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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.”

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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.

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Custom search engines are one of the coolest features of any modern browser. With just a few keystrokes, you can search Wikipedia right from your address bar, do a custom Google search for Lifehacker articles, or even get driving directions to a specific location.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Nobody likes annoying internet advertisements, that’s for sure. And it’s even creepier when you visit one website, do the web’s equivalent of a little window-shopping, and suddenly find ads for that site plastered over every other site you’re looking at. 

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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.

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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.