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Mozilla Suggests Privacy-Protecting Approach for Personalizing Online Content

Mozilla is floating a new idea that would let browsers personalize Web content without needing to access a user’s entire browsing history as is the case now. If adopted, this interface would give users control over information their browser shares with websites and eliminate tracking systems used by advertisers that typically access a user’s entire browsing history. Such information is typically used to deliver content, such as advertisements, to a user based on sites or information previously viewed. The history can also be accessed without the user’s consent, which is a problem for privacy. The Mozilla Labs Prospector research team developed its new approach by conducting opt-in experiments with volunteer users. Mozilla’s new Firefox browser design would use artificial intelligence to learn a user’s interests over time and make relevant content available. (SlashDot)(Engadget)(CNET)(Mozilla)
 

Security Concerns Prompt Mozilla to Pull Latest Firefox Release

Days after releasing the latest iteration of the Firefox browser, Mozilla has stopped distribution of the software from its website after discovering a security vulnerability that could give scammers access to a user’s browsing history. “The vulnerability could allow a malicious site to potentially determine which websites users have visited and have access to the URL or URL parameters,” Mozilla stated. “At this time we have no indication that this vulnerability is currently being exploited in the wild.” Mozilla said it is “actively working on a fix” with an updated planned for release Thursday. Users of the new browser could either downgrade to Firefox 15.0.1 or wait for a patched version of Firefox 16.
(PCMag)(Computerworld)(Mozilla Security Blog)
Days after releasing the latest iteration of the Firefox browser, Mozilla has stopped distribution of the software from its website after discovering a security vulnerability that could give scammers access to a user’s browsing history. “The vulnerability could allow a malicious site to potentially determine which websites users have visited and have access to the URL or URL parameters,” Mozilla stated. “At this time we have no indication that this vulnerability is currently being exploited in the wild.” Mozilla said it is “actively working on a fix” with an updated planned for release Thursday. Users of the new browser could either downgrade to Firefox 15.0.1 or wait for a patched version of Firefox 16. (PCMag)(Computerworld)(Mozilla Security Blog)

 

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