Oracle will soon lay the Java browser plug-in to rest

"Now that Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Safari stopped or will soon stop supporting NPAPI web plug-ins*, Oracle thought it best to accept the Java plug-in's fate and let it go. The company has announced that it will be deprecated in the next version of Java to come out on September 22nd before being removed entirely by another future release ..."
Source: Engadget
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Add-ons for a Better YouTube Experience

"From blocked videos to annoying ads, there are many things about YouTube we don't like. These restrictions and distractions only dampen the amazing experience that the video-sharing website is meant to provide. If you are a Firefox user, however, you won't have to worry about such things. Firefox offers a variety of add-ons that let you fix pretty much any annoyance that YouTube has. Furthermore, they also let you download videos right to your desktop so that you can watch them whenever you want, even without a connection.
"So, without much ado, here are some of the best Firefox add-ons that help you have a better YouTube experience. ..."
Source: TechSource
 Best Firefox Add-ons for a Better YouTube Experience

Using extensions in Firefox

Looks like I got caught assuming again.

I've been using FF for a long time and the primary reason has been the extensions/add-ons therefore everyone uses it for that reason.

Gizmo's posted a how-to for the add-ons today and caused me to rethink that assumption.

"... Counting the number of Firefox installations from which the foundation receives this anonymously submitted data, Mozilla staff estimates that around two in five users don't have add-ons installed on their Firefox browser. ..."
Source: Softpedia
 Mozilla: 40 Percent of Firefox Users Don't Have Add-Ons Installed
"Firefox has tons of useful add-ons that can make your browsing safer, use less bandwidth, grab screenshots.... you name it, there's probably an add-on for it. If you're not familiar with Firefox or you use Firefox but aren't sure how to use add-ons, this great step-by-step article tells you how to find, install and manage add-ons. ..."
Source: Gizmo's Freeware
 How to Use Firefox Add-ons

The Ghacks user.js Firefox privacy and security list

"... The newest version of it, featuring hundreds of advanced preferences for Firefox, has been released today. The latest version of the preferences list contains 298 different preferences for Firefox, and it is growing with every release. ..."
Source: gHacks Tech News
 The Ghacks user.js Firefox privacy and security list has been updated

Sneaky Adware

"The two PUPs are Shell&Services and Mintcast 3.0.1. These are browser add-ons for Firefox, Chrome, and IE, and are generally installed without the user's consent, packaged with other software.
"These two come with a newer variant of the Mintcast adware, which, besides injecting ads inside the user's browser while navigating legitimate websites, also secretly turns off Safe Browsing support in Firefox. ..."
Source: Softpedia
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HTML5 Netflix now supports Firefox

As we reported earlier, on December 17th NetFlix has started offering HTML5 videos for Firefox users. While this not a big deal for the Win32 users as they could still use Silverlight with Firefox, this is not the case for the Firefox Win64 users. The newly released Win64 Firefox browser does not support NPAPI plugins (except Flash). Note: Silverlight is planned on being supported with the upcoming Win64 version of Firefox 44. However, by the end of 2016 Mozilla plans on removing support for the very outdated NPAPI plugins (except Flash) from Win32 and Win64 versions of Firefox. Google Chrome ended support earlier this year and Microsoft's new Edge (Windows 10) browser also does not support NPAPI plugins. via The Mozilla Blog

Add-on Signing now Active in Firefox 43

One feature Mozilla, seems to have conveniently left out of the release notes for Firefox 43 is add-on/extension signing is now active and being enforced. Users can no longer install unsigned add-ons and there is no longer a mechanism to override this. Mozilla claims "(add-on signing) will make the block-list and other malware prevention measures more effective."  

Firefox 43.0.1 Released

Mozilla has released a minor update to the current Firefox 43 branch with Firefox 43.0.1 on December 18th. This is part 1 of 2 for the fix of Bug 1079858. This bug has to do with Microsoft deprecating the use of the SHA1 Authenicode signatures for Windows singing on January 1st, 2016. Mozilla is moving to use SHA2 signature algorithms and the purpose of this patch is to simply inform the updater and maintenance service of the new SHA2 certificate issuer. Part 2 which will be released with Firefox 43.0.2 likely in the next week will Use SHA-2 to sign Windows binaries, and switch the stub installer to expect that. Warning: Windows XP SP2 or older users will no longer be able to get Firefox updates or run anything newer than Firefox 43 as Windows XP SP2 does NOT support SHA2 (or newer) signature algorithms. Windows XP SP3 and newer users will still be able to run newer versions of Firefox. Important: User who do not update to Firefox 43.0.1 and the future 43.0.2 may encounter difficulties (UAC Prompts or Windows blocking the updater service) installing upcoming version of Firefox via Mozilla Release Notes.

Firefox Users Can Now Watch Netflix HTML5 Video on Windows

"Netflix announced today that their HTML5 video player now supports Firefox on Windows Vista and later using Adobe’s new Primetime CDM (Content Decryption Module). This means Netflix fans can watch their favorite shows on Firefox without installing NPAPI plugins. ..."

Source: The Mozilla Blog
 Firefox Users Can Now Watch Netflix HTML5 Video on Windows

Firefox 43 Released

Mozilla released the next major update for Firefox on December 15th with Firefox 43. New features in this release included:
  • Private Browsing with Tracking Protection offers choice of blocking additional trackers
  • Improved API support for m4v video playback
  • Firefox 64-bit for Windows is now available via the Firefox download page
  • Users can choose search suggestions from the Awesome Bar
  • On-screen keyboard displayed on selecting input field on devices running Windows 8 or greater
  • Firefox Health Report has switched to use the same data collection mechanism as telemetry
There were some fixes and other items in this release which can be viewed via the Release Notes. Depending on the user's update settings, users should be prompted to install the new version or can do so sooner via the in-browser update (Help > About Firefox) or can manually download and install Firefox via getfirefox.com site. IMPORTANT: Windows 64-Bit users who want to use the new 64-Bit Windows version of Firefox will need to manually download and install the 64-Bit version of Firefox from here. The next planned update is Firefox 44 due for release in late January 2016.