Firefox 23 Protects from Man-in-the-Middle Attacks
Article by George Norman
On 14 Aug 2013
Mozilla just rolled out Firefox version 23.0 to the masses. This latest release enables mixed content blocking and thus protects from man-in-the-middle attacks and eavesdroppers on HTTPS pages, introduces a new options panel for the Web Developer Toolbox, and uses the revamped logo that was presented late this June.

Firefox fans that used Firefox 23 while it was still in Beta are already familiar with the new logo. If you’re not familiar with the new logo, let me quickly tell you that it was created by long time Mozilla visual designer, Sean Martell. Martell explained that his work was “a simplification in form and function”. And Mozilla explained that the logo was modernized so it can better “reflect Firefox’s role in the ever-changing Web of 2013 and beyond.”

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This is the new, updated, and revamped Firefox logo.



This is the logo’s evolution over time, from 2004 up to 2013.



And this is an infographic that presents the logo’s evolution.



As I was saying at the start, Mozilla has just rolled out Firefox 23 to the public. If you did not get the latest version yet, you can trigger a manual update by going to Help -> About Firefox.

Or you can get the latest Firefox version for Windows straight from FindMySoft.

Before you go get Firefox 23, take a look at its main new features and changes:
  • Mixed content blocker – content that is insecure will be blocked when accessing a HTTPS that contains HTTP resources. This will protect you from man-in-the-middle attacks and eavesdroppers.
  • There’s a new options panel for the Web Develeoper Toolbox.
  • As I’ve already mentioned above, Firefox 23 uses the new Firefox logo.
  • The option to disable JavaScript has been removed from the Options menu.
  • The option to "Load images automatically" and “Always show the tab bar" have been removed from the Options menu.
  • about:memory's functional UI has been improved.
  • It is now possible to switch to a new search provider across the entire browser.
  • Several security problems have been addressed.

You can check out the Firefox 23 Release Notes for more “what’s new” information.

And if you’re a security buff, you can check out the security advisories for Firefox 23 here.



Tags: Mozilla, Firefox, update, security, browser
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