Firefox 86 Adds Total Cookie Protection, More

Posted on February 23, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Mozilla Firefox with 2 Comments

Mozilla released Firefox 86 today, adding Total Cookie Protection, improved picture-in-picture capabilities, and a new printing experience.

“At Mozilla, we believe you have a right to privacy,” the release notes for Firefox 86 read. “You shouldn’t be tracked online. Whether you are checking your bank balance, looking for the best doctor, or shopping for shoes, unscrupulous tracking companies should not be able to track you as you browse the Web. For that reason, we are continuously working to harden Firefox against online tracking of our users.”

Here’s what’s new in Firefox 86.

Total Cookie Protection. This new feature “confines cookies to the site where they were created, which prevents tracking companies from using these cookies to track your browsing from site to site,” Mozilla notes. But it also makes a limited exception for cross-site cookies when they are needed for non-tracking purposes, such as those used by popular third-party login providers.

Improved picture-in-picture capabilities. Firefox has long supported video picture-in-picture (PIP) capabilities, but now it’s been improved to support multiple videos and keyboard controls for fast forward and rewind.

New printing experience. The Print functionality has been updated with a cleaner design and better integration with your computer’s printer settings.

Credit card management and auto-fill improvements. This feature is now enabled for Firefox users in Canada.

Performance and stability improvements. Mozilla says it has made “notable” performance and stability improvements by “moving canvas drawing and WebGL drawing to the GPU process.”

You can download Firefox 86 now for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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