Opera 50: Cryptocurrency Mining Protection

Today, the team behind the Opera browser released a new Beta version of their product. Opera 50.0.2762.42 Beta is now available for download and comes with Cryptocurrency Mining Protection.

The new feature is named "NoCoin". When enabled, it prevents JavaScript miners from running in your browser. The official announcement says the following:

Bitcoins are really hot right now, but did you know that they might actually be making your computer hotter? Your CPU suddenly working at 100 percent capacity, the fan is going crazy for seemingly no reason and your battery quickly depleting might all be signs that someone is using your computer to mine for cryptocurrency.

This cryptocurrency mining can sometimes continue after you have first visited the site. But we, as the only major browser with an integrated ad blocker, have a built-in solution to keep miners from trespassing onto your machine.

After we recently updated the rules for our built-in ad blocker mechanism, we eliminated cryptocurrency mining scripts that overuse your device’s computing ability. Simply enable Opera’s ad blocker to prevent cryptocurrency mining sites from doing their dirty work on your computer.

So, if a website you visited is going to use your computer to mine some cryptocurrency, the new feature should protect you against the issue.

The new option can be found under Settings - Block Ads - NoCoin.

With NoCoin turned on, pages embedded with cryptocurrency mining scripts will be blocked in a similar way the built-in ad blocker disables ads.


In this release, the Chromium engine is updated to version 63.0.3239.84.

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Source: Opera

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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