SOFTWARE COMPANY Mozilla is reportedly lining up a shot of Tor for its users, and will reportedly give the Firefox web browser something of a privacy boost.
Tor is a great privacy option that works so well that intelligence agencies and nation states are trying to peel it away like the onion from which it takes its name and inspiration.
Mozilla has Firefox, a web browser to which nation states and intelligence agencies desperately want more access. You can see why there would be some synergy here.
There is more than a spark between the two organisations, and this looks like a perfect pairing to us. Even Facebook users have adopted Tor, so a Firefox fit could also work. It is reported on by a site called ghacks.net, and we have asked Tor and Mozilla for their thoughts.
Ghacks said that Tor privacy options are coming to Firefox. Unfortunately, it says it in slightly broken English.
"Mozilla works on uplifting privacy settings of the Tor browser project to the Firefox web browser to provide privacy conscious users with additional privacy-related options," the report explained.
"While the Tor browser is based on Firefox ESR, it is modified with additional privacy and security settings to protect users of the browser while using the program.
"Considering that Tor browser is used by some in critical situations, whistleblowing, publishing news or communication, it is only natural that a stronger focus on privacy and security is necessary."
The additions are likely to present themselves in the Settings option in Firefox 50, according to the report, which reproduced apparent official Mozilla plans in a document.
"Mozilla acknowledges these modifications, and plans to integrate some of them in Firefox natively. In fact, the company has already begun to integrate some in Firefox, and plans to integrate others in the future," the report added.
"Integration of Tor-specific privacy settings and features in Firefox is welcome. These features won't be enabled by default, but they provide privacy-conscious users with better options to harden the browser against browser fingerprinting and identification."
We are waiting for responses from Tor and Mozilla. µ
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