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September 10, 2019
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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch  
Mozilla Brings Back Firefox Test Pilot Program, First Project is Private Network VPN to Protect Privacy

Mozilla announced that it is bringing back the Firefox Test Pilot program to allow users to try out new features before they are ready for mainstream usage, with a focus that is more beta testing that experimenting with cutting-edge features. The first project in the program is the beta of the Firefox Private Network VPN service, which Mozilla has already tested but shut down in January. The focus of the Firefox Private Network VPN is less on circumventing geo-restrictions and more on giving users access to a private network when they are on public Wi-Fi and helping them hide their locations from website and ad trackers. Cloudflare is providing the proxy server for the VPN which, at the moment, is only available in the U.S.

Related: Techradar, CNET, The Register, Naked Security, Infosecurity Magazine, gHacks, The Mozilla Blog, gHacks, Slashdot, Vox. The Daily Swig, The Mac Observer


May 8, 2019
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch

Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch  
Google Plans New Chrome Privacy Tools to Better Handle Cookies, Incorporate Anti-Fingerprinting Technology

At its annual I/O conference, Google announced plans to introduce new browsing tools around its Chrome browser that will significantly change how Chrome handles cookies and enhance its users’ privacy across the web. Google plans to modify how cookies work so that developers need to explicitly specify which cookies are allowed to work across websites and could be used to track users, building on the web’s SameSite cookie attribute, which stops the browser from sending a cookie when it receives a cross-site request.  Google also plans to more aggressively restrict fingerprinting, namely techniques for determining what makes a specific user’s browser unique, by reducing the ways in which browsers can be passively fingerprinted so that it can detect and intervene against active fingerprinting efforts as they happen.

June 4, 2019
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch

Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch  
Firefox Launches Enhanced Tracking Protection, Facebook Container Extension, Improved Password Manager and Improved Data Breach Notification Service

The Firefox team has launched one of its broadest sets of releases that aim to keep advertisers and others from following users across the web, with Enhanced Tracking Protection while also making it harder for Facebook to track users with a Facebook container extension. The organization has further launched a desktop version of its Lockbox password manager, now called Lockwise, and added some improvements to its Firefox Monitor data breach notification service. Enhanced Tracking Protection will block all third-party tracking cookies, based on the Disconnect list. Users can also opt for a strict setting, which may break some sites, or opt for their own custom settings. Although not built directly into the browser, the Firefox Facebook container extension that now allows users to also put Facebook share and like buttons into the container and disable them by default.

Related: Techradar, CNET News, TechCrunch, The Verge, Tom’s Hardware, Softpedia News, Firefox Lockwise, Firefox Monitor, ZDNet, PCWorld, The Hacker News, Slashdot, Computer Business Review


June 19, 2019
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch

Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch  
Chrome Launches New Extension That Allows User to Flag Suspicious Sites for Inclusion in Safe Browsing Index

Google has launched a new Chrome extension that allows users to flag suspicious sites for inclusion in the company’s Safe Browsing index, which is used by Chrome and a number of third-party browsers. Google has also launched a new warning in Chrome 75 that puts up a roadblock before users visit sites that are potentially trying to trick them into giving up your credentials or download malware. The new extension gives users the option to option to include screenshots, the referrer chain that led them to the suspicious sites and the DOM content of their browsers. The extension also puts up a flag in the browser bar that changes color based on how legitimate it thinks a given site is but it gets triggered for any site that isn’t a top 5,000 site, so the utility of the flag is limited.

Related: Dark Reading: Threat Intelligence, ZDNet Security, xda-developers, Android Police, AndroidHeadlines.com, Android Authority, BleepingComputer.com, Venture Beat, Google Online Security Blog