The latest version of Mozilla Firefox will have an enhanced tracking protection feature that would allow more content blocking option for its users. The upcoming browser version 67 intends to block cryptocurrency miners by default, adding even more protection to the users.
The upgrade will have stricter blocking options for the browser, which will help to combat against finger-printers and crypto miners. These upcoming features are already underway, but it is expected to take some time. Slated to release during May 14, a public tester will be out sometime soon as stated in the release.
During 2018, Mozilla wanted to block crypto mining scripts from their browsers and initially planned to launch these blocking options for their Firefox 63 browser version. But unfortunately, these features were delayed.
During a blog post made on August 30th, Vice President of Product for Mozilla, Nick Nguyen commented,
“Some trackers fingerprint users — a technique that allows them to identify users by their device properties invisibly, 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.”
Other browsers have taken steps in a similar direction as well. Opera introduced cryptocurrency blocking scripts for smartphones in January 2018, making them the first browser to do so. This feature was activated by default with the ad blocking feature of the browser providing additional protection against cryptocurrency.
Reportedly Google is also looking into preventing infiltration from crypto miners and removed any extension that has to do with mining activities as well. Although, it’s not as easy as it seems since crypto jacking continues to run rampant on Google Chrome.