Firefox Do Not TrackWith the release of Firefox 5 earlier this week, Mozilla has finally added its Do Not Track privacy feature to the company’s flagship browser. The feature, aimed at customizing how users browsing behavior is tracked is the first of its kind that can be implemented across multiple platforms, including Android phones, according to a post on the Mozilla Blog on Tuesday.

Mozilla’s move follows in the footsteps of Google and Microsoft who recently added tracking technology to their Chrome and Internet Explorer browsers respectively, after pressure from the Federal Trade Commission late last year.

In addition to the tracking features, Mozilla has also unveiled two new tools for developers; including a downloadable Add-on SDK and the beta release of an online development environment deemed Add-on Builder. Developers looking use Javascript, HTML and CSS to build and tweak their own browser add-ons can find APIs built by Mozilla as well as 3rd party developers.

The features are only two of reportedly over 1,000 enhancements to Firefox 5 – that unlike Firefox 4, which took nearly a year to develop – comes just two months after the browser’s last iteration.

The speedy turn-around time seems to complement Mozilla’s move toward a new rapid-release development cycle, one that stresses faster enhancements and updates. That being said, those who choose not to upgrade may find themselves in the dark when it comes to security updates. Users who run Firefox 4 will no longer have fixes pushed to them and instead will just be given an option to upgrade to Firefox 5.

Categories: Vulnerabilities

Comments (8)

  1. HS328
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    Question – who verifies that Mozilla’s changes actually do what they are supposed to do, or do we take them at their word that they do what they are supposed to do?

  2. Anonymous
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    @HS328 You could make that argument for any developer that releases a closed-source browser.  Even Google Chrome is closed source because of the proprietary code Google puts into it (although Chromium, the browser it is forked from, is open source).

  3. Anonymous
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    I told my friends adobe is so annoying that every time you start your computer, it pops up the update box. Now, finally I find a software which is more bothersome than adobe, that’s firefox!I had updated to 4.0 manually but what I get is a buggy worm. so I have to back to 3.5 which I think is the most stable version in the world. It’s DEFINITALLY GREAT that I find it updates to firefox 4 automatically the next day. Wow, what an efficient browser! You lost one more users and I know you don’t care.

    Never use firefox again, I think I should thank you all the same , because you make me find Avant browser finally.

  4. Anonymous
    4

    I told my friends adobe is so annoying that every time you start your computer, it pops up the update box. Now, finally I find a software which is more bothersome than adobe, that’s firefox!I had updated to 4.0 manually but what I get is a buggy worm. so I have to back to 3.5 which I think is the most stable version in the world. It’s DEFINITALLY GREAT that I find it updates to firefox 4 automatically the next day. Wow, what an efficient browser! You lost one more users and I know you don’t care.

    Never use firefox again, I think I should thank you all the same , because you make me find Avant browser finally.

  5. Anonymous
    5

    I told my friends adobe is so annoying that every time you start your computer, it pops up the update box. Now, finally I find a software which is more bothersome than adobe, that’s firefox!I had updated to 4.0 manually but what I get is a buggy worm. so I have to back to 3.5 which I think is the most stable version in the world. It’s DEFINITALLY GREAT that I find it updates to firefox 4 automatically the next day. Wow, what an efficient browser! You lost one more users and I know you don’t care.

    Never use firefox again, I think I should thank you all the same , because you make me find Avant browser finally.

  6. Anonymous
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    who cares about “do not track” feature when ff’s basic functionality are seperated into plugins?version 5 still cannot use any shortcut key(ctrl+t,ctrl+w.etc.)when plugins are running?no kidding.i  have already switched to avant browser .they fix bug quickly

  7. Anonymous
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    @ anonymous  If you don’t know how to suppress startup programs, you need to educate yourself on basic computing and configurations instead of blaming adobe or firefox.  Also, it might help if you look up the definition of a worm before you continue making yourself look so silly

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