Mozilla is increasing the privacy options available in the Firefox
browser, with a few new additions. A "Forget" button has been added for the first time, alongside the privacy-focused DuckDuckGo
as a default search engine option, with Mozilla also introducing a new version of the browser for developer use, one which should make creating add-ons for the browser much easier.
Version 33.1 of the browser adds a walkthrough of the various privacy features of the web browser, reports The Next Web
. The new Forget button supplements the existing private browsing mode by giving the user the option to delete the history and cookies stored within the last five minutes, two hours or 24 hours, while also closing any open tabs, opening a fresh tab, and keeping downloaded data intact. The addition of DuckDuckGo gives Firefox users the ability to search without the search engine tracking individual users, a practice usually performed by other major engines.
The Firefox Dev Edition browser, said to be launching later today, will apparently remove many of the aspects meant to keep consumers safe, items which can also cause developers grief. Developer tools will also become more prominent, including WebIDE for in-browser editing and remote debugging, with the tools themselves being made easier to access, rather than hidden away within a menu.