All of us using the Firefox Browser daily use it to browse the web – it’s so simple and useful, as it’s full of features to make your life easier. But some of these features are less obvious than others. So to get the most out of your Firefox, read below to learn the tips and tricks that you probably didn’t know about!
Believe it or not – but it’s not a Fox!
You might be shocked to hear that the animal in the Firefox logo is not a fox, but actually a red panda! The name of Firefox was “Firebird” but the colloquial name “Firebird” is also in use by another open source project. So to avoid overlap and the use of the Firebird name infringed on their trademark, Mozilla chose Firefox as the nickname for the red panda. It’s similar to Firebird, it’s easy to remember, it sounds good, it’s unique and we like it! Additionally, Mozilla weren’t able to find any other project or company even remotely similar to a web browser that uses the same name. If you’re curious to know more, read more here.
The Firefox Browser is not only one Edition
You might have downloaded the Release edition of Firefox, but there are three other editions (Nightly, Developer and Beta). All features move from one edition to another after 6 weeks of testing and developing. To find out more about how our editions work, read all about it here.
Below is a quick summary of the range of editions belonging to Firefox. What’s the best edition for you?
- Receive daily update at 12:00.
- Called ‘Minefield’ to denote their experimental nature.
- Then renamed ‘Nightly’.
- Should only be used by very experienced users/testers.
- Alpha version, receive updates on every channel.
- More stable/secure than Nightly.
- Called ‘Aurora’, which means ‘dawn’, now called the ‘Developer’ Edition.
- The first browser created specifically for developers to try new features.
- All its features will be available for 12 weeks before being available in Release.
- Final development stage before the release.
- The latest features are in a more stable environment.
- Should be tested by anyone who wants to test out the product
- All features in it will be available 6 weeks before being available in for release.
- Final channel released to the public for everyday use.
- Tried, tested and used by millions around the world.
Support Do Not Track Future!
DNT is defined by W3C, a technology and policy proposal that enables users to opt out of tracking by websites they do not visit, including analytic services, advertising networks and social platforms. By enabling ‘Do Not Track Future’ in your Firefox browser, it puts you in control of how your information is collected and used online. The good news is that Twitter supports ‘Do Not Track Future’. It does this by transmitting a Do Not Track HTTP header every time your data is requested from the Web. Find out more information here.
So to better understand the problem, let’s use Twitter as an example; they collect visitor information from sites that contain Twitter buttons or widgets. This in turn generates a suggestion of accounts to follow, based on those that are already being followed by other Twitter users. As mentioned, Twitter does however give you the option to ‘enable’ or ‘disable’ the Do Not Track’ feature meaning that you are more in control of the access to your data.
See Who’s Tracking you Online!
Mozilla provides you with the “Lightbeam” add-on for Firefox, which uses interactive visuals for visited sites and third party sites, and shows you the pages you have interacted with on the Web.
Using two distinct interactive graphic representations — Graph and List — Lightbeam enables you to examine individual third parties, identifying where they connect to your online activity and provide ways for you to engage with this unique view of the Web. Find out more about Lightbeam here.
Support Free Video Chat System!
Firefox Hello – No logins and no signups are needed! Just click and begin the video chat.
It’s the first global communications system built directly into a browser using WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) Technology:
- Don’t need logins or signups.
- Don’t need the same software or hardware.
- Don’t need to download or install additional software or plugins.
Run Firefox OS Apps in your Firefox Browser!
Your Firefox browser is your gate to Test or Develop in Firefox OS. It is true that you can run the Firefox app in your Firefox browser, but you can also do this in two ways by Developer WebIDE Simulator for Firefox OS or by directly installing Apps from the Marketplace like the following Gifs:
Author: Mohamed Hafez