Mozilla is currently rolling out a faster, better, and more secure Firefox with version 67 on Windows, macOS, and Linux. Firefox today posted in a blog post detailing the changes they’re making to the web browser.
If you’re part of the vast majority who already forgot about Firefox the moment Google’s Chrome started to dominate the market, then Firefox’s latest updates might make you start reconsidering your position.
After releasing the relatively fast Firefox Quantum last year, Mozilla is set to make its web browser even faster through the latest updates in its version 67. In an online world where speed is of the essence, where people online have a sense of urgency to accomplish more tasks in lesser time or read through websites as quickly as they load. Certainly, a fast browser can help you achieve that.
Primarily, Firefox will be enhancing its performance capabilities through better management of its “to-do” list. Firefox will now prioritize loading essential information first or “paint” them on your screen faster than the rest of the less essential content. Through this update, it allows users to comprehend a website through first seeing what’s basically important before their eyes start scanning the rest of the page.
Firefox will load prioritized scripts for things you need first while delaying others, which has seen a 40% to 80% speed improvement in sites like Instagram, Amazon, and even Google searches.
The second update that Firefox will start implementing in version 67 comes from the idea of how mobile web browsers handle data. Usually, idle tabs in your phone are automatically suspended, so that your phone doesn’t take up more memory, thus improving performance.
In Firefox’s version 67, your laptop will detect if it’s running on memory 400MB and lower, which will automatically activate suspension of all idle tabs, to let your laptop perform faster. Like that in mobile, opening the tab would reload the site from where you left off.
Lastly, if you’re the type that favors adding plug-ins to your browser that would cater your aesthetic, for example utilizing the ad-blockers Firefox has included, would dramatically change the start-up process of your browser. By doing so, the browser skips a bunch of unnecessary work during subsequent start-ups.
Moreover, Firefox 67’s private browsing will also support auto-fill formats. In other words, it can save passwords in your browser from a private tab making log-ins easier. Although this is a feature that you can enable or disable.
But the low-key star of Firefox 67 is the additional features on its privacy settings. Firefox added cryptomining and fingerprinting blockers made possible through their partnership with Disconnect, where it includes lists of rules and domain names that prevent your browser from loading disingenuous content.
However, cryptomining and fingerprinting blocks are disabled by default so you will still need to dig through your settings menu to enable it.
To turn this feature on click on the small “i” icon in the address bar and under Content Blocking, click on the Custom gear on the right side. The other option is to go to your Preferences. Click on Privacy & Security on the left-hand side. From there, users will see Content Blocking listed at the top. Select Custom and check “Cryptominers” and “Fingerprinters” to enable blocking.
Mozilla also noted other additional features in Firefox 67.
Online accessibility for all –Mozilla has always strived to make the web easier to access for everyone. Today’s release comes with a full keyboard accessible browser toolbar. To use this feature, simply press the “tab” or “arrow” keys to reach the buttons on the right end of the toolbar including their extension buttons, the toolbar button overflow panel and the main Firefox menu. This is just one more step forward in making access to the web easier for everyone, no matter what your abilities are.
WebRender Update – WebRender will be available to a small group of users, specifically Windows 10 desktop users with NVIDIA graphics cards. WebRender will help make browsing the web feel faster, efficient, and smoother by moving core graphics rendering processes to the Graphics Processing Unit. The feature will roll out throughout the year.
Smoother video playback with today’s AV1 Update – AV1 is the new royalty-free video format jointly developed by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and others as part of the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia). Firefox releases an updated version with higher-performance AV1 decoder known as dav1d. Latest figures show that 11.8% of video playback in Firefox Beta used AV1, up from 0.85% in February and 3% in March.