Mozilla ditches favicon in its URL bar for secure connections

Mozilla’s Firefox 14 encrypts Google search

Mozilla’s latest version of Firefox supports encrypted searching.

The update fixes a privacy-related vulnerability in Firefox 13 that allowed the software’s ‘new tab’ feature to take snapshots of supposedly secure HTTPS sessions.

The feature revealed information such as online bank details and private messages in webmail sessions to the next users of a shared PC.

Firefox 14 stops the caching of sentient from sensitive websites and automatically encrypts web searches through Google. The latest version set HTTPS Google as its search default, which shields users from network snoopers and Wi-Fi hackers.

Mozilla has also ditched the favicon in the URL bar for secure connections. Firefox now shows either a padlock icon for SSL connections or a globe icon for unencrypted connections.

The means malicious sites can no longer use a padlock as a favicon to trick users into thinking a connection is secure.

Other new features include click-to-play for plugins such as Flash, URL auto-complete for the Awesome Bar, and support for OS X Lion’s full-screen mode.

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