The best features are valuable in Firefox 90

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Photo: rafapress (Shutterstock) – All about privacy and security is the Firefox 90 update.

The version 90 update was comparatively shy following the design overhaul of Firefox 89. However, it focuses on two key issues: data protection and tracker blocking. You will like this update when you are a fan of Firefox and its continued task to protect your privacy and block trackers automatically.

Open the Firefox application, and go to Settings > General > Firefox Updates > Check for updates, to update to your latest version. In addition, Firefox is updating version 90 for Android from the Google Play Store. Here’s something new about Firefox 90.

Your Facebook login will work with SmartBlock 2.0.

The Firefox 90 update has enhanced SmartBlock, the privacy browsing and strict tracker blocking capability. You can now access sites in Private Mode using Facebook while still blocking cross-site tracking. If you used a previous version of Firefox, the browser would block the Facebook login request because it has tracked its servers.

Now, Firefox can recognize this and temporarily allow it when you try to login on Facebook (only for the login process). Cross-site tracking is again blocked once that is done.

Windows History Updates

This update also provides a background update function for Windows computers which checks, downloads and installs any pending background updates (it checks once every seven hours).

Firefox rolls this feature out gradually, and you can activate it from Settings.

  1. To go to Settings click on the Menu button.
  2. Download to Firefox Updates in the General Section.
  3. Here, activate the option to automatically install (recommended) updates and check or uncheck if Firefox does not run as needed.
Screenshot: Khamosh Pathak

Credit cards add and sync

Also now, FireFox can add and sync your FireFox account credit cards (on desktop and the Android app). This information is encrypted and available in your account throughout your devices.

Changes to Android in Firefox

Firefox tweaked the Settings interface on the Android side. You now see a large banner in the top, asking Firefox to be set by default and a new area for credit cards is available.

Firefox 90 also adds back/forward cache features for supported websites, so that between web pages you can quickly find back and forth.

Technical modifications

This update removes FTP entirely: You could activate the File Transfer Protocol previously by flag, but this is no longer possible. You will therefore need to access FTP servers with a dedicated browser such as FileZilla.

You should also be aware that there is a new “about: third-party” page for you to help you manage third-party compatibility problems. In “about:preferences#privacy” you can manage exceptions to HTTPS mode alone.