FIREFOX HAS UNVEILED a new feature that it claims will make browsing significantly more secure than its rivals.
Tracking Protection debuts in the latest version of Firefox, version 42, and bolsters the existing Private Browsing option. The feature, when activated, blocks ads, analytics trackers, social share buttons and anything else that might want to record your behaviour in the background.
The Mozilla Foundation said in a blog post today: "We created this feature because we believe in giving you more choice and control over your web experience.
"With the release of Tracking Protection in Firefox Private Browsing we are leading the industry by giving you control over the data that third parties receive from you online.
"No other browser’s Private Browsing mode protects you the way Firefox does - not Chrome, not Safari, not Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer."
Also new is a Control Centre as a central repository for site security and privacy controls. This is accessed from the browser bar and allows granular control in the event that a specific page you visit borks owing to the new features.
Mozilla has faced criticism in recent months after making several concessions in its business model and privacy ethics. Firefox now offers sponsored tiles on its new tab page aimed at guiding new users towards content.
It has also, reluctantly, started implementing Digital Rights Management protocols in its video engines to comply with broadcasters and streaming video companies that have become too big to defy.
There's also a new Developer Edition which includes animation tools that "work the same way animators think". There's a hands-on tool called DevTools Challenger that allows users to test the new features by working with them rather than just being told about them.
Mozilla claimed that the result is "less like running a script and more like creating a movie". µ
But the search giant has now squashed the bug
But it's not yet available here in Blighty
We're not sure this is what The Maybot had in mind
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