The Mozilla Foundation has launched version 83 of its Firefox web browser for Windows, Mac and Linux systems, and the new version includes HTTPS-Only mode, performance improvements, and a few new developer features.
According to Mozilla, Firefox has about 225 million active users, making it a major platform for web developers.
Mozilla releases new versions of the web browser every four weeks, and version 84 of Firefox is supposed to arrive in mid-December.
Mozilla recently experienced layoffs and is now concerned about being hit by Google’s antitrust case in the US.
The company has doubled its level of privacy and security this year, and is betting that it will be able to restore companies, developers and users by protecting their data.
Firefox version 83 features HTTPS-Only mode, where the browser tries to establish secure connections to every website, and if it cannot, Firefox asks your permission before connecting to a site that does not support secure connections.
HTTPS is the most secure version of the HTTP Internet Protocol used to connect users to websites.
Secure communications are essential to minimize the injection of content, which can lead to eavesdropping, attacks and other data modification.
Data such as: passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive information is kept safe from third parties.
In addition, users can be more confident that they are communicating with the correct website.
While the majority of websites support HTTPS, a lot of them are due to the outdated and insecure use of the HTTP protocol.
In addition, the web contains millions of old HTTP links that point to insecure versions of websites.
Mozilla tries to push Firefox users to always use HTTPS, and the HTTPS-Only mode ensures that the browser does not make any unsafe connections without permission.
Whether you click the HTTP link or manually enter the HTTP address, Firefox in this mode uses HTTPS instead.
Firefox could soon enable HTTPS-Only mode by default, but the main obstacle preventing Mozilla from doing so now is that some HTTPS sites still provide resources, such as images or videos, over HTTP.
As a result, websites may crash or not look properly in this mode.