Firefox 83 is available this Tuesday, November 17. This new version of the search browser incorporates several performance improvements, as well as some new features such as support for Pinch Zooming on Macs and Windows devices with touch screens, and an HTTPS Only mode.
Version after version, Firefox keeps getting better. Firefox version 79, also known as Fenix, marked a new start for the browser with a complete design overhaul and migration to a new engine. On Android, Firefox 81 takes care of closing tabs automatically after a certain time.
Now let’s come to the flagship feature of this version: HTTPS Only mode. As the sound indicates, this mode allows you to load all websites in their version under HTTPS only. If this is not successful, Firefox will ask for your permission before displaying the site via HTTP. As a reminder, this old protocol is not very secure, because all the traffic is carried out in the clear, which induces the possibility of intercepting any information transmitted between the user and the site in question.
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In HTTPS, the connection is made via an encrypted channel and offers more security. Mozilla specifies that this HTTPS Only mode is disabled by default. To take advantage of it, simply go to the “Privacy and security ”, then look for the HTTPS Mode Only tab. Other additions include support for Pinch Zooming (pinch zoom) on Windows devices with a touchscreen and Mac touchpads.
The mode “Picture-in-Picture”Is now compatible with keyboard shortcuts for fast forward and rewind in video playback. The autocompletion of the URL is also part of the game.