Firefox 14 Brings HTTPS Search, Click-to-Play Plugins

Pulkit Chandna

Mozilla has once again done what it has been doing every six weeks for over a year now. Confused? Well, we’re talking about the highly controversial tri-fortnightly practice of bundling up a handful of new Firefox features, tweaks and bug fixes, and pretending that the ensuing software package is significant enough to be rolled out as a major version update. In other words, Mozilla has once again updated its flagship browser.

According to Mozilla, Firefox 14 offers a much more secure browsing experience than before . This is not only due to its various bug fixes, though. The latest stable build of Firefox includes HTTPS support for Google searches and an improved site identity manager.

“We automatically make your Google searches secure in Firefox to protect your data from potentially prying eyes, like network administrators when you use public or shared WiFi networks,” Mozilla said in a blog post Tuesday.

“Google is currently the only search engine that allows Firefox to make your searches private, but we look forward to supporting additional search engines with this feature in the future.”

Another useful feature is the ability to click-to-play plugin loading. This feature can be turned on by enabling the “plugins.click_to_play” option from the about:config page.

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