If one have been using Firefox for awhile now, this news should be on your top read news since it will affect all the plug ins that you have installed on your desktop settings, as well as the plugins that you never installed in the first place. When a user has upgraded to Firefox 8, this are the few things that will get your attention.
Software-bundled add-ons have haunted Firefox users since the beginning. Firefox users walk one day to find out that they got an add-on that they cannot recall installing.
For a newbie, to the Internet, it will look like there is no difference as it all looks the same to you. However, for long-time users, they are not going to appreciate the fact that their browsing activity would be slower than supposed to be. For instance, the add-on included in Skype has been the cause of a high number of browsers crashing.
Firefox product manager for add-ons, Justin Scott says though some of these applications seek the user’s permission before getting installed others install add-ons into Firefox without checking whether the user wants them.
Scott ticked off several issues with such add-ons. It ranges from slowing down Firefox’s startup and page loading times to not keeping up with Firefox’s attribute and safety updates. The users cannot take control of the add-ons.
Alteration slated for Firefox 8 that is going to be seen on Mozilla’s “Aurora” preview channel next week. The newest version scheduled to be released its final form on Nov. 8 is going to allow users to take control once again.
Scott says once Firefox 8 finds out that another program got installed into the system Firefox defense mechanism is going to be set up, as it will involuntarily disable the plugin only to be reactivated by the users again. Users that want to use a third-party-installed add-on can allow the installation, while users who do not want it can cancel or ignore it.
Add-ons installed beforehand will also be tagged when users upgrade to Firefox 8, but it is going to be deactivated and is going to need the permission of the user to activate the plug-in.
Both developers, who follow the guidelines of Mozilla and those, who never did is going to be at the receiving end.
Former IBM developer, Michael Kaply says they included an installer on Windows, which installs an add-in to Firefox. The job of the new Firefox would only be to install the add-on that users want.