Although Firefox is not the most popular browser, nor it offers the same compatibility level as Chrome or Edge, it is a solid alternative to mainstream Chromium-based solutions. Besides, in a world where one company adds eavesdropping APIs and another bloats its browser with cash grab features, Firefox is a breath of fresh air for privacy-minded users.
To complement existing security features and provide its users with a better and safer experience, Mozilla prepares a utility that lets you remove personal information off the Internet.
The new tool will be a part of Firefox Monitor, a data breach-checking service from Mozilla. On the official product page, Mozilla claims it will manage to “remove personal information and stop it from being shared online.” Unfortunately, developers are yet to provide additional explanations of how the service will work. As of now, there is only a somewhat obscure and vague description under the “How do we remove it” section:
We are creating a privacy service to monitor websites for your personal information and remove it from sites that put you and your loved ones at risk. It’s not available yet, but click below if you are interested in finding out more.
The idea behind the upcoming tool from Mozilla sounds exciting, but the lack of clarity and proper explanation from Mozilla raises skepticism. We do not know how the service will work or what data it can handle. You can extract some clues from the “Why remove your personal information” question:
When your personal information is online, you might be an easier target for identity theft, fraud, or even cyberstalking. Advertisers, companies, and hackers can quickly figure out a lot of information about you, like your name, home address, family information, or even social security numbers and passwords.
If you are curious about this mysterious and cryptic service from Mozilla, join the waitlist on the official Firefox Monitor page. Mozilla promises to send an email to all users once the service is ready for testing or public launch.
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