Mozilla Firefox 85 Doesn’t Use Supercookies or Flash Player Any More

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Following Google Chrome 88 and Microsoft Edge 88, Mozilla has also released Firefox 85. This new update brings several security fixes and improvements so that you can remain safe while surfing the web. Firefox has also removed the support for Adobe Flash Player since Adobe themselves have discontinued the product.

Mozilla Firefox 85 Released
Mozilla Firefox 85

This article discusses what this new update brings and whether it is worth updating your Firefox browser right now using the links provided.

Release Details

Release Date: January 26th, 2021

Compatibility: Compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10 (32-bit and 64-bit both), Mac, and Linux

Corresponding Extended Support Release (ESR): 78.7.0

Previous most recent stable version: Firefox 84.0.2

Download Firefox 85

Download Firefox 85 for Windows 64-bit [53.2 MB]

Download Firefox 85 for Windows 32-bit [51.9 MB]

Download Firefox 85 for Linux [70.3 MB]

Download Firefox 85 for Mac [124 MB]

Download Firefox 85 for Android

Download Firefox 85 for iOS

Download Firefox 85 in all languages

There are other ways to install or update Firefox to the latest version.

New features and improvements in Firefox 85

This release focuses more on the privacy and security of each individual user. You will notice that as you go through the changelog below. A total of 14 vulnerabilities have been removed, out of which 4 are of high importance. You can read more about security vulnerabilities here.

Protection from Supercookies

Supercookies are similar to cookies but on a micro-level. These often go undetected and are hidden within your browser, tracking your every move. Firefox 85 now saves you from them by isolating the supercookies from one website to the next, so that your tracking information cannot be gathered. Often, these are not removed even when you clear your browser cookies.

Bookmarks toolbar enhancement

The bookmarks toolbar at the top has now become smart. Firefox 85 now remembers your preferred location for the saved bookmarks and displays the toolbar automatically when you open a new tab. Moreover, it also presents a bookmark folder for easier navigation.

bookmark folder

Remove all passwords with one click

You can now remove all saved credentials from the browser with a single click. Previously, before Firefox 85, you had to remove each password entry individually. You can now remove all of them by clicking Remove all logins from the ellipses (3 dots) in the corner.

remove all

End of support for Flash Player

Adobe announced that they would be ending their Flash Player by the end of 2020, and so they did. It now only makes sense for web browsers to remove this feature too. Hence, Firefox 85 has removed its support permanently .

How to check which version of Firefox you are running

There are a few ways to check the currently installed version of Firefox, including the following:

  1. Using Firefox Help
  2. Using Firefox about:support command
  3. Using Windows command-line

All these ways are discussed in detail in the following article:

Check the installed version of Firefox

Switch to the latest version of Firefox to have a better browsing experience and to enjoy the latest perks of the classic update of Firefox 85. Other latest versions of Firefox are also scheduled to be released this year. Here’s the schedule:

  • Firefox 86 – 23rd February 2021
  • Firefox 87 – 23rd March 2021
  • Firefox 88 – 20th April 2021
  • Firefox 89 – 18th May 2021
  • Firefox 90 – 15th June 2021
  • Firefox 91 – 13th July 2021
  • Firefox 92 – 10th August 2021
  • Firefox 93 – 7th September 2021
  • Firefox 94 – 5th October 2021
  • Firefox 95 – 2nd November 2021
  • Firefox 96 – 7th December 2021
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Subhan Zafar is an established IT professional with interests in Windows and Server infrastructure testing and research, and is currently working with Itechtics as a research consultant. He has studied Electrical Engineering and is also certified by Huawei (HCNA & HCNP Routing and Switching).

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