Firefox 79 Brings Enhanced Tracking Protection 2.0 and Many Bug Fixes

By Bill Toulas / July 29, 2020

Mozilla has released Firefox 79.0, and it’s a bug-fixing release that is mostly fixing things here and there. The most notable upgrade is the second major version of the in-built tracking protection system, which adds stricter protection features against unwanted first-party cookies, clears them automatically every day, and keeps only those that the user interacted with.

Those will be kept for 45 days unless the user interacts with them again, and action that would reset the timer. That alone makes version 79 more powerful against invasive tracking, so users have a compelling reason to upgrade.

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Apart from that, Mozilla continues the roll-out of the “WebRender” to more Windows users sporting Intel and AMD graphic units, essentially improving the browser’s performance for an even wider audience. Also, “Pocket” recommendations (popular news articles) will now cover the German audience, too, following the initial support for U.S., Canada, and the U.K.

Screen reader enhancements, JAWS crash fixes, and correct label displaying on SVG title and description elements when using assistive tech products have also been implemented on Firefox now.

And then there are the security features and bug fixes, which is the main point of version 79. Enterprise admins are now given the option to set a policy to require a “primary password” (master).

As for the bugs that have been squashed, the most noteworthy are the following:

Finally, Mozilla gave developers some love as well with this release, introducing Console improvements, better JavaScript error visibility, empowering the “Inspector” with higher levels of reliability when opening SCSS sources, and making async code event tracing more insightful.

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