Firefox is #1 in Top 12 Web Browsers

Last updated: May 26, 2020
The free, non-profit browser for your desktop and mobile devices. Firefox is created by a global non-profit dedicated to putting individuals in control online. We’ve always designed Firefox to protect and respect your private information. That’s why we’re proud to be voted the Most Trusted Internet Company for Privacy.

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#1 in Top 12 Web Browsers


The best alternatives to Firefox are: Google Chrome, Safari, Opera, Brave Browser, Microsoft Edge

Latest news about Firefox

2020. Firefox gets a better password manager

Mozilla launched version 76 of its Firefox browser with enhanced password manager. Firefox Lockwise will now ask you for your device password when you try to copy and paste credentials from your “Logins and Passwords” page in the browser. After you’ve confirmed your device password, you can see and copy your credentials for five minutes. This should make it a bit harder for others to access password-protected sites on your machine, especially if you’re on a computer you regularly share with others. Also new to Lockwise are alerts for vulnerable passwords that are identical to those that have been stolen in a known breach, as well as warnings when a website you use has been breached and your logins and passwords were likely stolen. In addition, Lockwise’s password generator now works with more sites and will help you find 12 random letters, numbers and symbols for you to use as your password.

2019. Firefox gets enhanced tracking protection, desktop password manager

Firefox team is launching one of its broadest sets of releases that aim to keep advertisers and others from following you across the web, while also making it harder for Facebook to track you. In its standard setting, which is the default, Enhanced Tracking Protection will block all third-party tracking cookies, based on the Disconnect list. You can also opt for a strict setting, which may break some sites, or opt for your own custom settings, too. Mozilla is also expanding its Lockbox password manager to the desktop. Until now, Lockbox only existed as a set of mobile apps, but Mozilla launched a Firefox desktop extension, too. It’s also changing the name to Lockwise. It’s a pretty straightforward password manager experience, though, at least for the time being, notably not as fully featured as Dashlane, 1Password, LastPass or similar options.

2018. Firefox will now alert you when one of your accounts was hacked

Earlier this year, Mozilla announced Firefox Monitor, a service that tells you if your online accounts were hacked in a recent data breach. All you have to give it is your email address and it’ll use the Have I Been Pwned database to show you if you need to worry and what data was compromised. Today, Mozilla is taking this a step further by also letting you sign up for alerts for when your accounts appear in any (known) breaches in the future. Mozilla notes that Firefox Monitor is just one of a number of new data and privacy features the organization has on its roadmap for the next few months. It’s clear that Mozilla is positioning itself as a neutral force and overall, that seems to be going quite well, especially given that Google’s Chrome browser is facing a bit of a backlash these days as users are increasingly concerned about their privacy and the vast trove of data Google collects.

2018. Firefox ends support of Windows XP, Vista

Mozilla shut down Firefox's support for Windows XP and Windows Vista, ending browser security updates for the outdated operating systems. Support for the two past-expiration-date OSes - Microsoft dropped Windows XP in April 2014, Vista in April 2017 - ended with Firefox ESR 52.9, which was released June 26. That version was supplanted by Firefox ESR 60.2 on Sept. 4. Firefox ESR, for "Extended Support Release," is a version Mozilla issues to customers - primarily business users - who value stability over sexy new features. Unlike the standard Firefox, each ESR version receives only security updates during its tenure. About once a year, Mozilla replaces the existing ESR with the then-current Firefox, then maintains both the old and new ESR versions during a 12-week overlap period. Firefox ESR 52's overlap with ESR 60 began May 7, when the latter launched, and ended Sept. 4, when that date's security patches were not provided for the former. The only Top 5 browser still supporting Windows XP is Opera.

2017. Firefox released new ultra-fast web browser to take on Google Chrome

Mozilla's latest browser Firefox Quantum is really, really fast. In a test conducted with the open-source project WebPageTest, Firefox Quantum loaded a number of top websites before Chrome did, including Yelp, Shutterstock, and even Google Search itself.  (Chrome was still, of course, faster to load most Google and Youtube pages).  The browser also uses around 30% less memory than its competitors Chrome, Edge, and Safari on Windows operating systems, and only uses a tiny bit more than Chrome on macOS. This means you can run 30% more tabs without your browser crashing or slowing to a crawl.  But where the company hopes its browser will stand out the most is in the interface. The company extensively researched the way users navigate browsers, and Firefox Quantum has a number of small, but significant features to accommodate those patterns.

2016. Mozilla launches Firefox Focus - private web browser for iPhone

Mozilla introduced a new mobile web browser for iOS - Firefox Focus, that puts private browsing at the forefront of the user experience. The mobile browser by default blocks ad trackers, and erases your browsing history, including your passwords and cookies. The end result is a simplified browser that may load web pages more quickly, the company claims, given that ads and other web trackers can bog down pages and impact performance.

2015. Firefox for iOS is now available

Mozilla has launched the first version of Firefox browser for iOS globally. It boasts intelligent search, an elaborate private browsing mode (which requires iOS 9), easy access to favorites and intuitive, visual tabs. Of course, its history, tabs and passwords will sync with your desktop Firefox — just like they do on Chrome and Safari. Firefox for iOS works on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and requires iOS 8.2 or later. For Firefox, reaching iOS has been a long and winding road. The company (somewhat inexplicably) shunned Apple's platform, relying instead on Firefox Home — a mobile app that let you access your Firefox bookmarks, tabs and history — but giving up on it in 2012.

2015. Firefox gets built-in video chat

The latest version of Firefox (35) features a WebRTC-based Firefox Hello video chat service. You can start this plugin-free video chat by sharing an automatically generated link with whoever you want to talk to or by using the contacts from your Firefox account to start calls. Before, you had to sit and wait for your contact to join the room. Your contacts can be on Firefox, Chrome or Opera. Now, a small window with a self-view pops up and you can continue to surf the Web until your contact joins the call. Over time, Mozilla wants to expand this project to also include new features like screen sharing and online collaboration tools “so people can be more productive and get the most out of their video calls.” The organization is working with Telefonica’s TokBox and its OpenTok service on this project.

2014. Firefox 29 - the most important update in the history

That's what Mozilla executive says about the new Firefox version. However, this update can be briefly described as: "Firefox has become very similar to Google Chrome". Menus, toolbars and tabs now occupy less space and menu migrated to the same place where it's located in Chrome. And it has become faster - just like Chrome. Indeed, this is the fastest Firefox ever. And the safest (as Mozilla says). In addition, the developers link a new online service to the browser - Firefox Accounts. It allows to sync bookmarks, browsing history and passwords between user computers and mobile devices. Also we note the appearance of WebRTC support - it's a standard for video chat in the browser without plugins.

2013. First Firefox OS phones appeared

Usually open-source projects are flowing slowly but when business giant (such as Telefonica) is interested in it, everything is going according to the plan. As promised in the beginning of this year Telefonica and Mozilla have revealed the first smartphones based on Firefox OS. Why Telefonica helps this strange project in the world ruled by Android and iPhone? The main reason is that Firefox OS phones will be even cheaper than Android. Though Android - is also a free platform, but the Firefox OS based on using only Web-applications, can significantly reduce the hardware requirements. For example, the first two models (Keon and Peak) - are not powerful phones according to their characteristics, and they will be inexpensive, but their apps work even faster than on Android. In addition, applications for Firefox OS can be developed by anyone who knows HTML, CSS, Javascript, so (in theory) the apps for these smartphones will be also cheaper. So on the emerging markets Firefox-phones can become a hot trend. Will they become popular in the Enterprise? In fact, IT administrators like open systems that can be fully controlled. And perhaps, this completely open Firefox OS will be more appealing for them than the half-open Android. But everything will depend on Firefox OS security measures. Because Firefox OS app can potentially access all files, system programs and hardware of the smartphone. In conclusion, let's recall the philosophy of the Firefox OS, and how the high performance is achieved. Unlike a regular browser (for example on Android), Firefox OS allows to save some app scripts on the device and not to download them every time from the server. You can also store some data locally. Thus, the load can be optimally distributed between client app and server so the app can run faster. Local scripts and data storage also allow apps to run offline.

2012. Firefox OS - alternative to Google Chrome

Browser - is the next operating system. This idea was born in Google and they created Chrome OS. And Mozilla thought that this it also can play this game and developed the mobile OS - Boot to Gecko. Yesterday this platform was renamed to Firefox OS, which marks the transformation of the simple browser into the cross-platform Operating System. Recall, Firefox OS is intended only for running web-applications (on HTML5) and allows to build very cheap smartphones and tablets due to the minimum requirements to hardware. How Firefox OS can compete with Chrome OS? It's very simple, because in the nearest years Google won't ditch Android and make a choice in favor of the Chrome OS for mobile devices. Mozilla doesn't have such problem and its way to the goal is clean. Firefox OS has become very popular among mobile operators. Because first, the phones will be cheaper, and second - more traffic will be consumed. Telefonica, Sprint, Deutsche Telekom, Smart, Telecom Italia and Telenor are ready to offer their customers the Firefox-phones early next year. And Chinese manufacturers ZTE and Alcatel are ready to produce them. However, it seams that Firefox OS - will never become really cross-platform in this world where every vendor seeks to build walls around its platform. Like Google, Mozilla will face restrictions for third-party browsers on iPhone/iPad. Microsoft's new ARM-tablet Surface also won't support third-party browsers. And Google is unlikely to welcome Firefox OS on its Android-devices.

2012. Do we need another mobile OS? Mozilla says Yes

It seemed that all the tickets to the mobile OS market have been sold to Android, iOS, Windows and Blackberry (if it survives). And the unsuccessful attempts of HP and Samsung to enter this market have convinced everybody that the world doesn't need another mobile OS. But there will always be fanatics with unusual ideas and motivation that can change everything. Recently Mozilla (the Firefox developer) presented a prototype of its new mobile platform, codenamed Boot to Gecko (B2G). It is designed for smartphones and tablets and based on Firefox browser, running on top of the Linux kernel. B2G supposes that all mobile applications will run inside the browser. Remind Google's Chrome OS, yeah? But the Chrome OS was developed for desktops, not mobile devices. Besides, the internal conflict between Chrome OS and Android doesn't let Chrome OS to develop on mobile devices. And Mozilla - is the company vitally interested in the development of Web-based technologies. Therefore, the B2G developers announced that they are struggling not for money but for the Web and promise to create a free OS for mobile WEB/HTML5 apps. How it will differ from a standard browser in iOS or Android? The B2G browser will interact directly with the phone functions (such as bluetooth and file system) and mobile operator services (e.g. SMS). So, mobile web-applications will have the same capabilities as native apps. It's no surprise that this Mozilla's project was at once supported by Adobe. Because Adobe doesn't like all these native apps and wants to own the HTML5 development tools market. But besides it - the maker of mobile chips Qualcomm and the third world largest mobile operator Telefonica also decided to participate in the project. So, the B2G has pretty good arguments to succeed.