Mozilla changes the way Firefox handles notification requests for annoying pop-ups, the organization has announced. Starting with Firefox version 72, which will be released in January, requests for desktop notifications will appear in the form of a small icon in the Firefox URL bar and users will have to click on them to actually see the notification request. Currently, just visiting many sites is enough to ensure that they display a relatively large report.
In his blog post, Mozilla said it took the decision after his research showed how unpopular reports are to users. While apparently a convenient way for sites to share updates with users after they close the tab, about 99 percent of notifications are not accepted by users and 48 percent are actively rejected. It also turned out that asking users repeatedly makes them rarely change their mind.
Browser notifications are not only annoying, in many cases they can be used by malicious sites to trick users into downloading malware or displaying unreliable web ads, according to ZDNet. A malware analyst said that reporting spam has largely replaced adware & # 39; as an important source of user complaints.
Although the biggest changes to Firefox only arrive in January, the browser has already made a small change to the way notifications in version 70 are processed. Now, when you visit a new site that wants to display notifications, Firefox has the & # 39; Not Now & # 39; option with a & # 39; Never allow & # 39; option so that you are not prompted repeatedly to view notifications from the same site.
Mozilla is the first browser to officially announce plans to block standard notification requests, but Google is experimenting with one similar feature for the Chrome browser, making reports less invasive. If you want to disable notification requests completely, you can find our guide on how to do it here.