[6:11] – You mentioned the enhanced tracking protection, can you go into that a little bit more and describe exactly what it is protecting Firefox users from?How does an internet user use Firefox Monitor to become more informed about data breaches and what is it exactly that is being monitored?
(A full version of Preview will be released as Firefox's main Android browser this autumn).Tracking cookies are used to monitor user behaviour online and build profiles to serve targeted ads – one recent study suggested around 94 per cent of websites using some form of user tracking.
Mozilla plans to extend the functionality of Firefox Monitor by displaying breach alerts to users of the browser. The feature was passive at that time; users could check whether an account -- email address -- was found on hacked passwords lists, and they could sign up to receive alerts when a particular account was discovered on new leaked lists.
Specifically, we are adding a notification to our Firefox Quantum browser that alerts desktop users when they visit a site that has had a recently reported data breach.
The firm will tread carefully when it comes to user privacy, too, with Mozilla working with Cloudflare to create a method of anonymized data sharing for Firefox Monitor, which never sends your full email address to a third party, outside of Mozilla.
Mozilla has eradicated 23 Firefox add-ons for monitoring user browsing habits and covertly sending data to remote servers. In a Mozilla Bugzilla update, engineer Jorge Villalobos said that while it is reasonable for some add-ons to check web pages in order to ascertain whether or not they are secure, additional issues were also brought up.