Firefox Focus Review | Mobile

Firefox FocusI’m sure most of you are content with using the stock web browser on your mobile phone, whether it be Chrome, Safari, or whatever your phone came with. That’s all fine and dandy for viewing regular sites that you’re familiar with, but what if you want to view sites your not familiar with? What if you want to privately view a site without the worry of being tracked or having your history viewed by others? If this is you, you might want to check out Firefox Focus. Firefox Focus does one thing and it’s to protect your privacy while browsing.

What I like about Firefox Focus is that right when you install it, it’s already working for you. By default, it blocks ad trackers, blocks analytical trackers, and blocks social trackers. If that’s not enough, you can go into the settings and block even more. You can also block content trackers, web fonts, Javascript, and cookies. Note though that blocking some of these can affect how some websites behave.

To further your privacy, you can also enable stealth mode which hides webpages from the thumbnail view when switching apps as well as blocks the ability to take screenshots. You can also enable the use of fingerprint unlocking in order keep others from opening Firefox Focus if you still have it open in the background.

What I like too is that when you actually close out of the app, it will completely delete your history and cache files. You can also do this manually by tapping on the little garbage can on the bottom right corner or you can do it from the notification pull down menu as well from your home screen.

Lastly, there are a few quirks you’ll need to get used to since it’s a private browser. Firefox Focus only allows you to view one page at a time, no tabs. You also can’t use any bookmarks so you’ll have to either google each page you want to look at or type in the full web address.

As a web browser, Firefox Focus is pretty good. It displays most pages accurately, but turning on some of the blocks do make some pages act strangely. Aside from that, it works like any other browser really and the main point of using it is that it will automatically delete history, cache files, and any other personal info. That means if there are any sites you don’t want anyone to know about, this is the browser to use.

iTunes App Store: Firefox Focus
Google Play: Firefox Focus
Developer: Mozilla

Description

Browse like no one’s watching. The new Firefox Focus automatically blocks a wide range of online trackers — from the moment you launch it to the second you leave it. Easily erase your history, passwords and cookies, so you won’t get followed by things like unwanted ads.

“Private browsing” on most browsers isn’t comprehensive or easy to use. Focus is next-level privacy that’s free, always on and always on your side — because it’s backed by Mozilla, the non-profit that fights for your rights on the Web.

AUTOMATIC PRIVACY
– Blocks a wide range of common Web trackers without any settings to set
– Easily erases your history — no passwords, no cookies, no trackers

BROWSE FASTER
– By removing trackers and ads, Web pages may require less data and load faster

MADE BY MOZILLA
– We believe everyone should have control over their lives online. That’s what we’ve been fighting for since 1998.

 

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