Everybody wants to hide their tracks online but somehow fail to do so. After browsing the internet, going back and deleting your history is a cumbersome task to say the least. Also, clearing the browser history messes up the bucket load of often used and important websites. While there are Incognito or Private modes on most web browsers these days, they don’t really prevent websites from tracking your web surfing activities. But Mozilla’s new Firefox Focus web browser for iPhones aims to change that. Also Read - Warning! Delete these 20 malicious apps immediately promising Minecraft modsAlso Read - 5 best Yoga apps for iOS in 2021: Use these apps and start your journey to fitness
Firefox Focus is Mozilla s private browser for iOS. It is not available for Android, unfortunately. It is a separate app, and not an extension on the Firefox browser. It is currently available for download via the App Store. Mozilla had launched Focus by Firefox, a content blocker for iOS back in December 2015. Firefox Focus is revamped version of the app with an integrated browser. Firefox Focus is simple and easy to use and it flaunts a pretty background which complements the browser. On opening the app, the homepage appears which has the search bar in the centre. Just like the famous tagline Eat, sleep, rave, repeat , Firefox Focus also has its own tagline of Browse. Erase. Repeat. written below the search bar. On typing the desired query on the search bar, it will lead one to the normal Google search results. On top of the page, just next to the URL tab, is an option to Erase the search history. Tapping that will erase whatever you have searched for and will lead you back to the homepage. You need not keep erasing every website you visit simultaneously. You can browse as much as you like and select the Erase option and it will wipe out all your browsing history.
Firefox Focus also has another feature which is like a bonus for browsing secretly online. Firefox Focus blocks trackers that usually monitor the user visiting the particular website. Mozilla on its official blog post writes, Much of what makes mobile web pages slow is the technology used to track users on the web. Because Firefox Focus blocks these trackers, it is likely you ll notice a performance boost on the many sites that track your behavior. This not only makes your browsing history obsolete, it is also developed to increase the speed of web pages and websites loading on one s phone. For those websites which use the tracking feature and is dependent on it, you can still open those websites either in Firefox or Apple s own Safari browser. Mozilla, in the blog post, also says, Firefox Focus continues to operate as a Safari content blocker on iOS, and users will be able to take advantage of Tracking Protection on both Safari and Firefox Focus.
Something worth pointing out however is that in the US, the default search engine for Firefox Focus is Yahoo. The irony here is that Yahoo was recently in the limelight for the biggest online hack with over 500 million users compromised. In India, the default search engine is Google. There is currently no option to change the default browser, but it is said that search engine choice will be available in an updated version of the app. ALSO READ: Yahoo hacked: 8 things you should know about the world s biggest online hack
As said earlier, it is a simple app with no option other than to erase the browsing history. There is a Settings section which lets the user toggle on and off different kinds of data to be blocked. These include blocking ad trackers, blocking analytics trackers, block social trackers, blocking other content trackers, and blocking web fonts. Firefox Focus does have its limitations, and for those who want a quick search on things without hassle can opt for this app. Although the company claims that the app will hide all the browsing data and history, there is no guarantee that indeed all the information will be wiped out and not leave any traces behind. ALSO READ: Mozilla s new game explains encryption in the simplest way