The Mozilla Foundation’s web browser is set to block cryptocurrency mining malware codes as part of a new improved system.
The nonprofit parent company Mozilla Foundation revealed late last week that the world’s second largest web browser by users, Firefox, is seeking to automatically block malware scripts and other related “harmful practices” with the new releases.
Several features, like the anti-tracking option, have already been integrated into the Firefox Nightly beta version.
“Tracking slows down the web. In a study by Ghostery, 55.4% of the total time required to load an average website was spent loading third party trackers. For users on slower networks the effect can be even worse.”
No more crypto malware!
The company aims to protect users from any online malicious operation and ensure a more enjoyable experience, reported Mozilla VP of Product Nick Nguyen. The third-party scripts are usually using individuals’ computing power without their consents. Malware that hijacks users’ computers in order to mine digital assets is also included.
“Deceptive practices that invisibly collect identifiable user information or degrade user experience are becoming more common,” Nguyen explained. He went on stating:
“For example, some trackers fingerprint users — a technique that allows them to invisibly identify users by their device properties, and which users are unable to control. Other sites have deployed cryptomining 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.”
The Firefox Nightly aims to verify the performance of the releases. If these successfully pass the test, they will be integrated into the Firefox 63 version.
Mozilla is following its direct and indirect competitors, Opera and Google, which aim to ensure users’ safety and prevent any kind of damage to their computers.