Firefox Focus for Android updated with anti-tracking and safety tools, iOS version gets search suggestions

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on Dec 21 2018
Firefox Focus for Android updated with anti-tracking and safety tools, iOS version gets search suggestions
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The Firefox Focus browser on Android now comes with Enhanced Tracking Protection feature that enables users to block all cookies on a website, all third-party cookies or cross-site trackers.

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Key Highlights: 

  • Firefox Focus on Android updated with Enhanced Tracking Protection feature
  • Google's Safe Browsing service has also been added
  • iOS users of the app will be displayed search suggestions

Mozilla is rolling out an update to its privacy-centric Firefox Focus browser for Android and iOS. Those who use the app on Android will now have more control over which websites they want to share their data with, along with another safety feature that will warn users when they are visiting a website that could be potentially dangerous. To enable a more private browsing experience, Firefox Focus now comes with Enhanced Tracking Protection feature, which was introduced with Firefox 63 update for the desktop. Using the feature, one will now have more control over their data that’s available for online platforms with the option to block all cookies on a website, all third-party cookies or cross-site trackers, which follow a user’s behaviour while browsing the web.

Alongside Enhanced Tracking Protection, users will now be warned when they wander onto a shady website. This is thanks to the addition of Google's Safe Browsing service in the app, which checks URLs and if they are listed as unsafe, users will be alerted. “You may then either follow to safety, or ignore to continue navigating to the requested site,“ states Mozilla in its blog post. As mentioned above, the Firefox Focus has also been updated on iOS to display search suggestions. Users can activate the feature by navigating to the Search option in the browser’s settings and selecting the Get search suggestions option. 

Back in September this year, Mozilla launched a service called Firefox Monitor that goes through Have I Been Pwned’s (HIBP) database to tell a user if their email has been compromised. For providing this service, Firefox has teamed up with Troy Hunt, the creator of HIBP.  Firefox Monitor will also enable users to subscribe to the service and receive notifications in case their email addresses are found in future leaks. When browsing the web using Firefox, users will also receive notifications when they visit a website that was breached in the past. 

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