Mozilla Firefox is a free and open-source web browser. Developed and offered by the Mozilla Foundation and Mozilla Corporation, Firefox can be downloaded and used by anyone, free-of-charge. Its source code is also available to the public. Third-parties are free to use it to modify and improve the software or build their own browsers from Firefox’s source code.
Since Mozilla Firefox is open-source, users can look directly at its source code to check whether it contains anything malicious. Not only will this make malicious content difficult to put in Firefox, but this also allows users to contribute solutions. It also has a built-in Phishing and Malware Protection feature to protect users from potential threats by checking reported sites.
Users have more control over tracked data with Mozilla Firefox than with other browsers. Mozilla Firefox has a Do Not Track feature that prevents websites from collecting data from your browsing behavior. Unless users are in Private Browsing mode, this feature is turned off by default. It can be turned on in the Privacy and Security category in Settings.
Mozilla Firefox is multi-platform, and it is available for both desktop and mobile devices. Its desktop version is supported for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. For mobile, it is supported for both Android and iOS with the apps Firefox for Android and Firefox for iOS, respectively. Data can be synced between Firefox versions across devices.
Both browsers have their strengths and weaknesses. While Google Chrome claims faster page loading and higher security, Mozilla Firefox has better privacy protection and it requires fewer machine resources. Which of the two browsers is better will entirely depend on what the user values more: speed or privacy.
Mozilla Firefox allows bookmarks to be imported from different browsers. Bookmarks can be accessed by clicking on the Library icon on the toolbar, selecting Bookmarks, and clicking on the See All Bookmarks button. At the Library window, select Import and Backup and click on Import Data From Another Browser. Choose the browser you need and the Import Wizard will retrieve your data.
There are two ways to change Mozilla Firefox’s homepage. Users can open a new tab with the page they want to set as their homepage. Then they can drag that tab to the Home icon on the Firefox’s toolbar and confirm the change once prompted. The homepage can also be set manually by going to Options and pasting the homepage URL.
Add-ons for Mozilla Firefox can be disabled or removed by clicking on the Menu button on the toolbar and going to Add-ons. Mozilla Firefox has three kinds of add-ons: Extension, Themes, and Plugins. They can all be accessed from the Add-ons menu, and users can get more add-ons if they want.
Users can clear their cache manually by going the Privacy and Security category under the Options menu. Click on the Clear Data option in the Cookies and Site Data section and select the data you want to clear. Alternatively, users can set Firefox to automatically clear the cache when it closes by customizing it's clearing history settings.
Downloads can be found by clicking on the downturned arrow on the toolbar. When there is an active download, the arrow will be blue. Click on the Show All Downloads button to prompt a window with a list of all downloads. Right-click on the downloaded file and select Open Containing Folder to locate your file quickly.