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.

Editorials and informational articles

Mozilla adds Pocket in its pockets

As you may know, Mozilla and Pocket have formed a couple for at least two years. The browser company has finally decided to acquire the service that permits the users to save web content for later reading.

In early 2015, Firefox has integrated Pocket in all the Firefox browsers for desktop, unlocking the Pocket functionality without requiring the users to install any extra extension.

After the acquisition, Pocket will continue to operate as a standalone organization and will continue to offer products for non-Mozilla platforms and browsers, as a subsidiary of Mozilla.

Both Mozilla and Pocket have announced the acquisition simultaneously, on each of the company’s websites (Mozilla, Pocket) but the financial details are still kept in the dark.

For those new to this app, Pocket was first called Read it Later and permitted users to save articles for later reading, offering an experience without ads or different text formatting, having similar functions like Evernote, Instapaper, Readability or Reading List created by Apple. After it got mature enough, it has been promoted from browser plugin to browser builtin functionality.

The Mozilla team will inspect the code and try to open-source pocket.