Microsoft Updates Edge Browser to Protect Users Against Cryptojacking

News / 29.02.2020

The technology giant, Microsoft, has announced on Thursday that it had enabled a feature that will spot and prevent the download of “potentially unwanted applications”, such as 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.

Featured image courtesy of Shutterstock. Source: Cryptopress.

Debasish Das is from India, an engineering graduate and holds a postgraduate degree in management. He has 10 years of experience in the financial sector, having worked for one of the biggest MNC banking groups in the country. Currently he has business in e-commerce, insurance and consultancy. As an avid blockchain and cryptocurrency enthusiasts he believes in investing in the future of technology, and feels this is going to make the world a single marketplace and also give the power from centralized banks and governments back to people.