Mozilla Updates Firefox Aurora With Accounts, Improved Syncing, And A Customizable UI

Skye Hudson 11-02-2014

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 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

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  1. John Marshall
    February 12, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Aurora will install separately from your stable version, but will use all the same add-ons and settings, which are carried over into it. Basically, if you choose, you can use both versions of Firefox with the same add-ons.

    If you load Aurora on one side of your screen, then Chrome on the other half and then start loading pages, you'll notice FF loads many of them fully in half the time. The old memory issues are gone. I want to use Chrome because I'm deeply involved in Gmail and Android. But every time I go back to Chrome, it's one little extra keystroke or two to do anything. Firefox is so customizable, it becomes the perfect browers---for youl!

  2. rn10950
    February 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    What I would like to see is a switch where I could enable the current interface when this update gets released. I have my current browser exactly how I like it and I want to keep it that way.

  3. R
    February 11, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    These new features sound good, especially the accounts. I always liked Firefox, and still use it on occasion if I have a problem with Chrome. This site is one example of that. If I need to log in on MakeUseOf, I can't get the login box to come up on either Chrome or IE. There isn't even a login button visible on my mobile browsers of Chrome and Dolphin.

    However, two or three years ago, I started having big issues with Firefox taking FOREVER to start up, then using way too much memory. I started using Chrome, and after a while decided I really liked it. One thing led to another, and I started using more and more Google products because of the integration (switched my main email from Yahoo to Gmail, etc., etc.) Now I am pretty thoroughly entrenched in the Google (and Android) ecosystem (and liking it), and considering moving in even deeper with a Chromebook or Chromebox. So, in short, even though I still have a fond spot for Firefox, I am not likely to be switching back to it as my primary browser anytime soon.