Firefox updates privacy protections in 'all-new' browser

Firefox Update 2021
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As more of our work is done in a browser (opens in new tab) than ever before, Mozilla has completely redesigned Firefox (opens in new tab) to provide users with a safer, calmer and more useful experience online.

The company's all-new browser features simplified navigation, streamlined and clutter-free menus, new tabs designed to inspire productivity (opens in new tab) and less frequent notifications to ensure users have a fresh new web experience every time they use Firefox. All of these changes are designed to make it easier for users to focus on their frequently used items while being able to easily get to where they need to go to online.

Using video conferencing software (opens in new tab) such as Google Meet (opens in new tab) will also now be easier in Firefox as Mozilla has simplified its camera and microphone prompts so that users can get to all of their web calls and meetings with fewer clicks.

In terms of privacy protections, Mozilla has extended its Total Cookie Protection (opens in new tab) to Private Browsing mode so that users can rest easy knowing cookies aren't tracking them across the web as the browser creates a separate cookie jar for each website they visit.

17 billion clicks

Before redesigning Firefox, Mozilla (opens in new tab) first took a closer look at where people were spending their time in its browser. The company's engineers did this by observing clicks in Firefox for a month to discover that of the 17bn clicks that occur each month, 43 percent are on the Tab Bar, about 33 percent are on the Navigation Bar and about five percent are on the Bookmark bar.

They also took a close look at Firefox's three menus (the right-click menu, the meatball menu and the hamburger menu) to see which ones users preferred. The right-click menu and the three parallel lines menu (hamburger) to the right of the address bar were the most popular which is why Mozilla has eliminated the meatball menu (three dots at the end of the address bar) from its redesign.

SVP of Firefox at Mozilla, Selena Deckelmann provided further insight on the browser's all-new design in a blog post (opens in new tab), saying:

“With these insights we wanted to create a place that felt fresh and modern, and kept things like icons and menus flowing in a cohesive way. This meant using simple design and easy-to-understand language to lessen people’s cognitive load, essentially getting them faster to the places they wanted to go. It also meant retiring intrusive alerts and messages to avoid a jarring experience and provide a more calming environment. Throughout this process, our extraordinary team of designers really thought about the colors and iconography and wanted to make them more refined and consistent. ”

Interested users can download the latest version of Firefox from Mozilla's website (opens in new tab) for their desktop and mobile devices to test out the browser's new look and feel for themselves.

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.