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Firefox avoids the cloud for its privacy-friendly translation service

November 29, 2022

Via: TechSpot

Even though Firefox isn’t as popular as it once was, you can still count on the fact that Mozilla will do something different compared to the ubiquitous Google Chrome.

Case in point: the open source foundation is currently working on a new translation tool, a Firefox extension designed to respect users privacy aptly named Firefox Translations.

Unlike Google Translate, Bing Microsoft Translator, DeepL Translate and other online services of that kind, Firefox Translations algorithms work completely offline. In other words, translations are done locally on the client-side, Mozilla explains, using the system CPU (SSE4.1 extension support is required for the addon to work properly) to ensure that “the text being translated does not leave your machine.”

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