The age old crisis which has plagued even non crypto users has become the malicious exploit of user power via webpages. Using a array of scripts such as the malicious Coinhive, the number of web operators looking to make extra revenue of clicks has been increasing steadily.
Firefox, the signature web browser launched by the Mozilla foundation, will be enabling updates to counter the inclusion of mining scripts and tracking code enabling a faster, secure and private browsing experience.
“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.”
Firefox becomes the first major browser to begin the clampdown of shady scripts. Others such as Google have also taken initiative and are focusing on purging the countless malicious apps hosted on the Google Playstore, which masquerade as games etc. but exploit user devices without permission for personal gain. This gain also comes at a cost as the users hardware will often see increased power draw, heating issues and a generally shorter lifespan due to the increased constant load placed by websites executing such scripts.
To conclude, Firefox will be implementing anti mining measures to help protect web users from falling victim to mining scripts. As part of planned upgrades future iterations of the Mozilla Firefox browser will also see integrated capabilities to block trackers and other code which web operators often use to identify user devices and specifications in some cases.