What’s in the latest Firefox update? More anti-tracking and money-making (for Mozilla) searches

Mozilla released Firefox 63 for Windows, macOS and Linux, boosting its anti-ad tracking defense by offering an option that blocks cookies from third-party trackers.

Engineers also patched 14 vulnerabilities in Firefox. Just two of them were marked “Critical,” Mozilla’s highest threat ranking; three others were tagged “High,” the next rank down.

Firefox 63, which can be downloaded here, updates in the background, so most users need only relaunch the browser to get the latest version. To manually update, pull up the menu under the three horizontal bars at the upper right, then click the help icon (the question mark within a circle). Choose “About Firefox.” The resulting page shows that the browser is either up to date or details the updating process.

Mozilla updates Firefox every six to eight weeks; the last time it upgraded the browser, to version 62, was Sept. 5, or just shy of seven weeks ago.

Enhanced Tracking Protection

Firefox 63 upped anti-tracking, dubbing the improved defense a component of “Enhanced Tracking Protection,” a new name for a Mozilla effort pursued over several iterations of the browser.

An older label – “Tracking Protection” – was given to the feature in Firefox 57, last year’s huge overhaul named “Quantum,” which let users block tracking cookies in all sessions, not just the private browsing mode in which Tracking Protection debuted in 2015.

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