In the era of mass surveillance people are more and more concious about their privacy online, but the web browsers haven’t real caught up with the trend. Sure we’ve got things like Do Not Track and private browsing, but Mozilla isn’t happy and so the latest version of Firefox puts privacy at the forefront.
The main point to note is that the new browser has a ‘forget’ button that makes it much easier to for you to remove your cookies, history, and other little bits of information. So next time you want to scrub your browser clean you don’t have to go messing around in the settings menus. You can also switch your default browser to DuckDuckGo, which doesn’t track you.
The most important change, however, is that Mozilla will be rolling out privacy focussed features on a more regular basis. It’s teaming up with various companies to create experimental features such as a stricter ‘Do Not Track’ option that will actively block online content that doesn’t adhere to your request not to have your browsing tracked.
It’s not clear when these new features will make it into a more stable version of the browser, but for the time being it’s nice to know that they’re coming.
By Tom Pritchard | November 10th, 2014