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Firefox in 2018: We'll tackle bad ads, breach alerts, autoplay video, says Mozilla





Firefox maker Mozilla has outlined its 2018 roadmap to make the web less intrusive and safer for users.

First up, Mozilla says it will proceed and implement last year's experiment with a breach alerts service, which will warn users when their credentials have been leaked or stolen in a data breach. Mozilla aims to roll out the service around October.




"Breach alerts will inform a user if a site they've visited has been breached and will ask if the user wants to have their account checked to determine if it was compromised. If it was compromised, some helpful information will be presented to the user," writes Mozilla Firefox developer Asa Dotzler.

Breach Alerts is based on security consultant Troy Hunt's data breach site Have I Been Pwned.




Firefox will also implement a similar block on autoplay video to the one Chrome 66 will introduce next month, and that Safari already has. However, Dotzler says Firefox's implementation will "provide users with a way to block video auto-play that doesn't break websites".

This feature is set to arrive in Firefox 62, which is scheduled for release in May.

After Firefox sixty two the browser can gain AN optional  Chrome-like ad filter and a number of other privacy-enhancing options kind of like people who Apple's WebKit developers are acting on for Safari's Intelligent trailing bar.

By the third quarter of 2018, Firefox ought to even be block ad-retargeting through cross-domain trailing. it is also about to move all key privacy controls into one location within the browser, and provide additional "fine-grained" trailing protection.




Dotzler says Mozilla is within the "early stages" of deciding what varieties of ads Firefox ought to block by default.

ZDNet's sister website CNET reports that Mozilla is functioning on some way to forestall embedded pop-ups that invite users to require half in an exceedingly survey or subscribe.

It's AN early-stage experiment however, instead of employing a blocklist, Mozilla is developing technology to mechanically observe pop-ups and differentiate between helpful ones and annoying ones.

"Trackers, intrusive ads and different dark patterns threaten to drive folks faraway from the open internet and that is not sensible for folks browsing or publication," Dotzler aforementioned.

"Over ensuing year some, Firefox can take a stand against trailing, intrusive ads, and different dark patterns on the net by block the worst content and additional clearly human action the privacy and different protections the browser offers."



Also on the roadmap could be a feature that arrived in Firefox fifty nine, discharged earlier this month. a replacement international Permissions feature can facilitate users avoid having to deny each website that requests permission for location, camera, electro-acoustic transducer and notifications.

Beyond security and privacy, Mozilla plans to make on speed-focused Quantum enhancements that came in Firefox fifty seven with power tool page rendering.



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