Firefox 30 blocks plugins by default

The Mozilla Foundation aims to make its browser more stable and more secure by blocking plugins by...

The Mozilla Foundation aims to make its browser more stable and more secure by blocking plugins by default. (All rights reserved)

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In the latest update to its open-source browser, Mozilla has changed the default settings regarding plugins. Users now have to give their permission before the browser runs these software modules, which can potentially affect performance, cause the browser to crash or even compromise security.

By disabling plugins by default, the Mozilla Foundation hopes to improve the security and stability of its browser.

Users can authorize plugins on a per-site basis through a "click-to-play" option, in which a prompt bar requests permission before running a plugin. Alternatively, users can allow some or all plugins to run at all times by adjusting their settings.

Mozilla points out that Adobe Flash, one of the most widely used browser plugins, will not be affected by the change and remains enabled by default. It is also worth noting that plugins are not to be confused with extensions (ad blockers, download assistants, developer tools, etc.), especially since Firefox is known for being particularly useful when it comes to managing these add-ons.

Google has adopted a similar policy for its Chrome browser, which automatically disables plugins that it has determined are outdated or not widely used. In addition, Google's browser blocks extensions that were not downloaded through the Chrome Web Store.

This 30th version of Firefox does not have any other notable new features.

To upgrade to Firefox 30 under Windows, Mac and Linux, users can update their browser or download the new version directly from Mozilla's servers:ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/30.0


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