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Mozilla’s Firefox is a free, open source web browser that offers a similar browsing experience across a wide variety of desktop operating systems, including Windows, Macintosh and some Linux variants.

As of December 2010, Firefox held about 30% of the desktop browser market, making it the #2 browser behind Internet Explorer.  Firefox uses an aggressive auto-update feature that ensures that most users are running the most recent major version of the browser within three months of release.

Firefox’s native FTP capabilities allow it to connect to FTP servers using passive mode and download specific files as anonymous or authenticated users with passwords.   Many advanced Firefox users use the free FireFTP Firefox extension to add the ability to upload files, connect using FTPS, connect using SFTP and browse local and remote directory structures.

Firefox’s official web site is www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/.

BEST PRACTICE: All credible file transfer applications that offer browser support for administrative, reporting or end user interfaces should support the Firefox web browser, and file transfer vendors should commit to supporting any new Firefox browser version within a few months of its release.   In addition, file transfer vendors that offer FTP, FTPS and/or SFTP support in their server products should support the FireFTP extension to Firefox.