Mozilla Firefox Quantum 65 Is Faster, Lighter and More Privacy-Conscious

Mozilla Firefox’s open-source web browser, Quantum, has undergone an impressive upgrade with enhanced speed, lighter system resources use and strong privacy settings.

Firefox is available in over 90 languages, running across Windows, Mac, Linux and Android operating systems. A good choice for users who prioritize privacy while seeking an enjoyable browsing experience is Firefox.

Features

Mozilla has unveiled Quantum, their biggest update since Firefox first debuted back in 2004. Aimed at new users as well as those who may have switched over from Edge or Chrome browsers, Quantum seeks to bring Firefox back into favor among both existing and potential new ones.

One of the most noticeable changes is an innovative user interface known as Photon that’s smarter than it looks. Developed to reflect today’s reality of High DPI displays and touchscreens as well as our tendency towards task orientated computing environments like PCs or Macs, menus for instance will automatically expand when touched with fingers while remaining normal when clicked with mice.

Other features include: Easier performance management: The revamped Task Manager page found at about:performance now reports memory usage by tabs and add-ons. A better popup blocker to prevent multiple popup windows being generated at once by websites is also now implemented, along with stronger stack smashing protection, new Flexbox Inspector that provides more detailed views of Flex box containers to help debug layout issues, WebP image support, as well as improved privacy protection features on Mac OS X Linux Android platforms.

Last of the major feature updates is enhanced tracking protection. When selecting Privacy & Security, you now have the ability to enable enhanced tracking protection while browsing – Standard provides balanced protection with normal page-load times; Strict offers stronger blocking but may prevent certain websites or content from working correctly; Custom allows more in-depth tracker and cookie blocking settings.

Changes include a new method for installing unsigned add-ons into profiles you create or customize. Before, Firefox required all add-ons to be signed for installation; now with an edit to your manifest, unsigned add-ons can be installed more easily – for assistance on how to do this follow this guide.

Performance

Firefox is a widely-used web browser used by millions of people. With an extremely customizable and sleek user interface, an array of built-in features, and support for numerous add-ons that enhance browsing convenience, Firefox is beloved web browser. Pocket integration enables users to save articles for later reading while its handy screenshot feature enables taking snapshots of web pages for convenient reference.

Mozilla recently revamped Firefox to deliver faster performance and stronger standards support, making the new browser faster and simpler to use than its predecessor Chrome. Unfortunately, however, Firefox wasn’t quite able to compete in terms of performance; therefore the nonprofit organization released Firefox Quantum with hopes of returning open source browser to lead performance and standards support rankings.

Quantum, Mozilla’s new version of Firefox, features an engine designed to take better advantage of CPU resources while taking advantage of modern multicore processors. Based on Servo project that began development back in March 2012, proven components from this project will gradually be integrated into Gecko engine that currently powers Firefox to create this new engine that powers Quantum.

Firefox Quantum incorporates improvements from other projects designed to increase usability and security, such as an overhauled plugin architecture to reduce malware infections by blocking suspicious downloads and sites that attempt to exploit vulnerabilities in old plug-in versions, or support for Google WebP image format which provides similar quality at smaller file sizes than existing formats.

Mozilla says they have also expanded multilingual support in their user interface (UI), implemented Handoff support on macOS to make tab transfers from iOS devices to Macs easier and provided an easier method for controlling Content Blocking settings. Furthermore, when installed on Windows computers the browser now becomes 64-bit to improve performance.

Security

Firefox web browser is often pitted against its archrival Google Chrome on many levels, most notably how they treat user privacy. Where Chrome tracks users actively, while Firefox takes a more hands-off approach to data collection – an aspect many privacy-sensitive users appreciate and one reason many choose Firefox over Chrome as their main browser. With this update, Mozilla is further strengthening Firefox’s built-in tracking protection by offering Tracking Protection option (located under Privacy & Security in settings menu), blocking content such as ads, analytics or social share buttons which collect personal data without consent across sites across websites that could potentially collect personal information without your knowledge – available both Private Browsing mode as well as regular browsing windows.

Mozilla is making it easier than ever to customize content blocking settings. A new toggle lets you switch the level of tracking protection between Default, Standard, Strict or Custom protection; standard offers balanced protection with normal page load times while Strict provides stronger protections but may impede some sites or content from working correctly.

This update enhances Firefox’s reading experience with the introduction of a “reader mode”, which removes ads and layout elements to display only text in one window. Pocket’s add-on already offers this capability; with this change it becomes part of Firefox itself.

Mozilla has enhanced the sandboxing that protects Linux extension, making it more difficult for malicious actors to inject malicious code into Firefox’s internals and strengthening protection against “stack smashing” attacks that corrupt or take control of vulnerable programs.

Firefox 65 Quantum is a free, open-source web browser available for Windows, macOS, Linux and Android devices. You can easily download it now directly from Mozilla’s website or the software update mechanism used by Ubuntu-based distributions such as Linux Mint and elementary OS. Regular updates to this release will be made as Mozilla makes changes; Microsoft MSI installer format offers widespread enterprise deployment while Firefox’s automatic update system checks for updates automatically and downloads them when found.

Privacy

Firefox’s easy-to-use privacy controls help users manage third party tracking, as well as which third-party cookies to accept, giving them control over their online experience.

Mozilla Firefox is one of the world’s most widely-used web browsers with over 90 million monthly active users across various platforms including Windows, Mac OSX, Linux and Android. Known for its customizable user interface and large selection of extensions as well as innovative features like Pocket integration for saving articles for later reading, it remains a leading contender among web browsers today.

The latest browser released in January 2019, known as Firefox Quantum, represents one of the largest updates since its initial release in 2004. It’s been designed to run faster on standard hardware without needing too much RAM; providing improved performance and compatibility.

As a result of these enhancements, the browser is now better capable of handling video streams and complex content such as games more effectively. Furthermore, its new engine has also been designed to be more energy-efficient, helping reduce battery usage on mobile devices.

An important new addition is a more user-friendly set of content blocking settings for the browser. Now, there are three distinct options to select: Standard, Strict and Custom which offer different levels of tracker protection – Standard blocks known trackers when browsing in Private Browsing mode; while Strict takes an aggressive approach by blocking trackers across all windows simultaneously for maximum protection.

Apart from offering improved privacy settings, Safari also now supports Apple’s Handoff technology, enabling users to transfer open tabs between desktop computers and iOS devices using Parallel-Off-Main-Thread Painting and CSS Variable Font Variations support on Windows users without accelerated hardware. In addition, security on all platforms has been strengthened through stronger stack smashing protection which prevents hackers from exploiting vulnerable programs for corruption or takeover.

These features make Firefox an excellent choice for anyone concerned with their privacy and wishing to take greater control over what data they share online. It is available now for download via its official website, or through Linux distributions such as Ubuntu’s software update mechanism.

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