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Firefox Now Deactivating Most Plug-Ins by Default

2:40 am on Oct 1, 2013 (gmt 0)

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http://www.tomshardware.com/news/mozilla-firefox-plugins-browser-security,24410.html [tomshardware.com]

Mozilla: Firefox Now Deactivating Most Plug-Ins by Default

Mozilla is phasing out old plugin technology.

Not to be outdone by Google's report of blocking most plugins within Chrome starting January 2014, Mozilla updated its own blog reporting that Firefox will no longer activate most plugins by default, starting with the latest Aurora release.

On Tuesday, Mozilla's Benjamin Smedberg said that when a website tries to use a plugin, users can choose whether to enable it or keep it blocked. Ultimately, this should provide a better Firefox experience on a performance level, as plugins are known to be a source of hangs, crashes, and security incidents. Putting control in the hands of users should keep them more secure and the browser running more smoothly.