NEW YORK — Facebook and other companies routinely track your online surfing habits to better target ads at you. Two web browsers now want to help you fight back in what's becoming an escalating privacy arms race. New protections in Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox browsers aim to prevent companies from turning "cookie" data files used to store sign-in details and preferences into broader trackers that take note of what you read, watch and research on other sites. Lance Cottrell, creator of the privacy service Anonymizer, said Apple's effort was particularly significant, as it takes aim as a technique developed by tracking companies to override users' attempts to delete their cookies. Unlike Firefox, Safari makes these protections automatic in updates coming Tuesday to iPhones and iPads and a week later to Mac computers. To get the protections, you'll have to break your habit of using Google's Chrome browser, which by some estimates has more than half of the worldwide browser … [Read more...] about Apple, Firefox tools aim to thwart Facebook, Google tracking
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When you think of the nonprofit-backed browser Firefox, its logo probably instantly springs to mind: a little orange fox curled around a blue orb. Now, the company is choosing a new one. But unlike most companies, which unilaterally announce a new logo that the internet inevitably hates, Firefox is taking a different approach. It’s following the example of its nonprofit owner, the Mozilla Foundation, which open-sourced the process of picking a logo in 2016 by giving its community the opportunity to comment on different designs before it chose one. But while that process began with seven concepts by the branding agency Johnson Banks, Firefox this week is only presenting two for the world to dissect. Created by an in-house team of Firefox designers, each represents a distinct branding system, with a “master” logo as well as variations for Firefox’s host of browsers and apps. Luckily for those who will always associate Firefox with its little fox, both … [Read more...] about Firefox is picking a new logo, and it wants your honest opinion
My web browser of choice is Google’s Chrome, but I’m always on the hunt for a better browser. After all, it’s the app I use most often on pretty much any computer. If a browser can perform faster and more efficiently that Chrome, I’d absolutely consider it. Interestingly, Mozilla – the company behind the Firefox browser – makes some pretty enticing claims about its browser. One of those claims is that it uses 30% less RAM than Chrome, which is particularly interesting. It means that Chrome might not slow down my computer as much as Chrome does when I have a ton of open tabs. Another tasty claim is that Firefox loads websites faster than Chrome. I tried Firefox to see how well it stacks up against Chrome: Design. Above, Firefox is on the left, and Google Chrome is on the right. Design-wise, both web browsers are pretty similar. Firefox has the edge for ease of use, however. Things like a larger back button, customisable menu bars, and simpler … [Read more...] about Google’s Chrome versus Firefox: A quick comparison of the two biggest web browsers
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Personal Tech Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Tech Fix ByBrian X. Chen June 20, 2018 Do you ever feel that the web is breaking? When shopping online for a toaster oven, you can expect an ad for that oven to stalk you from site to site. If you have just a few web browser tabs open, your laptop battery drains rapidly. And don’t get me started on those videos that automatically play when you’re scrolling through a webpage. The web has reached a new low. It has become an annoying, often toxic and occasionally unsafe place to hang out. More important, it has become an unfair trade: You give up your privacy online, and what you get in return are somewhat convenient services and hyper-targeted ads. That’s why it may be time to try a different browser. Remember Firefox? The browser, made by the nonprofit Mozilla, emerged in the early 2000s as … [Read more...] about Firefox Is Back. It’s Time to Give It a Try.
Firefox, the open-sourced web browser built by Mozilla, is valued by privacy-conscious internet users as a more secure option than competing browsers – the company even offers up to $US7,500 to anyone able to identify a security bug in its software. But new changes to the platform show that enhancing the user experience can be tricky for a company that prioritises privacy. In October, Mozilla informed users that it would be testing a recommendation tool that would collect data and share browsing activity with servers owned by its newly acquired company, Cliqz GmbH. A few months later, in an update on Mozilla’s acquisition of website-bookmarking application Pocket, the company announced Firefox would “soon experiment with showing an occasional sponsored story within the Pocket Recommendations section,” according to the press release. The experimental changes are supposed to improve upon browser functions like search recommendations and web ads. “Pocket … [Read more...] about Mozilla Firefox is testing updates that customers fear pivot from its focus on consumer privacy