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Mozilla Firefox Browser Latest Version To Block Auto-crypto-mining

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Internet browser Mozilla Firefox's latest version has included a flip switch to protect users from auto-crypto mining or cryptojacking. This is one of the many security and privacy features Firefox added to the browser while continuing to make the browsing faster.

The new security and privacy features are part of the browser's Content Blocking suite of protections, aiming to protect customers from threats and annoyances on the web.

In the latest version released today, Mozilla Firefox browser users will have the option to block cryptominers and fingerprinters. The addition of these features is part of the company's adapted approach to anti-tracking to address growing consumer demand for features and services that respect online privacy.

The latest version mitigates harmful practices like fingerprinting which builds a digital fingerprint that tracks the user across the web, and cryptomining which uses the power of the users computer's CPU to generate cryptocurrency for someone else's benefit.

To block cryptomining, today's Firefox release gives the user the option to "flip a switch" in the browser and protect themselves from these nefarious practices.

To turn this feature on click on the small "i" icon in the address bar and under Content Blocking, click on the Custom gear on the right side. The other option is to go to your Preferences. Click on Privacy & Security on the left hand side. From there, users will see Content Blocking listed at the top. Select Custom and check "Cryptominers" and "Fingerprinters" so that they are both blocked.

Over the past few months, Mozilla released a series of features that put its new anti-tracking approach into practice through three key initiatives - improving page load performance, removing cross-site tracking, and mitigating harmful practices.

A new study by a leading international device-to-cloud cybersecurity firm McAfee Labs recently showed a whopping increase in cryptojacking and other cryptocurrency mining schemes, which has replaced ransomware as the top cyber bad dog in 2018.

Crypto-mining by malware increases power consumption, slows down the system and leads to higher electricity bill, as the energy to mine a single bitcoin can cost anything from $531 to $26,170.

In April last year, Google banned all cryptocurrency mining extensions on its Chrome Web Store, citing a rise in malicious extensions and policy compliance issues. However, extensions with blockchain-related purposes other than mining continued to be permitted.

Opera, a web browser for Windows, macOS, and Linux operating systems, also added cryptocurrency mining protection way back in January 2018 for its desktop versions and mobile browsers through its ad blocker function.

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