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    Mozilla to stop supporting sideloaded extensions in Firefox

    Date 01 Nov 2019
    Category Vendors/Products
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    Posted By Brittany Day
    LS Hmepg 337x500 7

    Starting in March 2020, with Firefox 74, Firefox users will no longer be able to side load extensions. This method has been available to Firefox extension developers since the browser's early days; however, Mozilla has announced plans to discontinue supporting sideloaded extensions, citing security risks. Do you agree with Mozilla's decision? Learn more:

    Mozilla has announced today plans to discontinue one of the three methods through which extensions can be installed in Firefox.

    Starting next year, Firefox users won't be able to install extensions by placing an XPI extension file inside a special folder inside a user's Firefox directory.

    The method, known as sideloading, was initially created to aid developers of desktop apps. In case they wanted to distribute a Firefox extension with their desktop app, the developers could configure the app's installer to drop a Firefox XPI extension file inside the Firefox browser's folder.

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