What’s on your PC? If the answer is the old version of Firefox, then today is your day—the day you upgrade to Firefox 2.0! With this new version of Firefox come new toys to make your life easier and, best of all, more fun. Firefox 2.0’s new features include RSS feeds, Spell Check, and Anti-phishing.
Before we explore these new features, let’s download the newest version of Firefox!
- Go to: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/.
- Click the Download Firefox—Free button.
- Work through the install wizard after downloading.
Note: For a walk-through of the install steps, check out this Firefox article.
When finished, open up Mozilla Firefox. We are ready to check out these new features!
Improved Tabbed Browsing
Tabbing is awesome, no? Firefox 2.0 will open new web pages in tabs by default. Each of those tabs has its own close button, but don’t worry – if you accidentally close a tab, just go to the History menu to bring it back from the list of Recently Closed Tabs. Have too many tabs open at once? Firefox 2.0 takes care of that because scroll arrows appear on either side. Also, a button on the right side lists an easy-to-read list of all your open tabs.
“I” before “E” except after “c,” or is it the other way around? With Firefox 2.0, you no longer need to remember! The new built-in spell checking feature will keep you from making any mistakes in your blog posts and Web-based email.
Not quite sure what you’re looking for? Just start typing into the Search bar, and a drop down list of suggestions will appear. (Works for Google, Yahoo! and Answers.com).
What is Phishing and is it a bad thing? Phishing is a kind of identity theft. It is when a malicious Web site impersonates a legitimate one in order to acquire sensitive information such as passwords, credit card numbers, or account details, or. Phishing attacks through email messages that lure recipients into updating their personal information on fraudulent Web sites. Find out how to protect yourself against Phishing today!
- Click Tools and then select Options…
- Select the Security tab choose your preferred settings.
Not sure if your Phishing Protection is activated? To find out, just visit Mozilla Firefox’s test website: http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/its-a-trap.html
If Phishing Protection is turned on, a warning dialog will appear.
The Get me out of here! link will back you out of a suspected phishing site and redirect you to the Firefox Start page. The Ignore this warning link will allow you to continue on to the suspected phishing site.