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Opera mobile cryptocurrency mining protection now available

Opera mobile cryptocurrency mining protection now available

The surge of fame, or infamy, that cryptocurrency, specifically Bitcoin, is now enjoying has made some a tad too desperate to cash in on the hype. Desperate but enough to risk investing in such a fickle business. And so they will let others take the risk for them whether those others like it or not. That is practically the line of thinking behind a new class of intrusion called cryptocurrency mining that threatens to render devices, including smartphones, inoperable or even dead. Opera is coming to the rescue with a new version of its mobile browser to protect your phone from such drive-by attacks.

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Microsoft Edge claims once again to be faster, safer, better

Microsoft Edge claims once again to be faster, safer, better

Who says the browser wars are over? This time, though, there’s a pinch of fancy marketing added to spice up the competition and drum up the hype. Ever since Microsoft launched its completely new and “not related to Internet Explorer at all” web browser, it has been touting Edge’s battery efficiency with highly publicized but not completely public tests. And now it’s back again, pitting Edge against the latest Firefox and Chrome versions, singing that same mantra, and trying to get back in the running in the web browser race.

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Advertising scripts using data from browser password managers to track users

Advertising scripts using data from browser password managers to track users

It's well-known that tools like password managers can help users improve their online security — by creating unique passwords for each website. However, researchers have found that advertising trackers are able to exploit data from the simplified password managers built into browsers like Chrome and Firefox (rather than standalone services like 1Password and LastPass) to continue tracking users browsing habits across the internet.

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Firefox is now on Amazon Fire TV, can play YouTube

Firefox is now on Amazon Fire TV, can play YouTube

The back and forth between Google and Amazon has become both entertaining and also frustrating for consumers. It is the common folk who get caught in between the clash of the titans and, at least for Amazon Echo Show and Fire TV users, that meant being deprived of the time-wasting joys of YouTube. While peace negotiations are supposedly on the way, hope comes from a new, outside source. Mozilla has just announced that the Firefox web browser is now available on Amazon’s Fire TV platform and, yes, it can play web videos, including YouTube.

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Chrome ad blocker goes live in February

Chrome ad blocker goes live in February

Earlier this year, Google announced plans to implement an in-browser ad blocker within Chrome. Those plans were revealed back in June, and at the time, Google said that the ad blocker it was working on would launch sometime in early 2018. Now when know when Google plans to send this ad blocker live, and it turns out that launch is right around the corner.

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Latest Chrome beta includes option to mute autoplay videos

Latest Chrome beta includes option to mute autoplay videos

Google first revealed a few months ago that the upcoming release of Chrome 64 would finally address one of the web's worst trends: autoplaying videos and their abrupt sounds. Unfortunately, the final release for Chrome 64 still isn't due until January, however the newly released beta for the browser's upcoming version is available to download now, and include the option for muting autoplay videos.

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Chrome version 64 will make downloads a lot faster

Chrome version 64 will make downloads a lot faster

While most use web browser to, of course, browse the web, there will inevitably come a time when you need to download something off the web. And while most will probably just download some images or PDFs, there will also come a time when you’ll have to download something larger. When that day does come, you’ll probably want the upcoming Chrome version 64 by your side to make such downloads faster by using parallel downloading built right into the browser.

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Chrome Remote Desktop is now on a web browser

Chrome Remote Desktop is now on a web browser

If you are one of if not the only “techie” in your family or circle of friends, you are most likely acutely aware of how difficult it might be to remotely troubleshoot their computers over the phone or, worse, over text or instant messaging. That’s why tools like remote desktop access have been invented, to help ease the pain of tech support. If you’re still on the fence about which remote desktop software to use, you need not go much further than your web browser, thanks to Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop, now available on the Web.

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Microsoft Edge on Android and iOS is now available for all

Microsoft Edge on Android and iOS is now available for all

One of the advantages of using the same browser across all your devices is that you mostly have a consistent experience, not to mention possibly syncing bookmarks, browsing history, and the like. If, however, you’ve fallen head over heels for Microsoft’s latest web browser, you’re out of luck on mobile. Until now, that is. Microsoft has just taken off the “Preview” label on the mobile version of Microsoft Edge, giving iOS and Android the ability to sync browsing data with their Windows 10 PCs.

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Browser-based drive-by cryptomining keeps running even when closed

Browser-based drive-by cryptomining keeps running even when closed

The fact that people mostly live their computing lives inside their browsers hasn’t escaped attention. Browser makers are adding more power and giving browsers more access to hardware. Google has even made an entire OS based on a web browser. And now, malware authors are scrambling to take advantage of all those. This latest development is a bit more cunning though because, instead of outright demanding payment or use misleading and harmful ads, it generates money by exploiting your computer’s hardware to mine for cryptocurrency.

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Google Chrome versions will put a stop to unwanted redirects

Google Chrome versions will put a stop to unwanted redirects

There is nothing more annoying in browsing the web, and more dangerous, that unwanted and unintended popups. Actually, there is a second thing that comes close to it: unwanted and unintended redirects. This has actually been malware distributors’ and scammers’ Plan B after popups have widely fallen out of fashion and rendered practically useless. In order to combat both the threat and the frustration caused by such redirects, Google will be implementing new safeguards in future versions of the Chrome web browser to make sure you really only go where you want to go.

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Samsung Internet 6.2 makes it a formidable mobile web browser

Samsung Internet 6.2 makes it a formidable mobile web browser

Samsung has a ton of custom Android apps, some of them duplicating functionality already provided by, for example, Google. And almost all of those have been exclusive to Samsung’s Galaxy phones only, sometimes even to certain models only. With the Samsung Internet web browser, Samsung has embarked on a journey outside of its comfort zone, bringing the app to devices outside its domain. And with the version 6.2 release, it may even become a decent alternative, especially for those who juggle multiple Android devices, with one of them being a Galaxy phone.

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