New versions of Mozilla Firefox will have built-in protection against hidden mining

New versions of Mozilla Firefox will have built-in protection against hidden mining


Mozilla Foundation, announced a major change in the tracking of the movement of users between sites. Already in the next releases of the Firefox browser there will be an automatic function of blocking such monitoring.

Previously, users of the browser were given the option to lock external JavaScript code, images and iframe-pages that tracked its transitions. In new versions of Mozilla Firefox, the lock will work by default for all resources. According to the developers, this will speed up the loading of the pages and reduce the number of transmitted data.

Thus, in Firefox 63, slow-loading third-party code will be blocked by default, which slows the opening of pages, and in Firefox 65 – any tracking code from third-party sites. Also in this version, it is promised to clean cookies and block access to local storages. Then it is planned to implement protection from data collection for user identification, as well as from cryptocurrency mining. There will be a built-in ad blocker and Tor support.

Vice President of Mozilla Nick Nguyen notes that the company’s main goal is to prevent the negative impact of third-party scripts on the effective use of the company’s products by users. According to him, some of the announced features are already available in the beta version of the Firefox Nightly update.

Recall, according to specialists of WatchGuard Technologies, by the end of the year, hidden mining will enter the top ten leading cyberthreats. According to the company Malwarebytes in the first quarter of 2018, the number of cases of hidden mining increased by 4000% compared to the last quarter of the previous year.

The Opera browser added protection from the miners to its desktop and mobile browsers in January.

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