Open-source Web browser Mozilla Firefox has unveiled protection features against fingerprinting and cryptocurrency mining malware in the browser’s latest update. The announcement of the newest feature was shared in a blog post titled “Protections Against Fingerprinting and Cryptocurrency Mining Available in Firefox Nightly and Beta” on April 9.
Arthur Edelstein, a developer at Mozilla, commenced the report by highlighting the efforts induced by the browsing platform to help its users in leading a healthy online life.
The latest browsing features are in collaboration with Disconnect.me, a privacy and security software firm, assisting browser in collating a list of domains associated with fingerprinting and cryptomining scripts.
The announcement by Mozilla read –
“One of the three key initiatives we listed was mitigating harmful practices like fingerprinting and cryptomining. We have added a feature to block fingerprinting and cryptomining in Firefox Nightly as an option for users to turn on.”
The blog post explained about the hackers utilising the “fingerprinting” scripts by invisibly embedding on web pages, which later can be used in tracking even after the user clearing the cookies. This, according to Firefox, violates their “anti-tracking policy.”
Arthur also explained about the “cryptomining” scripts, which run expensive operations without a user’s approval. This hacking scheme, without the knowledge of users, utilises their computer’s power to mine “cryptocurrency for someone else’s benefit.”
In the latest Firefox Nightly 68 and Beta 67 versions, the browsing platform facilitates users in blocking fingerprinting and cryptomining attacks, as part of Mozilla’s Content Blocking suite of protections.
Albeit, these latest features are currently not enabled by default, but users can enable them in the “Privacy and Securities” section. The blog also noted that the platform is working on allowing the features by default in Nightly in the coming weeks.
In August 2018, Mozilla announced that it would block crypto jacking malware from the web browser’s future versions.
Meanwhile, Opera also released the latest version of its web browser Opera 60, codenamed Reborn 3. The browser includes a crypto wallet that is integrated with the existing Opera wallets; also comprising a Web 3 support, facilitating users in accessing decentralised applications on Ethereum blockchain.