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Today’s Tech Wrap-Up
1. Firefox 67 released with improved performance, new fingerprinting and cryptominer blocking (Tech Help Knowledgebase)
Giving Chrome a run for its money, Mozilla updated Firefox today with improved performance and privacy features. Firefox 67 includes fingerprinting and cryptominer blocking as well as an upgrade to dav1d, a newer, higher performance AV1 decoder. Boasting around 300 million users, Firefox is second to one in the ongoing browser wars.
2. Do Not Track is back in the US Senate. And this time it means business. (The Register)
The business to which the headline refers is new legislation that would permit fining companies who ignore Do Not Track requests. The Do Not Track Act seeks to let users place themselves on a Do Not Track list. Companies would not be able to profile users who opt into the list or to discriminate against users for doing so. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) who plans to introduce the legislation is the youngest Senator in Congress.
Installing a patch against a threat is one thing. Fully protecting yourself and your system from a threat is a different beast altogether. Apple released a security patch for macOS to help protect Mac computers from the Zombieload bug. But Apple recommends that Mac users who consider themselves at a high risk of attack should also disable hyper-threading. Doing so will result in a major performance reduction.
Privacy invasion or helpful collection of information? Perhaps the answer is in the eyes of the beholder. News broke last week that Google uses Gmail to collect your online shopping history, and retains the list under your Google account. CNet shows you how to see that list, how to manage your web and app activity, how to view your voice and audio activity, and your location history. From there you can make some informed decisions about what data to save under your Google account.
6. Firefox is about to get much, much faster (Engadget)
A top priority of Firefox 67 is performance. Today’s release for Windows, macOS, and Linux loads web pages 40 to 80 percent faster. It does so by suspending idle tabs and delaying scripts, among other ways. In addition to privacy features like the blocking of fingerprinting and cryptomining, Firefox will treat passwords input in private mode the same way it does in normal mode.
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