Firefox 61 Stable is available for download and installation on Mozilla’s servers. Although it is scheduled to be released later today, you can download Firefox 61 final and install or upgrade your current installation of Firefox.
Firefox 61 if the fourth update of Firefox Quantum. Firefox Quantum 57 was the first browser with which Mozilla started enhancing the performance of the browser dramatically.
Firefox 61 promises better performance and stability as compared to the previous versions of Firefox Quantum. The features introduce in Firefox 61 directly impact user performance and security. So it is recommended that you upgrade your browser to Firefox 61.
Let’s go through some of the new features in Firefox 61.
TLS 1.3 implemented by default
The biggest advantage of Firefox 61 in my point of view is that it comes with TLS 1.3 enabled by default. TLS 1.3 is the latest security standard which builds its bases on top of TLS 1.2 and is more secure than the previous versions. The loopholes left in TLS 1.2 for financial institutions to spy on their customers has been closed in TLS 1.3.
Firefox blocks access to FTP subresources in HTTP and HTTPS sites making the use of FTP more secure for the end user.
Separate processes for WebExtensions
Firefox 61 allows separate processes for WebExtensions. This will lead to a more stable browser and better performance in terms multi-processing.
Add search engines from Page Action menu
If you prefer to use several search engines for your searches, Firefox 61 makes it easier for adding new search engines. Just go to any site which you want to add as a search engine and click on the Action menu icon in the address bar. Firefox will give you an option to add the new search engine.
Firefox can now pre-load the open tabs in the browser when the user hovers the mouse cursor over the tab. This process is called tab warming. By using tab warming by default, there will be a substantial increase in performance while switching tabs inside of Firefox.