Firefox Exploit Found in Wild…Patch it Now!

On Wednesday, an ad was spotted on a Russian news site for a nasty exploit in Firefox that uploads sensitive files. Yesterday, Mozilla pushed out a security update to close it off. If you run Firefox, go to the ‘about Firefox’ tab, download the update, and restart. It’s version 39.0.3. Interestingly, Mozilla says Firefox for Android is not effected, and some ad-blocking software acts to protect machines, but if you are running Windows or Linux, download the patch now!

Speaking of security, that brings up your privacy. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has just dropped Privacy Badger 1.0, their browser extension that blocks some of the sneakiest trackers that try to spy on your Web browsing habits. The EFF notes that more than a quarter million users…including yours truly….have already installed the Alpha or Beta releases of Privacy Badger. Version 1.0 includes blocking of certain kinds of super-cookies and browser fingerprinting—the latest ways that some parts of the online tracking industry try to follow Internet users from site to site.


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