Microsoft Updates Edge Browser to Protect Users Against Cryptojacking
Cryptojackers are bad actors who use codes hidden on websites or downloaded unto users’ hardware to mine cryptocurrencies using its processing power.
In the announcement, Microsoft explained that it had added the feature after receiving complaints from several users. They claim most users complain that they often had apps with a poor reputation being installed whenever they try to download free software from the internet.
The new feature is currently available in Edge versions from 80.0.338.0. It is off by default, however the user can switch it on in the Privacy and Services settings panel. Microsoft claims their goal is to help users in getting the appropriate applications. Adding that, the tech giant will empower its users to maintain control over their devices and experiences.
These “potentially unwanted applications” can cause a user’s computer to slow down. They can as well lead to excessive fan noise and overheating. Cryptojackers can use a victim’s computing power and electricity to carry out mining tasks secretly.
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