Last week, Mozilla released the latest version of their well-renowned browser, Firefox 50. In the early 2000s, Firefox gained significant market share over competitors like Internet Explorer (Microsoft) and AOL (America Online) because it was (and still is) open-sourced, and allowed for extreme customization based on user preferences. However, as time went on, Firefox struggled to keep up with its popularity while consumers began migrating to different browsers like Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Opera Browser, and most recently, Microsoft’s re-entry into the market with MS Edge. Mozilla’s announcement About Firefox v. 50 is exciting on multiple fronts, and we’re about to tell you why.
What happened to Firefox?
In recent years, Firefox has been the subject of scrutiny and criticism. While competitors continued to advance the browser scene, Firefox struggled a bit to stay up-to-speed with the surplus of extension development from third-party developers, which inevitably lead to unreliable performance (think speed).
Firefox 50 Improvements
Many people are extremely excited about Mozilla’s announcement, and we think it may help to restore some of Firefox’s lost market share in the never-ending browser wars. For starters, Firefox 50 introduces Electrolysis. Simply put, Electrolysis allows Firefox to run multiple processes at the same time, better leveraging your machine’s computing power. Electrolysis will allow Firefox 50 to run as fast as your Chrome browser, because it treats each new tab in your browsing window as its own process.
In addition, Firefox 50 introduces a variety of developer tools to better identify problems and help developers solve problems faster.
Finally, Firefox 50 also detects if ‘Family Safety’ is enabled in Windows 8 machines or newer, and offers instructions on how to enable the feature and remain safe while you or your kids are browsing online.
A not so recent introduction for Mozilla, however, but about a year ago the company introduced a Tracker Blocking feature for Firefox, which we think is pretty cool.
You can find a full list of improvements to Firefox 50 here.
Using Blur with Firefox 50
Not only is Firefox a top choice for all internet users, it’s especially popular among techies and Privacy Advocates. With performance and stability improvements to Firefox 50, Blur and Firefox have never been a better pair.
Breakdown of Blur features:
- Tracker Blocking: blocks tracking requests from companies who want to build an identity profile using tracking cookies. Read more here.
- Password Management: Blur is an extremely secure password manager that allows for quick access to all logins and passwords in a matter of seconds. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about our system getting hacked and exposing your data. Read more here.
- Masked Cards: Conveniently and safely shop online by quickly generating a new disposable credit card number for each online purchase—stop giving away your real credit card information. Read more here.
- Masked Emails: Say goodbye to spam by creating a new disposable email address for each new account you create. These disposables forward messages to your real email inbox, and can be turned off in a few clicks. Read more here.
- Masked Phone: No more 8am telemarketing calls. Stop giving away your real phone number into signup and checkout forms, and easily block any unwanted calls or texts. Read more here.