TechCrunch: Mozilla adds fingerprinting and cryptocurrency mining protection to Firefox. “Mozilla is adding a new feature to protect you against web annoyances in future releases of Firefox. The new feature is currently available in the beta version of Firefox 67, and the nightly version of Firefox 68. They will be available in the stable release of Firefox in a few weeks.”
BetaNews: Mozilla is launching curated Recommended Extensions program this summer. “However much you love your chosen web browser, you have probably enhanced its capabilities through the use of add-ons. Finding decent, reliable add-ons can be tricky, and this is why Mozilla is launching the Recommended Extensions program.”
NullSweep: Launching the Mozilla Plugin Privacy Test Database. “Today, I launched the Plugin Privacy Test Database for Mozilla plugins. The tests attempt to determine whether plugins passively gather data about users browsing habits. In this introductory blog post, I will outline the test methods used and some of the results limitations.”
New Zealand Herald: NZ tech company discovers major Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox bug. “Aura, a government-owned tech company, has discovered what it is calling a ‘very big’ software flaw in the Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers. The bug allows a user’s private photos and sensitive documents such as passports, driver licenses and other identifying content to be uploaded to websites, and to be obtained by malicious hackers.” Apparently the bug has been fixed.
Ubergizmo: Firefox Could Block Website Notification Requests By Default. “A lot of websites ask for permission to send you notifications and most of you may ignore them. You never seem to run out of websites that show similar notifications and it can be a nuisance. This is something that Mozilla has noticed as well. It’s now experimenting with blocking website notification requests by default in a Firefox Nightly browser build. The notification requests will be blocked automatically until the user takes certain actions on the website.”
MakeUseOf: 10 Quick Firefox Tweaks to Maximize Your Online Privacy . “From Facebook scandals to schools spying on their students through webcams, it seems as if threats to your privacy are everywhere online. But there are some simple steps you can take to stop companies from harvesting your data when you use the Firefox browser.”
BetaNews: Firefox Quantum 66 blocks audio autoplay, improves scrolling behavior and adds option to search all tabs. “The new release is light on new features, but heavy on delivering significant improvements across the browser. The big new addition is that websites will now automatically be blocked from playing sound — however, the customizable feature won’t be immediately available to all users.”