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Firefox rolling out encrypted DNS over HTTPS (DoH)
Firefox began the rollout of encrypted DNS over HTTPS (DoH) by default for US-based users. The rollout will continue over the next few weeks to confirm no major issues are discovered as this new protocol is enabled for Firefox’s US-based users.
Trade fake news for quality content with Pocket
The internet is filled with rabbit holes you never meant to fall into (hello, insomnia). Pocket is just what the doctor ordered. It helps you make the most of your reading time by surfacing the content you care about, from legit sources, consumable in all the ways you like to “read.” Listen to an article on your commute, take your reading offline, catch up on great videos, tuck into a story at bedtime. And carve out a quiet space on the internet that’s all yours.
Share large files securely with Firefox Send
The files you share online should stay private—they’re nobody’s business but yours and the person on the receiving end. With Firefox Send, you can share up to 1GB and protect your file behind a wall of encryption that’s so private, even we can’t see what you’re sending. Join Firefox to send bigger files up to 2.5GB, set expiration dates on download links, add a password to double your security, and manage your file links from any device.
Take your passwords anywhere with Lockwise
When it comes to protecting yourself online, passwords are your first line of defense. But, strong passwords are complicated and can be a hassle to retype over and over. That’s where Firefox Lockwise can help. Lockwise remembers your passwords, keeps them safe behind a wall of code, and lets you take them everywhere on your phone, tablet and desktop. On Android or iOS.
Nobody used it - Instagram is getting rid of IGTV button
As reported by TechCrunch, Instagram is removing the IGTV button from its home screen, the company found that the icon wasn’t really being used. Most users are accessing IGTV content through previews in feed, profiles of creators, or the standalone IGTV app. IGTV, which was launched in June 2018, has failed to meet the success of rivals TikTok and SnapChat.
As we’ve continued to work on making it easier for people to create and discover IGTV content, we’ve learned that most people are finding IGTV content through previews in Feed, the IGTV channel in Explore, creators’ profiles and the standalone app. Very few are clicking into the IGTV icon in the top right corner of the home screen in the Instagram app. We always aim to keep Instagram as simple as possible, so we’re removing this icon based on these learnings and feedback from our community.
Ontario government investing $35 million in broadband for rural communities
The Ontario government is working with the federal government and the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) project to provide a combined investment of nearly $35 million for a broadband pilot in rural communities across Ontario. SWIFT is taking the next step today by awarding contracts to successful bidders to help bring better broadband service to three counties in Southwestern Ontario.
“This investment will help SWIFT move forward on projects that will provide broadband access to approximately 11,000 more homes and businesses across Norfolk, Wellington and Lambton counties,” said Minister Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Having high-speed Internet access is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity that allows our businesses to connect to global markets, enables students and workers to learn and upgrade their skills, and allows people to bank or shop online.”
Google search results now includes favicons
Last year, Google’s search results on mobile gained a new look. Well it’s finally rolling out to desktop results, presenting site domain names and brand icons prominently, along with a bolded “Ad” label for ads.
Google says that the new format puts a site’s brand front & center, helping searchers better understand where information is coming from, more easily scan results & decide what to explore.
There has been a bit of a backlash on twitter, with quite a few people voicing opposition to the change.
It is now quite important for site owners to ensure that favicons are properly setup, you can indicate a preferred icon you wish to have appear next to Google Search listings as explained in this Google Help Article.
Watch for account breaches with Firefox Monitor
Seems like every day there’s news of another data breach. Mozilla, the company behind Firefox, has partnered with one of the most respected online security experts to help you know when your personal info is exposed. Firefox Monitor lets you check your email address for known past breaches, and even sign up for ongoing alerts. When you join Firefox, you’ll be able to monitor multiple email addresses, and keep track with a dashboard for all your accounts, monitoring and alerts.
Microsoft is rolling out its new Edge browser
Firefox-level privacy, Chrome-level compatibility. The new Edge browser is based on Chromium, the open-source project that is the foundation of other browsers like Google’s own Chrome. Essentially, Edge is a stripped-down version of Chrome with all the Googly stuff replaced by Microsoft features. Like Mozilla’s Firefox, Edge also focuses more on privacy features with built-in tracking protection. And on top of that, Microsoft has split Edge out from the Windows 10 operating system, and will receive updates every six-weeks. With versions for Windows, MacOS, Android, and iOS you can try the new browser on your desktop, laptop, and phone.
Web Site Notification Requests To Become Less Annoying
Starting in Firefox release 72 and Chrome release 80 web notification requests will be getting less annoying, but may upset website owners that use notifications to drive traffic.
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