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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 addon permissions

So, by now you have probably heard that a major change is coming this year to the Firefox add-on ecosystem. In a nutshell, Mozilla will scrap all legacy add-ons and move the add-on system exclusively to WebExtensions. The net effect is that legacy add-ons won't work anymore when the change comes -- it is planed […]


classic theme restorer dead

The Classic Theme Restorer add-on for Firefox will stop working when Mozilla releases Firefox 57.0 Stable, and Firefox 59.0 ESR. Classic Theme Restorer was developed as a direct response to Mozilla refreshing Firefox with the Australis theme release in Firefox 29. The add-on allows Firefox users to restore many theme features that Mozilla removed and […]


firefox 52.0

Mozilla Firefox 52.0 Stable was released on March 7, 2017 to the public through the web browser's automatic update functionality, and on Mozilla's website. Note: Firefox 52.0 is being rolled out on March 7, 2017. The release is already on Mozilla's FTP server, but may not be yet available through automatic updating. All Firefox users […]


update

Mozilla is working on an updated version of the preferences in the Firefox web browser to remove inconsistencies and improve the user experience. The Firefox preferences page allows users to modify various important browser settings such as the homepage, update behavior, or search engines. The page has not changed all that much in the last […]


firefox installation permissions

Mozilla plans to turn on a permissions system for the installation of WebExtensions in the Firefox web browser that is similar to that of Google Chrome. Whenever you install an extension in Google Chrome, all of the extra permissions that the extension requests are listed in the installation prompt. The idea is to provide users […]


noscript 5.0

NoScript 5.0, a popular script blocker (and more) for Firefox has just been released to the public after two release candidate build releases. NoScript is the main reason why I'm still using Firefox as my main web browser, and not another browser. The browser add-on is a script blocker first and foremost. It blocks any […]


firefox testpilot containers

Mozilla launched a new TestPilot project for the Firefox web browser yesterday that brings Containers to all versions of the web browser. We talked about the web browser's Containers functionality before in our first look of the feature back in mid 2016. Containers look a lot like Firefox profiles on first glance, but they are […]


backtrack tab history

BackTrack Tab History is an add-on for the Firefox web browser that copies history from tabs when you open links in new tabs. All modern web browsers support tab-specific histories. What is meant by that is that they record a certain number of sites that were opened in a tab in the past. This provides […]


firefox ssl personas addon

SSLPersonas is a free browser add-on for the Firefox web browser that highlights a site's security status in Firefox by changing colors of the theme. The Firefox web browser displays up to two indicators in its UI that reveal the security status of the connection. It displays a lock icon if the connection is secure, […]


pocket mozilla

Mozilla Corporation announced the acquisition of Read it Later, Inc, the creators of the "save for later" service Pocket. Pocket will become a new product in Mozilla's product line alongside the Firefox web browser, and Pocket's core development team will join Mozilla as well. Mozilla's relationship with Pocket dates back some time. The makers of […]


firefox lightweight theme

Last year, Mozilla announced major changes that it planned to implement that would change Firefox in several fundamental ways. The deprecation of Firefox's long-standing add-on system in favor of WebExtensions is probably the change that will have the largest impact on the Firefox browser and users. The main reason for this is that Mozilla plans […]


firefox snooze tabs

Mozilla launched the two new Firefox Test Pilot experiments Snooze Tabs and Pulse recently for all recent versions of the Firefox web browser. Firefox Test Pilot is a relatively new system that Mozilla uses to gather information about ideas and features that may one day be integrated in the Firefox web browser. The main idea […]


firefox intermediate ca caching fingerprinting

New browser capabilities and features are designed to improve the user experience or compatibility with technologies. Sometimes, these features may also be used for shady activities such as user tracking. One of the latest of these activities can be used to fingerprint Firefox users using intermediate CA caching. To break it down into a single […]


firefox addons 2017

The year 2017 is an important one for Mozilla and Firefox. Multi-process will be enabled for all users of the web browser, sandboxing is introduced, the first bits of Project Quantum are integrated into the web browser, and the add-on system will be switched exclusively to WebExtensions. Mozilla revealed an updated add-ons roadmap yesterday that […]