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Firefox Focus iOS Browser Blocks Ads And Tracking By Default

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Mozilla claims Firefox Focus will boost web performance by automatically blocking trackers

Mozilla has built a streamlined, privacy-focused Firefox browser for iOS that its creators says will give users greater control over their data, block adverts and boost browsing performance.

Firefox Focus blocks trackers by default and allows users to erase sessions with a single tap and without the need to enter a menu. It claims that by blocking these trackers, pages will load much quicker.

“We live in an age where too many users have lost trust and lack meaningful controls over their digital lives,” said Mozilla. “For some users, it seems as though your web activities can follow you everywhere – across devices, across accounts. To make matters worse, the web can often feel cluttered.

Firefox Focus

firefox-focus-1“Firefox Focus is set by default to block many of the trackers that follow you around the Web. You don’t need to change privacy or cookie settings.  You can browse with peace of mind, feeling confident in the knowledge that you can instantly erase your sessions with a single tap – no menus needed.”

Of course some sites may not appear correctly with these setting enable. If this is the case, the site can be opened in another browser.

“When you occasionally see a site that doesn’t work because it is dependent on tracking, and if you don’t mind that kind of tracking, Firefox Focus makes it easy to open your current site in either Firefox or Safari.”

Focus by Firefox was released last year as an ad blocking tool for iOS, and it will continue to provide this functionality for other browsers.

Mozilla has added numerous privacy features to all versions of its browser in recent years, with the iOS edition reaching version 5.0 earlier this year.

The first version of Firefox iOS was released at the back end of last year, offering many of the same features as other mobile and desktop versions, including tabs, private browsing and the ability to sync history, bookmarks and passwords across multiple devices. It competes with Google Chrome, Opera and Apple’s Safari browser on the platform, the latter of which comes pre-installed.

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