If you are concerned about privacy when browsing, it will be worth while reading about the control center in the Firefox browser regarding protection against tracking and adjusting permissions.
Control Center – manage site privacy and security controls
The Control Center panel opens when you click the Site Info button button in the address bar. It lets you manage security and privacy settings for a website in one place. Use the Control Center to view information about a site and to make choices about site permissions, trackers or insecure content.
Browsers save a record of the pages you have visited, downloads you’ve done, and much else. Reviewing this history is useful if you’d like to retrace steps. This page describes the history function in Firefox – what is collected, how to review, how to clear, and how to disable.
Delete browsing, search and download history on Firefox, Mozilla Support (April)
Firefox lets us mute noisy tabs with a click. Don’t have to look for the offending video or audio that began to play without your permission. You’ll see a speaker symbol on the tab for the page making the noise. Use it to mute. See Mute sound in Firefox tabs.
The new Mozilla Firefox received 4 1/2 stars from PC Magazine.
Mozilla Firefox, Michael Muchmore, PC Magazine (Nov 4)
BOTTOM LINE: With plenty of new features, including tracking protection in Private Browsing mode, integrated video calling, and even an app store, Firefox reigns as our favorite Web browser.
Some of the features to look for:
- Offers tracking protection in private browsing – maybe we should be using that
- Has built-in video chatting
- Has reading mode – that means it makes those hideously cultered pages readable! “When you land on an article page, a book icon appears at the right of the address box; turning on reading mode is a simple matter of clicking on this.”
- Supports tab groups
- And so much more
And it was found to be as efficient as Chrome.
Beware the WIndows 10 update that installs Microsoft’s new Edge browser as the default, and investigate the new privacy features of Firefox. Both items are examined in this video from Newsy at Toronto Star.
As browser wars get personal, Firefox gives privacy a try (Aug 17)
Startling news – Yahoo will be the default search engine in the Firefox browser for US users rather than Google (and one presumes the same will be true in Canada). This means getting search results from the Bing index. It is possible to adjust the search bar to default to whatever search engine you really want to use.
Yahoo to replace Google as Firefox’s default search engine in U.S., Michael Liedtke, AP via Globe and Mail (Nov 20)
The five-year alliance announced Wednesday will end a decade-old partnership in the U.S. between Google Inc. and the Mozilla Foundation, which oversees the Firefox browser. The tensions between Google and Mozilla had been rising since Google’s introduction of the Chrome browser in 2008 began to undercut Firefox.
Mozilla has this handy guide with screenshots and screencasts – Search bar – add, change and manage search engines on Firefox
Mozilla will begin showing ads in the Firefox browser – in the tiles on a new tab, and on its homepage. Good news is that AdBlock Plus will likely block.
Mozilla Firefox Will Display Ads on Homepage & New Tabs, by Jennifer Slegg, The SEM Post (Nov 14)
Good combo – the new Firefox browser has DuckDuckGo pre-installed as a search engine. DuckDuckGo does not collect search history or any other data about its users.
DuckDuckGo Added To Firefox As Part Of Enhanced Privacy Options by Greg Sterling, Search Engine Land (Nov 11)
Firefox has also added a forget feature to erase recent browsing history.
Mozilla’s Firefox browser is nearly 10 years old. In 2004 the one to beat was Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. That’s done. Now the challenge is to counter Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android
Ten years in, Firefox fights on — now against Google and Apple by Stephen Shankland, CNet (Nov 10)
Instead of just taking on a browser, Mozilla now is competing against two operating systems, Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Mozilla’s alternative is Firefox OS, a browser-based operating system. The goal remains the same, though: give people choice about what technology they use on the Internet and give them control over their data.
It might be a rough road: mobile usage is increasing rapidly, and Firefox’s share of that market is very small. It’s become a matter of operating systems. Here’s hoping for a Firefox OS.
Lots of addons to make Firefox look even better – and maybe the most useful is to get back the “classic” theme. Also the Font and Size Changer – mostly size.
These Add-Ons Let You Make Firefox Look However You Want by Justin Pot, MakeUseOf (Oct 31)