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Mozilla Firefox 87 Is Now Available for Download, Here’s What’s New

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Firefox 87 is apparently a small release that only improves the “Find in page” functionality to display marks that correspond to the position of the matches found next to the scrollbar, greatly simplifies the Web Developer and Help menu by removing some redundant items.

Firefox 87 also removes some redundant items from the Library button, which Mozilla considered that they weren’t used so often by users or that can be accessed from other parts of the web browser.

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Firefox 87 Released with Privacy Tweaks, Leaner Library Menu

  • Firefox 87 Released with Privacy Tweaks, Leaner Library Menu

    Firefox 87.0 is the latest stable release and includes a modest set of changes. The update is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Ubuntu users will receive the update automatically at some point in the next few days.

    So what’s new?

    Well, Mozilla promise fewer website breakages when you use Firefox’s Private Browsing mode or have the ‘strict’ Enhanced Tracking Protection enabled. This is thanks to something called SmartBlock which provides stand-in scripts to ensure that well-known websites load both properly and promptly.

Firefox 87 Released With Privacy Improvements But Backs Out AVIF

  • Firefox 87 Released With Privacy Improvements But Backs Out AVIF

    Mozilla Firefox 87.0 is out today as the newest release of this open-source, cross-platform web browser.

    Firefox 87 continues the ongoing trend of privacy and security improvements. Firefox 87 uses Mozilla's new default HTTP Referrer policy, less website breakage when running in Privacy Browsing and Strict Enhanced Tracking Protection, and a variety of other improvements. Firefox 87.0 also comes with various accessibility improvements, full support for the macOS screen reader, and many bug fixes.

    Originally slated to be in Firefox 87 was AVIF image decoding support.

Firefox 87 Released with SmartBlock to Less Breakage

  • Firefox 87 Released with SmartBlock to Less Breakage in Private Browsing

    Mozilla Firefox 87.0 was released today with further efforts on improving user privacy.

    Firefox 87 introduced SmartBlock, a new intelligent tracker blocking mechanism for Private Browsing and Strict Tracking Protection Mode. By providing local stand-ins for blocked third-party tracking scripts, you’ll encounter less website breakage while fully protected from trackers.

    As today’s web is on the way to becoming https-only and browsers are taking steps to improve user privacy, the 87 browser release introduced new default HTTP Referrer policy instead of ‘no-referrer-when-downgrade’.

Contributors To Firefox 87

  • About:Community: Contributors To Firefox 87

    With the release of Firefox 87 we are delighted introduce the contributors who’ve shipped their first code changes to Firefox in this release, all of whom were brand new volunteers!

Firefox 87 and Firefox ESR 78.9

  • Firefox 87 and Firefox ESR 78.9

    Firefox 87 has been released. This version introduces SmartBlock, "a new intelligent tracker blocking mechanism for Firefox Private Browsing and Strict Mode."

Original from Mozilla

  • Firefox 87 introduces SmartBlock for Private Browsing

    At Mozilla, we believe that privacy is a fundamental right and that everyone deserves to have their privacy protected while they browse the web. Since 2015, as part of the effort to provide a strong privacy option, Firefox has included the built-in Content Blocking feature that operates in Private Browsing windows and Strict Tracking Protection Mode. This feature automatically blocks third-party scripts, images, and other content from being loaded from cross-site tracking companies reported by Disconnect. By blocking these tracking components, Firefox Private Browsing windows prevent them from watching you as you browse.

    In building these extra-strong privacy protections in Private Browsing windows and Strict Mode, we have been confronted with a fundamental problem: introducing a policy that outright blocks trackers on the web inevitably risks blocking components that are essential for some websites to function properly. This can result in images not appearing, features not working, poor performance, or even the entire page not loading at all.

Welcome SmartBlock: Script Surrogates for the masses!

  • Welcome SmartBlock: Script Surrogates for the masses!

    Today Mozilla released Firefox 87, introducing SmartBlock, a new feature which "intelligently fixes up web pages that are broken by our tracking protections, without compromising user privacy [...] by providing local stand-ins for blocked third-party tracking scripts. These stand-in scripts behave just enough like the original ones to make sure that the website works properly. They allow broken sites relying on the original scripts to load with their functionality intact."

    As long time NoScript users may recall, this is exactly the concept behind "Script Surrogates", which I developed more than ten years ago as a NoScript "Classic" module.

    In facts, in its launch post Mozilla kindly wants "to acknowledge the NoScript and uBlock Origin teams for helping to pioneer this approach.".

    It's not the first time that concepts pioneered by NoScript percolate into mainstream browsers: from content blocking to XSS filters, I must admit it gets me emotional every time Smile

Chris Mills: In March, we see Firefox 87

  • In March, we see Firefox 87

    Nearing the end of March now, and we have a new version of Firefox ready to deliver some interesting new features to your door. This month, we’ve got some rather nice DevTools additions in the form of prefers-color-scheme media query emulation and toggling :target pseudo-classes, some very useful additions to editable DOM elements: the beforeinput event and getTargetRanges() method, and some nice security, privacy, and macOS screenreader support updates.

Mozilla Accessibility: VoiceOver Support for macOS in Firefox 8

  • Mozilla Accessibility: VoiceOver Support for macOS in Firefox 87

    Screen readers, an assistive technology that allows people to engage with computers through synthesized speech or a braille display, are available on all of the platforms where Firefox runs. However, until today we’ve had a gap in our support for this important technology. Firefox for Windows, Linux, Android, and iOS all work with the popular and included screen readers on those platforms, but macOS screen reader support has been absent.

    For over a year the Firefox accessibility team has worked to bring high quality VoiceOver support to Firefox on macOS. Last August we delivered a developer preview of Firefox working with VoiceOver and in December we expanded that preview to all Firefox consumers. With Firefox 87, we think it’s complete enough for everyday use. Firefox 87 supports all the most common VoiceOver features and with plenty of performance. Users should be able to easily navigate through web content and all of the browser’s primary interface without problems.

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