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Security of Firefox: Is It Still Secure?

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Greetings everyone,

I know this may sound like a strange question, but I'm very serious.

I just read an article that says Firefox is in danger of being shut down

I've always seen Firefox as the most trustworthy web browser and so I was planning on using Firefox as my main web browser for the long term. However, after reading this article I've become very anxious.

Article link: https://news.slashdot.org/story/20/08/15/1955237/can-firefox-be-saved

I'd really appreciate any advice.

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Hi Helpless_Quest, due to the downturn in the advertising economy, which affects the payments from Google that support Firefox development, Mozilla has had to pause some browser development to refocus on new products that bring in revenues. And there have been a lot of Firefox-related and other layoffs in the restructuring. If the new product strategy is successful, there will be more resources to support Firefox development in coming years -- I don't think anyone expects magic to happen in 2020. If the pandemic ends sooner rather than later, that also will help.

Clearly it will take longer to launch new features and fix bugs if there are fewer engineers on the case. Fans of Firefox will need to continue using the browser, reporting bugs, and volunteering where they can to get the browser through this transition. That includes helping friends with their Firefox issues and if they are concerned about privacy, helping them learn about Firefox.

You mentioned concern about security, and there has been a lot of confusion about the layoff of the "threat management" team. It was clarified that this team works on Mozilla server infrastructure, not on Firefox. Obviously server security is important, too, so probably some other IT people got a bunch of new responsibilities to help cover the downsizing. Anyway, there are lengthy discussions of all this on Reddit.

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Related reddit thread, if you're interested:

https://www.reddit.com/r/firefox/comments/i86php/will_firefox_still_be_secure/

Besides reddit, you can also try mozillaZine or Mozilla discourse for discussion about Firefox security related to the recent changes at Mozilla.

The people who answer questions here, for the most part, are other Firefox users volunteering their time (like me), not Mozilla employees or Firefox developers. If you want to leave feedback for Firefox developers, you can go to the Firefox Help menu and select Submit Feedback... or use this link.

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