Mozilla has recently launched the latest version of its browser – Firefox 21 for Mac, Windows, and Linux Operating System. As expected, Mozilla has added several interesting and innovative features to its new browser, but the new feature called ‘Firefox Health Report’ is the most exciting one. The Firefox Health Report is a powerful tool that enables Firefox users to examine their browser’s performance, both in absolute terms as well as in comparison to the global Firefox user base. It provides users with some basic information about the health of the browser, for example – total running time, the monthly number of crashes, time to start up, number of plugins & extensions that are enabled, the total number of bookmarks, etc. It also offers various tools for users to help them understand this information and to fix any potential problems they may encounter.
In addition to providing the users with useful information about their browser’s performance, the Firefox Health Report tool also sends back aggregated anonymous data to the company so as to help it build a better, faster and stronger browser for hundreds of millions of users around the world. Mozilla also makes use of this data to provide some significant comparisons and tips for users.
In Firefox 21, the Health Report Feature (HRF) is enabled by default, and so viewing your Firefox Health Report is very easy. All you have to do is click on the ‘Firefox’ button (located at the top of the window), go to the ‘Help’ sub-menu, and finally select the ‘Firefox Health Report’ option. Now, at the top of the page, you’ll find a “Raw Data” link. Clicking on this link would open up the list of data queries along with their results in chronological order. Plus, the “Raw Data” tab will also show you accurately what information is being sent back to the company.
Mozilla claims that it never collects any personal information about its users through FHR, but still if you have privacy concerns about your data that is being shared with Mozilla then don’t worry. You can easily disable the data sharing of the FHR feature in Firefox anytime by following a few simple steps mentioned below.
- Open your Firefox web browser and click on the orange-colored ‘Firefox’ button located on the top-left corner of the page.
- Select Help and then click on the ‘Firefox Health Report’ option from the menu.
- This would open the FHR in a new tab, where you can view the performance statistics for your web browser including the version of your browser, last time your browser crashed, and so on. Now, on the top-right corner of the page, view the Data Sharing status ‘ON’. Simply hit the green-colored ‘Data Sharing’ tab to turn it ‘OFF’.
- Lastly, press ‘OK’ to close the Options window. That’s it. Now the FHR tool will not share your web browser’s usage data with Mozilla.
As soon as you turn data sharing off, FHR will immediately stop sending information to Mozilla servers. Simultaneously, Firefox will also send a request to the Mozilla servers, asking for the deletion of previously submitted data. The best part of this FHR feature is that even if you decide not to share data with Mozilla, you can still view information about your browser, whenever you go to the Firefox Health Report page.