Firefox Extends Anti-Tracking Functions Using Browser Fingerprint Banning

Firefox is trialing a new anti-tracking function that will stop websites from being capable of “fingerprinting” your browser and tracking you, even after you are done clearing your cookies. Moreover, the browser will now clearly ban scripts for cryptocurrency mining that try to hijack your PC’s resources so as to mine digital currency. Both functions will originally be accessible in the nightly and beta builds of the browser for testing.

Fingerprinting defines the way online advertisers and websites are capable of tracking you on the basis of aggregating various small details about your PC configuration, varying from your OS to your screen size and even your system fonts. Even if you have turned off tracking, services can employ these small hints to develop a unique fingerprint for you and employ this to trace you all over websites.

Firefox is not the only browser to try to ban this type of tracking. Apple declared at WWDC 2018 that it aims to develop anti-fingerprint tracing into its browser—Safari. Apart from banning fingerprint tracking, Firefox will also shortly unambiguously ban scripts for cryptomining from employing your PC’s resources.

On a related note, till now, you have had to employ Chrome to log in with a security key to your Google account. You will not have to be quite so selective henceforth. Google has changed to employing the new Web Authentication protocol for hardware-supported log-ins, making your key helpful in Edge, Firefox, and other browsers that rely depend on the standard. That can be specifically useful if you need to check your Gmail on an unknown computer and might rather not enter a password or download Chrome.

There is just one catch: as the process of key registration still depends on the earlier Universal Second Factor protocol, you will have to employ Chrome to include a key in your account.

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