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Mozilla is testing an enhanced Private Browsing mode for future Firefox

posted onAugust 18, 2015
by l33tdawg

Mozilla has announced a number of secure browsing add-ons that have entered pre-beta and are ready for testing by the brave.

Users of the Firefox Developer Edition, and Firefox Aurora for Android, can now try an extension of the Private Browsing (aka 'shopping for presents for your wife') mode.

Firefox 40 unveils Windows 10-friendly design, tightens download protection

posted onAugust 12, 2015
by l33tdawg

Mozilla has released Firefox 40 FINAL for desktop, with Firefox for Android 40.0 due to follow by the end of the week.

Version 40 provides added protection against potentially malicious downloads on both platforms, while desktop users enjoy a raft of new features, including a new Suggested Tiles feature and add-on management dialog.

Mozilla has had enough of Flash’s security flaws, disables Firefox plugin

posted onJuly 14, 2015
by l33tdawg

Mozilla has blocked all versions of Adobe Flash in its Firefox browser by default, following the discovery of numerous critical security flaws in the platform.

Mark Schmidt, head of Firefox Support, took to Twitter to announce the change.

The news comes just a day after Facebook’s chief security officer Alex Stamos called for moves to force the extinction of Flash, as the plugin is reportedly being used to spread malware on users’ systems via security exploits.

Mozilla Dials Back on Firefox Opportunistic Encryption

posted onApril 7, 2015
by l33tdawg

Mozilla has had a change of heart regarding opportunistic encryption—for now. The company rolled out its open-source Firefox 37 Web browser on March 31, with one of the key new features being a capability known as opportunistic encryption. However, due to a security issue related to opportunistic encryption, Mozilla disabled the feature in the Firefox 37.0.1 update released April 3.

The security issue is located in Mozilla's HTTP Alternative Services (Alt-Svc) implementation, which is connected to the opportunistic encryption capability.

Mozilla adds Security information to Firefox 37 Developer Tools

posted onJanuary 21, 2015
by l33tdawg

If you want to find out more about the security of a connection to a particular website or a request that a site made while it was loading, then it is quite difficult to do so right now in most browsers.

While you can look up protocol information if https is used with a click on the lock icon in the browser address bar, and go from there to retrieve additional information, it is taking quite some time to do so.

As Firefox turns 10, Mozilla trumpets privacy

posted onNovember 10, 2014
by l33tdawg

Mozilla today pulled out the PR stops to trumpet the 10th anniversary of Firefox, and in celebration released an interim build of Firefox 33 that includes a new privacy tool and access to the DuckDuckGo search engine.

Firefox 1.0 was released on Nov. 9, 2004, at a time when Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) had a stranglehold on the browser space, having driven Netscape -- Firefox's forerunner in many ways -- out of the market two years before. Mozilla has been widely credited with restarting browser development, which had been moribund under IE.