What’s in the latest Firefox update? Firefox 69 thwarts web tracking by default for everyone

Mozilla on Tuesday released Firefox 69 with the browser’s anti-tracking technology switched on by default for all users.

The organization’s security engineers also patched 20 vulnerabilities, one tagged “Critical” and 11 marked “High,” the organization’s two top threat ratings. The single critical flaw only affected Windows, Mozilla said in its patching commentary.

Firefox 69 can be downloaded from Mozilla’s site for Windows, macOS and Linux. Because it updates in the background, most users need only relaunch the browser to get the latest version. To manually update, pull up the menu under the three horizontal bars at the upper right, then click the help icon (the question mark within a circle). Choose “About Firefox.” The resulting page shows that the browser is either up to date or explains the refresh process.

Mozilla updates Firefox every six to eight weeks; it last upgraded the browser on July 9.

You get ETP and you get ETP and …

Mozilla first turned on Enhanced Tracking Protection (ETP) in June, but at the time limited the setting to new-to-Firefox users. However, existing customers could flip the ETP switch themselves using the Preferences screen.

With Firefox 69, Mozilla has enabled ETP for all users. By default, “Content Blocking” – the feature’s name in Firefox’s Preferences – is set to “Strict,” the strongest protection available. Users can reset that to “Standard” or “Custom,” or even turn off everything by clearing all choices in the latter.


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