What is Firefox? – Definition
Firefox, or more specifically Mozilla Firefox, is an open-source and free-of-charge web browser which uses the Gecko engine. It was initially released on September 23, 2002, and since then Firefox has been continuously developed by Mozilla Foundation, Mozilla Corporation, and others. Probably not many people know that the browser was primarily called Phoenix, however, due to a name conflict, it was eventually changed to Firefox.
The Main Advantages of Mozilla Firefox
- Security – the Firefox web browser supports the most popular and the latest security technologies. These include SSL encryption, a configuration of privacy settings, easy customization, the possibility of working on different platforms (Windows, Linux, iOS, Android).
- The ability to work on multiple tabs – the program allows you to open several sites in one window. It also gives the possibility to set up any home page.
- Pop-up blocker – Mozilla Firefox has a built-in pop-up blocker setting. It is fully configurable and its main function is the protection against unwanted pop-ups.
- Integration with search engines – there are numerous search engines (e.g. Google, Bing, Amazon.com) built into this web browser. It is possible to add them to the Search bar. The default search engine that is set immediately once the program is installed is Google.
The Mozilla Firefox web browser supports two types of add-ons:
- Themes – they change the appearance of the web browser, its color scheme, or background image. Their installation is simple and is done directly from the website (addons.mozilla.org). Remember to restart your browser after installing the new theme, otherwise, it will not be changed.
- Extensions – these are software modules, which once installed, customize the web browser. Owing to them, you may add additional functionality and capacity to Mozilla Firefox, such as block excessive pop-ups, download videos straight from websites, or manage passwords.