If you used Firefox to access Twitter, your non-public info may have been exposed

If you used Firefox to access Twitter, your non-public info may have been exposed

This means that if you accessed Twitter from a shared or public computer via Mozilla Firefox and took actions like downloading your Twitter data archive or sending or receiving media via Direct Message, this information may have been stored in the browser’s cache even after you logged out of Twitter.

A New Open-Source Tool for Tracking Disinformation

A New Open-Source Tool for Tracking Disinformation

The Social Media Analysis Toolkit (SMAT) — co-created by Mozilla Fellow Emmi Bevensee — provides a free, open, and intuitive way to scrutinize what’s trending on internet platforms.

Update on Firefox Send and Firefox Notes

Update on Firefox Send and Firefox Notes

As Mozilla tightens and refines its product focus in 2020, today we are announcing the end of life for two legacy services that grew out of the Firefox Test Pilot program: Firefox Send and Firefox Notes.

Mozilla study reaffirms that internet history can be used for “reidentification”

Mozilla study reaffirms that internet history can be used for “reidentification”

Using data from 52,000 consenting Firefox users, the researchers were able to identify 48,919 distinct browsing profiles which had 99% uniqueness.This type of “history based profiling” is undoubtedly being used to build ad profiles on internet users around the world.

A grim outlook on the future of browser add-ons

A grim outlook on the future of browser add-ons

As to the decision about what to replace it with, I’m still not convinced that Mozilla made a good choice when they decided to copy Chrome’s extension APIs. While this made development of cross-browser extensions easier, it also limited Firefox extensions to the functionality supported by Chrome.

Google Deal Should Keep Mozilla Afloat for Years

Google Deal Should Keep Mozilla Afloat for Years

The publication says that Mozilla will earn between $400 million and $450 million each year through 2023 from the agreement, which ensures that Google will be the default search service in Firefox.

Mozilla is laying off 250 people and planning a ‘new focus’ on making money

Mozilla is laying off 250 people and planning a ‘new focus’ on making money

“I desperately wish there was some other way.” As part of the layoffs, Baker laid out a series of new focuses for Mozilla to set a stronger course for the company.

Firefox 80: HTTPS-only Mode in Settings

Firefox 80: HTTPS-only Mode in Settings

Up until now, Nightly users had to set the value of the preference dom.security.https_only_mode to TRUE to enable the feature in the browser.Mozilla added a new preference to Firefox 80 Nightly that provides users of the browser with options to enable the HTTPS-Only mode in the browser.

Digicert will shovel some 50,000 EV HTTPS certificates into the furnace this Saturday after audit bungle

Digicert will shovel some 50,000 EV HTTPS certificates into the furnace this Saturday after audit bungle

On Monday, Digicert VP of product security and compliance Brenda Bernal explained, via Mozilla's Bugzilla system, that the mass revocation this week was needed because intermediate certificate authorities created between August 2013 and February 2018 were incorrectly left out of its audit reports.

Talk about the fox guarding the hen house. Comcast to handle DNS-over-HTTPS for Firefox-using subscribers

Talk about the fox guarding the hen house. Comcast to handle DNS-over-HTTPS for Firefox-using subscribers

Comcast has agreed to be the first home broadband internet provider to handle secure DNS-over-HTTPS queries for Firefox browser users in the US, Mozilla has announced.

Qubes awarded MOSS Mission Partners grant!

Qubes awarded MOSS Mission Partners grant!

We’re proud to announce that the Qubes OS Project has been awarded a Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) awards program grant in the amount of 128,000 USD.

Mozilla installs Scheduled Telemetry Task on Windows with Firefox 75

Mozilla installs Scheduled Telemetry Task on Windows with Firefox 75

Mozilla installs Scheduled Telemetry Task on Windows with Firefox 75.Observant Firefox users on Windows who have updated the web browser to Firefox 75 may have noticed that the upgrade brought along with it a new scheduled tasks.

Mozilla does not respect user requests to stop tracking telemetry data

Mozilla does not respect user requests to stop tracking telemetry data

As an explanation, Mozilla claims that “we need better insight into our opt-out rates for telemetry” to “ensure new features improve your user experience and to guide Mozilla’s business decisions.”.

Firefox enables DNS-over-HTTPS by default (with Cloudflare) for all U.S. users

Firefox enables DNS-over-HTTPS by default (with Cloudflare) for all U.S. users

However, the way Mozilla implemented DNS-over-HTTPS in the Firefox web browser also received criticism over in past few months over favoring Cloudflare and instead of trying to upgrade to an encrypted DoH server operated by the user's existing DNS provider.

Firefox turns controversial new encryption on by default in the US

Firefox turns controversial new encryption on by default in the US

Starting today, Mozilla will turn on by default DNS over HTTPS (DoH) for Firefox users in the US, the company has announced.When it announced that it would be turning on DoH by default last year, Mozilla said that it would allow for opt-in parental controls and disable DoH if Firefox detects them.

Browse the Telemetry that Firefox collects

Browse the Telemetry that Firefox collects

The Mozilla Firefox web browser, like the majority of browsers available today, collects Telemetry data which Mozilla introduced in Firefox 7 in 2011,.Firefox collects only "non-personal information" such as "performance, hardware, usage, and customizations" according to Mozilla.

Brave, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla gather together to talk web privacy... and why we all shouldn't get too much of it

Brave, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla gather together to talk web privacy... and why we all shouldn't get too much of it

Beside a slide that declared "Microsoft loves the Web," Lawrence made the case for the new Edge as a modern browser with some well-designed privacy features, including Microsoft's take on tracking protection, which blocks most trackers in its default setting and can be made more strict, at the potential cost of site compatibility.

The Firefox Browser is a privacy nightmare on desktop and mobile

The Firefox Browser is a privacy nightmare on desktop and mobile

While it is arguable that telemetry data isn’t technically “personal data” when it is viewed on its own without other information; however, if there’s a way to link a given set of telemetry data to a particular Firefox browser instance and IP address – and Mozilla just revealed that there is – then that telemetry data all of a sudden becomes the most personal of data.

Mozilla Wants Young People to Consider ‘Ethical Issues’ Before Taking Jobs in Tech

Mozilla Wants Young People to Consider ‘Ethical Issues’ Before Taking Jobs in Tech

Anu Raghunathan, a math and mechanical engineering major at New York University and chair of the university’s Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) chapter told Motherboard she was surprised by the Mozilla reception of an event she organized at NYU in October, where students and expert panelists discussed ethical AI, discrimination against women in tech, and algorithimic bias.

US government urges everyone to update Mozilla Firefox to v72.0.1 because of an active exploit that allows remote code execution

US government urges everyone to update Mozilla Firefox to v72.0.1 because of an active exploit that allows remote code execution

Remote code execution is the holy grail of zero day vulnerabilities, and the fact that one of the most popular privacy and security focused browsers in the world had such a flaw should be a massive wake up call to internet browser users around the world.

Firefox gets patch for critical 0-day that’s being actively exploited

Firefox gets patch for critical 0-day that’s being actively exploited

Mozilla has released a new version of Firefox that fixes an actively exploited zero-day that could allow attackers to take control of users' computers.In an advisory, Mozilla rated the vulnerability critical and said it was "aware of targeted attacks in the wild abusing this flaw."

Please Mozilla, don't touch the user.js functionality in Firefox

Please Mozilla, don't touch the user.js functionality in Firefox

One of the main advantages over Firefox's preferences file is that it has priority and that it is a user-owned file that is left untouched when Mozilla makes changes to the browser.

Mozilla will soon delete Telemetry data when users opt-out in Firefox

Mozilla will soon delete Telemetry data when users opt-out in Firefox

The next stable version of the Firefox web browser, Firefox 72, includes a new option to have collected Telemetry data deleted.The next stable version of the Firefox web browser, Firefox 72, includes a new option to have collected Telemetry data deleted.

‘Couldn’t Sign You In’ — Google Denies Access to Several Linux Browsers

‘Couldn’t Sign You In’ — Google Denies Access to Several Linux Browsers

When users try to access the same site(s) in a major web browser, like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, there is no error warning presented and the site loads without issue.

Mozilla is ramping up its program to stop snooping ISPs

Mozilla is ramping up its program to stop snooping ISPs

To eliminate the temptation for ISPs to peek, Mozilla began offering a service that encrypts DNS requests and sends them to providers that pledge not to log or share your data, rather than to your ISP’s own, unencrypted DNS server.

Avast and AVG Browser Extensions Spying On Chrome and Firefox Users

Avast and AVG Browser Extensions Spying On Chrome and Firefox Users

Over this weekend, Palant reported his findings to both the browser makers, Mozilla, and Google, of which Mozilla took immediate action by temporarily removing the extensions from its Firefox Add-on store within 24 hours until Avast resolves the issue.

Before buying Ring, WEMO or Roku, consider privacy issues

Before buying Ring, WEMO or Roku, consider privacy issues

The folks at the Mozilla Foundation, which makes the Firefox browser, have consumers in mind with a new chart outlining the worst privacy offenders this holiday season, a list that's topped by the Ring video doorbell and ancillary products, the Roku streaming players and WEMO's smart home accessory, a Wi-Fi-connected light dimmer.

Mozilla Foundation

Mozilla Foundation

What you may not know is that this button allows Facebook to track what sites you’re browsing in order to target ads to you.We’re calling on Facebook to turn off the default use of cross-site tracking tools - such as the like button on external sites - that target advertising based on people’s browsing.

Browsers and privacy

Browsers and privacy

The following browsers were tested: Firefox 70.0.1 (Mozilla Binaries from MX Linux) Firefox ESR 68.2.0 (Debian package) Chromium 78.0.3904.97 (Debian Package) Brave Browser 1.0.0 (Package from Brave web site) Epiphany 3.32.1.2 (Debian package) Midori 7.0 (Debian package) The method itself was relatively simple.

Firefox is getting language translation and it’s safer than Google Chrome’s

Firefox is getting language translation and it’s safer than Google Chrome’s

Mozilla is working on integrating a privacy-focused rival to Google Translate that will enable Firefox users to read pages in different languages without gobbling up data.

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