Mozilla has announced support for decentralised internet protocols to make it twice as fast as previous Firefox versions and "often faster than. Firefox, of course, is the Web browser that has established itself as the one Finally, in spite of the first name, Baker is a woman, one of the few. Now 2x faster. Crazy powerful browser engine? Check. Less time waiting around for pages to load? Also, check. Firefox Quantum is twice as fast as Firefox was.
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Unfortunately, even websites that do support https often fail to redirect visitors to the correct web address. HTTPS Everywhere maintains a list of websites that support https and automatically requests an encrypted connection for those websites—even if you click on a link or enter an address into your browser that begins with http.
Select [Add-ons] through your browser's menu bar, as illustrated below: Firefox add-ons option Step 2. SSL Observatory Step 5. When you connect to a website that is included in the list maintained by the add-on, and that supports https, your connection will be encrypted automatically. If you do not, then your connection is unencrypted. Privacy Badger Privacy Badger is a browser add-on that prevents third-party companies from tracking your online activities.
To install Privacy Badger, follow the steps below: Type [Privacy Badger] in the search bar of the Firefox Add-ons screen. Searching for Privacy Badger Step 3. Click [Install] next to Privacy Badger.
Privacy Badger add-on Privacy Badger is now installed. Privacy Badger Step 4. Privacy Badger should be displayed along with other add-ons. Privacy Badger installed The Privacy Badger add-on is now installed and can help prevent third party tracking of your online activities. You can click [Options] to change Privacy Badger's settings though the default values are fine.
Without privacy enhancing features, a browser can collect different types of information that it stores on the hard disk of your computer. Such data can include your location, browsing history, search history, cookies, cache, active logins and site preferences. Here you can choose if you want to automate the cleaning of your browser data.
You can also clear your browsing history every time you close your browser, so that you do not need to think about your browsing history again. If you click on the arrow next to it, you will notice that it offers a variety of features like incognito browsing, privacy testing, cookies, permissions and preferences. The cookies feature shows you what cookies are currently stored on your computer. By using the permissions feature you can change your browser's default settings to enhance your privacy.
As an alternative, you can use an external application like BleachBit for this purpose. NoScript When you visit a website, your browser automatically downloads content from that site. In addition to text and images, this content often includes scripts, which are essentially small programs that run inside your browser. NoScript is a Firefox add-on that prevents your browser from running such programs without your permission.
The vast majority of these scripts are harmless and serve only to make webpages more interactive. Some of them are malicious, however, and some of them are third-party trackers capable of building a profile of your online activities.
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Unfortunately, No Script cannot automatically identify which scripts are safe and which are harmful. So when you first tell it to Block Scripts Globally, it will prevent many websites from displaying properly. ByNetscape Communications had seen its Navigator browser, the software that opened up the Web to most of the world, yield its dominance to Microsoft's newer, faster Internet Explorer.
In an effort to broaden its impact, Netscape had embedded Navigator in a small suite of e-mail and other programs called Communicator, but the result was bloated and clunky.
In a drive to compete against Microsoft and salvage its fading reputation among the tech-savvy, Netscape made Communicator an "open-source" product--that is, it publicly released the programming code so that anyone could tinker with it. Inthe company spun off and funded a small project called Mozilla the name supposedly was derived from "Mosaic killer," Mosaic having been the first browser to coordinate the tinkering so that there would be an official product, albeit one that wasn't controlled by Netscape.
Baker, then a Netscape lawyer, was assigned the tricky job of writing a software license for Mozilla that would permit people to alter the program without allowing them to convert the results into a proprietary product. She proved so adept at finding common ground in the often intensely conflicting needs and styles of her corporate employer, the tech-obsessed and sometimes militant open-source community, and the world of users, that Netscape asked her to run the Mozilla project.
She might reasonably have passed on that opportunity, given that almost everyone expected Mozilla to fail. But Baker found the offer irresistible. She recognized at once that Mozilla was a chance to help shape a new kind of organization that existed outside the bounds of corporate governance and of many of the ordinary rules of work. Most of the contributors would be volunteers, and the coin of the realm would be not salary or title, but respect, accomplishment, camaraderie, and challenge.
It would not be an uncoordinated free-for-all; the community, for the most part, would need to agree on the direction the project would take and on who would be given responsibility for a task. Mozilla would be a meritocracy. If you proved talented and diligent, you'd get more important tasks and ultimately acquire some level of project leadership, sidestepping much of the politics and bias of traditional corporations. It would be easy to assume that leadership is less important in this sort of community-driven organization.
In fact, the opposite is true, says Sandeep Krishnamurthy, who is an associate professor in the business administration program at the University of Washington, Bothell, and has studied Mozilla. In some ways, he adds, the bar at an open-source organization is higher for a manager, not lower.
Unlike employees, volunteers generally won't put up with inept, bullying, or unfair managers. They'll just walk away. Edicts won't work when it comes to getting this sort of a community moving in a common direction. Rather, it takes a combination of inspiration and persuasion to build consensus.
If Baker proved an effective leader, it would be in spite of her not having the two most common characteristics of open-source movers and shakers: It's estimated that less than 2 percent of the open-source community is female.TWICE Daring Women lyrics (ROM/HAN)
Meanwhile, the percentage of respected open-source leaders who didn't get to their positions via daring feats of coding is probably just as small. But that was not the first challenge Baker faced. The work on Mozilla continued. But lacking a clear prospect of a fast return on its investment in Netscape, AOL started to clamp down on the project's costs, laying off Baker in But while AOL could cut off Baker's salary, Mozilla was an independent entity, and Baker, who had become a popular and respected figure in the open-source world, remained as an unpaid volunteer for about a year, until a nonprofit called the Open Source Applications Foundation offered to restore a portion of her former salary to support her Mozilla work.
Inthe Mozilla project released its first official product, Mozilla 1. It was a suite of Internet applications that integrated a Web browser with programs for e-mail, online chat, bulletin boards, and building websites.
The program worked well, but by this time the world had largely accepted Internet Explorer, and there were other simple programs for e-mail and other tasks. Few computer users wanted to start all over with a new, relatively complex piece of software. That might have been the end of the story, but it turned out there was a small side project taking place within Mozilla that until then had received relatively little attention. Two young programmers, Blake Ross and David Hyatt, had been working on the browser portion of Mozilla 1.
They were like two guys in a minivan factory dragging parts off the assembly line to a dark corner of the building to assemble a dune buggy. The result was a simple, speedy browser. Now, inwith Mozilla 1. Was it possible that while most of the team had been toiling away on a doomed Internet suite, Ross and Hyatt had quietly thrown together the basis of an IE killer?
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It was the right question, and the right time to ask it. By Internet Explorer's real shortcoming was starting to show itself: In order to make the program work with a wide range of Web technologies, Microsoft had made it easy for website developers to get access to the guts of the program while it ran on a user's machine--which meant the IE user's software could also be exploited by hackers, spammers, and other unscrupulous Web bottom feeders.
The public, and corporate networks, became plagued with viruses, endless pop-up windows, and spyware. Baker understood that Mozilla suddenly had a new mission: The new browser was released as Phoenix in late In an effort to keep the browser simple and secure, the core program provided only the basics in viewing a website.
But it also made it easy for programmers to write "extensions" that would add other features--anything from built-in dictionaries to at-your-fingertips weather reports, which could be added to the browser with a few clicks, enabling users to make their own decisions about how to balance simplicity and strength. By earlyPhoenix was starting to attract attention among the tech-savvy Web avant-garde.
It also laid off all the Netscape programmers working on Mozilla. Baker started firing off e-mails to her growing fan base of computer-industry leaders, many of whom were concerned about Microsoft's de facto hegemony in Web browsing.
If everyone used Explorer, Microsoft would be in a position to dictate technical standards for websites and could then in theory integrate the resulting proprietary approach to Web browsing with its Windows and Office products--a strategy toward which Microsoft appeared to be edging, and that threatened to close off much of the Web to users of Linux, Apple, and other non-Microsoft software.
Creating a popular alternative to Explorer would, in effect, short-circuit any such Microsoft effort. RHT offered the services of dozens of programmers. Baker spearheaded the formation of a formal nonprofit corporation called the Mozilla Foundation to be the official overseer of the code and funding.
InMozilla was ready to release a preview of the latest version of its browser, now called Firefox. The timing seemed propitious.
The entire PC universe was up in arms about the exploding problem of Web-based malware. IE was considered so vulnerable to hackers that the computer security arm of the U. Department of Homeland Security recommended dumping the application, and some private computer security firms echoed that advice.
Firefox, by contrast, was simpler and designed specifically to resist hackers and viruses. Microsoft declined to respond to questions for this article. Finally, Mozilla had a product that could compete with Microsoft. It'll be tough, though: Google's Chrome team has deep talent and is working hard to improve Google's browser.
And Google has a strong presence on phones, a crucial market where Firefox is a rarity. Mozilla aspires to use Firefox to represent us well on the net. Firefox doesn't go as far as some other browsers, though. Bravefrom Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich, blocks ads by default and will be updated later with a privacy-focused ad system that pays us a portion of the ad revenue. Google will block intrusive ads starting in and only will autoplay videos that are silent. Safari blocks some tracking technology that advertisers and publishers use to see what we do online, and it now stops autoplaying videos, too.
Extension indigestion One caveat for Firefox Quantum is that it can't use older add-ons, like the LastPass password managerthat you may have installed to customize what the browser can do. That's because Mozilla has embraced Google's approach to browser extensions, and add-on authors must retool their extensions. For widely used add-ons that don't work in the new version, Firefox will recommend alternatives. Firefox Quantum comes with a new interface called Photon.
Here's how it's used to bookmark a site or save it for later reading with Mozilla's Pocket service. Mozilla There are now 4, extensions that work with Firefox's customization technologythough, so the change is well underway. Mozilla also hopes to raise extension visibility by recommending good ones to us.