With the last release of the stable version, Firefox 13, Mozilla developers had implemented a brand new “new tab” page which is quite similar to the Opera’s new tab page with speed dial shortcuts. This new tab page allows users to “pin” and access their most visited sites directly from the launch page with just a single mouse click.
So far so good. Now, users have started facing a new kind of problem due to the thumbnails used with these speed dial shortcuts. The snapshot may include personal and financial information of the users including details about bank account.
The Register reports a such incident where a user found shortcut thumbnails showing up “online banking and webmail sessions complete with account numbers, balances, subject lines etc.”. Mozilla team has acknowledged this issue and we expect a fix in the next release.
How To Disable Firefox’s New tab Page
Interested users can disable this newly introduced new tab page completely. For this, follow these steps:
- Enter about:config in the addressbar and click on the “I’ll be careful” button.
- This loads the config settings page. In the Search box on the top, type newtabpage.
- This will filter out the preference browser.newtabpage.enabled.
- Right click on it and select the option “Toggle”.
- This will change its value to the false.
Now, to test it, open a new tab (keyboard shortcut CTRL + T on Windows) which should load a blank page.