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August 19, 2015

Mozilla Beefs Up Default Privacy

As reported on, Mozilla has moved an experimental security feature to the developer release. This changes the way Private Browsing, the equivalent of Chrome’s Incognito or IE’s InPrivate modes, deals with tracking user actions and behaviour across different websites.

The new version has Tracking Protection enabled for all Private Browsing windows by default. This means that if you want your browsing to be tracked you will need to disable the feature. If you have a website that you want to allow to track you then you will need to enable tracking for that site each and every session.

Mozilla believes that when you open a Private Browsing session that [...]

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August 1, 2015

Mozilla Annoyed by Windows 10 Settings

Chris Beard, CEO of Mozilla, has sent an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in response to the new user experience in Windows 10. In order to retain Mozilla Firefox as the default browser, the user must go through several more hoops in Windows 10, according to Beard. Beard wrote:

We appreciate that it’s still technically possible to preserve people’s previous settings and defaults, but the design of the whole upgrade experience and the default settings APIs have been changed to make this less obvious and more difficult. It now takes more than twice the number of mouse clicks, scrolling through content and some technical sophistication for people to reassert [...]

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July 14, 2015

Mozilla Blocks Flash By Default Due to Serious Security Threats

Mozilla has begun blocking Flash in a recent update, due to serious security vulnerabilities recently revealed to exist in Flash.

The user still has the option to unblock Flash for individual sites, but overall Flash will not just run whenever it is called in the browser. As far as Mozilla is concerned, this is a necessary move for the security of their users.

Several bugs were unearthed in the dump of Hacking Team’s archives recently, and these were unpatched bugs that an attacker could take advantage of to compromise a Flash user in Firefox or any other browser. While Adobe says, it takes the bugs “very seriously,” no one wants to trust Flash at the [...]

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April 9, 2015

Mozilla Recalls New Features Due to Fatal Security Bug

Firefox 37 was released on March 31st, but less than a week later, on April 3rd, Mozilla was forced to release a patch that disabled many new features it had instituted.

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