Security & Privacy

Firefox 8 Sees Security Fixes, New Add-On Interface

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The Mozilla Foundation has released Firefox 8, the latest version of their web browser. This update notably fixes six security issues, three of which are critical. In addition, Firefox 8 adds a new interface for installing and removing add-ons. Users must clearly opt in to the installation of new add-ons, and will have clearer options about disabling add-ons when upgrading the program. While Firefox already has an Add-ons Manager, which offers this latter feature, the new interface will be a bit clearer for users who don’t access that tool.

Firefox users can update their version of the browser by choosing Firefox > About Firefox, then clicking on Check for Updates. You can also download a copy of the program here.

The Mozilla Foundation has also released an update for their Thunderbird e-mail client. This update fixes six security flaws, and can be downloaded here.