This article originally appeared in TidBITS on 2013-12-15 at 9:17 p.m.
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Firefox 26

by Agen G. N. Schmitz

With the release of version 26 of the Firefox [1] browser, Mozilla has implemented a plug-in activation scheme that had been hinted at [2] back in September 2013. The new version of the Web browser makes Click to Play functionality for Java plug-ins the default behavior, requiring you to click an applet on a Web page to authorize Java to run. Previously, Mozilla had promised to make this the default for all plug-ins, save for the most recent version of Flash, but only Java gets the treatment in Firefox 26. The update also adds support for script-generated password fields, improves page load times by not decoding images that aren’t visible, and fixes the AudioToolbox MP3 backend for Mac OS X. (Free, 45.5 MB, release notes [3])