Archive | Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is a free open source browser available for Windows, Linux, Mac and the Android mobile operating system. The browser development started in 2003 at a time when Internet Explorer dominated the browser landscape. First versions of Firefox, originally titled Phoenix, were released in early 2004. Firefox version 1.0 was released in November 2004 and new versions of the browser were released since then in regular intervals.

Firefox is currently the number three browser in the world market share wise only trailing Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Google’s Chrome browser which appeared on the scene in 2008.

Mozilla adopted Google’s release scheme by switching to a rapid release schedule in 2011 under which new versions of the browser are released every 42 days. The browser is currently available in four different channels, namely Stable, Beta, Aurora and Nightly. The majority of users are on the stable channel which offers the best stability but is the last to receive new features which are first introduced in Nightly versions of Firefox and then moved to Aurora and Beta releases before they make their way into the stable version of the Internet browser

Below are all Firefox articles, tips and tricks, and reviews that we have published here on Ghacks. You may want to start browsing our Firefox Add-ons reviews or our selection of Firefox Tips.

pin patrol

Pin Patrol is a free browser extension for the Firefox web browser that lists the HSTS and HPKP log the browser maintains. We talked about HTTP Strict Transport (HSTS) and HTTP Public Key Pinning (HPKP) before here on Ghacks. The two security features that are part of Firefox improve how Firefox handles secure connections. Without […]


firefox flyweb

If you are running Firefox Nightly, the cutting edge version of the Firefox browser, you may have noticed a new system add-on that goes by the name FlyWeb already. FlyWeb, just like Pocket or Hello, are so-called system add-ons. The main difference to regular add-ons is that they get installed with the browser and not […]


firefox 32-bit download

Only 1.7% of all Firefox users on Windows are running a 64-bit version of the browser while the majority of users runs a 32-bit version of Firefox according to Mozilla. Mozilla released a 64-bit version of the Firefox web browser for Windows last year but has not actively promoted it yet. The main Firefox Stable […]


multi-process firefox

After years of development and several delays, multi-process Firefox, also known as Electrolysis or e10S, is about to be enabled for a subset of Firefox stable users. The following guide provides you with information about Firefox's multi-process architecture. It explains what the feature offers, preferences and switches for it, covers add-on compatibility, and takes a […]


firefox roadmap 2016 2017

Mozilla updated the official Firefox roadmap entry on the organization's Wiki website recently, highlighting major plans for the browser in 2016/2017. The information highlight some of the features that Mozilla has in store for the next four stable versions of the Firefox browser (Firefox 48 to 51). The organization lists three main areas of improvement: […]


firefox safebrowsing blocklist

Firefox 48, out August 2, 2016, will block known plugin fingerprinting services thanks to a new blocklist that Mozilla developed to improve user privacy. Fingerprinting techniques use various methods to identify and distinguish devices. Anything that the browser reveals on its own is used for instance. Methods may parse the user agent header which reveals […]


firefox unbranded versions

Mozilla plans to release so-called unbranded versions of Firefox Stable and Beta in the near future to provide add-on developers with tools to test add-ons in those browser versions. When Mozilla announced that it would introduce a signing requirement for add-ons, and enforce it on Stable and Beta versions of Firefox, add-on developers were left […]


firefox rust

Firefox 48 will be the first stable version of Firefox that ships with a Rust component included according to Mozilla. Mozilla has high hopes for Rust, a memory-safe programming language that's advertised as a safe alternative to C++. We have talked about Mozilla's intention to ship Rust code and Servo components in Firefox last year, […]


firefox get add-ons

If you are running Firefox's Developer Edition you may have noticed the new Get Add-ons page already that Mozilla rolled out with the latest update. Add-ons are one of the core selling points of the Firefox web browser. While Mozilla stated recently that 40% of Firefox users don't run a single add-on, it does mean […]


firefox tor browser privacy

Mozilla works on uplifting privacy settings of the Tor browser project to the Firefox web browser to provide privacy conscious users with additional privacy-related options. While the Tor browser is based on Firefox ESR, it is modified with additional privacy and security settings to protect users of the browser while using the program. Considering that […]


ghacks user.js version 0.10

We released a first version of a user.js file for Firefox that concentrated on privacy and security settings back in 2015. It was the most comprehensive undertaking of its kind back then, and was made possible by Ghacks regular Pants who spend months researching entries and putting them in context. Firefox, unlike the majority of […]


vimfx firefox

VimFx is an add-on for the Firefox web browser that adds Vim-style keyboard shortcuts for browsing and navigation to the browser. First, there was Vimperator, an excellent powerful extension for Firefox that made Firefox behave more like the Vim text editor. Then came the Chrome extension Vimium which concentrated on bringing keyboard shortcuts to the […]


youtube-reduce-cpu-load

YouTube works well most of the time if you use a relatively new device to access the site even if you push the available video resolution to the maximum. The same cannot be said for low power devices, for instance the majority of computers that are five or even ten years old. While YouTube works […]


firefox tls 1.3

Mozilla implemented support for the security protocol TLS 1.3 in Firefox 49 recently. TLS 1.3 is the most recent version of TLS (Transport Layer Security), the successor of SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). TLS is a cryptographic protocol used to improve communications security on the Internet. Most Internet users come in contact with TLS when browsing […]