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Even though you probably just updated your Firefox desktop browser to version 72 (released Tuesday), make sure you run one more update to nab a special patch that Mozilla released yesterday. It fixes a zero-day vulnerability that, if exploited, could allow an attacker to “take control of an affected system.”
Customisable zoom levels are one of Firefox’s best accessibility features. Users can adjust the magnification size on a per-website basis, and the browser will remember and apply the preferred zoom level every time you visit the website. This makes it much easier to navigate and read pages for users with visual impairments, but it can be annoying having to adjust this for every new page you visit. Plus, zooming in too far can also distort images and other graphical elements on a website and undermine the zoom feature’s benefits. Luckily, Firefox will soon be adding two new settings that will fix these shortcomings.
I often recommend Firefox over Google Chrome when it comes to user privacy, but despite the legitimate concerns over how much data Google collects on its users, the company has become pretty good about giving us control over how that data is handled—including letting us set timers to automatically delete some of that data.
Thanks to the most recent Firefox update, Mozilla’s browser is finally on par with the picture-in-picture capabilities of Google Chrome. PiP, as it’s commonly known, allows you to watch a video while browsing other websites—the ultimately productivity hack if you have a favourite show you hate missing.
I like to write about different methods for organising your web browser because my own Chrome browser looks like a tab farm. It never fails. No matter how often I dump all of my open tabs into some kind of archive, it only takes a week or two for the problem — in the form of 20+ browser tabs — to reappear.
Firefox is one of the best browsers for blocking ads and crappy web trackers, and you can make it even better using “nuke-’em-all” browser extensions like uBlock Origin. Now, Ghacks and GitHub users point out that uBlock Origins is even capable of blocking new types of ads, trackers, and website content that browsers like Chrome can’t (or won’t), even with the add-on installed.
Artificial intelligence systems can write pretty convincingly readable text these days. A new browser extension, GPTrue or False, can test whether a given text is likely to have been generated by an AI.
It’s time to update to a brand-new version of Firefox Quantum. While your browser will eventually do this for you, I recommend forcing the issue by clicking the hamburger icon, clicking on “Help,” and then clicking on “About Firefox.” And while Firefox 70 downloads to your desktop or laptop, here’s a quick look at what’s new.
Just about every web browser lets you specify your default search engine, and some even let you toggle between multiple search engines on the fly. In the upcoming Firefox 71 update, you’ll now be able to set the browser to default to separate search engines whether you’re using its normal or private browsing modes.
Mozilla will enable Firefox’s DNS over HTTPS (DoH) service by default for all users. Here’s why that’s important: DoH keeps your internet browsing private and secure by hiding DNS requests — from your ISP, from software on your system (like parental control apps or other blocking software), and from anything else that might try to suss out what you’re up to.
The feature is due in late September but you can manually enable it right now. Here are the required steps.
I love OneTab, and you should, too. It’s an incredibly easy way to take the nightmare of tabs you’ve been saving in your browser window and condense them all into a single, easy-to-scan web page. I use this extension constantly, and it has helped me turn my overflowing tab problem into a more manageable mess.
Email tracking can be a shitty practice. I can’t think of a better way to describe the latest reports that Silicon Valley fad Superhuman — a $US30/mo email service — kept tabs on how many times email recipients opened a message.
Mozilla is taking another stab at mobile browsing with a new version of Firefox on Android. We’ve been playing around with the recently released early-access public build for this new Firefox, currently known as “Firefox Preview”, and now we’re here to fill you in on everything you need to know about it — how fast it is, how secure it is and the best new features we’ve found.
According to multiple reports, Netflix is testing a new pop-out player for those who use Netflix’s website to stream their favourite shows. While I tend to only use Netflix’s apps, there’s something elegant about this new approach — if you have access to the feature, clicking a little button on Netflix’s player will launch it in a separate floating window.