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.

firefox canvas image data

Mozilla plans to display permission prompts if websites or services attempt to use HTML5 Canvas Image Data in the Firefox web browser. Canvas fingerprinting is a byproduct of the HTML5 Canvas technology that all browser makers added to their browsers. As is the case with many technologies, it can be used for good or bad, […]


firefox extensions mozilla unlock

One of the limitations of the new WebExtensions add-on system of the Firefox web browser was up until now that these extensions would not work on some websites operated by Mozilla. Only WebExtensions are hit by the limitation, and it means that functionality that these extensions provide is not available on sites and services such […]


lockbox firefox

Mozilla plans to run four new Test Pilot experiments for the Firefox web browser in the coming two quarters. Test Pilot is a relatively new system that Mozilla uses to test ideas and features, and to gather telemetry data about those features to determine whether to add these features natively to the Firefox web browser. […]


extensions finder

Mozilla Firefox 57 will launch next month to the browser's stable channel. The version is a milestone release for Mozilla as it introduces new functionality -- see the Firefox quantum article for information on that -- and cuts off the browser's legacy add-on system. Firefox 57 will support WebExtensions only which means that add-ons that […]


pingsender.exe

If you monitor the connections your computer makes, you may have noticed that a program called pingsender.exe is making regular connections to the Internet. Depending on the program or service that you use to monitor connections, you may get additional information right away. Windows Firewall Control for instance displays the remote IP address of the […]


lastpass firefox webextension

LastPass, creators of the password management service of the same name, have released a beta version of LastPass for Firefox that is compatible with Firefox 57 and newer versions of the web browse. Mozilla plans to end support for legacy add-ons with the release of Firefox 57 on November 14th, 2017.  While users may switch […]


firefox mozilla

Mozilla is best known for the Firefox web browser but also for its active stance on privacy, net neutrality and openness. Mozilla products are available free of charge at the moment. Firefox is available for free for desktop and mobile systems, the email client Thunderbird, which was a Mozilla product until recently, is available for […]


firefox extensions cookies

Some Firefox extensions require access to local storage and/or indexedDB, for instance to store data on the user device Firefox runs on. These extensions may break if cookies are blocked. Extensions like uBlock Origin, uMatrix, or Stylus use the storage and thus require cookie permissions even if they don't set cookies to work correctly. While […]


firefox command line

The Firefox web browser supports a number of command line options that it can be run with to customize startup of the web browser. You may have come upon some of them in the past, for instance the command -P "profile name" to start the browser with the specified profile, or -private to start a […]


cliqz test pilot firefox

Mozilla plans to launch a new Firefox experiment for Cliqz next week for German Firefox users who download the browser from the organization's website. Mozilla has a business relationship with Cliqz GMBH. The German company acquired Ghostery recently, and maintains its own web browser as well as browser extensions. Mozilla's relationship with Cliqz began when […]


nuke anything enhanced

Nuke Anything Enhanced is the WebExtensions based version of the popular web page element remover for the Firefox web browser. We reviewed Nuke Anything Enhanced back in 2007 for the first time; back then, as a tool to prepare web pages for printing. The main feature of the browser extension for Firefox is to remove […]


firefox esr vista xp

Mozilla, maker of the Firefox web browser, announced today that Firefox support for Windows XP and Windows Vista will be ended in June 2018. Mozilla moved Windows XP and Windows Vista users of Firefox to the web browser's ESR channel during the release of Firefox 53. This meant basically that Firefox 52.x was the last […]


firefox 56 changes user.js

Mozilla released Firefox 56 to the release channel a couple of days ago, and this overview provides you with information on new, updated, and removed changes made to the Ghacks user.js file. The Ghacks user.js file for Firefox is a configuration file for Firefox that you use to control settings of Firefox. Its focus is […]


waterfox own profile

A new version of the Waterfox web browser, Waterfox 55.2 was released today paving the way for keeping legacy add-on support in the web browser. The web browser uses its own profile directory in that version. It used the same location that Firefox uses up until that version. Existing users will have most of their […]


firefox addons issues

Mozilla switched to a new Firefox add-ons review system recently which reduces the time it takes before extensions are listed on Mozilla AMO (the official Firefox add-ons store). Firefox add-ons are scanned automatically when developers upload them, and when the add-ons pass the checks, are published on the website. Mozilla employees and volunteers will continue […]


mozilla firefox review

Mozilla will switch the manual review process to an automated process for WebExtension submissions to the official Mozilla Add-ons website (Mozilla AMO). Developers who submitted a browser add-on for Firefox up until now had to go through a sometimes lengthy review process before their new add-ons or add-on updates would become available on Mozilla AMO. […]


firefox rocket

First traces of a new web browser by Mozilla, makers of Firefox, appeared today on the company's official support website. Firefox Rocket is the name of the new browser, and it is only available in Indonesia currently. The description on Mozilla's support web page reveals some information: Firefox Rocket is a light but feature-packed browser […]


adblock plus usage stats

Adblock Plus is the most popular content blocking add-on for the Mozilla Firefox web browser. In fact, it is the most popular add-on for Firefox by a large margin. Its more than 14 million users beat second placed uBlock Origin by more than 10 million users right now. But things are not super great if […]