Mozilla Firefox, one of the best Internet browsers in the world, now at its 15th version is taking another step in providing users with top notch quality add-ons and tools for everyone from web developers to the common Internet user. Also, thanks to its great success, in the near future we are expecting a new mobile OS to hit the market, created by the Mozilla team and called Firefox OS. This is a statement about how well Mozilla is developing and how many people want the well known browser to be available on more devices.firefox_

A crucial part of this development of Mozilla’s services is Mozilla Labs. A series of projects dedicated to make the web better with each passing day and to provide to the world a better experience when browsing. One of these projects is called Prospector, a team that dedicates themselves to “analyzing, experimenting and prototyping” improvements to change the way people search and discover content on the web.

What is about:profile?

about:profile is a add-on developed by the team from Project Prospector that offers Mozilla Firefox users the possibility to review their search history and other information that Firefox has gathered (such as auto-fill forms, number of times you accessed a website, bookmarks or cookies) as a graph. This add-on analyzes the information from your Firefox browser and adds information found on Alexa and ODP Categories (Open Directory Project or DMOZ).

The resulting graph gives you very detailed information on how you browse the Internet, as well as demographics information. All this information is stored locally and there is no information sent out from Mozilla, so you can view the results even when offline. After installing the about:profile add-on, it will open a tab containing your information, and because it uses ODP information, you will see your browsing patterns showed in categories and subcategories on various time frames.


Installing the add-on is very straightforward: download and install like any other Firefox add-on, but unlike the majority, it does not require you to restart Firefox (a feature that is also implemented in the new Firefox 15 when installing updates). Apart from this, you need to enable the Firefox browser to record search and browsing history and to accept cookies. These can be found by entering the “Options” window and going under “Privacy”. From here on, the add-on will do its job in the background, only to wait for you to review the data it has gathered.

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The hard work of the entire Mozilla Labs team make Firefox a better browser with each update. Quality and well developed tools are what Firefox users are used to, and the developers don’t disappoint. Keep it up boys!

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I often wonder, where is technology heading? What do all of these advances mean for us and for our future? I sometimes miss the days when I didn’t know how to use a floppy disk, or how a computer CPU works, but now, until I find an answer to my questions, I’ll keep tracking these advances and show everything I find to those who share my interests.


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