Firefox 88 Released With Several Important Updates, Proton Is On Its Way

Mozilla Firefox 88 is the final version of Firefox to ship before Mozilla gives Firefox a facelift with the new Proton interface.

The most important change in Firefox 88 is the fact that Mozilla has disabled support for the FTP protocol. At this point, when Firefox encounters an FTP link, it will attempt to pass it off to an external application.

FTP is an insecure protocol and there are no reasons to prefer it over HTTPS for downloading resources. Also, a part of the FTP code is very old, unsafe and hard to maintain and we found a lot of security bugs in it in the past.

said Michal Novotny, Mozilla software engineer

Therefore, from now on you’ll need a dedicated FTP browser to access remote servers.

Firefox 88 has a new menu item captioned “Open image in New Tab.” As the name suggests, the image is loaded in a new tab. In addition to, the new version brings also a new menu item to email an image, which opens your default mail program and includes a link to the picture.

Mozilla Firefox 88 combats cross-site tracking

Firefox will no longer allow websites to access the set by other sites by clearing the property when users navigate to new websites. This property has been available for websites to store whatever data they choose to. Whenever the user navigates back to a website, Firefox will restore the property to its previous value for that site. This change definitely improve user privacy.

The Proton UI set to debut in Firefox 89

The upcoming Firefox 89 will introduce the new Proton design. The project Proton brings significant UI changes and it touches every visual aspect of Firefox.

Firefox Proton UI

Previously, Mozilla planned to ship Firefox 89 in mid-May, but the company changed its plans and postponed the release by two weeks to gather more feedback. While it’s still being worked on, users can download Firefox 89 Beta right now to test out the new Proton UI. 

Bobby Borisov

Bobby Borisov

Bobby, an editor-in-chief at Linuxiac, is a Linux professional with over 20 years of experience. With a strong focus on Linux and open-source software, he has worked as a Senior Linux System Administrator, Software Developer, and DevOps Engineer for small and large multinational companies.

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