MOZILLA HAS announced a number of secure browsing add-ons that have entered pre-beta and are ready for testing by the brave.
Users of the Firefox Developer Edition, and Firefox Aurora for Android, can now try an extension of the Private Browsing (aka 'shopping for presents for your wife') mode.
For the first time, Private Browsing will have a control centre that allows users to unblock elements that the mode has blocked, on a granular basis, in case the 'present buying site' you are browsing, with both hands on the keyboard at all times obviously, is preventing access to the site.
Also new in this preview edition is the default activation of add-on approval checks. Non-approved add-ons will be rejected, but can be overridden manually if trusted by the user.
Mozilla explained: "Add-ons may have the ability to create unwanted toolbars or buttons, collect information, change your search settings or inject ads or malware into your device. We’ve worked with developers and created a process that attempts to verify that add-ons installed in Firefox meet the guidelines and criteria we’ve developed to ensure they’re safer for you."
Thirdly, the browser's experimental Electrolysis service, which runs web content in a dedicated process, is activated for pre-beta users. This is designed to improve multitasking performance by keeping the main web process free for interaction such as web apps, while delivery is handled separately. But be warned: it may play havoc with some add-ons.
As ever, all these features represent a glimpse of the future and are being rolled out 'as is' in order to get feedback and bug reports. They will eventually progress to the beta, then the main browser.
Mozilla has also trailed plans for parental controls, extra communication methods via Firefox Hello, and the much touted Firefox for iOS, but no further details have been given about those just yet. µ
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