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  1. Pocket CEO Nate Weiner on how local data processing is the future of personalized recommendations On this week’s episode of Converge, Pocket founder and CEO Nate Weiner tells us why he sold his company to Mozilla, and how he’s working to build a better version of Facebook’s News Feed into the Firefox browser. Pocket, which lets you save articles and videos you find around the web to consume later, now has a home inside Firefox as the engine powering recommendations to 50 million people a month. By analyzing the articles and videos people save into Pocket, Weiner believes the company can show people the best of the web — in a personalized way — without building an all-knowing, Facebook-style profile of the user. “We’re testing this really cool personalization system within Firefox where it uses your browser history to target personalized [recommendations], but none of that data actually comes back to Pocket or Mozilla,” Weiner said. “It all happens on the client, inside the browser itself. There is this notion today... I feel like you saw it in the Zuckerberg hearings. It was like, ‘Oh, users. They will give us their data in return for a better experience.” That’s the premise, right? And yes, you could do that. But we don’t feel like that is the required premise. There are ways to build these things where you don’t have to trade your life profile in order to actually get a good experience.” Pocket can analyze which articles and videos from around the web are being shared as well as which ones are being read and watched. Over time, that gives the company a good understanding of which links lead to high-quality content that users of either Pocket or Firefox might enjoy. In a world where trust in social feeds has begun to collapse, Pocket offers a low-key but powerful alternative. And as Mozilla has integrated it deeper into Firefox, Pocket has become a significant source of traffic for some publishers, The Verge included. Over time, Weiner says, he hopes Pocket will help publishers identify loyal new audiences in ways that can offer new revenue sources to support journalism. “We want to be able to create something that’s good for all the parties that are involved,” he said. “And it’s going to take some time.” Casey Newton (left) and Pocket CEO Nate Weiner. Weiner tells us the rest of his plan to save the web on Converge, an interview game show where tech’s biggest personalities tell us about their wildest dreams. It’s a show that’s easy to win, but not impossible to lose — because, in the final round, I finally get a chance to play and score a few points of my own. You can read a partial, lightly edited transcript with Weiner below, and you’ll find the full episode of Converge above. You can listen to it here or anywhere else you find podcasts, including Apple Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Google Play Music, Spotify, our RSS feed, and wherever fine podcasts are sold. Casey Newton: Pocket is now two things. One, it’s a standalone app. Two, every time I open up a new tab in Firefox, you’ll say to me, “Hey, Firefox user! Here are like 10 really great things.” And you’ve even sort of personalized some of that now, right? Nate Weiner: We’re testing this really cool personalization system within Firefox where it uses your browser history to target personalized [recommendations], but none of that data actually comes back to Pocket or Mozilla. It all happens on the client, inside the browser itself. There is this notion today... I feel like you saw it in the Zuckerberg hearings. It was like, “Oh, users. They will give us their data in return for a better experience.” That’s the premise, right? And yes, you could do that. But we don’t feel like that is the required premise. There are ways to build these things where you don’t have to trade your life profile in order to actually get a good experience. Right. You can build the technology and put it on the user’s computer, and then just do all the processing locally. And then you don’t ever have to find out that I’m a huge professional wrestling fan, and I was secretly watching wrestling today at work, and then my boss caught me — this is a real story, by the way — but you would never know that because of the way that you’re handling your data. Right. And nobody wants to know that. No, that’s what I found. You know, it’s sort of like starting a podcast. Nobody wants to hear about your podcast, and nobody wants to hear that you like professional wrestling. So that’s why I talk about startup-related topics. It’s a much bigger market. But let’s make it about you, Nate. It doesn’t have to all be about me over here. So, you know at The Verge, we’ve noticed a huge surge in traffic this year from Pocket. You guys are sending more and more people our way, which I certainly appreciate. But, more broadly, what is the relationship you’re trying to build with publishers? We’re going to take a couple of different steps into this. Right now, we’re sending a bunch of traffic. But what we really want to do is send value, right? Right now, the way the recommendation systems are built, they’re purely about clicks. It’s just how many eyeballs can you send, and it doesn’t matter if that resulted in a good interaction for that user. Did they actually come away with something useful from that? Did the publisher benefit? Did the platform benefit? And what we want to really build here with this discovery platform is something that for users and publishers and the platform itself, their value is all aligned. Facebook publishers rely a lot on Facebook, but those interests are not well-aligned. And what’s good for Facebook might not be good for publishers. And we want to be able to create something that’s good for all the parties that are involved. And it’s going to take some time. 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  2. Mozilla says it's 'too early to say' (so there may well be something to say soon) Mozilla's next browser will reportedly be voice-controlled THE MOZILLA FOUNDATION is rumoured to be working on a voice search engine to power a new type of browser with smarts to rival Alexa, Cortana, Google Assistant and Siri. The Project ‘Scout' stories came about after the release of some internal meetings within the non-profit company, discussing plans to "start to explore browsing and consuming content with voice." An all-hands meeting for employees being held this week in San Francisco describes the project in broad terms in the blurb for the talk: "This talk will discuss the architecture and key components needed for a voice platform, the required capabilities of those components and the challenges of working with the limitations and confines of existing platforms" it quoth. CNET, which first spotted the story, was told by Mozilla that: "We use our internal All Hands conference to come together so we can plan and build for the future," "We look forward to discussing these efforts publicly when they are further developed," a Mozilla spokesperson added. So no hints there beyond an acknowledgement that the speculation isn't altogether wrong. With Firefox languishing in the browser wars, despite the launch of its dramatic speed overhaul in 'Firefox Quantum', the company will be looking at new ways to get back on track and if it can beat Google's efforts to bring Google Assistant to the Chrome browser, it could have some serious leverage, as well as a first serious contender for Linux desktop users. That's not to say Quantum has been an own-goal for the company - far from it, the stats show 100 million downloads since it launched late last year. But the idea of a new speech-led browser is a huge step forward for the company. Amongst the Foundation's other projects has been Common Voice, a programme that has collected examples of thousands of voices around the world and turned them into models that are open source for anyone to use in their apps. It seems then, that this could be a big chunk of the end game for that project. Source
  3. Netmarketshare's browser market share has just been updated to include May 2018 share information. The company recorded a drop below the 10% mark in the desktop and laptop devices market for the Mozilla Firefox browser. Firefox had a market share of 12.63% in June 2017 according to Netmarketshare and even managed to rise above the 13% mark in 2017 before its share fell to 9.92% in May 2018. Google Chrome, Firefox's biggest rival in the browser world, managed to increase its massive lead from 60.08% in June 2017 to 62.85% in May 2018. Microsoft's Internet Explorer dropped a percent point to 11.82% in May 2018 and Microsoft's Edge browser gained less than 0.50% to 4.26% over the year. Netmarketshare recorded a downwards trend for the Firefox browser in the past 12 months and while that may sound alarming on first glance, it may not be as bad as the numbers indicate. Netmarketshare collects usage stats and does not get "real" numbers from companies like Mozilla, Google or Microsoft. The company monitors the use of browsers on a subset of Internet sites and creates the market share reports using the data it collects. While that is certainly good enough for trends if the number of monitored user interactions is high enough, it is not completely accurate and real-world values can be different based on a number of factors. While it is unlikely that they differ a lot, it is certainly possible that the share is different to the one reported by the company. Mozilla launched Firefox 57 Quantum in 2017 as an effort to revitalize Firefox by dropping support for legacy systems such as the classic add-on system in favor of the new standard WebExtensions, and integrated new features such as support for multiple processes, and faster components in the browser. Mozilla has yet to reveal how successful the change was for the organization in terms of users. How many users did switch from Firefox to another browser, and how many switched to Firefox because of the new browser? Netmarketshare's statistics indicate that Firefox lost more users than it gained but we don't know for sure unless Mozilla reveals before and after numbers to the public. Firefox is still the third largest desktop browser right after Chrome and Internet Explorer. Actually, only Chrome and Internet Explorer have a market share above 10% according to Netmarketshare's latest figures while all other browsers are below the mark. The end of Firefox? Even if Firefox lost users it is not the end of the browser. Opera, Vivaldi and other browser companies show that it is possible to develop browsers with a lower market share and the same can be true for Mozilla. The organization may need some restructuring in the coming years to take this and -- probably -- falling revenue from search engine inclusion deals into account but Firefox won't just go away because it is dropping. Ghacks.net
  4. Mashing up two network technologies -- DNS and HTTPS -- thwarts snooping and tampering. Browser makers are trying to thwart network snoopers by encrypting your connections to the web servers that host websites, but Mozilla on Friday began a project to go one step further. Firefox Nightly, a rough-around-the-edges test version of Mozilla's browser, now includes technology called DNS over HTTPS, Mozilla said. DNS is the Domain Name System used to find the numeric addresses needed to communicate with computers across the network -- for CNET.com, for example -- and HTTPS is the secure version of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol used to fetch data from websites. The combination, called DoH, prevents middlemen from figuring out what internet servers you're trying to reach -- and from tampering with results to do wicked things like sending you to a fake version of a website. "Domain Name Service is one of the oldest parts of internet architecture, and remains one that has largely been untouched by efforts to make the web safer and more private," Mozilla said in a blog post. "We're working to change that by encrypting DNS queries and by testing a service that keeps DNS providers from collecting and sharing your browsing history." Privacy is on the front burner these days as Facebook and Cambridge Analytica have revealed just little we actually have. Firefox's embrace of DoH wouldn't have prevented that particular problem, but it does help seal other holes. Privacy and security are technical challenges that aren't ever finished, only gradually improved. Cloudflare DNS partnership Mozilla also is taking a number of other measures this year to improve privacy in Firefox, like clamping down on behavior tracking and blocking ad retargeting -- that sometimes creepy situation where you visit a website then shortly after see an ad for it on a different website, or see the same ad follow you around the web. When it comes to actually fulfilling a DNS request, Mozilla needs a partner that offers DNS services to its privacy standards. It picked Cloudflare, an internet infrastructure company that recently launched its own publicly available DNS service. "We've chosen Cloudflare because they agreed to a very strong privacy agreement that protects your data," Mozilla said. In Firefox Nightly, Mozilla will test both conventional DNS and DoH, comparing the results to see if there are any problems. Google's also tackling DNS privacy Google is trying a related technology called DNS over TLS that accomplishes much the same thing. It's built the feature into Android P, the next version of its mobile phone software. That can already be tested in beta form if you have a compatible phone. "In the future, we hope that all operating systems will include secure transports for DNS, to provide better protection and privacy for all users on every new connection," Google programmers Erik Kline and Ben Schwartz said in an April blog post about the move. Source
  5. Tracking protection, a standard part of Firefox, is getting several improvements in Firefox 63, due out in October. Mozilla is planning improved tracking protection for the October 2018 release of Firefox 63. The update turns tracking protection on by default and also adds protection against cryptomining websites. Enabling tracking protection by default in Firefox 63 is Mozilla's way of bringing it front and center, Bleeping Computer reported, because it's an essential part of internet security that most people don't know about due to its being buried in Firefox's settings. Tracking protection blocks cross-site tracking cookies from gathering data on users and sharing them with other websites. "You're often followed by scripts that collect data on where you've been and what you've done," Mozilla noted in a Wednesday blog post. "These scripts can eat up your data, slow down your internet experience and make you see ads for things you may or may not want to admit you looked for when you went down one of those "suggested items" rabbit holes." Tracking protection will stop that process dead in its tracks, which is good for internet users not only because it makes their experience smoother, but also because it protects them from malicious tracking and other online threats like websites that secretly use your computer's resources to mine cryptocurrency. This is especially important for professionals and business users—cryptominers, tracking cookies, and other threats blocked by tracking protection can be serious security risks. Keeping miners out When Firefox 63 releases in October along with tracking protection improvements it will be simple to use. Mozilla plans to not only enable tracking protection by default, said Bleeping Computer, but also to add several UI elements that make it easier to find tracking protection settings to toggle it on or off without requiring a full dive into the Settings page. Tracking protection currently blocks things like advertisement cookies, social sharing scripts, and analytics, so even if you take the steps to manually toggle it on you won't be able to block cryptomining websites until the update. Once Firefox 63 is available it will be able to block in-browser mining scripts as well as browser fingerprinting scripts, which is great news for those concerned about privacy and the damage that cryptomining malware can cause to hardware. Mozilla discussed its 2018 roadmap for Firefox in March, detailing many features focused on improving life for developers and for making Firefox more secure. It has been years since Firefox was competing with Microsoft for web browser dominance—a spot that's now comfortably occupied by Google Chrome. Many of the improvements coming to Firefox give it an edge over Chrome as a secure choice for internet browsing, and Firefox Quantum's sheer speed are making it a popular alternative as well. The addition of built-in cryptomining protection simply adds to what seems to be a new strategy for Firefox: Make it the safe, easy, private choice for using the internet, and the users will follow. The big takeaways for tech leaders: Firefox 63, due out in October 2018, will turn on tracking protection by default and also add protection against browser fingerprinting and in-browser cryptomining scripts. Mozilla is trying to position Firefox as the secure choice for web browsing. The changes to tracking protection could eat into Google Chrome's market dominance, especially for those concerned with online privacy. Source
  6. Mozilla is rolling out support for a two-step authentication process for Firefox Accounts, the credentials system that protects bookmarks, passwords, open tabs and other data synchronized between devices via the Firefox Sync feature. The feature is being gradually rolled out to users, according to Mozilla engineer Vijay Budhram. The feature is also not SMS code-based. Instead, the system works with authentication codes produced by standard TOTP (Time-based One-Time Password) apps and services, such as Authy, Duo, Google Authenticator, and others. As the feature is being rolled out, Firefox users can check their account's Preferences section in the coming weeks and enable it when available. Nonetheless, users can skip the wait and enable it right now by accessing: https://accounts.firefox.com/settings?showTwoStepAuthentication=true When they turn on two-step authentication support, they'll also be provided with a set of recovery codes in case they lose access to the TOTP service. Users should save these codes in a safe spot (online or offline) for use in cases of emergency to regain access to their accounts. After enabling 2FA support, every time users log into their Firefox Account, they will have to enter username and password in a first step, and a security code produced by the TOTP service in the second step. Based on the highly sensitive information stored inside Firefox Accounts —such as passwords— it is highly recommended that users turn on this feature as soon as it becomes available in their account's preferences section. Source
  7. The Firefox web browser displays a list of top sites on the web browser's New Tab page by default next to a search field, highlights, soon downloads, and recommendations. Mozilla changed the New Tab Page in Firefox 57 and introduced something that it called Activity Stream on it. Top Sites are displayed just below the search form on the New Tab page in the Firefox browser. Firefox displays a single row of websites and services by default. Top Sites are sites that are visited the most. Firefox gives users options to pin sites so that they become available. Each site you pin to Top Sites takes away a spot that is filled automatically by the browser. You can also dismiss sites to hide them from the Top Sites listing and rearrange Top Sites using drag and drop. How to add more Top Sites rows to Firefox It is easy enough to increase the row count to two as Mozilla added an option to do so. A click on the cogwheel icon on the New Tab page displays options to hide any element on it. You find the "show two rows" option under Top Sites and a second row is added to the Top Sites listing when you check it. Note: Mozilla plans to move the preferences from the New Tab Page to the Settings. A click on the icon on the New Tab page opens the Firefox preferences then where you can make the change. Two rows of Top Sites may be sufficient for some Firefox users but what if you want more rows to display even more Top Sites on the New Tab page? Firefox comes with built-in functionality to extend the Top Sites listing to more than two rows. You need to modify the web browser's configuration for that: Load about:config?filter=browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.topSitesRows in the Firefox address bar. Double-click on the preference browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.topSitesRows and change its value to the desired number of rows and click ok. Check the New Tab Page to see the change right away and modify the number of rows accordingly if needed. You can undo the change at any time in the following ways: Right-click on the preference on about:config and select "reset" from the context menu. Double-click on the preference and change the value to 1. Ghacks.net
  8. Firemin v6.1.0.5020 (2018-05-17) Having Firefox memory issues? Is it using over 1GB of your precious computer memory? Download Firemin and control the amount of memory Firefox uses. If it works for you, use it and if it does not, don’t use it. It is as simple as that! Read more Author’s Homepage: https://www.rizonesoft.com/ Author’s Download: https://www.rizonesoft.com/downloads/ Firemin Download: https://www.rizonesoft.com/downloads/firemin/ Firemin Latest Changelog: https://www.rizonesoft.com/downloads/firemin/update/ All Changelogs: https://github.com/rizonesoft/Firemin/blob/master/Docs/Changes.txt Direct Download: Download: Firemin_5020_Setup.zip Portable: Firemin_5020.zip Version: Updated: May 17, 2018 File size: 2 MB License: Open Source Requirements: Windows® 7, 8 / 8.1, 10 (32 and 64 bit) RIZONESOFT SOFTWARE If you experience issues with our software or have some suggestions, report it on: on GitHub here. Changes in version (2018-05-17):
  9. Most of us tend to choose a web browser and stick with it for years. It can be hard to break away from your comfort zone – especially when you've become used to its quirks – but trying a different browser can greatly improve your experience on the web. Whether it's enhanced security, improved speed, or greater flexibility through customizable options and plugins, the right browser can have a huge effect on your online life. Here we've put the biggest browsers through their paces (plus one that you might not be familiar with) to identify the one that does the best job of ticking all those boxes, but if you have a particular concern then read on to see if there's an alternative that might be better suited to your needs. After several years dropping behind the competition in terms of speed, Firefox is back in the game with a fully updated code base 1. Mozilla Firefox Firefox is back after a total overhaul, and has retaken its crown ➕ Very fast ➕ Light on system resources ➕ Strong privacy tools Firefox recently received its biggest update in 13 years, and it's so impressive, it's propelled the browser to the top of our list. Firefox has always been known for its flexibility and support for extensions, but in recent years it had started to lag behind the competition in terms of speed. Firefox Quantum, first released last year, represented a total overhaul of the browser's code base, with speeds now comparable with Google Chrome. That's not just on top-end computers, either – the new Firefox makes frugal use of RAM, even with masses of tabs open. Firefox also scores serious points when it comes to privacy. Mozilla is non-profit, which means it doesn't have the same impetus to sell your data as some other browser developers. The organization also makes regular updates to help protect its users' privacy as internet companies come under increasing scrutiny over the way they treat people's data. Quantum also introduced a new system for extensions that prevents rogue developers making malicious changes to the browser's internal code. It's not always the absolute fastest – for some pages Chrome still has the edge, as Mozilla's own video demonstrates – but the new Firefox has come out swinging and is our pick for the best web browser of 2018 so far. Mozilla Firefox review Download Mozilla Firefox Chrome is a superb browser - fast and adaptable - if you aren't bothered by letting Google handle all your online activity 2. Google Chrome If your system has the resources, Chrome is 2017's best browser ➕ Fast performance ➕ Infinitely expandable ➖ Resource-hungry With Chrome, Google has built an extendable, efficient browser that deserves its place at the top of the browser rankings. According to w3schools' browser trend analysis its user base is only rising, even as Microsoft Edge's install numbers are presumably growing. Why? Well, it's cross-platform, incredibly stable, brilliantly presented to take up the minimum of screen space, and just about the nicest browser there is to use. Its wide range of easily obtained and installed extensions mean you can really make it your own, and there's support for parental controls and a huge range of tweaks and settings to ensure maximum efficiency. But there are downsides, and potentially big ones. It's among the heaviest browsers in terms of resource use, so it's not brilliant on machines with limited RAM, and its performance doesn't quite match up to others in benchmarking terms. And with Google's tentacles running through it, you might be uncomfortable with the ways in which your browsing data may be used. Google Chrome review Download Google Chrome Opera is a superb browser with a clean interface and built-in ad-blocker, plus a Turbo mode that makes slow connections more useable 3. Opera An underrated browser that's a great choice for slow connections ➕ Excellent Turbo mode ➕ Integrated ad-blocker ➖ Fewer plugins than rivals It's sad that Opera makes up only around 1% of the browser market, because it really is a quality browser. It launches fast, the UI is brilliantly clean, and it does everything its rivals can do with a couple of extras thrown in for good measure. The key reason we'd at least recommend having Opera installed alongside your main browser is its Opera Turbo feature. This compresses your web traffic, routing it through Opera's servers, which makes a huge difference to browsing speed if you're stuck on rural dial-up or your broadband connection is having a moment. It reduces the amount of data transferred too, handy if you're using a mobile connection, and this re-routing also dodges any content restrictions your ISP might place on your browsing, which can be mighty handy. Opera automatically ducks out of the way if you're using secure sites like banks so your traffic is free and clear of any potential privacy violation. There's also an integrated ad-blocker – which can be switched off if you're morally inclined in that direction – and a battery-saving mode which promises to keep your laptop going for longer. Opera review Download Opera Edge works on all your Windows 10 devices, with sandboxing for security and a special reading mode to isolate the important content on pages 4. Microsoft Edge Microsoft's new browser offers full integration with Windows 10 ➕ Very fast ➕ Built-in reading mode ➖ Not backwards compatible The default 'browsing experience' on Windows 10, and unavailable for older operating systems, Edge is an odd one. Quite why Microsoft needs to be running a pair of browser products in tandem rather than making Edge backwards compatible is beyond us. The company's reason, it seems, is that Edge represents the more user-friendly end of Redmond's offering while Internet Explorer scales a little better for enterprise. Integration with Windows 10's core gimmicks seems to be Edge's main strong point. It happily runs as a modern-skinned app on Windows 10's tablet mode, and works with Cortana. It's also highly streamlined for the current web age, doing away with insecure protocols like ActiveX and forcing you into Internet Explorer if you want to use them. We're more used to browsers failing to render newer pages than we are to being told off for visiting older corners of the web. Curmudgeonly grumbles aside, actually using Edge is a perfectly pleasant experience. It's super-quick, hammers through benchmarks, its integrated reading mode makes complex sites more palatable, and by sandboxing it away from the rest of the operating system Microsoft has ensured that Edge won't suffer the security breaches of its older brother. It's just a shame that Microsoft is quite so insistent on forcing Edge upon Windows 10 users, making it the default browser for links opened in the Mail app, adding shortcuts to your desktop after major OS updates, and presenting it as a potential result if you start typing 'Firefox' in the Cortana search box. Windows 10 (including Edge) review Get Windows 10 (including Edge) Microsoft Internet Explorer is a fast and powerful browser, and makes modest use of your system resources, though it lacks the flexibility of Firefox and Chrome 5. Microsoft Internet Explorer Fast and efficient, but less expandable than Firefox and Chrome ➕ Make frugal use of resources ➕ Clean design ➖ Poor plugin support Microsoft Internet Explorer has seen some ups and downs in its long tenure, from dominating the browser charts to languishing behind its main two competitors. This is partly an issue of choice – particularly the browser choice that Microsoft was forced to give customers after a court ruling – and partially because older versions fell behind the rendering and compatibility curve. There are no such issues with Internet Explorer 11. It's clean, powerful, highly compatible, and it demands less of your RAM and CPU than equivalent pages would on Chrome or Firefox. Plus it one-ups both of them on WebKit's Sunspider benchmark. That's not to say this browser is perfect. Google's V8 benchmark sees it struggling, and IE isn't quite as able to handle add-ons and extensions as many of its competitors. So while there's no reason to avoid IE like there might once have been, if you're looking for a more customised browsing experience you're out of luck. Download Microsoft Internet Explorer Vivaldi is a relatively new browser that's bound to see more development soon. Its interface is fully customizable, though it doesn't officially support extensions yet 6. Vivaldi Build your own browser with unique docking and tab-stacking ➕ Incredibly customizable ➕ Creative interface features ➖ Not the fastest Here's something a bit different. We all spend probably far too much time sitting in front of our web browsers, and up-and-comer Vivaldi wants to make that as pleasant and personal an experience as possible. The whole style and structure of its interface is entirely up to you. There's a built-in note-taking system, you can dock websites as side panels while using the main window to do your main browsing, and we love its innovative tab stacking tech, which allows you to group up tabs and move them around to avoid the crowding that so often plagues other browsers. Vivaldi is built on Chromium, which means you can expand it even further with extensions from the Chrome Web Store. Just pick your preferred plugin and click 'Add to Chrome'. Some extensions might behave slightly differently in Vivaldi, but most work perfectly. Vivaldi is a refreshing and creative take on web browsing, and one to watch in the next couple of years as more features are added. Vivaldi review Download Vivaldi Tor Browser is a heavily modified version of Firefox that re-routed web traffic via random nodes worldwide 7. Tor Browser More than just a browser – a whole suite of online security tools ➕ Keeps browsing private ➕ Blocks tracking cookies ➖ Performance is slow Tor Browser is, perhaps unjustly, most regularly associated with the seedy underworld of the dark web. While it's true that you can use this web browser to access otherwise unlisted sites, Tor's privacy aspects – where your traffic is routed through random nodes the world over, making it very hard to track - are its real asset. Tor Browser is really a package of tools; Tor itself, a heavily modified version of the Firefox Extended Support release, and a number of other privacy packages that combine to make it the most secure browsing experience you're likely to find. Nothing is tracked, nothing is stored, and you can forget about bookmarks and cookies. You'll need to alter your browsing habits to ensure that you don't perform actions online that reveal your identity – Tor Browser is just a tool, after all – but for a secondary browser useful for those private moments it's a great choice. Run it from a USB stick and nobody need even know you have it at all. Tor Browser review Download Tor Browser Techradar.com
  10. Mozilla is working on a new feature for the organization's Firefox web browser currently which adds multi-tab management capabilities to the browser. Firefox does not support multi-tab operations right now; if you want to close, move or bookmark sites open in multiple tabs in the browser right now, you will have to do so one after the other. The upcoming multi-tab management options enable you to run operations on several tabs at once in Firefox to make things more comfortable. Firefox is not the first browser to support multiple tab selections and operations. The web browsers Vivaldi and Opera support multi-tab selections. Firefox multi-tab management Firefox users may use the Ctrl (Command on Mac) key on the keyboard to select multiple tabs in the browser once the feature lands. A right-click on the selection displays a context menu with options to run operations on all supported tabs. The Shift-key is mapped to selecting a row of tabs, and users who prefer to use the mouse for that can right-click on the tab bar to pick the new entry " select all tabs" to do so. Mozilla plans to unlock all tab operations for multiple tabs; in other words, you can close, pin, bookmark, send, or move the tab selection using the right-click context menu. Mozilla plans to add a new "move tab" menu which you may use to move a single tab to the start or end of the current tab bar, or to a new window. Similarly, there will be a new close tab menu to close tabs to the right, close other tabs, or close duplicate tabs in the web browser. The tab manager, the little down arrow icon located on the right-side of the tab bar, displays tab related operations and all open tabs in all browser windows as well. Tab operations include muting all tabs, bookmarking or reloading tabs, or closing and undo closing tabs. The functionality is not yet live in Firefox, not even in Nightly. Mozilla did add the main preference for the multi-tab management functionality of the Firefox browser though. Load about:config?filter=browser.tabs.multiselect in the Firefox address bar. Confirm that you are careful if the warning prompt is displayed. Double-click on the preference to set it to true. A value of true enables the new feature, a value of false (default) disables it. The only effect setting the parameter to true has right now is that you can select multiple tabs in Firefox and that these tabs are displayed in bold. Ghacks.net
  11. Starting on the 9th of May, Mozilla will debut sponsored content in the beta version of Firefox 60, in order to supplement the revenue it earns from Google for having it as the browser's default search engine. Mozilla acquired the popular read-it-later service, Pocket, in February last year. Pocket makes its money from the occasional sponsored post in its 'Recommendations' feed, and Mozilla intends to extend this aspect of the service into Firefox. This wouldn't be the first time Mozilla is attempting to push ads through its browser; back in 2014, the company attempted to introduce a feature called 'Tiles' that utilized user data in order to display sponsored websites on Firefox's homepage, plans that it quickly scrapped upon user backlash. The play Mozilla is making here comes with several assurances to protect user privacy - the company promises that even though the sponsored content will be personalized, all user-data will remain on the user's computer and won't be sent off to a server, with the company reiterating that all of its code is open-source, so any suspicions on how their data is being used can be assuaged by simply taking a peek at the code. Mozilla stresses that it will never be used to personally identify users, and will only collect information pertinent to "impressions and clicks". Per Nate Weiner, co-founder of Pocket: We’ve come to accept a premise around advertising today that users need to trade their privacy and data in exchange for personalized, high quality experiences. Our experiments over the last few months have proved that this isn’t true. This new system will first be tested on a small subset of users in the U.S., and will then gradually be rolled out worldwide afterwards. Mozilla adds that version 60 will be an Extended Support Release, stating that it will be fit for deployment in environments that depend heavily on browser stability. Neowin.net
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  13. Mozilla plans to release the next Extended Support Release version of the organization's Firefox web browser, Firefox ESR 60.0, on May 9, 2018. Firefox 59.0 would have been the original target for the next ESR version but Mozilla postponed it. Firefox ESR 60.0 is a major new release as it updates Firefox installations that are still on the feature level of Firefox 52 to Firefox 60. Changes made in Firefox 53 to 60, with the exception of security updates, will find their way into that version of the browser. The change alone is a major one but the situation gets even more complicated in this case because Mozilla introduced major architectural changes to Firefox after the release of Firefox 52. I focus on major changes in this guide only and how you best cope with those. You can check out the links to our release overviews at the end of the guide for additional information about each release since Firefox 52.0. Note that you can stay on Firefox ESR 52.8 when Firefox ESR 60 is released, and stay on Firefox ESR 52.9 when Firefox ESR 60.1 is released. Firefox ESR 60.2 will be released on August 21, 2018 and Firefox ESR installations still on 52.x at the time will be upgraded to the new version. Here is the release schedule: 2018-05-09: Firefox 60, Firefox ESR 60, Firefox ESR 52.8 2018-06-26: Firefox 61, Firefox ESR 60.1, Firefox ESR 52.9 2018-08-21: Firefox 62, Firefox ESR 60.2 Preparing for Firefox ESR 60.0 I recommend that you create a backup of Firefox profiles before you upgrade Firefox ESR 52.x to Firefox ESR 60.0 as you won't be able to go back once you have upgraded to the new version. Firefox makes changes to the user profile during the upgrade which are incompatible with previous versions of the browser. The major changes in Firefox 60 ESR I will cover the following changes: Compatibility changes in regards to supported operating systems and architectures. The switch from the legacy add-on system to WebExtensions of Firefox 57. Changes in the browser's multi-process system. The new policy system on Windows. Other relevant changes. Compatibility changes Mozilla dropped support for Windows XP and Windows Vista, any 32-bit machine running Mac OS X, and for Linux systems with processors older than Pentium 4 or AMD Opteron in Firefox 53. Firefox ESR 52.x is the last ESR branch that supports these operating systems. # In other words, Firefox ESR 60.x won't support any of the aforementioned operating systems. Only Windows 7 or newer versions of Windows are supported by Firefox. Legacy add-ons are out Firefox ESR 60.0 won't support legacy add-ons. Some extensions have been updated by their developers while others have not. Many popular extensions, content blockers or password managers, have been updated. If you ran abandoned extensions, less popular ones, or extensions that require specific APIs that are not available, you may be out of luck. Any Firefox add-on that is not a WebExtension won't run in Firefox 60 ESR. I'm not aware of options to quickly find out if all installed add-ons are compatible with Firefox 60 or not. This leaves heading over to the Mozilla Add-ons website to run searches for each installed add-on. It is unclear right now whether Mozilla plans to move all incompatible extensions to a "legacy extensions" listing on about:addons. If that is the case, you may use the "find a replacement" button to get potential alternatives for the add-on. Note that the listing becomes available after you upgrade, if it does. Multi-process system changes Firefox will use more processes after the upgrade. Mozilla increased the number of content processes from 1 to 4 in Firefox 54.0 and it seems likely that this will carry over to Firefox ESR 60 as well. You may notice a new Compositor process on Windows systems besides that as it was introduced in Firefox 53.0. The new policy system Firefox ESR 60 comes with Group Policy support. You can check out my guide on Windows Group Policy Support in Firefox 60 for an overview. Windows users and administrators may make configuration changes using the new option instead of using autoconfig files. Not all options are supported but it may be a good idea to check out what is available when Firefox 60 launches as it may make things easier. Other changes There have been numerous changes to Firefox since the release of Firefox ESR 52.0. The following highlights major changes only: Firefox Quantum which made Firefox faster and more stable. Mozilla claimed that Firefox 57 with Quantum was twice as fast as Firefox 52 without it. Firefox Photon is a design refresh. It modified some interface areas but the general look and feel remained. Some new tools like the Screenshot tool are integrated natively. Testing You have two main options when it comes to testing the new ESR release: Wait until Firefox ESR 60 is released and start to test it. Use Firefox 60 Beta to run tests. How you do it depends on a number of criteria, for example, how much time you have or need to upgrade. I suggest you back up a Firefox profile and use it to test the new release. If you want to use Firefox ESR 60.0 for testing, you may want to use a virtual machine for that or another machine designed for testing. Ghacks.net
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  15. Mozilla Firefox is an open source project, so anyone can take its code, modify it, and release a new browser. That’s what Waterfox, Pale Moon, and Basilisk are—alternative browsers based on the Firefox code. But we recommend against using any of them. If You Don’t Like Firefox Quantum, Use Firefox ESR Instead We like Firefox Quantum, which is faster and more modern than previous releases of Firefox. If you want to keep using your old add-ons that no longer work in Firefox Quantum, we recommend Mozilla’s Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) instead. Firefox ESR is based on Firefox 52, supports traditional XUL Firefox add-ons and NPAPI plug-ins, and will continue receiving security updates directly from Mozilla until July 2, 2018. Yes, Mozilla has done some things we’re not crazy about. The Mr. Robot “Looking Glass” add-on was ridiculous, and we’re not thrilled about what they’re doing with Cliqz in Germany. But, after taking some deserved public heat, they’ve made policy changes and we’re hopeful they’ll do better in the future. Even if you don’t completely trust some of Mozilla’s business decisions, your browser is just too important to be left to a small community of enthusiasts. We think it’s best to go with a big project with a large number of developers that receives a lot of attention to security. That’s why we recommend against using these smaller Firefox-based browsers, and why we also recommend against using alternative browsers based on Google Chrome. Here are our concerns with some of the more popular Firefox alternatives. Waterfox Is Firefox ESR, But With Slower Security Updates Waterfox is based on Mozilla Firefox, and it’s probably the most popular alternative browser based on the Firefox code. It made a name for itself by being a 64-bit browser based on the Mozilla Firefox code when Mozilla only offered 32-bit versions. However, Mozilla Firefox is now a 64-bit browser on 64-bit versions of Windows, so that’s not a reason to use Waterfox anymore. Today, Waterfox is based on Firefox ESR. It advertises support for traditional XUL Firefox extensions and NPAPI plug-ins like Java and Silverlight. These are both features of Firefox ESR, so you don’t need to switch to Waterfox to get them. After Firefox ESR reaches end of Life, “a “new” browser will be developed to follow the ethos of Waterfox of customisation and choice”, according to the Waterfox blog. Waterfox also has some other different features. It disables Pocket by default, but you can disable Pocket yourself in Firefox. It won’t send telemetry data to Mozilla, but you can disable that from Options > Privacy & Security > Firefox Data Collection and Use in Firefox. Encrypted Media Extensions (EME), which are required for sites like Netflix, are also disabled by default—and, again, you can disable them yourself in Firefox, if you like. Overall, using Waterfox is basically just like using Firefox ESR and changing a few settings…with one big difference: security updates arrive in Firefox ESR much faster than they do in Waterfox. Whenever Mozilla releases security updates for Firefox ESR, the Waterfox developers have to integrate those updates into Waterfox before delivering them to users. Let’s look at the most recent major release: Mozilla released Firefox 57 on November 14, 2017. Waterfox’s developers released Waterfox 56 that incorporated the security updates found in Firefox 57 on November 30, 2017. We don’t think waiting more than two weeks for security updates is a good idea! Here’s a more recent example from a minor release: On January 23, 2018, Mozilla released Firefox 58 and Firefox ESR 52.6 with a variety of security fixes. Three days later, the Waterfox project said it was working on integrating these patches on Twitter. On February 1, 2018, Waterfox 56.0.4 was released with these patches. That means Waterfox users waited nine days for a security patches from a minor release, compared to if they were just using Firefox. We don’t think it’s a good idea to wait that long. In the future, this will only get more complicated as the Waterfox developers try to make their own browser. We recommend staying away and just using Firefox ESR. Pale Moon Is Based on Very Outdated Firefox Code Pale Moon is based on older Firefox code. The current version of Pale Moon is based on Firefox 38 ESR, which was originally released in 2015. The prior release was based on Firefox 24 ESR, which was released in 2013. The project uses an older Firefox interface created before the Australis theme, and still supports XUL add-ons. Rather than being based on Mozilla’s Gecko rendering engine, Pale Moon is based on “Goanna“, an open-source browser engine that’s a fork of gecko. (In open-source software, a “fork” is when someone takes the existing code of a project, copies it, and develops it themselves from that point forward, going in a different direction.) While Waterfox is based on code that’s currently supported by Mozilla, Pale Moon is based on much older code. It won’t have the new web features or performance improvements of modern versions of Firefox, nor does it support watching certain kinds of video with DRM. More importantly, basing a browser on such old code makes security patches harder. Pale Moon’s developer tries to keep up with Firefox security patches, but he’s maintaining old code that Mozilla has abandoned. Mozilla reportedly has over a thousand employees, while Pale Moon has one primary developer, trying to maintain a huge amount of code that’s becoming increasingly outdated. The older code also omits features that help make modern browsers so secure, like the multi-process sandboxing features that have finally arrived in Firefox Quantum. Besides, Pale Moon tends to perform worse on browser benchmarks compared to modern browsers, which isn’t surprising given its age. The developer disagrees with browser benchmarking, but it’s not surprising a browser based on four year old code might be slower than a modern one. Basilisk Is a More Modern, But More Unstable Pale Moon Basilisk is a new browser from the creator of Pale Moon. While Pale Moon is based on Firefox 38 ESR, Basilisk is based on newer Firefox code. The developer is working on the “Unified XUL Platform (UXP)”, which is a fork of Mozilla’s code without the new Servo and Rust code that makes Firefox Quantum so fast. It also doesn’t enable any multi-process features. A future version of Pale Moon will be based on this code, but right now the developer considers Basilisk an unstable development platform. This fits Pale Moon’s kind of weird history. The first major version of Pale Moon was based on Firefox 24 ESR, due to a disagreement about where Firefox was headed. But the developer eventually had to switch to Firefox 38 ESR to get more modern features. Now, the developer is doing the same thing again, basing this new version largely on the pre-Quantum Firefox code. We don’t see the point of resisting new features only to make a major leap to them every few years anyway. Just stick with a browser that’s continually updated, like Firefox. As for why you shouldn’t use this browser, aside from the same security and usability concerns inherent with Pale Moon, even the developer says it’s “development software” that should be considered beta. These aren’t the only Firefox-based browsers out there, but they are the most popular—and most others will likely come with similar issues. It’s best to stick with a browser that has a big team behind it so security problems can be caught, fixed, and patched as fast as possible. Howtogeek.com
  16. As a user of the web browser Firefox or someone who is interested in trying it out, you probably would like to know more about what Mozilla has planned for Firefox in 2018 (and beyond). With Google integrating limited advertisement blocking into the Chrome browser and other nice to have features into the web browser, it is only natural to wonder what Mozilla has planned in this regard. Good news for users interested in Firefox is that Mozilla has big plans for Firefox in 2018; the following paragraphs reveals new features that Firefox users will have at their disposal this year (if the schedule holds). You can check out the full list on Mozilla's Wiki website. The list below highlights the, in my opinion, most important changes and improvements. I reveal what I think about the announced changes after the list and would like to know what you think about the plans as well. Firefox in 2018 The user experience is one of the key areas that Mozilla targets for improvements. The organization plans to integrate ad-filtering, ad re-targeting protection and other features into the browser that improve the user experience: Firefox will block certain types of ads that impact the user experience in a negative way. Mozilla is in the research stage at this point and it is unclear if the organization will come up with its own list of problematic ad formats and types, or if it will use the list that Google uses in Google Chrome. Mozilla plans to integrate ad re-targeting protection into Firefox. Re-targeting "follows" users around on the Web to get them to buy a certain product they were interested in. The organization wants to block cross-domain tracking to eliminate this. Tracking Protection will get granular controls so that users may disable or enable specific types of trackers. Also, trackers will be blocked on page load if they affect the page load performance. Video autoplay toggle to block sites from playing video automatically. Breach Alerts highlights to a user of the browser if a site was compromised in the past (see Mozilla plans to add breach warnings to Firefox) Mozilla engineers plan to improve Firefox's performance, speed and even the user's perception of speed further in 2018. Faster startup first paint to show a browser window sooner when Firefox is started. Interpreter speed improvements to speed up JavaScript on sites and in apps. Object-biased NaN Boxing improves web page JavaScript performance. Out of Process Extensions on Linux and Mac. Storage.local implementation replacement with "something more efficient". Tab Warming which starts to load the content of a tab the user is likely going to switch to (see Firefox Tab Warming explained) TCP Fast Open is an extension to speed up the opening of successive connections between two endpoints. UTF Parsing improves load time on pages with lots of JavaScript scripts. WebRender to run apps at 60 frames per second regardless of the display or what is changing on the page from frame to frame. Personalization and customization improvements that Mozilla plans to land in Firefox in 2018 are listed below: Firefox Accounts Multi-factor authentication and recovery. Firefox UI language switching. Lockbox password manager integration with Firefox and Firefox accounts (see Firefox Lockbox alpha by Mozilla replace built-in password manager). Policy Manager for computer administration (see Firefox 60 ships with Windows Group Policy Support) New Extension APIs and improvements to existing APIs such as Tab Hiding, User Scripts, Toolbars, Secure Overlays or Session Management. Theme improvements by unlocking new areas of the browser that may be changed by themes and new theme APIs. My take on the roadmap Mozilla has big plans for Firefox in 2018 and that is exactly what the browser needs. Firefox is in a situation currently that makes it seem as if it is one-step behind Chrome in many areas; Google, the largest advertisement company on the planet introduced ad-blocking already in 2018 but Firefox has not. Tracking Protection was a good start but the feature got no love at all since its introduction in 2014. Mozilla found out in 2015 that Tracking Protection reduced page load time by 44% on average, but has not acted upon that at all. I think that the organization missed a big opportunity back then to take the lead and attract users. I'm looking forward to many of the features that Mozilla plans to integrate in Firefox in 2018. Ad-filtering, the blocking of re-targeting ads, improved tracking protection functionality and an easy option to block autoplaying video content on the Web are all welcome additions. Mozilla could use different criteria than Google to determine acceptable and unacceptable ads. One example: Chrome won't block autoplaying videos without sound but Mozilla could add the format to Firefox to block it. While some of those are already available through extensions, native integration in Firefox benefits all users of the browser, even the more than 40% that don't run any extensions. Support for additional APIs and other usability improvements as well as speed and performance improvements are welcome additions and changes all in all. I'm a bit worried about some of the personalization features, especially the Contextual Feature Recommender which "proactively delivers personalized Firefox feature and extension recommendations to users based on their behavior" but I don't know enough about the feature or its implementation to make a final call at this point. Ghacks.net
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  18. Firefox 59.0 was offered to the stable channel of the browser on March 13, 2018. It is the second major update after the release of Firefox 57.0 Quantum which introduced major changes across the board. The release overview highlights all major and minor changes sorted into categories such as security or developer for easier accessibility. All official channels are updated as well around the same time. Firefox Beta moves to Firefox 60, Firefox Nightly to 61, and Firefox ESR to 52.7. Executive Summary Firefox 59.0 features performance enhancements, new privacy settings. Work on WebExtensions APIs continued. Includes several security fixes. Firefox ESR 60 will be released in May. Firefox 59.0 download and update Firefox 59.0 is available on Mozilla's website and through Firefox's automatic update system. You can run a manual check for updates with a click on Menu > Help > About Firefox. This queries Mozilla's server and reveals if updates are available. You may use the menu to download and install the updates then. Direct download links for Firefox installation files. Firefox Stable download Firefox Beta download Nightly download Firefox ESR download Firefox unbranded builds information Firefox 59.0 Changes Privacy improvements Firefox 59.0 includes a number of privacy enhancements. Users can load about:preferences#privacy and scroll down to the permissions section on the page that opens to control Location, Camera, Microphone and Notifications permissions. A click on the settings button lists websites that you have allowed to access the feature and removal options. Each page includes an option to block website and service requests automatically for that particular feature. Useful if you don't want sites to request the functionality or if you find the request prompts annoying. The options are not entirely new, but their placement in the Firefox preferences is. You can check out our full overview of the options and the preference names here. Firefox 59.0 includes other privacy enhancements. The browser strips the referer path in private browsing mode to block data leaks to third-party sites. Basically, what it does is remove any data but the originating domain name from the referer. Performance Gains Work on improving the performance of the Firefox browser continued, and the developers managed to improve performance in Firefox 59.0 in several areas: Firefox Home Page content should load faster now. Faster page load times by loading content either from the user's hard drive or networked cache. Graphics rendering improvements for Mac Firefox installations (Off-Main-Thread-Painting, introduced in Firefox 58 for Linux and Windows) Other changes Drag and drop Top Sites elements on Firefox's Home page and other customization options. Ecosia search engine available as an option in the German Firefox, and Qwant search engine in the French Firefox. Fix popup content on multi-monitor systems with different DPI settings. The Screenshot tool that is built-in to Firefox has new online capabilities. You can flip a switch to mark HTTP sites as insecure in Firefox. Firefox 59.0 Issues Firefox users on devices running Windows 7 may notice crashes if they use accessibility services. Mozilla investigates and suggests that users load about:preferences#privacy and check "Prevent accessibility services from accessing your browser" there to prevent the crashes until the issue is resolved. Developer Changes Cookie API supports first-party isolation mode and FPI cookies. Extensions can control cookie behavior. Experimental Tab Hiding API is available. Extensions can override proxy settings. IndexDB use no longer impacted by cookie settings. RTP Transceiver implemented to give "pages more fine grained control over calls". Support for decentralization protocols dat://, dweb://, ipfs://, ipns:// and ssb:// Support for W3C specs for pointer events. Theme API has new capabilities. Web Developer Tools improvements: network monitor shows a preview of the rendered HTML if the response is a HTML, sameSite column in Storage Inspector for Cookies, and more. Firefox 59.0 for Android Mozilla added Firefox as an Assist App. Users on Android may long-tap the home button to start a search. Firefox 59 for Android supports HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) playback. This improves compatibility with video sites. Removed the about: page. Android users are asked to use the About Firefox dialog instead. Security updates / fixes Top level navigation to date:// URIs is blocked. HTTP Auth dialogs can't be triggered by cross-origin images anymore. List of security vulnerabilities fixed in Firefox 59 and Firefox ESR. Outlook The next Firefox release day is May 8, 2018. Firefox Stable will hit version 60 and Firefox ESR is moved from version 52.x to 60.0. The upgrade ends support for legacy add-ons in the browser as Firefox ESR 52.x is the last official version of Firefox that supports the legacy add-on system. Ghacks.net
  19. Mozilla is working on integrating Group Policy Support for Firefox running on Windows devices in the upcoming Firefox 60 release. Firefox 60 is the next Extended Support Release of the web browser which replaces Firefox ESR 52.x, the last official version of Firefox to support the old extensions system. Mozilla made Firefox 60 the next ESR target and not Firefox 59. According to the Firefox release schedule, Firefox 60 will be released on May 8, 2018. Mozilla Firefox supports an automatic configuration system for Firefox installations already using autoconfig files which works on any supported desktop platform. The new Policy Engine in Firefox reads data from the Registry created by Group Policy Objects and applies the policies if found to be valid. Development bug 1433136 documents the implementation progress and bug 1433173 work on the Policy Engine. Firefox 60: the policies All available policies are listed under Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Firefox and User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Firefox after the policy template files are added to the relevant directories on Windows. The following options are available at the time of writing: Block About Addons -- prevents access to about://addons to manage addons. Block About Config -- prevents access to about://config. Block About Support -- prevents access to the troubleshooting page about://support. Block Set Desktop Background -- users cannot set the wallpaper of the desktop using Firefox. Create Master Password -- prevent the creation of a master password. Disable Update -- block Firefox from updating. Disable Developer Tools -- turn off the Developer Tools in the browser. Disable Firefox Accounts -- prevent sign-in to accounts and syncing. Disable Firefox Screenshots -- turn the Screenshots tool off. Disable Firefox Studies -- turn participation in Firefox studies off. Disable Form History -- prevent Firefox from remembering the form history. Disable Pocket -- turn off Pocket in Firefox. Disable Private Browsing -- block Private Browsing functionality. Display Bookmarks Toolbar -- show the Bookmarks Toolbar by default. Display Menu Bar -- show the Menu Bar by default. Don't Check Default Browser -- block checks for default browser. Homepage -- set a homepage (or multiple), and optionally disallow the changing of those. Remember Passwords -- allow or disallow the saving of passwords. Bookmarks -- Set default bookmarks. Permissions: Addons -- Allow addon installation on specified URLs. Permissions: Cookies -- Set URLs to allow or block cookies on. Permissions: Flash -- Set URLs to allow or block Flash on. Permissions: Popups -- Allow popups on selected sites. Note that the template file and integration is a work in progress and that additional policies will be supported when Firefox 60 launches. This may include network.proxy, data reporting, or update policies according to Mike Kaply, a developer who works on the implementation. Chrome admins have access to a similar set of policies. Ghacks.net
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  21. The most recent version of Firefox Nightly, currently at version 60, comes with changes to Firefox's cookie management. Mozilla merged cookie settings with site data in the web browser which impacts how you configure and manage cookie options. If you run Firefox 59 or earlier, you can load about:preferences#privacy to manage privacy related settings in Firefox. If you set the history to "use custom settings for history" or "remember history", you get an option manage cookie settings and to remove individual cookies from Firefox. A click on the link or button opens a new browser window in which all set cookies are listed. You can use it to find set cookies, look up information, remove selected or all cookies. Mozilla engineers changed this in recent versions of Firefox 60 (currently on the Nightly channel). If you open the privacy section of about:preferences, you may notice the following: History lists only three options. The "request cookies from websites" option is no longer listed under History. A new Cookies and Site Data section is available. It lists the cookie preferences that were listed under History in previous versions. The "show cookies" link has been removed from the history. It is replaced by a combined management option that includes Site Data and cookies. Cookie settings moved from "use custom settings for history" to a better location in the preferences. Firefox users who did not select the custom option were probably never exposed to the cookie preferences in first place. Also, all options but one that existed previously are still there, some, however, under a different name. There is no "show cookies" button anymore; Mozilla moved it to Settings under "Cookies and Site Data". A click on the button displays the new management interface. It looks similar to the cookie management interface of previous versions of Firefox but includes storage as well now. The interface lists sites and the number of set cookies and used storage, as well as the time the site was accessed the last time in the browser. While the new interface looks great, you may notice that it is no longer possible to list or remove individual cookies from Firefox using it. Mozilla mentions the fact on the official bug listing. As per our UI concept in bug 1421690 and (finally) following the spec guidelines (https://www.w3.org/TR/webstorage/#privacy) we'd like to merge the cookies settings into the "Site Data" section and move them to top-level. This also means removing individual cookie management from about:preferences. This is bad for users who want full control over cookies. While it is possible that Mozilla will implement the removed functionality before Firefox 60 hits the stable channel, Firefox users may use extensions to restore the functionality. Check out our updated Firefox cookies management guide for a list of extensions that support Firefox 57 and newer, and Firefox 56.x and older. Google Chrome includes an option to list and remove individual cookies, still. Ghacks.net
  22. YouTube is an excellent resource for video content, but it is also plagued by spam, trolls, and lots of video content that you dislike. The trending and recommended video sections on the YouTube homepage, and the suggestions that YouTube lists in the sidebar on video pages may contain content that you would never watch. We talked about Video Blocker before here in Ghacks We reviewed the Video Blocker extension for Chrome back in 2014 and found it to be an effective weapon against videos on YouTube that you don't want to see or be exposed to. YouTube Video Blocker for Firefox The Firefox add-on Video Blocker by the same author was updated yesterday. It pretty much does what the Chrome extension does but since the last review dates back more than three years already, I figured it would be interesting to publish a review of the Firefox add-on as well. The developer of the extension suggests using the new YouTube layout with the extension as the extension is less reliable if the old design is used. The extension adds an icon to Firefox's toolbar installation which you interact with. It does not add icons or buttons to the YouTube page unlike other extensions for YouTube. The decision means that it is a bit less comfortable to use. A click on the Video Blocker icon opens its interface. You may use it to add new channels, keywords or wildcards to the blocklist. Channels -- Enter an exact channel name to block it on YouTube. The channel won't be displayed anymore in trending, recommendations and other sections on YouTube. Wildcard -- This blocks channels as well but does not require the exact channel name. All channels that match the keyword you enter will be blocked. Keywords -- This blocks individual videos and comments that match the entered keyword. So, to block a channel, you'd select channels or wildcards from the menu, type the full or partial channel name in the text field, and select add to add the new rule to the blocklist. To block specific video titles, e.g., prank, football, star wars, spoiler, let's play, you'd select type the name, select keyword and hit the add button. You manage the blocklist in the options. You find all blocked channels, wildcards and keywords listed there, a search to find items quickly if you have many, and an option to delete an item from the blocklist. You may add items in the options as well which may be quicker than using the frontend for that. Also, there is an option to export the list and import it so that you may use it on multiple devices without having to create it from scratch each time. The blocking worked well for the most part. I tried it in the newest Firefox Stable release, and the extension would block videos or channels from being shown on YouTube's front page. It did not block videos or channels in search, however. A search for a blocked channel would still display it and its videos. Ghacks.net
  23. View Image is a browser extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox that adds a "view image" button to Google Images so that users can click on it to display the image directly in the browser. Google removed the view image button from its image search engine Google Images recently after the company came to an agreement with Getty Images. The button loads the image that is displayed directly. This gives users options to look at it more closely and to download it to the local device that they use. While it is still possible to to do after the removal of the button on Google Images -- users can still right-click on the image and select "open image in new tab" or a similar option -- view image made the whole process easier and many Internet users probably don't know that they can open the image through the context menu. We suggest that you use a different image search engine such as Startpage instead. You can view images directly on Startpage and images do get opened through a proxy so that your IP address is not revealed to the site hosting the image. View Image extension View Image is a new browser extension for Firefox and Chrome that adds the button to Google Images again. The extension should work in compatible browsers such as Opera or Vivaldi as well, and the functionality of it is identical. Closing Words Google users who used "view images" in the past regularly to load images in a standalone tab may use the View Image browser extension to restore the functionality. Most users don't need it probably though as it is still possible to right-click on images to load them individually. The extension does require access to your browsing data on all Google sites and the code is available on GitHub. Ghacks.net
  24. Mozilla Firefox 60 and newer versions of the web browser support two new browser preferences that highlight HTTP websites as "not secure" in the browser's address bar. HTTPS is pushed throughout the Web and many sites and services migrated to HTTPS already. Browser makers like Google or Mozilla prepare to mark HTTP sites and services as not secure which will give HTTPS adoption another push as sites may lose users if they are marked as not secure. Google announced this week that it plans to mark all HTTP sites as not secure in Chrome 68. The browser is scheduled for release in mid-2018. Firefox 60: new "not secure" indicator preferences While it is not clear yet when Firefox will start to mark HTTP sites as not secure, we know now that Firefox 60 comes with two preferences that power the functionality. Firefox displays a "not secure" flag in the browser's address when when the preferences are enabled similarly to how Google Chrome marks HTTP sites. Here is how you configure these options right now (requires Firefox 60 or newer): Load about:config?=security.insecure_connection_text.enabled in the browser's address bar. Double-click the preference to enable it. Load about:config?=security.insecure_connection_text.pbmode.enabled in the browser's address bar. Double-click the preference to enable it. security.insecure_connection_text.enabled This preference adds the "not secure" flag to HTTP sites in regular browsing mode. security.insecure_connection_text.pbmode.enabled This preference adds the "not secure" flag to HTTP sites in private browsing mode. Let's Encrypt Data Let's Encrypt data, which uses Firefox Telemetry data to get a read on pageloads over HTTP and HTTPS, saw global HTTPS connections at about 70% yesterday and US traffic at 78.6% already. Closing Words HTTPS adoption will improve in 2018, and one reason for that is that browser makers will mark HTTP pages as "not secure". Webmasters who don't want their sites to show up as insecure need to migrate to HTTPS. Considering that it takes some preparation to do so, especially for sites with more than a few dozen pages, it seems like a very good idea to start the migration asap if it has not started already. Ghacks.net
  25. 3P Request Blocker is a new add-on for the Firefox web browser designed to block all third-party requests by default in the browser. The description sounds a lot like NoScript, and while the core functionality is the same, both extensions offer features that the other does not provide. Third-party requests are all requests that a site makes that load content from third-party domains. The connection can be a subdomain of the domain or an unrelated domain name. While some third-party requests are required for a site's functionality, think of content being loaded from a content delivery network, other requests are used to display advertisement, social media buttons, tracking scripts, or other often undesirable content. 3P Request Blocker for Firefox 3P Request Blocker adds an icon to the Firefox main toolbar that you interact with to control the loading of third-party resources on the active website you are on. A click on the icon displays all third-party connections the page tried to make. Any connection that is not checked there has been blocked. You can allow connections by checking the sites and clicking on the apply button afterward. Sites that you allow are added to the extension's whitelist by default. You can enable the setting of temporary permissions in the preferences which switches the checkbox layout to a radio button layout with block, allow and temp buttons for each site listed by the extension. 3D Request Blocker offers extensive options which you access with a click on the i-icon or from Firefox's about:addons page. Here is a quick overview of the available groups: Whitelist -- add, edit or remove whitelisted sites. Comes with import and export functionality. Filter -- lots of options to ignore, block and change functionality. JavaScript -- options to block JavaScript and use a JavaScript whitelist. Popup/icon -- cosmetic changes to the icon, for example, adding the domain count to the icon. Misc -- Change the language and enable temporary permissions The Filter menu The Filter menu deserves a closer look as it offers quite a few useful features. Here is a short list of options that it makes available: Do not block same domain's subdomain. Block Punycode domains. Block unencrypted requests (HTTP or ws). Block abnormal requests methods (allow only GET and POST). Block WebSocket protocol. Block HTTP or HTTPS on non-standard ports. Block requests that include your keywords in URL. Block resource types and ignore the whitelist doing so (beacon, csp_report, font, ping, object, object_subrequest, media, other). Block MIME types and ignore whitelist to prevent downloads (video, audio, PDF, Microsoft Office, LibreOffice, Applications). Block tracking/ads, Internet IP address and tracking/ads patterns automatically and don't show them on the menu. The filter menu lists several interesting options which improve security while you browse the Internet. Closing Words 3P Request Blocker is a powerful new content blocker for Firefox that users of RequestPolicy or Policeman may want to consider switching to as the extensions are no longer compatible with stable versions of Firefox. The extension is compatible with other content blockers, e.g. uBlock Origin or AdBlock Plus. Ghacks.net