These days, smartphones are in just about everyone’s pocket. We use them for entertainment, sending messages, storing notes, taking photos, transferring money and even making the odd phone call. Our phones have become essential appendages to life. If you’ve ever physically lost your phone, you know that sinking, desperate feeling of checking all your pockets and bags and fearing… can someone see my stuff? Get ready because there’s another way to lose your phone without it ever leaving your pocket, and it’s called SIM swapping.

Every time you visit a website and it seems to remember you, that’s a cookie at work. You might have heard that all cookies are bad, but reality is a bit more nuanced. If you’re new to understanding how it all works, we’re here to help.

Halloween is around the corner and like everything in 2020, it’s probably going to be different this year. Meeting up with friends is fraught, dunking for apples is right out, and going door-to-door for candy? 😬 Maybe not. The good news is you have a fun new option: virtual Halloween parties with Mozilla Hubs.

What is Mozilla Hubs?

Mozilla Hubs is a place where you can get together with friends online in a virtual-social space. With single click, you can create a virtual 3D space and invite others to join you using a URL. It’s designed to work with any web browser (like Firefox)…

With iOS 14, Apple users will finally have the power to choose any default browser on iPhones and iPads. And now that there’s a choice, make it count with Firefox! It’s been a long time coming. Here’s how to set Firefox as your default browser on iOS:

  1. Download Firefox for iOS browser app*. If you already have it, make sure you are upgraded to the latest version. Look for a Firefox update to version 28.2 this week, which will let you set your default on iOS.
  2. Go to device Settings and find the Firefox app
  3. Tap on Default Browser App

Virtual private networks (VPNs) and secure web proxies are solutions for better privacy and security online, but it can be confusing to figure out which one is right for you. Here’s a look at how these services protect you and how to choose the best option for when you’re online.

Stop ISPs from spying on you

When you use Firefox, enhanced tracking protection automatically blocks many third party web trackers from following you around the web. But here’s an interesting fact: your internet service provider (ISP) that you are paying for an internet connection — can still observe and track you.

Because your internet traffic moves…

The newly redesigned Firefox browser for Android is here! The Firefox app has been overhauled and redesigned from the ground up for Android fans, with more speed, customization and privacy than before. There are a ton of great reasons to love the new Firefox for Android app. Here are some of our favorites.

1. Go fast, see more

Right out of your pocket, Firefox for Android comes with blazing speed to get you where you want to go online. The clean, sharp interface loads instantly, and the overhauled engine powers you quickly to every corner of the web. And, Enhanced Tracking Protection stops many…

The numbers aren’t in yet, but we’ll go out on a limb and say that we’ve been online more in 2020 than ever before. Of course we have! The internet is an endless font of just interesting stuff, and it’s more important than ever to keep us connected, informed and inspired. You think of something, then whip out your phone to check into it. Again and again, which means lots and lots of open browser tabs. Keeping a zillion open tabs is the sign of an enthusiastic, curious digital citizen, but sometimes you need to organize that chaos. …

Many of us spend multiple hours a day using the internet to do everyday things like watching videos, shopping, gaming and paying bills, all the way to managing complex work projects and having confidential video calls. A virtual private network (VPN) is one of the best ways to stay private and secure online, and keep your personal data protected.

As June comes to a close, we wanted to share some of our favorite LGBTQ browser themes, so you can celebrate Pride well into the summer and beyond.

Gay Pride Burst

Pride Flag

Bisexual pride flag

Lesbian Pride Flag (Orange)

TG Pride

Trans Pride by Miri

Bear Gay Pride

Pansexual Pride

Not seeing the right theme for you? No problem! Browse all the Firefox themes right here, create your own browser color scheme with Firefox Color, or create your own pride theme for others to use as well with the AMO Theme Generator.

We make Firefox customizable so your browser can reflect who you are — because who you are is something to be proud of.

Oh, and if you’re looking for a…

Firefox Relay is a smart, easy solution that can preserve the privacy of your email address, much like a post office box for your physical address. When a form requires your email address, but you’d rather not share it, Firefox Relay can help. Click the relay button to give an alias instead. Firefox Relay will forward emails from the alias to your real inbox, keeping your actual email address hidden.

Firefox Relay is currently in the experimental, closed beta phase, and it’s free for now. …


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