You will need to use your fingerprint when opening Firefox because Mozilla plans to expand anti-tracking features by introducing this requirement.
A new anti-tracking feature is being tested by Firefox which has the goal to prevent sites from being able to track you and “fingerprint” your browser, even after all your cookies are cleared. The browser will, in addition to that, now explicitly block cryptocurrency mining scripts that would have the thought of hijacking the resources of your computer in order to mine digital currency. Initially, both the features will be available in the browser’s beta and nightly builds for testing.
Firefox Added Fingerprint Blocking To Expand Anti-Tracking Features
The way online advertisers and sites have the ability to track you based on aggregating numerous tiny details about your system configuration is described by the fingerprint those ranging from your operating system to your screen size and even your system fonts. Even though you have turned off the tracking, these tiny clues can be used by services to build a unique fingerprint for you and track you across sites using it.
Now, this kind of tracking should be avoided, and the only browser that attempts to do so is Firefox. At the WWDC last year, Apple made an announcement that it has plans to build anti-fingerprint tracking into its Safari browser.
Aside from blocking fingerprint tracking, Firefox also wants to have the crypto mining scripts explicitly blocked from using the resources of your computer. According to Bleeping Computer, however, many of these scripts could technically be blocked by the browser since late 2017 as part of its existing blocks on abusive ad trackers. If you can’t see the change, we will tell you. Regarding blocking these scripts, the browser is now explicit, and soon you will be able to turn the blocking feature off for crypto miners if you so choose. Everything will be your choice.
Katie Tachuck is a reporter for News Lair. After graduating from UCLA, Katie got an internship at a local radio station and worked as a investigative journalist and producer. Katie has also worked as a columnist for the The Santa Fe New Mexican. Katie covers economy and community events for News Lair.