Firefox has announced that it will launch new security tools to protect users against the tracking of their online activity and cryptocurrency mining.
Mozilla has partnered with Disconnect, a software company that has developed a solution to prevent users from tracking online activity and whose advertising blocking list is already used by Firefox. The new tools are now available for Firefox users Nightly 68 and Beta 67.
Regarding the prevention of online activity tracking based on the fingerprint of the user, it is about preventing companies from using illicit information about your device (screen resolution, operating system, location, regional configuration, etc.) that exposes the browser to any website to optimize the experience.
This information about which sites you have visited can identify you and be used to know your navigation even if you delete the cookies.
With respect to the cryptocurrency mining, it is a practice that leads certain websites to use your device’s CPU to mine cryptocurrencies, which not only reduces the performance of your machine but consumes its battery more quickly.