What’s in the latest Firefox upgrade? Browse only over HTTPS
Mozilla updated Firefox to model83 this week. It includes an “HTTPS-Only Mod” that attempts to link all sites via secure HTTPS protocol. After failing, it warns users with an in-your-face, can’t-miss-it alert.
Additionally, company engineers suppressed 21 vulnerabilities. Four of them were conspicuously marked “High,” Firefox’s second most serious tag. Firefox 83 did not contain any fixes for bugs marked “Crucial .”
Firefox 83 can be downloaded from Mozilla’s website for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Many users wish to relaunch Firefox 83 for the latest version, since Firefox updates in the background. On Windows, click the menu button below the three horizontal bars at the top right and then click the help icon (the circle-shaped question mark). Select “About Firefox.” On macOS, this option could be found under the “Firefox” menu. The page that results will indicate whether the browser has been updated or if it is showing the refresh process.
Mozilla Firefox updates Firefox every four months. The past update reached users on October 20th.
The HTTPS-Only Mode is easily the most popular feature in Firefox 83. It claims to keep browser users safe, particularly when they rely on people who have not encrypted their Web connections.
In a Tuesday article on Mozilla’s security site, Thyla van den Merwe, Thyla van de Merwe, Julian Gaibler, and Arthur Edelstein stated that “it is time for our customers to decide always use HTTPS.” “That’s why we have established HTTPS-Only mode, which ensures Firefox doesn’t create insecure connections without consent span>
If enabled, the method is off by default. HTTPS-Only attempts to link to every website that uses HTTPS instead of the unencrypted HTTP protocol. Firefox, for example, will change to HTTPS if the user clicks on any link that contains HTTP:// or if they type HTTP:// in their address bar.
Firefox displays a warning if the destination website doesn’t support HTTPS. It asks the users if they want to continue with HTTPS.
This warning is displayed when HTTPS-Only Mode (Firefox 83) is enabled. Firefox 83 targets websites that do not encrypt traffic. The dangers are so obvious that users may choose to decline to continue or not proceed.
(HTTPS-Only Mode, in some ways, is similar to the HTTPS Everywhere expansion — a concerted effort by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and the Tor Project — although it cannot include user-written guidelines which instruct it encourage websites. (
15% quicker, says Mozilla
Notable changes included brand new keyboard shortcuts to fast-forward and rewind the video in Firefox’s picture in a pic sub-screen. There are also fresh options in Firefox’s research panel (the box that opens after you have entered a search string in the Firefox address bar). The panel’s bottom has icons that represent many search engines, including Bing, DuckDuckGo into Wikipedia, eBay, and other positions in Safari. You can also choose to open tabs or browse history so that the search takes place within the class or engine.
Firefox can also be used under macOS 11 (aka “Big Sur”) on new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini computers that are powered by Apple’s ARM-based M1 system. Firefox 83 and older versions of Firefox support Rosetta 2, the Intel-to ARM translator that is part of Big Sur. Mozilla said that a natively-compiled Firefox version for Apple Silicon will be available in the future .”
Firefox 84 will be the next browser and will be available on December 15.