Firefox New Update 'Firefox 52' Aims To Protect Users From Tracking Techniques

Jan 16, 2017 07:00 PM EST | Jayde Marvynne Zamora

There is a phenomenon happening on the internet which tracks users using Fingerprinting. This technique can use browser's information such as screen resolution, time zone, interface language, and plug-ins installed. By then, advertisers can then identify users information with a high level of precision.

Fingerprinting is a difficult case since almost all users are unaware. This technique will hand over all said information needed by certain websites to flash advertisements. It's totally unnoticeable at first, but it will pile up and invade user's privacy.

A report from Forbes proves that this phenomenon is definitely existing. Firefox has developed a new state-of-the-art security to protect users from this tracking technique. This secure will come in with their latest Firefox update, the Firefox 52. This update from Firefox will make browsers come in font whitelist, therefore, fingerprinting via operating system font is prevented. These whitelist fonts allow Firefox to manage fonts that can be exposed and not.

The Firefox 52 is the latest innovation from Mozilla's web browser. According to this source, the new update is based on the Gecko 52 engine which was the previous layout engine developed by the Mozilla Project. The new update will be released March 7, 2017.

In other news, Mozilla will remove Adobe Primetime CDM for Firefox 52. The news came out last Friday, and Mozilla has discussed the reason behind this change. Adobe Primetime CDM is removed since the company will make use of Google's Widevine Content Description Module. The Widevine is supported by Google Chrome, therefore, the reason why Adobe Primetime is removed.

Adobe Flash is the only plug-in Firefox 52 will support. Therefore, other plug-ins such as Microsoft Silverlight, and NPAPI will no longer available on the new version. What are your thoughts about this new update of Mozilla? Share it in the comment section below, and stay tuned for more news and update.

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