Mozilla announced today that it intends to remove it support of the FTP protocol by Firefox. Soon, users will no longer be able to download files via the FTP protocol and view the contents of FTP links / folders within the browser Firefox.
"We're doing it for security reasons," said Michal Novotny, software engineer at Mozilla Corporation, the company that developed Firefox. "FTP is not a secure protocol and there is no reason to prefer it HTTPS. Also, some of the code in the FTP protocol is very old, unsafe and difficult to maintain. There are many mistakes we have found in the past too, " Novotny noted.
Novotny also said that Mozilla intends to stop supporting FTP with its release. Firefox 77, which comes this June. Users will still be able to view and download FTP files, but will now need to re-enable FTP support via FTP. about: config. However, at some point Mozilla will remove all of it code which supports the FTP protocol in Firefox. This is scheduled for the beginning of 2021.
Mozilla has decided to stop supporting it after Google made a similar decision about the FTP protocol in Chrome last year. In August 2019, h Google mentioned that it has similar plans for the FTP protocol.
When he announced that he would stop supporting the FTP Chrome, Google said that only a small percentage of its users had access to and was using FTP links, an important factor in its decision.