It's funny how things sometimes appear. I had just logged into CNET to read a new and I have also found the perfect example to explain it. And, as you may have seen, in addition to the already annoying notices of cookies on the webs, we have been seeing other notices for some time. This is a novelty that, if I'm not mistaken, comes from an option that Apple implemented in its Safari several years ago. Mozilla, in its attempt to protect our privacy and avoid inconvenience to us, is already working on a solution that Firefox will start testing from April 15 to 29.
This is something Google is also working on for its Chrome. And it is that, according to a study carried out by Mozilla, 97% of the times we see these types of notifications we tell you that we don't want you to notify us no problem. These notifications can be fine on some websites that contain calendars or for example on YouTube, to notify us that our favorite YouTuber has uploaded a new video. But, for the vast majority of users, these notifications are of no use to us on many websites.
Firefox works to reduce the annoyances of website notifications
In the case of Firefox, Mozilla has been testing a function that blocks all notification requests until the user clicks or types something on the web in question. On the other hand, Google is not so clear about it and is working on many ideas, among which is renegotiating its commitment to the webs before allowing the request.
Those of you who are already using Firefox 66 and have activated the autoplay lock of multimedia content, you will fully understand the option that Mozilla considers the best of all: we will see an icon that will indicate that a website is compatible with notifications, but a small icon cannot be compared to current notifications. If this is what they implement in the future, in Firefox 66+ we will see up to 4 icons: the «i» from which we can see the information of a website, the speech bubble (or whatever they add) that warns us that a website is compatible with notifications and if we have them activated or not, that of blocking automatic reproduction for a website and the padlock that warns us if a website is safe.
Without a doubt, that Mozilla and Google are working on this is good news. I can only say that I hope they find the best solution and do so as soon as possible.
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