Mozilla has revealed that 64-bit Firefox will soon become the default build for 64-bit Windows versions. In the near future, users whose PCs fit the hardware requirement will be migrated to Firefox 64-bit automatically with Firefox 56 scheduled to be released on September 26th. The default the Windows installer will default to
64-bit Firefox beginning on August 8th.
Mozilla has released an update for Firefox 49 with eighteen fixes, four of which are listed as Critical including a highly scrutinized flaw in its automated update process for add-ons in Firefox, specifically around the expiration of certificate pins. The vulnerability allowed the interception of browser traffic which could lead to remote code execution.
Previously available to beta users Tracking Protection blocks third party page elements, such as ads, social network buttons, analytics, and other bits of information that could record a users’ browsing activity and profile users across multiple sites when its loaded by pages. When browsing the Web, you unknowingly share information about yourself with third parties that are separate from the site you’re actually visiting, even in Private Browsing mode on any browser. Private Browsing with Tracking Protection in Firefox actively blocks content like ads, analytics trackers and social share buttons that may record your behavior without your knowledge across sites.
With the FCC declining to enforce Tracking Protection it is up to browser providers to offer protection. This is certainly a good first step and certainly makes Firefox the browser of choice for privacy advocates.
To manually update Firefox:
- Click the menu button , click help and select . On the menu bar click the menu and select .
- The About Firefox window will open and Firefox will begin checking for updates and downloading them automatically.
- When the updates are ready to be installed, click
Mozilla has released Firefox 35 and it comes with fixes for several critical vulnerabilities. Firefox users should upgrade immediately.