The Firefox Quantum browser has recently updated its open-source edition with a new privacy toggle that protects users against cryptojacking, as the latest cryptocurrency news show. In a blog post published by Mozilla on May 21, there is an announcement about the new privacy toggle that protects users against malicious crypto practices.
“Today’s new Firefox release continues to bring fast and private together right at the crossroads of performance and security. It includes improvements that continue to keep Firefox fast while giving you more control and assurance through new features that your personal information is safe while you’re online with us,” the Firefox Quantum release notes.
Previously, Mozilla warned its audience that websites can deploy scripts that may launch a crypto miner on any user’s machine – even without them being aware. This practice is known as cryptojacking in the world of cryptocurrency.
In order to combat these practices, the Firefox Quantum was developed as a product of partnership between Mozilla and the online privacy company Disconnect. The crypto mining blocker was created to block people on their browser. As of now, users can toggle an opt-in feature that would block would-be cryptojackers from taking advantage of spare computing power and mining cryptocurrencies.
Users can take a look and see how much faster Firefox is today at the following video, which went viral on many best cryptocurrency news sites because of the anti-cryptojacking features.
In August 2018, Firefox featured cryptojacking protection – to later update them in its Nightly 68 and Beta 67 versions which emerged this April, just before the launch of the Firefox Quantum browser.
The open-source Quantum also aims to mitigate the practices of so-called “fingerprinting” which makes a sort of a digital fingerprint of a user that is employed in order to monitor their activities on the Internet.
In another report published in the altcoin news on April 23 by the cybersecurity company MalwareBytes, cryptojacking was called “essentially extinct” and:
“Marked by the popular drive-by mining company CoinHive shutting down operations in early March, consumer cryptomining seems to have gone the way of the dodo. Detections of consumer-focused bitcoin miners have dropped significantly over the last year and even from last quarter, while business-focused miners have increased from the previous quarter, especially in the APAC region.”
So, the steps that Mozilla took in its Firefox Quantum definitely ramp up the browsing experience from a crypto perspective.
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