The Mozilla team announced the release of Firefox 93, the latest version of its popular web browser. It includes two privacy improvements for users of Strict Tracking Protection and Private Browsing. Its SmartBlock 3.0 is a comprehensive feature that offers strong tracker blocking.
Firefox comes with the third iteration of SmartBlock, a mechanism that intelligently loads local, privacy-preserving alternatives to the blocked resources that behave h like the original ones to make sure that the website works properly. The latest version brings improved support for replacing the popular Google Analytics scripts. It also adds support for services like Optimizely, Criteo, Amazon TAM and various Google advertising scripts.
Firefox 93’s HTTP Referrer Protections allows browsers to ignore less restrictive referrer policies for cross-site requests, such as ‘no-referrer-when-downgrade’, ‘origin-when-cross-origin’, and ‘unsafe-url’ and therefore renders such privacy violations ineffective. It will trim the HTTP referrer for cross-site requests always, regardless of the website’s settings. Other notable features are:
- Firefox now supports the new AVIF image format, which is based on the modern and royalty free AV1 video codec. It offers significant bandwidth savings for sites compared to existing image formats. It also supports transparency and other advanced features.
- Firefox PDF viewer now supports filling more forms.
- When available system memory is critically low, Firefox on Windows will automatically unload tabs based on their last access time, memory usage, and other attributes. This should help reduce Firefox out-of-memory crashes. Switching to an unloaded tab automatically reloads it.
- To prevent session loss for macOS users who are running Firefox from a mounted .dmg file, they’ll now be prompted to finish installation. This permission prompt only appears the first time these users run Firefox on their computer.
- Firefox now blocks downloads that rely on insecure connections, protecting against potentially malicious or unsafe downloads.
What is the latest version of Mozilla Firefox?
The latest version of Mozilla Firefox is Firefox 109.
Is Firefox still used today?
Yes, Firefox is still widely used today. It is a popular web browser that is known for its speed, security, and privacy features. It continues to be a popular choice among users who value privacy and security when browsing the web.
Is Mozilla Firefox a Chinese company?
No, Mozilla Firefox is not a Chinese company. It is a free and open-source web browser developed and maintained by the Mozilla Foundation, a non-profit organization based in the United States.
Is Mozilla Firefox free?
Yes, Mozilla Firefox is a free and open-source web browser. It is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux operating systems and can be downloaded from the official Mozilla website. Firefox is free to use, download, and distribute, and it is supported by a community of developers and users who contribute to its development and maintenance.
What are the system requirements for running Mozilla Firefox?
- Windows 7 or later
- Pentium 4 or newer processor that supports SSE2
- 512MB of RAM / 2GB of RAM for the 64-bit version
- 200MB of hard drive space
- macOS 10.12 or later
- Mac computer with an Intel x86 or Apple silicon processor
- 512 MB of RAM
- 200 MB hard drive space
- Firefox will not run at all without the following libraries or packages:
- glibc 2.17 or higher
- GTK+ 3.14 or higher
- libstdc++ 4.8.1 or higher
- X.Org 1.0 or higher (1.7 or higher is recommended)
- For optimal functionality, we recommend the following libraries or packages:
- DBus 1.0 or higher
- GNOME 2.16 or higher
- libxtst 1.2.3 or higher
- NetworkManager 0.7 or higher