Firefox version 102 emphasizes security and online tracking protection. But the Mozilla Foundation’s web browser also gets other welcome improvements and bug fixes.

Firefox remains one of the world’s favorite browsers for surfing the web. Developed by the Mozilla Foundation since 2003, it comes in free versions on Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS. It adopts an interface that is still as clear and simple to use. Perfectly adapted to HTML5, WebGL and JavaScript, it shows no difficulty in displaying the most complex websites and using web applications and services. Firefox versions follow one another at a steady pace (every four weeks) and each brings its share of new features. For this 102 version, the developers wanted to focus on security and confidentiality.

What’s new in Firefox 102?

When you surf the Web, you are often tracked using many tools that are not always easily detectable. To combat this permanent tracking, Firefox is adopting a new browsing profile. Thus, the Strict setting available in the Privacy and confidentiality settings of the browser, will block social network trackers, cross-site cookies, content used for tracking, cryptocurrency miners and fingerprint scanners. A solid protection which can however disturb navigation since certain Web sites will refuse to be displayed if they cannot exploit this data. In this case, it will be necessary to switch back to a standard protection mode.

Another novelty for the browser, more of a cosmetic order this time, is the possibility of suppressing the display of the download panel as soon as you start downloading a file. Right-clicking on the downloads button icon provides access to the menu for disabling the display of the panel.

Finally, the PIP (Picture in Picture) video playback mode is improving with subtitle support for the HBO Max, Funimation, Dailymotion, Tubi, Disney+ Hotstar and SonyLIV platforms.

What are the benefits of Firefox?

Firefox presents itself as a browser that is both lightweight and stable. It is customizable at will using the many graphic themes offered and also knows how to adapt to the system interface by adopting light or dark mode depending on the choice made. It also gives access to a gigantic catalog of extensions to enrich it and add functions. In addition, by creating a Firefox account, it is possible to synchronize open tabs, browsing history and bookmarks between all devices – computers and mobiles – connected to the same account. Above all, Firefox has never ceased, over the versions, to highlight the confidentiality of its users. With the help of the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) the browser is equipped with tools to limit tracking by advertising agencies or social networks and blocks pop-up windows by default for more security.

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