Firefox 87 released on SmartBlock to reduce corruption in private browsing

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.

Firefox 87 Release Notes

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