Mozilla is releasing a new Firefox version to the stable branch. Firefox 79 is notable for having Enhanced Tracking Protection 2.0, performance improvements, and Pocket recommendations enabled for users from Germany.
Enhanced Tracking Protection
Firefox 79 adds protection for unwanted first-party cookies which is enabled default. The browser is using the
Disconnect.me to detect cookies for trackers, and also removes them automatically daily. By default, the option is set to compatibility mode, but the user can customize it by selected one of the available options.
Export password to CSV
Mozilla has added a native option to the Firefox browser that will allow the user to export his saved logins and passwords for web sites. The data will be saved to a CSV file that can be opened with many modern apps like Microsoft Excel, LibreOffice Calc, etc, or edited with Notepad.
Clear Startup Cache
To start faster, Firefox caches some internal data related to your software and hardware configuration. Mozilla has added a new option the
about:support page to rebuild that cache
If the startup cache is corrupted, Firefox may fail to start, or start silently without displaying the GUI. With Firefox 79, you can just click on click on Help > Troubleshooting information from the menu to resolve the issue. The new button will rebuild the cache for you.
WebRender is now enabled for more Windows users with AMD graphics cards. It is still not enabled by default on Linux.
- Fixed 21 vulnerabilities.
- Firefox users from Germany will see a new Pocket recommendations section on the new tab page. This can be disabled with the
browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.feeds.topsitesoption, and also in the GUI, under Firefox Home Content/Recommended by Pocket. You need to click on the gear icon on the new tab page to access the option.
Download Firefox 79
The browser is now available for download from its official web site.