The latest version of Firefox allows you to block videos that play automatically with sound on the web. Settings can be enabled in Firefox 66 on all websites, but you can also set exceptions for sites that you visit primarily for videos. The latest version of the browser also prevents slow loading of ads from going up and down a page and adds a new way to search open tabs.
Although Firefox’s main competitor, Chrome, started blocking some auto play videos in version 66 last year, it’s not as complete as the Mozilla solution. By default, Chrome automatically plays videos on more than 1,000 popular sites, but otherwise blocks them. In order for the browser to block video on all default sites, it must go to “chrome: // flags / # autoplay-policy” and change the auto play settings for “Activating the document user is required “. It is much less easy to use than the Firefox solution.
Mozilla indicates that sites that automatically play videos without sound (such as Facebook) will not be affected by blocking and that services that generate new videos after the end of the current video (such as Netflix) will work normally.
Apart from the video features of Firefox 66, its other improvements are minor. Now, the browser uses the scroll anchor to prevent the content of a page from bouncing during slow loading of ads. A new search field allows you to search open tabs (accessible from the tab overflow menu).
Finally, the latest version of Firefox also adds support for Autobahn for Windows Hello, which opens the door to a day, allowing you to use Microsoft’s bio metric security standard to connect to compatible websites. Mozilla says that all fingerprints, face recognition, PIN codes and security keys will be compatible.
Firefox version 66 is now available and can be downloaded from the Mozilla website. Check out the release notes for a full list of features.