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New Mozilla Firefox Web Browser May Get Cryptocurrency Mining Block Feature

The expected version of the Mozilla Firefox web browser, Firefox 67 is rumoured to feature a cryptocurrency mining block. Although the feature is present on the current Firefox 65, it has to be manually enabled in the user privacy settings. Thus, Firefox 67 will automatically prevent illegal mining of cryptocurrencies, according to a media on February 6.

Cryptomining Block Feature to Launch on Firefox in May

Reportedly, The Mozilla Foundation may launch a cryptocurrency mining block feature on its latest Firefox 67 which is set for launch on May 14. The latter is an existing feature on the Firefox 65 that can be accessed via the content blocking menu in custom mode. Here, a user can choose to block trackers, cookies, crypto miners, and fingerprinters.
Alternatively, Firefox 67 will come with the block automatically enabled. Users, on the other hand, who want to switch it off will have to access the options menu and change the permission value. Generally, the block is in a bid to protect people from malware attack which usually leads to the illegal mining of virtual currencies on a victim’s computer.

Cryptocurrency Mining Malware on the Rise

According to Global newswire on January 14, crypto mining malware ranks top as the most wanted malware, for the 13th time in a row. Notable among them are Coinhive, XMrig, and JSEcoin miner who have affected 12%, 8%, and 7% of organizations worldwide, respectively.
While Coinhive and XMrig are targeted at Monero, JSEcoin runs a javascript on web browsers which enables the forging of assets directly from the interface. Malware of this nature which hijacks the user’s computer and its resources can lead to the system’s lagging and more battery power drained.

Opera Mobile Also Adopts a Cryptocurrency Feature

Other web browsers are also taking steps to implement crypto-related features, and this can be said about Opera. The latest version of the Opera web browser for Android, Web 3.0 which was launched on December 13 comes with an Ethereum wallet for storing the cryptocurrency and other ERC-20 based tokens. That being the case, users will be unable to store other digital assets like Bitcoin which do not comply with the same network standard.
Asides web browsers, a smartphone manufacturer like Samsung, has also been rumoured to incorporate an Ethereum wallet in its unreleased Samsung Galaxy S10. BTCNN on January 24 reported of the leaked images of the S10 which shows a Blockchain Keystore feature. The feature requires that a user either creates a wallet or use their private keys to open an existing wallet.

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