Have you ever thought about why you chose him browser that you use to browse the web? Almost the 3 / 4 users today use it Chrome of Google. However, the choice of browser should be based on factors such as open access to the internet and how users' data is collected.
The non-profit organization, which aims to promote Mozilla's "freedom, innovation and online participation" Firefox browser , which started developing 2003, was created by 1998 to oversee the development of a series of web tools developed by another browser - the Netscape Communicator.
Η Mozilla has had its ups and downs all these years. At other times it managed to become extremely popular while others were sidelined by other browsers. But now he hopes for a recovery.
Mozilla, however, is no longer struggling for market share: it is struggling for its future Internet.
"Years ago, we believed that all companies and social networks care about us and take care of us," Michell Baker said, speaking to Internet users as a whole.
Chrome, the most popular browser in the world, was created by the fourth most valuable company in the world, Alphabet, the parent company of Google. The second most popular browser in the world, the Safari, created by the second most valuable company in the world - Apple. In third place is Firefox.
But according to Baker, only Mozilla is motivated to make using the Internet a pleasant experience. Google's top priority is to channel user data into the huge ad engine that represents most of its revenue. Apple's motive, on the other hand, is to ensure that its customers continue to buy a new one. iPhone every two years and they won't switch to Android.
Baker's concern about Google's control is that it does not allow anyone to fight it. It is absolutely possible to create a browser that prevents ad companies from gathering user data. But it is unlikely that any browser created by an advertising company will offer such a feature.
Not only does Google benefit from this. Can face it Facebook as an adversary, but both companies have a common interest in restricting users' ability to shape the way the Internet works.
So Firefox provides sites like Facebook in "containers" that take advantage of the social network so that other sites can't see what's going on. Baker says: "It reduces Facebook's ability to track you online and track you when you're not on Facebook and just live your life."
She insists that these solutions are important. The fight is taking place on many fronts, and Mozilla hopes to use its design as an "online friend" to stand out from a simple browser provider.
Mozilla has launched Monitor, a data breach reporting service. Lockwise, a password manager, and Sent, a WeSendit-based alternative to privacy. A beta test of a service has also been released VPN, which it hopes to promote to privacy-focused users.
But we must not forget Apple. The two companies share some common goals and characteristics. Where Firefox has "enhanced tracking protection", Apple's Safari browser has "smart tracking prevention". When Firefox wins Google, promising to "protect your privacy in every product", Apple's Tim Cook attacks Facebook by saying, "Privacy for us is a human right, a political freedom."
These similarities make Apple a more difficult opponent for Firefox.
Ultimately, the future of Firefox depends on the decisions of some regulators. Baker does not intend to participate in the discussions of regulators, he simply states that "it would certainly be useful to be able to offer a product that we think is best for people".