Mozilla has released Firefox Focus, an iOS app that lets you browse the Internet without having to worry who’s tracking your online activity.


The app can be used independently, or can be integrated with the existing (installed) Firefox and Safari apps (more details about the usage can be found here).

Firefox Focus blocks ad, analytics, and social trackers, as well as other content trackers (e.g. embedded videos, photo slideshows, and news article embeds that track users). It also blocks some parts of web pages from loading, or it loads them with different fonts (as it also blocks Web fonts). All of this results in faster loading of web content.

But the most important thing about this app is that it makes “private browsing” extremely easy to use.

“If you download Firefox Focus and start to browse, you will notice a prominent ‘Erase’ button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. If you tap that button, the Firefox Focus app erases all browsing information including cookies, website history or passwords,” Denelle Dixon-Thayer, Mozilla’s Chief Legal and Business Officer, explains.

“Of course, you can erase this on any other browser but we are making it simple here – just one tap away,” she noted. “Burying the tools to clear browsing history and data behind clicks or taps means that fewer people will do it. By putting the ‘Erase’ button front and center, we offer users a simple path to healthy online behaviors — protecting their online freedom and taking greater control of their personal data.”

“We at Mozilla believe that protecting one’s privacy should be as simple as a single tap. Firefox Focus is an experiment to see what happens when we make this radically simple,” she concluded.

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Computer hackers have broken into a database of Three Mobile customers and accessed their personal details in order to steal smartphones, the UK network said on Thursday.

A spokesman for the company said there had been an uptick in attempted phone fraud over the past four weeks, both through burglaries of Three retail stores and intercepting customer phone upgrades.

"In order to commit this type of upgrade handset fraud, the perpetrators used authorised logins to Three's upgrade system.

"This upgrade system does not include any customer payment, card information or bank account information," the spokesman said.

Three Mobile Cyber Attack and Data BreachPersonal details including names and addresses were accessed and are believed to have been used by fraudsters to order the phone upgrades, which were sent to eight customers and intercepted.

A probe is currently underway to determine how many more of the company's nine million customers have had their data breached, while the eight known clients have been contacted by Three.

A source close to the matter was quoted by The Telegraph as saying the private information of two thirds of Three customers could be at risk.

"The investigation is ongoing and we have taken a number of steps to further strengthen our controls," said the company spokesman.

Three people were arrested on Wednesday in connection to the fraud and have since been bailed.

A 48-year-old man from Kent, south-east England, and a 39-year-old man from Manchester, north-west England, were arrested on suspicions of computer misuse offences.

A 35-year-old man also from Manchester was arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

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