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Firefox 69 Release – Block Autoplay Video & Enhanced Tracking Protection

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Mozilla released Firefox 69 with Enhanced Tracking Protection from third-party tracking Cookies, crypto miners and block the autoplay Videos.

Firefox turned on the Enhanced Tracking Protection by default to provide strong security and privacy for Firefox users around the world.

Once the user updates the new Firefox 69 version, Enhanced Tracking Protection will automatically be turned on around the world and the known “third-party tracking cookies” will be blocked with the help of the ‘Standard’ setting in the Firefox browser.

According to Mozilla, Currently, over 20% of Firefox users have Enhanced Tracking Protection on. With today’s release, we expect to provide protection for 100% of our users by default.

Firefox 69 brings an Autoplay Block to all media with sound from playing automatically by default and provide a custom option to enable the Autoplay or any other changes in autoplay settings.

Mozilla also introduces shield Icon in the address bar that indicates users that they are safe that Firefox is blocking thousands of companies from your online activity.

Blocking the cookies by default protects the users from  Cryptominers, that access your computer’s CPU, sequentially slowing it down and draining your battery, in order to generate cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin, Monero. 

Security Fixes In Firefox 69 Release

Firefox 69 release including fixes for several security vulnerabilities,  including a “Critical” severity malicious code execution vulnerability that affects Firefox on Windows operating systems.

The code execution vulnerability allows an attacker to write a log file to an arbitrary location such as the Windows ‘Startup’ folder.

Mozilla Fixed 20 vulnerabilities in the Firefox 69 update that includes 1 vulnerability that fixed under “Critical” severity, 11 “High” severity vulnerabilities, 5 “Medium” severity flaws and 3 “Low” severity vulnerabilities were fixed.

A high severity Use-after-free vulnerability (CVE-2019-11746) an occur while manipulating video elements leads to a potentially exploitable crash.

Another same-origin policy violation that could allow data theft (CVE-2019-11742); and a flaw allowing file manipulation and privilege escalation in Mozilla Maintenance Service (CVE-2019-11736).

Users can install the new update via following links or direct Firefox download page.

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