Firefox 65 update brings detailed privacy controls and next-gen media codec

“The latest Firefox update brings closer, more detailed privacy toggles all over it, along with new video codec and image format support”

Browsers around the web are putting increasing focus on handing users greater privacy controls. After Google removed Chromecast configuration support and redesigned autofill settings, Firefox has released its latest version, Firefox 65, emphasising on allowing users to better understand and control their own privacy settings.

Once updated, accessing ‘Privacy & Security’ under settings gives users access to a more detailed ‘choose what to block’ field, which also provides greater detail for what every option means, and how your decisions will affect browsing behaviour. Previously, Firefox 64 already included a setting to block trackers, with preset settings such as standard and strict, referring to blocking known trackers on private windows and all trackers identified by Firefox, respectively. You could also add exceptions, in case of carrying out private tests, or adding your trusted websites to the whitelist.

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Now, with the latest update, Firefox also provides a brief explanation of the privacy and safety features add to its user-friendliness. It further gives you closer control over exactly what to block and allow in terms of both trackers and cookies. Furthermore, you can access your privacy status and see which trackers and cookies a website is using from the ‘i’ button on the address bar. You can subsequently make changes from right here, thereby adding majorly to privacy settings and the ease of finding them.

Furthermore, Firefox 65 has added WebP image compression standard across all its platforms, hence updating its image format compatibility to the latest standard. The WebP standard allows for significantly smaller file sizes than present standards, hence decreasing load times for webpages and images by a considerable margin. The Firefox 65 for Windows has also brought with itself the AV1 video codec, which is an open source, royalty free video codec developed by the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia) consortium in a bid to open up the streaming support without royalty exchanges for the framework.

Lastly, Firefox 65 for Mac has also included Handoff support, which allows users to switch from browsing on iOS to macOS without losing any opened tabs. The updates have been rolled out in stable build now and makes for a pretty impressive bunch of improvements to an already able browser.