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Firefox 74 rolls out: Facebook Container, DNS-over-HTTPS, and more

Firefox Browser 74 for Windows - About window (Source: Own)
Firefox Browser 74 for Windows - About window (Source: Own)
Released yesterday, Firefox 74.0 can block Facebook from tracking its users and no longer allows third-party apps to install add-ons, but it also features DNS-over-HTTPS provided by Cloudflare (with NextDNS as an option). This update is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux/Unix users.

Mozilla updated the Firefox Browser for desktop users yesterday, so if you're using Windows, macOS, or Linux/Unix you might want to check out the new release. Labeled 74.0, the latest Firefox release comes with quite a few highly-anticipated features, such as DNS-over-HTTPS and Facebook Container.

Provided by Cloudflare and enabled by default for Firefox users in the US, DNS-over-HTTPS sends the domain names typed by the user to compatible DNS servers using an encrypted HTTPS connection instead of plain text, so third parties are now unable to see what websites are being accessed. Those who have something against Cloudflare can also choose to use NextDNS.

Firefox users outside the US should enable the aforementioned feature manually by going to the menu button, and then to Preferences > General > Network Settings > Settings.. and finally click the checkbox next to Enable DNS over HTTPS. When it comes to encrypting HTTPS connections, Firefox 74 only supports TLS 1.2 and above (previous versions also supported TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1).

Firefox 74 is the first release to disallow third-party apps to install add-ons and also allows the user to remove such extensions that are already on the computer with the help of the Add-ons Manager.

The Facebook Container is an add-on that prevents Facebook from tracking Firefox users, but it does not come installed and enabled. However, after updating to Firefox 74.0, the user is invited to install this extension. Those who missed doing so can find it right here.

These being said, you might also want to check out the video below. After all, sometimes a hands-on video is better than written words when it comes to software updates. Feel free to share your thoughts on Firefox 74 with the rest of us in the comments section, as usual.

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Mozilla (Firefox 74.0 release notes)

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Codrut Nistor, 2020-03-11 (Update: 2020-03-11)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.