Firefox 125 beefs up its security by dropping support for HTTP downloads

This feature is coming on April 16th

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Firefox has always been a secure web browser, and Mozilla plans to keep it that way with one upcoming feature.

Firefox will get a new feature that should protect you from downloads that come from unverified sources.

Starting from version 125, Firefox will block all HTTP downloads

Firefox 124 update was just released, but the Firefox developers aren’t wasting any time, and we already know what the next version will bring.

The upcoming version will block HTTP downloads entirely. Currently, Firefox blocks HTTP downloads on pages that use HTTPS, as well as downloads in sandboxed frames.

In the current version, you’ll get a warning asking if you want to download the file or remove it, but that won’t be the case anymore.

HTTPS protocol is more secure since it offers connection encryption and the ability to verify the identity of the download source, therefore Firefox will block all HTTP downloads starting from version 125.

This change was found on the Bugzilla website with one of the developers stating the following:

We are expanding our download protection. Previously we blocked mixed content downloads. More precisely we blocked http downloads in https pages. Now we are expanding our download protection to block all downloads that do not rely on a potentially trustworthy URI. In practice and in most cases this translates to http downloads. FWIW, we initially block the load though offer the end user an option to overrule the decision of Firefox and allow the download to proceed.

This is great news since it will boost the security of your device by preventing you from downloading files from unverified sources. This feature is scheduled to be released on April 16th.

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