Browser security is making headlines. Google’s new annual report shows attacks on every major browser and operating system are growing rapidly. You can read my Chrome Update Guide here but, for Firefox users, this is what you need to know to stay safe.

Want to stay ahead of the crowd? The most diligent way is to follow the Firefox Releases page. Mozilla records every new version and the list of fixes and patches can even be useful for casual surfers who would simply like to understand more about their browser.

Prefer to skip Firefox blogs? Understandable. The most reactive method is to watch out for prompts from Firefox itself that an update is available. These will appear in the top right corner beside the three lines icon (the ‘More’ overflow menu) and — if at all possible — don’t dismiss the notification, even if it appears at an inconvenient time.

The three line / ‘More’ overflow menu in Firefox GORDON KELLY Why? Because, like Google Chrome, Firefox updates have a staged rollout to its userbase. This means you might be seeing your update notification days or even weeks after it appeared for the first users. So, if you are being prompted, there is no time to waste. But the good news is you can also jump the queue.

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How To Manually Update Firefox Click the ‘More’ overflow menu icon in the top right corner of Chrome (see image above Click Help > About Firefox
An interstitial window will open and Firefox will be forced to manually check for updates
The benefit of doing this is, should an update be available, you jump to the front of the queue and Firefox will immediately begin downloading any update that is available. How often you check is a personal decision, but morning and night is a good strategy and can see you receive updates before Mozilla has even announced them.

Separating Green From Greenwash: Key Questions For Evaluating Net-Zero Commitments: Part Remember To Restart Unlike many other browsers — Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Brave, etc — Firefox is not based on Chromium but, like Chromium, it must still be restarted after updating before you are protected. This is true for Firefox on all platforms, including macOS, Linux and Windows.

Note: your tabs will never be lost when you restart as long as you check the correct settings: More > Settings > Startup: Open previous windows and tabs.

Source: This news is originally published by forbes

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