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Mozilla Firefox 85 Will Not Support Adobe Flash Player

Mozilla Firefox 85 has been launched, and this move ends the support for Adobe Flash Player plugin and protects users from supercookies.

Mozilla Firefox 85 does not support Adobe Flash and it was pre-decided by the company back in 2017. The most important change in the latest version of Firefox is the crackdown on supercookies, which are actually the trackers and they stay hidden in the browser and track you online even after you clear cookies.

Mozilla Firefox 85 does not support Adobe Flash, and this is what the company claims will enhance performance and security. Adobe had announced the withdrawal of Flash Player back in 2017. Mozilla had even confirmed that the Firefox version 84 would be the last one to support Adobe Flash.

Mozilla stated in a blog post that Firefox 85 would partition network connections and caches by the website being visited and even called the change a fundamental change. Firefox 85 focuses on isolating supercookies to prevent them from tracking users’ Web browsing from one website to the next.

The supercookies can be used instead of the ordinary cookies to store user identifiers, but are difficult to delete, thus making it tough for users to protect their privacy at the time of browsing. Mozilla asserts that the changes made in Firefox 85 will efficiently reduce the effectiveness of cache-based supercookies and would eradicate a tracker’s ability to use them across the websites.

Firefox 85 uses a separate image cache for every website a user visits. This means that cached images will still load when a user revisits the same site, but those caches will not be shared by the browser across websites.

Mozilla claims that Firefox 85 partitions all the caches by the top-level site being visited – Alt-Svc cache, font cache, favicon cache, HSTS cache, HTTP Authentication cache, HTTP cache, DNS cache, image cache, OCSP cache, style sheet cache, and TLS certificate cache.

The latest version of Mozilla Firefox divides the pooled connections, preconnect connections, prefetch connections, speculative connections, and TLS session identifiers, to protect users from connection-based tracking. The segregation applies to all third-party resources embedded on a website.

Mozilla also said that Firefox 85 will make it easier to save and access bookmarks. The browser also remembers all your preferred locations for saved bookmarks. It even displays the bookmark toolbar by default on the new tabs and gives easy access to the bookmarks through a toolbar folder. The password manager in Firefox 85 even allows users to remove all saved logins with just one click.

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