Firefox 85 is now available, and adds network partitioning, one of the best features to improve privacy



Firefox 84 has been an important version for the browser. In addition to firing Flash for good, it brought native support for the new M1 chips from Macs with Apple Silicon. And just over a month later, Firefox 85 is now available for download in the Mozilla repository.



As we already told in December, the new version arrives with a key feature in the privacy improvements that the company has been pursuing for years: network partitioning.



What does network partitioning do in Firefox?



It is not something new in browsersIt was first included by Safari and then Chrome followed, but that a browser with a market share of around 8% does so is news. It is even more so if it comes to accompany the many functions that the browser already has in that sense. In addition, its mission goes a bit beyond what Apple and Google have done.



With this function, browsers separate the content they store from websites into different parts, depending on the type or part of content that is saved. A font is not the same as a favicon or a GIF. Until now everything was going to a single location, and now that changes.







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The new feature it will make each website have its "cubicle", so that tracking will be difficult and the services of one website will not be able to access the browsing data of others that are also part of the browser history or are still part of open pages.



Unlike what has already been seen in Safari and Chrome, from Mozilla they affirm that their function goes further and is more guarantor with privacy. The problem is that this wastes certain resources. It is possible to disable it outside of microsoft settings, by going to the classic "about: config" and setting the option "privacy.partition.network_state" to false. If we are still in Firefox 84 and we want to activate the function, we will have to find that same line and choose the "true" option.