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Just to clarify from the start: I don't fancy Quantum and will stick with my 55.0.3 (64-bit) of which I have and see no problems with. Please refrain from telling me off.

My concern:

I always updated Firefox at my convinience (see image lower red arrow) Once Quantum was released, I get recurrent threats of an alleged "critical out of date..." (see upper arrow).

How can that be if the option of non-updating is still in place? It indicates Mozilla is running something in the background. It raises a suspicion whether other things on the system may be scrutinized with this hidden "check" too.

Wonder which previous versions were already affected from this kind of spy- or malware behaviour. However, this is a serious breach of our privacy and much more a security threat than something "critical" to come.

Please stop it.

Thanks.

Just to clarify from the start: I don't fancy Quantum and will stick with my 55.0.3 (64-bit) of which I have and see no problems with. Please refrain from telling me off. My concern: I always updated Firefox at my convinience (see image lower red arrow) Once Quantum was released, I get recurrent threats of an alleged "critical out of date..." (see upper arrow). How can that be if the option of non-updating is still in place? It indicates Mozilla is running something in the background. It raises a suspicion whether other things on the system may be scrutinized with this hidden "check" too. Wonder which previous versions were already affected from this kind of spy- or malware behaviour. However, this is a serious breach of our privacy and much more a security threat than something "critical" to come. Please stop it. Thanks.
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jscher2000
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Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean there aren't connections happening in the background...

If you do not want the occasional message or survey delivered through the "heartbeat" feature -- identified by the heart icon -- see: Rate your Firefox experience (Heartbeat).

More generally: How to stop Firefox from making automatic connections.

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean there aren't connections happening in the background... If you do not want the occasional message or survey delivered through the "heartbeat" feature -- identified by the heart icon -- see: [[Rate your Firefox experience (Heartbeat)]]. More generally: [[How to stop Firefox from making automatic connections]].
cor-el
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See also https://wiki.mozilla.org/Advocacy/heartbeat
FredMcD
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I'm still using v54. So far no problems.


Separate Security Issue: Update your Flash Player Note: Windows users should download the ActiveX for Internet Explorer. and the plugin for Plugin-based browsers (like Firefox).

Note: Windows 8 and Windows 10 have built-in flash players and Adobe will cause a conflict. Install the plugin only. Not the ActiveX.

Flash Player Version: Version 28.0.0.137

https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ Direct link scans current system and browser Note: Other software is offered in the download. <Windows Only>

https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/ Step 1: Select Operating System Step 2: Select A Version (Firefox, Win IE . . . .) Note: Other software is offered in the download. <Windows Only> +++++++++++++++++++ See if there are updates for your graphics drivers https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/upgrade-graphics-drivers-use-hardware-acceleration

I'm still using v54. So far no problems. --------------- Separate Security Issue: Update your Flash Player '''Note: Windows users''' should download the '''ActiveX''' for ''Internet Explorer.'' '''and''' the '''plugin''' for ''Plugin-based browsers'' (like Firefox). '''Note: Windows 8 and Windows 10''' have built-in flash players and Adobe will cause a conflict. Install the plugin only. Not the ActiveX. Flash Player Version: '''Version 28.0.0.137 ''' https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ Direct link scans current system and browser '''Note: Other software''' is offered in the download. <Windows Only> https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/ Step 1: Select Operating System Step 2: Select A Version (Firefox, Win IE . . . .) '''Note: Other software''' is offered in the download. <Windows Only> +++++++++++++++++++ See if there are updates for your graphics drivers https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/upgrade-graphics-drivers-use-hardware-acceleration

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jscher2000 said

Just because you're paranoid...

Beg your pardon?

57k answers, I see.

Well in this case you really deserve for an almost constant second life and this professional "courtesy" those silly badges from Mozilla.

''jscher2000 [[#answer-1067422|said]]'' <blockquote> Just because you're paranoid... </blockquote> Beg your pardon? 57k answers, I see. Well in this case you really deserve for an almost constant second life and this professional "courtesy" those silly badges from Mozilla.

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cor-el said

See also https://wiki.mozilla.org/Advocacy/heartbeat

I see, nobody is made aware of during installation. No regular opt out after except a cryptic exit unexperienced users shall keep their hands off anyway.

Very fishy.

Many programs want to nest their extras in the taskbar or elsewhere. Good ones ask for permission first, loud and clear!

''cor-el [[#answer-1067484|said]]'' <blockquote> See also https://wiki.mozilla.org/Advocacy/heartbeat </blockquote> I see, nobody is made aware of during installation. No regular opt out after except a cryptic exit unexperienced users shall keep their hands off anyway. Very fishy. Many programs want to nest their extras in the taskbar or elsewhere. Good ones ask for permission first, loud and clear!
Happy112 562 solutions 5694 answers

Anvil2k12 said

jscher2000 said
Just because you're paranoid...

Beg your pardon?

57k answers, I see.

Well in this case you really deserve for an almost constant second life and this professional "courtesy" those silly badges from Mozilla.

Many definitions are accredited to the word 'paranoid', but people tend to forget that the most common definition of the word is 'to be overly suspicious or distrustful of others or situations'. Not an insult, merely an observation.

''Anvil2k12 [[#answer-1067644|said]]'' <blockquote> ''jscher2000 [[#answer-1067422|said]]'' <blockquote> Just because you're paranoid... </blockquote> Beg your pardon? 57k answers, I see. Well in this case you really deserve for an almost constant second life and this professional "courtesy" those silly badges from Mozilla. </blockquote> Many definitions are accredited to the word 'paranoid', but people tend to forget that the most common definition of the word is 'to be overly suspicious or distrustful of others or situations'. Not an insult, merely an observation.
jscher2000
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Anvil2k12 said

jscher2000 said
Just because you're paranoid...
Beg your pardon?

It was inspired by a popular expression. If you haven't heard of it: https://www.google.com/search?q=just+because+you%27re+paranoid+doesn%27t+mean

''Anvil2k12 [[#answer-1067644|said]]'' <blockquote> ''jscher2000 [[#answer-1067422|said]]'' <blockquote> Just because you're paranoid... </blockquote> Beg your pardon?</blockquote> It was inspired by a popular expression. If you haven't heard of it: https://www.google.com/search?q=just+because+you%27re+paranoid+doesn%27t+mean
Happy112 562 solutions 5694 answers

jscher2000 said

It was inspired by a popular expression. If you haven't heard of it: https://www.google.com/search?q=just+because+you%27re+paranoid+doesn%27t+mean

Great pun  !

''jscher2000 [[#answer-1067665|said]]'' <blockquote> It was inspired by a popular expression. If you haven't heard of it: https://www.google.com/search?q=just+because+you%27re+paranoid+doesn%27t+mean </blockquote> Great pun !

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