Firefox 127: Privacy tweaks spark outrage among users

Users have also noticed additional changes that Mozilla didn't mention, fueling speculation and frustration more
A representational image. — Firefox
A representational image. — Firefox

Firefox, a popular web browser, offers several advanced features to its users regarding the security and privacy of their personal information. However, the browser has made some changes in its latest version, Firefox 127, that have left some users feeling frustrated and betrayed.

The updates that were in actual intended to enhance users' privacy and security have instead sparked an outrage among users who felt that the browser is no longer prioritising their needs.

  • The latest release introduced several tweaks to its privacy settings, including
  • Automatic browser reloading after OS reboot
  • Enhanced authentication for stored passwords
  • Removal of the option to combine normal and private windows on one taskbar (browser.privateWindowSeparation.enabled)

Moreover, according to the users they have noticed additional changes that Mozilla didn't mention, fueling speculation and frustration more.

After Firefox released the update, Users took this issue to their social media platforms and expressed their discontent, particularly about the loss of  "browser.privateWindowSeparation.enabled" option from the app, which made them feel that the upgrade might lead to inconvenience in their workflow and compromise their privacy.

Mozilla has since announced that it is going to bring back the feature very soon as an opt-in. Despite the backlash, Firefox 127 does introduced some of its new privacy and security enhancements, including

  • Automatic HTTPS upgrading for audio, video, and image subresources
  • CPU architecture masking for 32-bit x86 Linux users
  • Security vulnerability fixes for issues like use-after-free in JavaScript object transplant and potential phishing vectors
  • Device sign-in requirement for accessing stored passwords in the Firefox Password Manager

Additionally, Mozilla has promised to add more features over another update next year that can include

  • Streamlined privacy settings and intuitive menus
  • Enhanced security features and bug fixes
  • Improved user experience and performance enhancements