Mozilla Will Block Crypto Miners On Their Web Browser Firefox By Default


Mozilla has recently announced that their latest version for Firefox will feature enhanced tracking protection which will provide users with more content blocking option for its users. The upcoming browser version for 67 plans to block cryptocurrency miners by default, adding even more protection to the users.

Security

Mozilla’s upcoming browser version 67 will enhance the safety of the user by including even more blocking options for the browser, which shall help combat against finger-printers and crypto miners. The developing for these upcoming features are already underway, but till take some time before being transferred over to the Nightly builds for the browser.

Firefox version 67 has been stated to release during May 14, the new features will be given out to public tester sometime soon.

During the middle of 2018, Mozilla has become deeply concerned with blocking crypto mining scripts from their browsers and originally planned to launch blocking options for their Firefox 63 browser version.  Although due to some unforeseen complications, the features were delayed.

During a blog post made on August 30th, Vice President of Product for Mozilla, Nick Nguyen commented,

“Some trackers fingerprint users — a technique that allows them to identify users by their device properties invisibly, and which users are unable to control. Other sites have deployed crypto mining scripts that silently mine cryptocurrencies on the user’s device. Practices like these make the web a more hostile place to be. Future versions of Firefox will block these practices by default.”

Other Browsers

Mozilla isn’t the only company taking a stance against having crypto miners on their browser.

During January 2018, Opera introduced cryptocurrency blocking scripts for smartphones, which lead to them becoming the very first browser to block crypto miners. The newly added feature was activated by default with the ad blocking feature of the browser which provided additional protection against crypto jacking.

Google has also been working at ways to prevent infiltration of crypto miners by removing any extension that has to do with mining activities as well. Although, it’s not as easy as it seems since crypto jacking continues to run rampant on Google Chrome.


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Keith Wang

Keith Wang is a writer and programmer specializing in bitcoin and blockchain technology. Keith has been a long time believer of bitcoin and blockchain technology and spends his free time following up with blockchain news. You can contact Keith at keith@cryptomenow.com

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