With Firefox 14 came a change to the browser's address bar that many Firefox users did not agree with. Mozilla removed the favicon from the browser's address bar to block malicious sites from making favicons look like secure connection icons. Another reason for the move was that Mozilla felt that displaying favicons both in the address bar and in the browser tab was redundant.
The move was highly controversial, and if you look through the comments on the page that is linked above, you will notice that many Firefox users are fed up with Mozilla's drive to change the user interface of the browser regularly. They feel that the browser lacks consistency in this regard, and that Mozilla is making too many changes to the browser core.
Site Favicon in Urlbar is a Firefox add-on that restores favicons into the browser's address bar. Once you have installed the add-on in the browser you will notice that favicons are displayed again in the urlbar next to the security icon.
But that's not the only feature that the restartless add-on is making available. If you want, you can modify the default icon for sites that do not have a favicon, or hide the globe icon or security padlock icon in the browser. While I would not recommend removing the padlock icon, I can't really see a reason to not remove the globe icon from the address bar, especially since you can now click on the favicon instead to get the same information popup.
That's still not all it offers though. If you want, you can highlight all secure connections further in the address bar. The add-on distinguishes between verified identities, domains and unknown identities here, and will paint the background in different colors.
Add-ons come once again to the rescue of the browser and it is likely that this add-on will be fairly popular once it makes the rounds.Advertisement
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