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Firefox Ensures No One Can Spy on Google Searches

By July 19, 2012March 6th, 2023Cybersecurity

Firefox’s new update not only brought many new tweaks to their new update of their browser, it brought one critical feature that many users have been asking for: secure web searching.

Now when you search Google from Firefox, your web search maintains HTTPS levels of security instead of the regular HTTP levels. This means that the only soul that will know what you search for is you. This is a particularly useful feature when browsing the Internet on public networks; no one will be able to intercept your searches and use them for their own purposes.

Currently, the only search engine Firefox has applied this to is Google, but Mozilla indicated on their blog last Friday that they will continue to expand HTTPS to all search engines currently available.

Among other design updates, the new version has a small tweak that makes the lock icon – which verifies that a webpage is completely secure – more visible in your URL bar.

OS X now gets full-screen support, and all versions of the web browser will now autocomplete URLs. Firefox has also been redesigned to support more hardware APIs. For example, Wake Lock will now prevent your screen saver from interrupting your game, and Pointer Lock will allow for excellent in-browser control over a mouse, which will be very useful for first-person shooters.

Photo Credit: Mozilla FireFox

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.