Opera 50 adds built-in protection against cryptojacking

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Credit: http://blogs.opera.com/desktop/2018/01/opera-50-introduces-anti-bitcoin-mining-tool/

Opera’s latest feature is aimed at keeping your browser safe by protecting you against cryptojacking. Opera 50, which is now available for download uses the No Coin list, according to TNW—and this list is regularly updated as new mining scripts are added.

How to activate the new feature in your updated Opera 50 version: simply turn on the ad blocker in your browser preferences. Here, you will find the new addition, which allows you to simply tick the “No Coin box.”

There is a reason for this “war” on miners—Opera says it wants to protect not only the lifespan of your battery, but help your CPU running as fast as it could:

Everyone is talking about Bitcoins these days. Their sudden rise in value resulted in the fact that more and more people set out to mine them by running shady scripts on the PCs of unsuspecting users. This situation might sound familiar: your CPU is suddenly working at 100 percent capacity, the fan is going crazy for seemingly no reason and your battery is quickly depleting,” Opera said in a blog post.

Krystian Kolondra, head of Desktop Browser at Opera further used the blog post to draw a line between what’s acceptable and what’s not:

We are fans of cryptocurrencies but we simply don’t accept that websites are using people’s computers to mine coins without their knowledge or consent. With the new Opera 50, we want to kick off 2018 by providing people a simple way to regain control of their computers.”

Cryptojacking is one of the biggest problems facing a lot of people online these days. It’s a trend that is giving a lot of people sleepless nights, and Opera has just taken a step that might bring a check to the problems. 33,000 websites, according to a study published by AdGuard in 2017, used crypto-coin mining scripts as a tool for monetization. The AdGuard publication estimates that these websites are able to reach as many as one billion people every single month.

Other browsers will probably follow similar line of action—and hopefully that won’t take too long.

Chromecast support

Opera 50 is not just about protecting your browser against Cryptojacking alone, it also comes with support for Chromecast. To start using the browser for Chromecast playback, simply to Settings (Preferences on macOS) > Browser > User interface and tick “Enable Chromecast support.” Opera 50 can support casting for videos, tabs or your full desktop display. To start casting a YouTube video, for example, click the cast icon found in the video’s player controls.

Other outstanding features added to the browser include, Oculus Rift support, JavaScript-based detection for a selection of popular web sites, ability to save pages as PDF, and more.

Back in November, Opera raised the bar a bit by adding some cool new tools to ensure its browser continues to rank among the best in the market. With a direct VR Player, advanced screenshot tool, and a host of other features, there is even more reasons to install the Opera 49 web browser—and even more reasons to upgrade to version 50.


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Author: Ola Ric

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