Firefox 48.0

The announcement for Firefox 47.0 highlights a few changes: synchronized tabs (between Firefox instances), improved video playback, and some security and performance improvements for Android users.

According to the release notes, Firefox 47.0 takes a few more steps in the process of moving away from Flash and toward HTML5 for video, and removes support for some older technologies related to plugins. The click-to-activate plugin whitelist, a security feature that was introduced in 2013, has been removed.

Most importantly, Firefox 47.0 fixes at least thirteen security issues. So don’t delay, update Firefox as soon as you can.

Check your Firefox version and trigger an update by navigating to its About page:

  1. Click the ‘hamburger’ (three horizontal bars) menu button at the top right.
  2. Click the question mark at the bottom of the menu.
  3. Click ‘About Firefox’ in the menu.

About jrivett

Jeff Rivett has worked with and written about computers since the early 1980s. His first computer was an Apple II+, built by his father and heavily customized. Jeff's writing appeared in Computist Magazine in the 1980s, and he created and sold a game utility (Ultimaker 2, reviewed in the December 1983 Washington Apple Pi Journal) to international markets during the same period. Proceeds from writing, software sales, and contract programming gigs paid his way through university, earning him a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree at UWO. Jeff went on to work as a programmer, sysadmin, and manager in various industries. There's more on the About page, and on the Jeff Rivett Consulting site.

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