Mozilla adds some privacy features to its Firefox 44 browser. The company released today its new Firefox version for Mac, Linux, Windows and Android operating systems. Significant inclusions in the web browser are push notifications, an elimination of RC4 security and better app designer options.
The new Firefox edition for desktops is offered for downloading from the company’s official website, so all current users will be capable to update to it instantly. As always, its Android edition is coming out slower on Google’s Play Store.
Mozilla does not share the actual figures for Firefox, even if the organization does say that 500 million customers around the globe use the web browser. In simple terms, this is a significant system that developers focus on, even in an environment progressively dominated by numerous mobile applications.
Before going into the PC compared to cellular debate, there is a change that has an impact on all four systems, since its RC4 cipher will no longer be reinforced over HTTPS links. RC4 is the stream cipher developed decades ago that has been commonly supported across web browsers and Internet platforms for various reasons of security.
Several weaknesses have been found in RC4 during the last years, letting hackers to crack the system within even hours. A few months ago, new strikes persuaded the online engineers to avoid the integration of RC4 in TLS.
Microsoft, Mozilla and Google all guaranteed to get rid of the RC4 support for their next web browsers. Google kept its promise with the release of Chrome 48 last week, and now it is Mozilla’s turn to make this change with the new Firefox 44.
The greatest emphasize in this launch is the option to get push notifications coming from sites, supposing you grant them a privacy permission. If the new option seems familiar, that is because Google included a similar feature last year with the arrival of the Chrome 42.
As opposed to Firefox’s current web notices, you could get a push notification even when that site is not running in a browser tab. That option is extremely useful for sites like emails, weather, social networking platforms and shopping sessions, which you may check regularly for upgrades, according to Mozilla’s representatives.
As it was mentioned when Chrome obtained this feature, it is a rather invasive option for an Internet browser, but similar to Google’s decision, Mozilla is guaranteeing that the customers will have to initially allow them before they get such push notifications.
You can set your notices from the browser’s Control Center after clicking a green lock symbol on the left of its address bar. In addition to it, Mozilla is promising the next privacy elements for the option:
- To avoid cross-site connections, each website gets a different and anonymous identifier for a user’s browser;
- To fight eavesdropping, all payloads are secured to public or private key pairs held just by the user’s browser;
- Firefox is only connected to this push system if the user has an active online push registration. This can be to certain websites or to the web browser’s functions such as Firefox Hello and Firefox Sync.
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