Privacy-Enabled Web Browser 'Firefox Focus' Launches on App Store With Automatic Ad Blocking

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    Mozilla today launched a new app called "Firefox Focus," which automatically blocks advertisements as well as online trackers. The company said that due to the new app's removal of heavy ads and tracking software by other companies, "web pages may require less data and load faster."

    The privacy-focused web browser also comes with an easily accessible "Erase" button at the top of the app, which users can tap and erase all browsing history, searches, cookies, and passwords instantly.

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    Firefox Focus also offers extensive customizable browsing options, with the ability to disable a website's custom font, and users can choose to load a page in another browser -- Firefox or Safari -- if they're willing to leave the security of Firefox Focus.
    The app is otherwise simplified, with a single search bar greeting users when they open it, and only one tab available to view at a time. The settings of the app also include an additional layer of security to block other content trackers, but Mozilla warns that toggling it on "may break some videos and web pages."

    Firefox Focus is available to download from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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  2. shaunymac, Nov 17, 2016
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    I'll be checking this out! I like the simplicity and that iPad Mini of mine could use a speed boost if possible!
     
  3. DavidTheExpert macrumors regular

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    Excellent! I know Firefox hasn't been as popular as it used to be, but I find that Mozilla is still churning out really great quality stuff. Firefox runs great on my Mac, and I use it frequently on iPhone.
     
  4. mkeeley macrumors 6502

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    Thought it had been out for ages. Wasn't it released a year ago?
     
  5. DavidTheExpert macrumors regular

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    They released Firefox for iOS a while ago. This is apparently a more simplified browser with a focus on privacy. aka your new mobile porn browser.
     
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    I think the next big milestone in web development will be to get rid of ads all together and form a different revenue stream for sites. This would change the way newspapers write their clickbate articles just to get eyes to their site. I'm not about to claim I have the answer but I imagine it would be a patreon style system. Face it, nobody wants ads but it's a demon the entertainment/media world can't do without right now.

    Sorry for the tangent
     
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    User mkeeley was right, it came out about a year ago (I've been using it) but until now it was only an ad blocker for Safari. Now it has a little browser built into the app. This is a very misleading article since the app itself is not new, but the browser within is.
     
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    I'm getting Google as the default search engine.

    It seems it can also be set as a content blocker for Safari, I wonder how it compares to Crystal and Purify.

    Edit. It block ads, but it leaves blank spaces where they where.
     
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    Sounds like Mozilla has discretely released the ultimate porn browser.
     
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  13. netsped macrumors 6502

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    Maybe it's based on location, I'm not in the US.
     
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    Nice, new porn browser!

    I'm fine with what I already have though.

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    Isn't the default search in settings?
     
  16. netsped macrumors 6502

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    Nope, the only settings it has is to select what to block.
     
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    Hmm I know safari has the choice of search engine in settings, worrisome you can't do so for this - I'd use it without hesitation otherwise.
     
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  20. Sasparilla, Nov 17, 2016
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    As others said this was an Ad Blocker for Safari in iOS. Does it still serve that purpose as well? Verified that it does still serve this purpose - integration with Safari is an option and selected.

    Because that is who they're currently taking money from for making it the default - they used to take it from Google.

    Its Yahoo for me as well on initial load (U.S. based) - which I do not have Safari or regular Firefox set to on my iPhone.

    Although normal Firefox lets you change the default search settings (in active browser, tab view settings) I'm not seeing anyway on this. Bummer, it is quite fast at loading advertising/tracking overloaded sites (The Verge loaded instantly). Will keep using it as an ad blocker for Safari.
     
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    Yes
     
  22. rshrugged, Nov 17, 2016
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    That's correct. Mozilla moved from Google to Yahoo (Microsoft Bing at its base) as their default search engine partner for the US.

    https://techcrunch.com/2014/11/19/m...-default-search-engine-in-firefox-next-month/

    I haven't tried this new version of Focus, but as I understand it (as noted in the OP) it can still be used as a content blocker within Safari where you can choose to use a different search engine, such as DuckDuckGo.

    Edit -- man I'm slow; others already answered.
     
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    i had to uninstall the original app to get it to update ... weird. And why a separate app? Why can't firefox have a built in ad block like dophin does?!
     
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    If it blocks all video too I'd pay $100 for it. And another $200 for a desktop version.
     
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