Jul 19, 2012
What happened to all the different favicons to the left of web addresses in Firefox that were unique to each website on the Internet?
The Mozilla Corporation of Mountain View, California decided to kill off individual favicons in the Firefox address bar for security reasons.
Why Firefox Removed Favicons
Millions of website favicons are now gone, much to the shock of users who expect the web to always stay the same.
However, the Firefox browser tabs will still display the old individual website favicons, so users with multiple tabs open simultaneously can tell different webpages apart.
Here's what you'll see displayed from now on in the Firefox address bar:
- The gray globe favicon for standard websites
- The green padlock favicon for SSL sites with validation
- The gray padlock for SSL sites without validation
There is already a bit of an uproar regarding the arbitrary decision to delete millions of website favicons, but it's not much of a price to pay for a popular browser that's still free.