What is Mozilla Firefox?
Mozilla Firefox is a popular web browser. Mozilla is an open source project that began in 1998. Anyone can modify and re-distribute the source-code in Firefox, which helps identify problems sooner. According to the Mozilla website, Mozilla is "a global community...dedicated not to making money but to improving the way people everywhere experience the Internet." Free for download, this web browser is quickly gaining popularity for its fast web browsing and intuitive features.
Firefox uses the sandbox security model. It uses strong cryptography. It also uses smartcards for authentication purposes which supports web applications.
Firefox can run on various operating systems including Microsoft Windows (2000, XP, Vista or 7), Mac OS X (10.4 or later). and all Linux OS. Official System requirements for Firefox are:1. Windows: Pentium 233 MHz and 64 MB Ram2. Macintosh and Linux: Intel x86 or PowerPC G3, G4 or G5 processor and 128 MB Ram
Concerns for Parents
As with most modern browsers, Firefox features a Private browsing mode which allows users to browse without their history being logged. This can be enabled by pulling down the "Tools" menu and selecting the "Start Private Browsing" option. Although this feature can have useful applications, a possible concern is that private browsing enables a user to search for pornographic material without leaving a record. See how to disable private browsing in Firefox.
How Can I Keep My Child Safe?
- Firefox has many add-ons that have additional ad-blocking capabilities and security features. These vary and have different levels of effectiveness, so research what you feel you need.