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Firefox update lets you block annoying website notifications — here’s how shut them out

When it comes to browsing the web, push notifications can be, well, a little pushy. It seems sites are always requesting permission to bombard us with information.

Thankfully, Firefox users can escape the annoying notifications within the new version of Mozilla’s browser.

Firefox 59, released on Tuesday, makes it easy to shut down the notifications, as well as deny websites access to your camera, microphone and location.

In the changelog, the company writes: “Added settings in about:preferences to stop websites from asking to send notifications or access your device’s camera, microphone, and location, while still allowing trusted websites to use these features.”

Once you’ve accessed Firefox > Preferences you can scroll down to Permissions to see Location, Camera, Microphone and Notifications listed as options.

Hitting Settings next to these options will allow you to tailor your preferences. In the case of notifications you can check a box which says “Block new requests asking to allow notifications.”

You can also input exempt websites that are allowed to send you notifications.

Elsewhere, Mozilla is promising faster load times for content on the Firefox home page, as well as on pages whether information is cached on the network or a hard drive.

There’s also a new private browsing mode tool, which “will remove path information from referrers to prevent cross-site tracking.”

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There isn’t much else much else in the way of new features as this version is more of a follow up to the late 2017 Quantum update. The next Quantum release will come in May.

Have you taken Firefox 59 for a spin yet? Do the new features work as advertised for you? Let us know @TrustedReviews on Twitter.

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