CNET: Mozilla will end support for Firefox Lockwise app

CNET: Mozilla will end support for Firefox Lockwise app. “Mozilla will end support for its Firefox Lockwise password management app this year, the company said in a post on its site. The app, currently available on iOS and Android, will no longer be available to install or reinstall starting Dec. 13. That means iOS version 1.8.1 and Android version 4.0.3 will be the app’s last releases.” It looks like Firefox still supports password management – they’re just getting rid of the app.

The Register: Mozilla sprinkles Firefox Relay with Premium fairy dust

The Register: Mozilla sprinkles Firefox Relay with Premium fairy dust . “Mozilla hopes to ramp up the monetisation machine with a paid premium version of its Firefox Relay service, upping the current limit of five email aliases to a near-unlimited number. Firefox Relay hides a user’s real email address behind an alias to both protect the user’s identity and spare their inbox from spam.”

Mozilla Blog: Firefox’s Private Browsing mode upleveled for you

Mozilla Blog: Firefox’s Private Browsing mode upleveled for you. “There are plenty of reasons why you might want to keep something you are doing on the web to yourself. You might be looking for a ring for your soon-to-be fiance, looking up what those mysterious skin rashes could be, or reading a salacious celebrity gossip blog. That’s where Private Browsing mode comes in handy. This year, we upleveled and added new advanced features to our Private Browsing mode. Before we share more about these new features we wanted to share some of the misconceptions about Private Browsing.”

Ghacks: Firefox Experiment is testing Bing as the default search engine

Ghacks: Firefox Experiment is testing Bing as the default search engine. “Mozilla is running an experiment on 1% of the Firefox desktop population currently, which sets the default search engine to Bing in the web browser. Firefox ships with different search engines by default, and one of these is set as the default search engine. The default search engine is used when users type into the browser’s address bar or use the search field on the browser’s new tab page.”

Mozilla Blog: Get where you’re going faster, with Firefox Suggest

Mozilla Blog: Get where you’re going faster, with Firefox Suggest. “Firefox already helps people search their browsing history and tabs and use their preferred search engine directly from Firefox’s Awesome Bar. Firefox Suggest will enhance this by including other sources of information such as Wikipedia, Pocket articles, reviews and credible content from sponsored, vetted partners and trusted organizations.”

CNET: Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge join forces to improve browser extensions

CNET: Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge join forces to improve browser extensions. “The teams behind the Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge browsers have banded together to improve extensions, the add-ons you can download to customize the software. That should mean your extensions will work better and come with a better security foundation to protect you from malware.”

Laptop: Mozilla Firefox gets a massive overhaul — and now I’m ditching Google Chrome

Laptop: Mozilla Firefox gets a massive overhaul — and now I’m ditching Google Chrome. “With the latest redesign, Mozilla says it wants the browser to disappear in the background when you’re surfing the web. This is accomplished by overhauling Firefox for simplicity, so instead of trying to fit as many options as it can in each pixel of your screen, Mozilla now spaces out buttons, menus, and similar items so that they’re more approachable and easier to navigate.”

Neowin: Firefox 87 reduces ETP site breakage with SmartBlock

Neowin: Firefox 87 reduces ETP site breakage with SmartBlock. “Mozilla has announced the release of Firefox 87 which introduces several features including SmartBlock which aims to reduce website breakage while using private browsing mode with Strict Enhanced Tracking Protection (ETP). SmartBlock provides local scripts to fill the place of those blocked by third-parties, helping websites to function properly.”

Engadget: Firefox’s Total Cookie Protection aims to stop tracking between multiple sites

Engadget: Firefox’s Total Cookie Protection aims to stop tracking between multiple sites. “As part of its war on web tracking, Mozilla is adding a new tool to Firefox aimed at stopping cookies from keeping tabs on you across multiple sites. The ‘Total Cookie Protection’ feature is included in the web browser’s latest release — alongside multiple picture-in-picture views (more on that below) — and essentially works by keeping cookies isolated between each site you visit.”

BetaNews: Firefox 85 blocks so-called ‘supercookies’ as Microsoft Edge 88 boosts performance and security

BetaNews: Firefox 85 blocks so-called ‘supercookies’ as Microsoft Edge 88 boosts performance and security. “It’s been a busy few days for web browsers. Last week, Microsoft Edge 88.0 rolled out several major new features, including a new sleeping tabs feature, while today sees the launch of Firefox 85.0. Firefox 85 arrives with three new noteworthy features.”

ZDNet: Microsoft exposes Adrozek, malware that hijacks Chrome, Edge, and Firefox

ZDNet: Microsoft exposes Adrozek, malware that hijacks Chrome, Edge, and Firefox. “Named Adrozek, the malware has been active since at least May 2020 and reached its absolute peak in August this year when it controlled more than 30,000 browsers each day. But in a report today, the Microsoft 365 Defender Research Team believes the number of infected users is much, much higher.”

BetaNews: Firefox 83 unveils improved page loading and responsiveness, HTTPS-only mode

BetaNews: Firefox 83 unveils improved page loading and responsiveness, HTTPS-only mode. “Mozilla has released Firefox 83.0, the latest version of its open-source, cross-platform web browser. A mere 28 days after the last major release, and version 83 makes its bow. Despite the short time between releases, version 83 manages to pack in more performance improvements, a new optional HTTPS-only mode, support for pinch zoom on touchscreens, and compatibility with new Apple Macs running the M1 chip.”