With around 198 million active users, Firefox is one of the most popular browsers known for offering great privacy features. The software is available for all platforms including Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone, and Linux. On January 7, 2020, Firefox released version 72.0. It enhanced tracking protection that blocks fingerprint scripts by default. There were several other notable changes in the new version, which we’ve discussed below. Apart from that, we’ll also have a look at how to back up Firefox 72 profile?
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What’s new in Firefox 72?
The main highlight of Firefox was the advanced blocking cross-site tracking. It added support for blocking fingerprint scripts for all users. If you are on Firefox 72 or higher, this feature is enabled by default. The Picture-in-Picture video feature is now also available for Firefox Max and Linux users. To open a video in PIP mode, select the blue icon located on the right side of a video in Firefox.
Firefox 72 also removes annoying popups. The update also brings various security fixes. Firefox has removed the support for blocking images from individual domains. Plus, there are some Enterprise and developer-level changes.
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How to back up Firefox 72 profile?
Firefox profile contains important data such as bookmarks, passwords, and extensions. Either you can manually back up the Firefox profile or create a Firefox account and enable sync to automatically backup the data. Whenever you re-install Firefox on any device, simply sign in using the same account details and you’ll get all your data back.
Let’s now move to the manual method of backing up a profile in Firefox.
Locate Firefox profile folder
- Open Firefox browser.
- Tap on three lines menu button.
- Go to Help -> More Troubleshooting Information.
- Under the Application Basics, locate the Profile Folder
- Tap on Open Folder right next to Profile Older
Back up your Firefox profile
- Go to your profile folder by following the steps mentioned above.
- Close Firefox browser (if open).
- In the File Manager, click on the back button to go to one level above your profile’s folder or simply put %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ in the search bar on a Windows laptop and hit the Enter button
- Copy the profile folder with the .default extension.
- Paste the folder at the desired location.
Restore a Firefox profile backup
- Close Firefox, if opened.
- If the current profile name and the profile backup folder have the same name, then simply replace the existing profile folder with the backed up profile older. Then, start Firefox.
- If both the folder have different names, copy all the contents inside the backed up profile folder.
- Open the current profile folder.
- Delete all the files inside the folder with the .default extension.
- Now, paste all the contents from the backed up profile folder to this folder.
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