Mozilla has released the latest version of its popular web browser, Firefox 26, which brings a new security feature for sites that run Java, a common access point for exploits. This change will be reflected across all version of the app, on Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. The Android browser also gets a few other updates, including a new home screen and the ability to choose Yahoo and Bing as search options.
We have previously talked about Java’s safety and if you should disable it, but Mozilla is taking matters into its own hands with the latest version. Now, by default, any web page that loads the Java plugin will not do it by default. Instead, users will see a large ‘Click To Play’ sign on the element area, which they will have to click or tap to start the plugin.
For websites that you trust, Firefox 26 can remember them in the future. You will see a red icon before the URL address on sites with a Java plugin. Instead of clicking the ‘Click To Play’ button, click that icon and you will get options to “Allow now” or “Allow and Remember”. The latter will mark the website as safe and always open Java links automatically, without requiring a prompt.
Meanwhile, Firefox 26 for Android has got a new home screen, which appears when you open a new tab or tap on the URL bar. “You’ll instantly see your Top Sites, History, Bookmarks, and Reading List in a swipeable menu, to give you a streamlined and speedier browsing experience on-the-go, when you need it most,” Mozilla says.
Additionally, Firefox for Android has added Bing and Yahoo as search options to its default search menu, and has extended support for smartphones running Intel x86 processor chips.
Firefox for Android is a free download from the Play Store.