Improving the Storage Access API in Firefox
Before we roll out State Partitioning for all Firefox users, we intend to make a few privacy and ergonomic improvements to the Storage Access API. In this blog post, we’ll detail a few of the new changes we made.
Twitter Direct Message Caching and Firefox
Distinguished engineer Martin Thomson explains how this problem occurred, the implications for people who might be affected, and how problems of this nature might be avoided in future. To get there, we need to dig a little into how web caching works.
Empowering User Privacy and Decentralizing IoT with Mozilla WebThings
In designing Mozilla WebThings, we have consciously insulated users from servers that could harvest their data, including our own Mozilla servers, by offering an interoperable, decentralized IoT solution. Learn about the user research that informs our project, and how we've engineered privacy by design into every aspect of Mozilla WebThings.
Private by Design: How we built Firefox Sync
Firefox Sync lets you share your bookmarks, browsing history, passwords and other browser data between different devices, and send tabs from one device to another. We think it’s important to highlight the privacy aspects of Sync, which protects all your synced data by default so Mozilla can’t read it, ever. In this post, we take a closer look at some of the technical design choices we made in order to put user privacy first.
Testing Privacy-Preserving Telemetry with Prio
Building a browser is hard; building a good browser inevitably requires gathering a lot of data to make sure that things that work in the lab works in the field. But as soon as you gather data, you have to make sure you protect user privacy. We’re always looking at ways to improve the security of our data collection, and lately we’ve been experimenting with a really cool technique called Prio.
Remaking Lightbeam as a browser extension
You may have heard of browser extensions — the technology for building extensions in Firefox has been modernized to support Web standards, and is one of the reasons why Firefox Quantum will be the fastest and most stable release yet. This post looks at conceptual differences between a browser extension and a traditional web application, illustrated with some practical examples and tips from the author's experience developing Lightbeam.
Login Forms over HTTPS, Please
Update: This feature is now also enabled in Firefox Beta, starting with Firefox Beta 50. Pretty much everyone who uses the web has used a password to log into something. And pretty much everyone who has used a password has put that password at risk by entering it into an insecure form. In Firefox 46 […]
Five Potential Privacy Pitfalls for App Developers
Fighting for data privacy — making sure people know who has access to their data, where it goes or could go, and that they have a choice in all of it — is part of Mozilla’s DNA. Privacy is an integral part of building an Internet where people come first. “Individuals’ security and privacy on […]
Releasing an app is much more than just coding it. You are providing a service to people and they trust you with their data. With the amount of reports of apps “calling home” and storing and sending your data to third parties without your consent rising it is important to make it plain and obvious […]