Mozilla has released the updated version of its Firefox browser this week. With Firefox 74, Mozilla not only fixed numerous security flaws but also made other changes. The most important of these changes is the rolling out of the ‘Facebook Container’ add-on.
Mozilla Publicly Released ‘Facebook Container’
With the release of Firefox 74, Mozilla has formally made the Facebook Container add-on publicly available. ‘Facebook Container’, as elaborated by Mozilla, is a dedicated browser extension that blocks Facebook from tracking users. While Facebook places trackers on various websites to track users’ browsing habits, this particular add-on prevents it altogether.
The Facebook “Like” and “Share” buttons that appear on shopping, news and other sites contain Facebook trackers. Even if you don’t use them, Facebook uses these buttons to track you. Facebook Container blocks these trackers and will display a fence icon to show you where these trackers were removed.
Mozilla first launched Facebook Container in 2018. Presently, the add-on already boasts a large userbase. Nonetheless, with Firefox 74, Mozilla invites all users to install this particular extension to keep Facebook at bay.
Besides, it also allows the users to add custom sites to the extension for managing exceptions.
Firefox 74 Out With Bug Fixes
Other than the above feature, Mozilla also fixed multiple security vulnerabilities with Firefox 74. Thankfully, it was a modest update with no critical security fixes and a few high-severity vulnerabilities.
As elaborated in the advisory, these include fixes for memory safety bugs affecting Firefox 73 and Firefox ESR 68.5 (CVE-2020-6814, CVE-2020-6815), two use-after-free flaws (CVE-2020-6805 and CVE-2020-6807), and another bug leading to memory corruption (CVE-2020-6806).
Also, Mozilla fixed multiple moderate severity flaws and a single low severity vulnerability with the new browser version. While the update is out, users can also manually update their browsers via Menu > Help > About Firefox.
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