Firefox Aurora, the pre-beta version of the popular Web browser, just saw a pretty significant update that should make it into the official builds of Firefox eventually, bringing Firefox accounts, improved syncing and more.
Accounts is a feature already in Firefox OS that allows for syncing of login credentials, bookmarks, and open tabs across multiple devices; syncing has been much improved with security updates to keep your login credentials more secure; and the desktop version of Firefox has been visually revamped and now supports a wide variety of customization, from moving features in the menu to adding or deleting which buttons appear.
Firefox Accounts now allows you to have one account that will give you access to all your browser information from any device. That, coupled with the security enhancements in Firefox Sync, creates a much improved syncing experience for users. Mozilla says they are using client side key stretching to prevent middle man attacks, end to end encryption to protect your data even if Mozilla is hacked, and public key cartography and the BrowserID protocol to lessen the chances of a successful attack. For more technical details, Mozilla has posted an explanation on GitHub.
Visually, Mozilla has updated the look of Firefox’s tabs, as well as allowing non-active tabs to blend into the background better. A new menu in the upper right now includes what Mozilla thinks are its most used features, like copy and paste and zoom. These features can be moved around and customized as desired.
What do you think of these new updates? Is it enough to get you to switch to Firefox, or do you have another preferred Web browser? Let us know in the comments.
Source: Mozilla Blog