Mozilla Firefox 87.0 was released today and further efforts have been made to improve user privacy.
Firefox 87 introduces SmartBlock, a new intelligent tracker blocking mechanism for private browsing and strict tracking protection modes. Providing a local replacement for blocked third-party tracking scripts reduces website corruption while being fully protected from trackers.
With today’s web becoming https-only and browsers taking steps to improve user privacy, the 87 browser release has a new default HTTP instead of “no-referrer-when-downgrade”. The referrer policy has been introduced.
To protect your privacy, it is “strict-origin-when-cross-origin” that removes sensitive user information such as paths and query strings in URLs.
Other changes in Firefox 87 are as follows:
- New Locale: Silesian (szl)
- The “Highlight All” feature on the search page has been improved.
- Full support for VoiceOver, the built-in screen reader for macOS.
- Disable the Backspace key to go back.
- Various security fixes.
How to get Firefox 87 on Ubuntu:
With all current Ubuntu releases, new Firefox packages will be available in the Ubuntu Security & Updates repository in the coming days.
You can easily update your web browser using Software Updater (Update Manager).
If you can’t wait, visit the release page, which also has a download button.