Firefox 80 is available and replaces the terminology "master password" with " primary password". The browser also comes ...
Firefox 80 is available and replaces the terminology "master password" with " primary password". The browser also comes with a blocklist of add-on modules
Mozilla released Firefox 80.0 on the Stable channel and Firefox ESR 78.2 / Firefox ESR 68.12 on the Extended Support Release channel on August 25, 2020. This version is a minor update.
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Mozilla removes the term master password and replaces it with primary password in Firefox 80.
As in a password manager, usernames and passwords for online services such as email accounts or online banking can be stored in Firefox. In turn, you protect access to this data with a master password. With version 80, Mozilla has not technically changed this function, but has given it a different name.
"Firefox removes browser terminology that has been identified as derogatory or exclusionary. We listen to conversations in the Mozilla community and the world at large, and we listen carefully when people tell us that some of the terms we use in Firefox exclude and harm people.
"Master-slave" is a metaphor that perpetuates racism. Firefox strives for inclusion and clarity; we don't need terms derived from harmful metaphors when we have many alternatives that are more inclusive, descriptive and non-racist. For this reason, all instances of Master Password are replaced by Primary Password in Firefox browsers and products.
The new Add-ons Blocklist
Firefox 80 is the first version of the browser that includes the new add-on blocklist. Mozilla maintains a list of problematic browser extensions, such as those that are malicious or invasive of privacy, that prevent the execution of add-ons included in Firefox. The main advantages of the new blocklist are that it significantly reduces the time it takes to load and analyze the blocklist.
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The new block list mechanism is also introduced in Firefox ESR 78.x.
Mozilla explains :
"Add-ons allow users to add functionality to Firefox for a personalized browsing experience. Most add-ons are created with the best of intentions, providing users with useful and enjoyable features. However, add-ons can also be used to compromise privacy and security.
"When Mozilla becomes aware of add-ons that run counter to user expectations or otherwise put users' privacy and security at risk, it takes steps to prevent them from running in Firefox. This may occur proactively or in response to a report of abuse.
When Mozilla decides to prevent an add-on from running in Firefox, the company questions whether the risk is so great that it outweighs the user's choice to install the software, the utility it provides, and the developer's freedom to distribute and control the software. If Mozilla encounters a situation where it cannot make a clear decision, then it will lean to the side of security to protect the user.
Depending on the nature of the policy violation, Mozilla will use different types of blocking. With a firm block, the add-on is disabled in Firefox and users are not able to bypass the block. This action is reserved for add-ons with the following characteristics:
- They appear to intentionally violate the policy;
- They contain critical security vulnerabilities;
- They compromise user privacy;
- They seriously circumvent user consent or control.
A mild block will disable a default add-on, but will allow the user to replace it and continue to use it. Such a block is used for add-ons with the following characteristics:
- They cause serious stability and performance problems in Firefox ;
- They contain non-critical policy violations.
Add-ons that appear to be clones, repeats, or close copies of already blocked add-ons will also be removed. If an issue is known to affect only a subset of versions, blocking can be applied specifically to the affected versions. Add-ons containing obscured or similarly unreadable code will also be blocked.
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Other changes include :
- Firefox can be set as the default PDF reader for viewing PDF documents.
- The browser has a new preference to warn users if a form is submitted from an unsecured context to a secured context. The name is security.warn_submit_secure_to_insecure.
- Animations are reduced for users with reduced motion settings.
- Alt-Tab previews are reduced from 6 to 7.
- On the Enterprise side, the permissions policy has been updated to support virtual reality notifications.
- Firefox HTTPS-only mode is not exposed in the Firefox 80 Stable settings.
Firefox for Android
We can note this:
- AV1 and dav1d enabled by default on Android.
- The possibility to navigate on several pages forward or backward after a long press.
- The ability to modify search suggestions before executing searches.
- The ability to enable desktop mode for sites to block redirections to mobile pages.
- Highlighting an e-mail address displays a new option to send an e-mail to that address. Similarly, highlighting a phone number displays a new context menu option to make a call.
- Login information saved in Firefox for Android can now be edited.
- WebRender support for additional devices (with Adreno 6xx GPUs).
- Ability to delete favorites by dragging them to the left or right.
Download Firefox 80
Source : Release note