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Apr 30 2012

End of the Line for Firefox 3.6

If you’re still all the way back on Firefox 3.6 (while the latest version is now Firefox 12) you might want to read about how will be affected next month.

In a nutshell, Firefox 3.6 is pretty long in the tooth (over two years old which is a while in the web browser industry considering that Google Chrome is constantly kept updated and Microsoft inches along with Internet Explorer). The last security update for Firefox 3.6 was released back in January this year after the two year life cycle for Mozilla browsers expired.

So, what’s going to happen?

Mozilla is warning users of Firefox 3.6 that they will be automatically upgraded to Firefox 12 in May unless they have opted out of automatic updates. This would have been done by doing the following:

  • Click on the “Options” menu,
  • Click on “Options”,
  • Click on the “Advanced” tab then the “Updates” sub-tab,
  • Select the option “Never check for updates” option.
  • Click “OK”.

If you want to opt out, now is the time but I would personally recommend against it because of ongoing security risks related to using a browser that will no longer receive security updates.

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