November 10, 2014
Mozilla is celebrating its 10th anniversary by handing control back to the users of its search engine Firefox.
The biggest change is a forget button that enables Firefox users to easily clear cookies, history and other details.
“Forget gives you an easy way to tell Firefox to clear out some of your recent activity,” said Firefox vice-president Johnathan Nightingale.
“Instead of asking a lot of complex technical questions, Forget asks you only one: how much do you want to forget? Many of our users share a computer with friends or family, and it’s easy to forget to open a private browsing window first; with Forget, clearing that information is quick, and easy to understand.”
User can choose to have Firefox forget the last five minutes, two hours, or 24 hours of their browsing which comes in especially handy for those who share a computer with their spouse, children or other family member.
For instance, if a user is doing a little online Christmas shopping, all of that can be wiped clean before the kids go online.
Another big change is the addition of DuckDuckGo as a pre-installed search option in Firefox for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android.
“Search is an integral, and deeply personal, part of online life. The things you search for can say a lot about who you are,” Nightingale said. “DuckDuckGo gives you search results without tracking who you are or what you search for. Other engines may use tracking to enhance your search results, but we believe that’s a choice you should get to make for yourself.”
Once users update their Firefox browser to the latest version, they have the option of taking a tour to walk them through Firefox’s privacy options, including Forget and DuckDuckGo and information about settings and add-ons to control Android browsers.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.