Firefox users are unhappy with privacy tweaks in the browser's latest version

Firefox users express dissatisfaction with some privacy tweaks in the latest release, despite new security enhancements.

: Firefox 127 has received criticism from users due to privacy tweaks that have removed or changed certain features. Users particularly disliked separate taskbar icons for private and regular windows and the automatic closing of private tabs on iOS. Despite this, the update includes new security features such as automatic HTTPS upgrades and reduced fingerprinting for 32-bit Linux users.

Firefox 127 has been facing backlash from its user base due to several privacy-related changes. Users are unhappy with features such as the forced separation of private and regular browsing windows on the taskbar and the automatic closing of private tabs when the main instance closes on iOS. While Mozilla has promised to bring back some features as opt-in, the immediate reaction has been mostly negative.

Despite the criticism, Firefox 127 introduces several important security features. These include automatic upgrading of audio, video, and image resources to HTTPS, which ensures that more content is loaded over encrypted connections. Additionally, the browser now masks the CPU architecture of 32-bit x86 Linux users as x86_64 to help reduce fingerprinting, a common tracking technique used by advertisers.

Moreover, several security vulnerabilities have been addressed in this release. Users can now require device sign-in to access stored passwords, adding another layer of security. Mozilla has also committed to streamlining privacy settings and adding more user-requested features over the next year in an attempt to regain user satisfaction.