Browsers and browser extensions

Firefox Focus Browser For Mobile Devices – Mini Review

As you may know, Firefox Focus is an open-source Firefox-based internet browser specially created for mobile phones, providing both security and enhanced user privacy.

Firefox Focus can be downloaded for free from either Google Play Store (Android) and AppStore (iOS). By default, the browser deletes the browsing history, passwords, bookmarks and cookies and forbids the ads to follow you on the internet. This way, you don’t need to go into private browsing when accessing porn or sensitive content.

When you access a site, it gets erased by default when you close the browser. If you want to keep it in the history, you have the option to open the website with another browser.

Firefox Focus allows the users to customize the security level.

Unfortunately, the browser lacks some features that are present in all the modern browsers. When pressing on the rubbish bin icon, all the history is deleted. You can refresh and go forward, but there is no multi-tab functionality.

Please test it and let us know if it is suitable for your needs.

Browsers and browser extensions

Firefox 63 Will Protect Computers Against Cryptomining Websites

Starting with Firefox 63 (scheduled for release in October 2018), Mozilla will provide protection against cryptomining websites by default, which is quite awesome. It will perform this by enabling tracking protection, blocking cross-site tracking cookies from gathering data on users.

Right now, if you want to stay away from cryptomining websites, you need to install a third party anti miner add-on (it works the same way as an adblocker), or add the mining websites inside your adblocker, so that they will not be resolved anymore.

Besides this, Mozilla will also add a few UI elements to make it easier for users to find tracking protection settings, to be easily turned on or off.

The tracking protection function is already present in Firefox, but it only blocks advertisment cookies, analytics and social sharing script and it won’t be able to block cryptomining websites until the update.

I am a big fan of Firefox, but I have switched to Palemoon browser on both Linux and Windows when Mozilla introduced the Australis interface and started to copy the Chrome design. But despite this, the extra layer of protection is quite needed and may enable Mozilla to make Firefox as ‘the most secured browser’, at least until others adopt the same features.

For more information, see this Bleeping Computer article.

Browsers and browser extensions

How to add the View Image button back to your browser (Chrome and Firefox)

As you may know, Google has removed the View Image button from the Image Search, but the users can still view photos by right-clicking them and choosing the open image in new tab option.

I have noticed this change a few days ago, but I have initially thought that my browser behaves that way on Ubuntu.

Despite this, the community has found a quick fix for restoring the button back.

Use Startpage (Google-based search engine) to search images:

The easiest way to view images just like before is to use Startpage as your default search page.

Install the View Image extensions for Chrome and Firefox:

If you are using Chrome or Firefox, you can restore the View Image button by installing a browser extension, for free.

Download View Image extension for Firefox

Download View Image extension for Chrome (it does not work on Opera, did not test it on Vivaldi)

I have decided to use Startpage for photo viewing and downloading, due to the fact that my Palemoon does not support the extension.

How to add the View Image button back to your browser (Chrome and Firefox)