Firefox Moves to Ban Crypto Mining Scripts in Future Releases

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One of the most popular web browsers in the world, Firefox has announced decision to block crypto mining malware scripts on its browser in an attempt to boost performance and overall user experience.

Speaking on Thursday, the Mozilla Foundation, the non-profit organization behind this open source browser stated that it would attempt to block trackers and other harmful practices in its upcoming releases. While features like anti tracking functions are already available on Firefox Nightly beta version, users should expect more updates with future releases.

According to the company’s vice presidents of product, Nick Nguyen, their decision is aimed at preventing third party crypto mining scripts  from hampering user experience. With this scripts embedded within websites users visits, they can take over users computing power without their knowledge.

More so, with deceptive practices that undetectably collects identifiable user information or degrade user experience becoming more common by the day, the company is taking a hard line stand on banning scripts that may hamper user experience on its browsing platform.

Speaking further, Nguyen added:

“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 crypto mining 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.”

Based on report, the recent update via the Firefox Nightly version will enable the company test the functionality of new features. And if it proves to be successful, users may find these features enabled by default on the upcoming Firefox 63 release.

With this resolve, the company has joined other browsers like Google and Opera to protect their users from activities of malicious miners, whose crypto mining activities are known to slow down user experiences while posing a great risk to their computer.

In January, Opera announced that it would be rolling out miner protection for its smartphone version and this like Mozilla Firefox decision will be activated by default. Prior to this decision, Opera offered users crypto mining protection on its desktop version.

Google on the other hand has banned all forms of crypto mining apps from its Play Store. Regardless, the company is yet to release official statements regarding automatically blocking scripts embedded within websites.