Mozilla, the non-profit behind the Firefox browser, plans to integrate some of the privacy settings from the iron-clad Tor browser.
Tor is based on the Firefox Extended Special Release version, but brings extra privacy and security settings which help keep users anonymous.
The features could enable users of Firefox to browse the web with less risk of fingerprinting and outing of whistleblowers and journalists.
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The features (via Ghacks) are likely to be integrated into an updated version of Firefox 50, which already contains a number of features from Tor in pre-release.
Currently users have to enable them manually but they could be more readily available for mainstream Firefox users in the future.
If you’ve never used the free Tor before it protects users by “bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world.
“It prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location,” as explained on the project's homepage.
With continued concerns over the monitoring of web traffic in the post-Snowden era, these changes would be welcome.
Perhaps we can expect Mozilla to explain to users how to access them in future versions?
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