Firefox 79 now available, including the feature that this author has already criticized in the past

Firefox 79

Mozilla launched yesterday, Tuesday, July 28 Firefox 79. It is a major update, but with very few outstanding news, or at least it is what we see in the release note. And it is that it does not mention one that a server already criticized in the past: the possibility of exporting all our credentials to a CSV file that, at least in the binary versions of Firefox Beta and Nightly, does not ask for any password on Linux.

And, when Firefox 79 came to the Nightly channel and I tried the new function, I asked Firefox if that was going to be the case and they said yes, that you would have to put a master password to prevent any user with access to our browser from taking all our passwords in such a simple way. The funny thing is that this does not work like that in Windows, where it does ask us for the password of the user whose session is active, but it seems that this is not possible in Linux.

Highlights of Firefox 79

In any case, the news that Mozilla officially mentions are these:

  • WebRender reaches more Windows users with Intel and AMD GPUs, bringing improved graphics performance to an even larger audience.
  • Firefox users in Germany will now see more Pocket recommendations in their new tab with some of the best stories on the web.
  • Fixed several crashes when using a screen reader, including a frequent crash when using the JAWS screen reader.
  • Firefox Developer Tools received significant fixes that allowed screen reader users to take advantage of some of the tools that were previously inaccessible.
  • SVG title and description elements (tags and descriptions) are now properly exposed to assistive technology products such as screen readers.

Firefox 79 is now available for all supported systems from the official website, which you can access from this link. Linux users can download from there a binary version that is updated from the same browser, but those of us who are using the version of the official repositories of our Linux distribution will still have to wait a little longer. And if you share your computer with other people, consider putting the master password.


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  1.   Miguel Rodríguez said

    WenRender on Windows… And on Linux ?. But even more so, how do I know if my old PC has WebRender support?

    1.    pablinux said

      Hi Miguel, here is information on how to activate it manually https://www.linuxadictos.com/como-activar-manualmente-webrender-en-firefox-ya-que-mozilla-sigue-olvidandose-de-los-usuarios-de-linux.html

      From what it seems, taking into account that there are still Windows computers to activate, it will be a long time that they do it automatically in Linux.

      A greeting.

  2.   Venom said

    Exporting the passwords to a file without asking for a password is a fail that I suppose they will correct in the future. But being able to import them should also ask for an authentication / login.

    Otherwise Firefox is getting better and better.

  3.   anonymous said

    You should never trust to save passwords, passwords should be alphanumeric and keep them in your head or on a well-saved and scheduled paper…. Nothing about this firefox system works, it's just a false sense of security.
    Security exists when the door does not exist neither for the owner of the house nor for anyone else.

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