If you were to say that videos that autoplay with sound online are a major inconvenience, you’d likely find a lot of people who agree with you, myself included. Mozilla is looking to do away with these online inconveniences. The company today announced that the latest Firefox 66 release available today blocks autoplaying content by default.
You can find autoplaying videos with sound on just about any kind of website, be it a news or entertainment site. Firefox 66’s Block Autoplay feature will stop the video and audio from playing automatically. If you want to watch the video, just click on the play button. Some social media platforms do have autoplaying videos but they automatically mute the sound. The Block Autoplay feature will not stop the video from playing on such websites.
Mozilla has also made the security warnings in the browser easy to understand. Whenever users visit a site which has a potential security issue, the browser shows a security warning. These warnings have been updated to be simple and straightforward on why that particular site might not be safe.
This release brings biometric support for Web Authentication using Windows Hello on Windows 10 as well. With the upcoming release of Windows 10, it will be possible for users to sign into compatible websites with facial recognition, a fingerprint, a PIN or security key.