Categories: Firefox Beta

New Firefox Beta Adds Security Features and New Developer Tools

A new Firefox Beta is now available for download and testing. Firefox Beta adds security features to make it easier for users to control their Web experience.

What’s New in Firefox Beta for Users:

  • Google Search SSL by Default: Enabling HTTPS by default for Google searches helps protect you from network infrastructure that may gather data, modify or censor search results. It also stops third-party sites from gathering search data when you click on items on a search results page. We look forward to supporting additional search engines as they enable SSL searches.
  • Updated Site Identity Indicator: Firefox Beta has a new way to display the verified identity of a website in the Awesome Bar. A globe icon next to the site’s domain indicates a site not using SSL encryption; sites with SSL encryption include a lock icon and show “https”; sites that have an Extended Validation Certificate have a green lock icon and include the name of the site owner; sites with mixed http and https content show a grey triangle.
  • Click to Play Plugin Preference: Firefox lets you control how plugins like Flash and Quicktime play. When this feature is enabled, Firefox Beta adds a “play” button to all plugin content so you can click “play” to begin immediately viewing. Future releases will include more specific customizations and a robust interface; for now, you can experiment with the feature by selecting plugins.click_to_play to “true” in about:config.
  • Native Fullscreen Support of OS X Lion 10.7: Mac users can now use native Lion fullscreen mode for a richer and more immersive browsing experience.
  • Awesome Bar URL Auto-Complete: The Awesome Bar now auto-completes URL domains within the Awesome Bar as you type them.

What’s New in Firefox Beta for Developers:

  • Pointer Lock API: Now applications, like first-person games, can better control the mouse by removing the pointer and letting the application capture and handle the mouse move coordinates directly. This gives developers access to another layer of mouse input for richer experiences in highly visual applications.
  • Pseudo Class Lock: This feature makes it easier for developers to inspect styles associated with CSS pseudo-classes. With an element selected in the Page Inspector, the contextual menu now lists the :hover, :active, and :focus pseudo-classes. Select one of these items, and the element is locked in the associated state and the styles can be inspected.

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