Pulling plug-in bugs by the horns, Mozilla has rolled up its sleeve to diminish their importance in Firefox. The click-to-play feature is nothing new for Firefox and Mozilla has been going about disabling as many automatic plug-in activations as possible. The first version that introduced this blocking feature was Firefox 14, but a lot was left for the users to configure. Taking into consideration the recurring security issues that have risen, like the recent Java scare, the only respite that Mozilla could offer was to blacklist a plug-in on demand to escape the misuse by drive-by malware.
Mozilla has brought about such changes for the click-to-play features due to three major reasons. Firstly, the tech giant wants to offer a more secure browsing environment to the users, as much as possible. Mozilla has taken the issue seriously and is looking forward to provide this aspect. Secondly, plug-ins continue to be a major cause of concern over performance and stability issues. Firefox is not alone in this category, though. Internet Explorer even makes its users familiar with the possible hazards of plug-ins at the time of a first run process.
The last reason is bent on philosophical concerns. Using the plug-ins for click-to-play transfers the control squarely in the hands of the users. The reason for Mozilla’s success has been its trustworthiness. A formidable user experience with better controls is what the users look forward to and Mozilla has been able to provide them with the necessary.
Mozilla, however, has shown the green signal to one extensively used plug-in. It is none other than Flash and comes with a bondage. The user having an access to this plug-in has to make sure that he has the latest version updated in his system. Else, Firefox has the liberty to shove it aside, behind click-to-play.
Firefox, though makes up with the controlling part of this click-to-play feature, as well. The controls are on about: config. If you have issues over the default setting, go about changing it and stay in charge.