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A ‘Super Private Browsing’ mode may be available on Firefox browser in the near future

By Wong Chung Wee - on 14 May 2019, 12:50am

A ‘Super Private Browsing’ mode may be available on Firefox browser in the near future

Image source: Mozilla

According to PC Gamer, Mozilla is looking to fund developers, who can provide insights to one or more of 12 specific research questions. In the last question, i.e., RQ12, Mozilla has expressed interest in the possibility of integrating more of Tor into Firefox to offer privacy and anonymity on the Web.

Image source: Mozilla

This may possibly result in the creation of a "Super Private Browsing" (SPB) mode that will provide a greater degree of anonymity by inhibiting “mass surveillance, tracking, and fingerprinting."

However, the foundation does admit the difficulties in developing the SPB mode for Firefox. This is because by enabling a large number of additional users onto the Tor network will require its protocol to be improved so that the network can be scaled up accordingly. Research into “alternative protocol architectures” and “route selection protocols” are nascent, and they have yet to be implemented to ascertain their full impact on the Tor network's performance.

If there are answers to those research questions raised by the Mozilla Foundation, end users may see the further integration of Tor into Firefox for improved anonymity on the Web in the near future. Click here for more information on the Mozilla Research Grants 2019H1.

Source: Mozilla Foundation via PC Gamer, The Tor Project

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