Mozilla has released new versions of its Firefox web browser for desktop and Android users.
Firefox 74 for desktop includes improvements to the password and add-ons managers and a feature that helps keep Facebook from tracking you as you browse the web. And Firefox 68.6.0 for Android packs some stability and security fixes. But there’s also a new Firefox Preview v4.0 build for Android that brings more new features and bug fixes to the upcoming new version of Mozilla’s mobile web browser.
Here’s a run-down of some of the new versions for desktop and mobile users:
Firefox 74 for Desktop
- Facebook Container keeps the social network from tracking your logins, likes, and comments when you’re visiting non-Facebook sites, although there’s an option to add exceptions for custom sites if you want to enable Facebook tracking.
- You can use the Add-ons Manager to remove third-party add-ons installed by external applications.
- Firefox offers a privacy enhancement when making voice or video calls over the web by hiding your computer’s IP address and using a random ID in some cases when making calls using WebRTC.
- It’s easier to import bookmarks and history from the new Microsoft Edge web browser.
- You can sort your logins by reverse alphabetical order in the Logins and Passwords settings menu.
- TLS 1.0 and 1.1 have been disabled, and you’ll see an error page when visiting sites that don’t support TLS 1.2.
- Mozilla has outlined other security enhancements in a blog post.
Firefox Preview v4.0 for Android
- Top Sites are displayed on the new tab page.
- A login/password manager has been added, and it can synchronize with your Firefox account to share passwords across desktop and mobile devices.
- There’s an in-app language chooser.
- Initial support for the uBlock Origin ad-blocker extension has been added.
Both new browsers also feature a number of bug fixes and performance enhancements. And if you want to get ahead of the curve, you can also take the new Firefox 75.0 beta for desktop for a spin. Among other things, it has new address bar features and improved HTTPS compatibility with misconfigured web servers.