Mozilla released Firefox 79.0 to the Stable channel and Firefox ESR 78.1 / Firefox ESR 68.11 to the Extended Support Release channel on July 28, 2020.
Firefox 79.0 and Firefox 78.1 ESR will become available later today via the browser's built-in update system and as direct downloads from Mozilla's website.
All other Firefox channels receive updates as well. Firefox Beta and Developer editions are upgraded to version 80, and Firefox Nightly moves to version 81. Firefox for Android follows the release scheme of Firefox ESR for the time being as development focuses on the new version of Firefox for Android.
Rollout of the new stable version of Firefox and Firefox ESR starts on July 28, 2020. The new version is picked up automatically by the web browser's automatic update system once it becomes available.
Firefox users may select Menu > Help >About Firefox to display the current version and run a check for updates in the browser.
The following pages list direct downloads for supported Firefox channels (will be available later on June 30, 2020)
Enhanced Tracking Protection 2.0
An update to the built-in tracking protection list includes protection for "unwanted first-party cookies" by default. Mozilla uses the Disconnect List to determine whether the cookies are wanted, and will make exceptions for sites the user has interacted with for 45 days. For everything else, cookies and site data will be deleted daily.
Tracking protection is enabled by default but configured to ensure compatibility with loading sites. Firefox users may change the setting to "strict" or "custom" to improve the protection, but this may also lead to some sites not loading correctly anymore. Options to whitelist sites are provided.
Mozilla lists "various stability and security fixes" without providing details.
Security updates are revealed after the official release of the web browser. You find the information published here after release.
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