Desktops and Notebooks: Firefox 5 Browser Launches, Boasting Tweaks, Security, Privacy

 
 
By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-06-23
 
 
 

Improvements and Tweaks

Mozilla's latest browser includes more than 1,000 improvements and performance enhancements. That being said, the actual user interface doesn't vary much from Firefox 4.

Improvements and Tweaks

Add-Ons

Mozilla is betting on the user appeal of add-ons that adjust Firefox's look and functionality.

Add-Ons

Awesome Bar

Firefox's "Awesome Bar" includes an autocomplete function that tries to match half-typed words with possible finishers in your browser history, bookmarked Websites and open tabs. It's designed to adjust over time to your behavior.

Awesome Bar

Zooming In/Out

Hitting "Ctrl+" and "Ctrl-" will expand (or shrink) browser text and images.

Zooming In/Out

Do Not Track

Mozilla is placing heavy emphasis on its "Do Not Track" privacy feature, which it hopes will attract users increasingly leery of the Web's rampant data mining.

Do Not Track

Private Browsing

Here is a look at Firefox's Private Browsing function.

Private Browsing

Firefox for Android

Firefox for Android, available via the Android Market, offers various features, such as the Awesome Bar, in a mobile package.

Firefox for Android

Mobile Do Not Track

Here is the mobile version of "Do Not Track."

Mobile Do Not Track

Mobile Tabbed Browsing

Firefox's mobile tabbed browsing at work. Given the rising popularity of devices such as smartphones, browsers have little choice but to seed their mobile products with as many desktop-style features as possible.??í

Mobile Tabbed Browsing

Sync

Starting with Firefox 4, Mozilla began offering Firefox Sync, which synchronizes user data and passwords between Firefox and Firefox Mobile.

Sync

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