The Mozilla Foundation announced some changes regarding Firefox and the way it loads plugins such as Java, Acrobat Reader, and Microsoft’s Silverlight, among others. Now, thanks to the Click to Play option, users will have more control when choosing which plugins to run on the browser.
These new measures are aimed towards increasing the browser’s security, and, of course, are connected to the serious incident revolving Java two weeks ago when a security flaw was discovered by US-CERT (Computer Emergency Readiness Team), which ultimately compromised the personal information of millions of users. Mozilla’s advice was that users temporarily deactivated the Java plugin until Oracle published a patch to solve the security problem with the software.
Since the beginning, plugins have been a great resource for offering extra features and personalizing browsers with extra capabilities. However, recently they have become a source of recurring security issues, as they end up becoming the gateway for attacks and malware.
The new feature called Click to Play will allows users to determine which plugins can run, and which will remain blocked by default. Users can also activate plugins when the browser prompts them and asks. Initially, all installed plugins, or those suggested to be run, will be blocked by default, except for Flash.
Mozilla continues to show that offering the best user experience possible is its number one priority. This feature a barrier and a powerful control mechanism at the same time for the browser, and perhaps it won’t be long before other browsers follow down the same path.
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