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This article was published on November 5, 2008

Firefox has 20% market share, might steal more from Safari with “porn mode”

Firefox has 20% market share, might steal more from Safari with “porn mode”
Ernst-Jan Pfauth
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Ernst-Jan Pfauth

Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He a Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He also served as The Next Web’s blog’s first blogger and Editor in Chief, back in 2008. At De Correspondent, Ernst-Jan serves as publisher, fostering the expansion of the platform.

“It’s Official” , triumphs the Mozilla blog, “Congratulations to the Mozilla community for reaching this historic milestone”. According to Net Applications, Firefox surpassed 20% worldwide market share. During the week of October 5th, 20 percent of Internet users browsed with the open source browser.

Watch your back Safari

The Firefox browser might steal some market share from Safari, as Apple’s browser will soon lose its greatest advantage for male Mac users. As I mentioned earlier, a friend of mine once told me he uses Safari’s stealth mode for his adult needs. Well, it seems like he can stay within the Firefox environment for that now.

Firefox released a beta version of a Private Browsing feature. Users of Minefield, Mozilla’s test area for new browser innovations, can now activate the “porn mode”. When toggled, it deletes your Web history, user names, passwords, searches, and cookies and bins as soon as you close the window, “effectively making it appear that the session never existed” – writes Josh Lowensohn from Webware.