Firefox now sends your address bar strokes to Mozilla.
Firefox now sends more data to Mozilla than you think. To power Firefox’s suggestion, Firefox sends typed strokes, your location information and much more to Mozilla’s servers in your address bar. Here’s what Firefox is sharing and how to control it.
How Firefox Suggestion Works
This change was made in Firefox 93, released on October 5, 2021, as part of the introduction to the Firefox proposal. As part of the Firefox proposal, Firefox is getting ads in your search bar – but it’s not the only thing that has long been news to Firefox users.
According to Mozilla, “Firefox recommends acting as a trusted guide to a better web, helping people achieve their goals by exposing relevant information and sites.”
In fact, this means that when you start typing in your address bar, you won’t see standard search suggestions from Google or your existing search default engine. You’ll also see results for “Firefox Suggestions” pointing to web pages. Some of these are sponsored ads, but you can disable the ads.
What data is Firefox sending to Mozilla?
Firefox suggestion is the default. Mozilla’s blog post states that the Firefox proposal is an “opt-in experience” that was in September 2021 – but is now enabled by default in Firefox 93.
However, according to the release of Firefox 93 in October 2021, the Firefox proposal is only active in the United States.
It is worth noting that, over the years, Firefox and other web browsers have received search suggestions in their address bar. So, when you start typing “win” in your address bar, you may find suggestions for “Windows 11” and “Windows Repair”. As Mozilla’s support site explains, this is achieved by sending keystrokes to your default search engine.
Unfortunately, all major browsers now use a common address and search bar. Therefore, if you are typing in the address of a sensitive website to get there directly, your keystrokes will be sent to your default search engine as soon as you type and your search engine will find the address of that website. May be able to fix what you are typing manually.
Firefox suggests more than that. In addition to sending your keystrokes to Google or whatever your default search engine is, Firefox will send them to Mozilla. Both your favorite search engine and Mozilla will return suggestions.
Mozilla is also providing contextual suggestions, for which it needs more data, including the city in which you are located and whether you are clicking on its suggestions.
To provide contextual suggestions, Firefox will need to send new data to Mozilla, in particular, what you type in the search bar, city-level location data to find out what’s nearby and relevant. Also, whether you click on a suggestion and which one you click on. On.
How to disable Firefox suggestion
If you wish, you can disable Firefox’s suggested results. This will prevent Mozilla from collecting data typed into its search bar, and it will also disable suggested results and ads.
To do so, open Firefox and click Menu> Settings. Select “Privacy and Security” in the left pane, and scroll down to “Address Bar – Firefox Suggestion”. Disable “Contextual Tips” and “Add occasional sponsored suggestions” to prevent Firefox from sending data to Mozilla.
Tip: To prevent Firefox from sending you to your default search engine (Google or whatever) by typing in your address bar, click “Change preferences for search engine suggestions” and “Provide search suggestions.” “Also uncheck the option.
Mozilla promises privacy.
It is important to note that Mozilla promises not to misuse your data.
… We will only collect the data we need to work, update and improve the functionality of the Firefox proposal and the overall user experience based on our lean data and data privacy principles. We will also be transparent about our data and the way we collect data as we develop this new feature.
This all sounds great, but then again, if Mozilla were really more transparent about its data collection methods, would you rather see a clear message in Firefox about a Firefox proposal from an article like this? Will i be learning