "A redesigned content blocking section in the site information panel (viewed by expanding the small “i” icon in the address bar) shows what Firefox detects and blocks on each website you visit."A better Firefox experience for multilingual usersProtecting our online privacy and keeping us secure at all times when we browse the Internet isn't Mozilla's only priority, as the team also tries to make our browsing experience better, especially for multilingual users as Firefox 65 updates the Language section in Preferences to allow you to install multiple language packs. Users will also be able to order the language preferences for websites and Firefox without having to download any locale-specific versions of the web browser. Other than that, Firefox 65 adds support for the WebP image format to improve the performance and web compatibility of the open-source web browser on all platforms. The built-in pop-up blocker was improved as well in this release to prevent multiple pop-up windows from opening at the same time when you visit a website. Also, the Task Manager page was revamped to report memory usage for add-ons and tabs, and Firefox will now warn you when you want to close a window even if automatic session restore is enabled. Linux users can download Firefox 65right now as binaries for 64-bit and 32-bit GNU/Linux distributions, as well as a source package if they want to compile the web browser themselves. However, we recommend updating to Firefox 65 by installing the latest version from the stable software repositories of your favorite Linux OS. Source
  3. By Marius Nestor In 2016 Mozilla launched an important redesign of Firefox, the goal to deny both the impact of the browser in the light of competition, including Chrome. This project came about with the release of Firefox Quantum (version 57) at the end of 2017. Highly appreciated by the users and the specialized press, Firefox Quantum would have allowed the free and free browser to return to the foreground of the scene. That's right, we're talking here about Firefox 65, the next major release of the popular open-source web browser used by millions of computer and mobile users worldwide. With the Firefox 65 release, Mozilla adds support for the WebP image format for all platforms, the ability to change the UI's display language in the Options page, as well as AV1 video codec support for Window users. macOS users would be happy to learn that with the Firefox 65 release they'll be able to continue browsing from their iPhone or iPad devices on their Macs as this release supports the Handoff feature. There's also good news for Linux users as they will finally be able to switch tabs by scrolling in the tab bar. Also, Windows users can now install Firefox using an MSI installer. Firefox 65 brings enhanced security for Linux, Android, and macOS To help ensure the security of our digital lives, Mozilla is adding an extra layer of security to the Linux, Android, and macOS platforms by implementing an enhanced stack smashing protection in Firefox 65, which will be enabled by default for all users. Additionally, Firefox 65 comes with an updated Content Blocking section in the Privacy & Security panel and much simpler blocking options in Control Center's Options page. Among other noteworthy improvements coming to the Firefox 65 web browser, we can mention the ability to set Firefox to warn you when closing the window even if it's configured to automatically restore the last browsing session on the next launch, as well as support for reporting the memory usage for each resource in the updated Task Manager page that's accessible if you type about:performance in the address bar. The Firefox 65 release also comes with some new features and improvements for web developers, such as a new Flexbox inspector tool capable of detecting and highlighting Flexbox containers and debug the size of Flex items, support for the Storage Access API on all supported desktop platforms, as well as the ability to track all CSS changes made in the Rules panel via the new Changes tab. The final Mozilla Firefox 65 release is expected to hit the streets for all supported platforms, including Linux, Android, Windows, and macOS, at the end of the month, on January 29th. As usual, it will be a free, incremental OTA (Over-the-Air) update for all users, but if you can't wait until then, you can try out the latest beta version for Linux, Mac, and Windows right now . Source
  4. Mozilla is bringing support for Google's WebP image format to Firefox 65. The WebP image format was created by Google as a modern format designed for displaying images on the web. "WebP lossless images are 26% smaller in size compared to PNGs. WebP lossy images are 25-34% smaller than comparable JPEG images at equivalent SSIM quality index." states Google. Popular browsers such as Chrome, Opera, and Edge already support the WebP image format and with the release of version 65, Firefox will as well. Unfortunately, even with Firefox 65, WebP support is not currently enabled by default as can be seen when you go to Google's WebP gallery. WebP not enabled in Firefox 65 To enable WebP support in Firefox, you need to go to the about:config page and set the image.webp.enabled setting to true using the following instructions. In the Firefox address bar enter about:config and press enter. A page will open stating that "This might void your warranty!". Click on the "I accept the risk!" button. 3. To enable WebP, search for webp and when the image.webp.enabled setting appears, double-click on it to set its value to true. Once WebP is enabled, Firefox will be able to properly render WebP images as shown below. While the decision to use the WebP image format is dependent on the particular image, one thing is clear; the more image formats that a browser supports is only better for the end user. Source
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