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Firefox Accuses Google Chrome of Erecting Barriers to Privacy Settings

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In a recent fiery announcement, Mozilla Firefox went on the offensive to point fingers at several search engine giants claiming that they intentionally bury enhanced privacy settings. Firefox contends that most users lack the knowledge to understand or reach advanced security features in browsers.

To combat this practice, Firefox stated that new users who download their browser would have enhanced tracking protection turned on by default. The company believes this will not only enhance user privacy, but will help combat what they see as pervasive tracking and personal data collection by third parties.

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HTTPS May Be Essential in the Near Future

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Just as Google has made it essential for your site to be mobile-friendly, another big industry change that promises to benefit all internet users could be on the way. Luckily, just like having a responsive design, it's probably something you've been considering - if not already doing - for quite some time.

Basically, if your site isn't secure, you could be seeing a drop in search engine rank and a depreciated value in browsers. This means making use of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption to switch to HTTPS as soon as possible.

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Google Fights Back After Yahoo-Firefox Deal

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The search engine wars continue. Earlier this month, we reported that Google's search market share has fallen to its lowest level since 2008. The major impetus behind these changes involves the recent Yahoo-Firefox deal, in which Mozilla replaced Google with Yahoo as the default search engine in its browser.

The latest numbers, released by comScore, indicate that Google's search share dropped 1.6 percent to 65.4 percent in December. Yahoo gained that 1.6 percent, moving them up to 11.8 percent. Now Google is fighting to win back some of those users.

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Google's Search Market Share Falls to Lowest Level In Years

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Google is the undisputed king of search. According to the latest numbers from Statcounter, Google had 75.2 percent of the search engine market share in December of 2014. However, while that number is indicative of Google's domination, it's actually a significant decrease from the prior month (77.3 percent) and from December of 2013 (79.3 percent). Google's market share hasn't been this low since 2008.

So what happened? Well, most experts point to the fact that Mozilla changed it's default search engine in Firefox to Yahoo last month. Indeed, Yahoo saw a nearly two percent gain.

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Firefox Developer Edition Launches

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Mozilla's Firefox browser definitely doesn't have the popularity it once did. According to Adobe, Firefox was the second-leading browser behind Internet Explorer in U.S. desktop and mobile usage combined until around the end of 2011. At that point, Firefox was eclipsed by current leader Chrome, as well as Safari and Android browsers.

Experts attribute Firefox's downturn to the fact that they've been notoriously absent in the mobile sphere. However, Mozilla does seem to be coming up with ways to solidify their small but dedicated user base, such as the new Firefox Developer Edition.

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