Friday, 5 January 2018

Opera 50 Browser Now Available for Windows, macOS, Linux With New Anti-Cryptocurrency Mining Feature

Opera Software has released Opera 50.0, the latest version of its Chromium-based browser for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Opera 50 comes with  new features. Chief among these is the addition of an anti-Bitcoin mining tool, but there’s also support for both Chromecast and Oculus Rift VR headsets, better protection for browsing sessions after crashes, and a major upgrade to its VPN service.

Bitcoin mining involves leaving hidden scripts on web pages that utilizes user PCs to mine for Bitcoins on behalf of others. Symptoms can include sudden spikes in CPU and temperature, as well as rapidly depleting battery life.

These scripts can continue to run even after the user leaves the website in question and it’s estimated 500 million people have been affected worldwide. This is called “cryptojacking,” and it isn’t particularly great for users, who find their machines become inexplicably sluggish.

Mercifully, the latest version of the Opera browser comes with built-in protections against cryptojacking. Opera 50 uses the No Coin list, which is updated regularly as new mining scripts emerge.
According to opera in a statement;

“We are fans of cryptocurrencies but we simply don’t accept that websites are using people’s computers to mine coins without their knowledge or consent. With the new Opera 50, we want to kick off 2018 by providing people a simple way to regain control of their computers.”

How to Activate it
Simply go to Settings (Preferences on macOS) > Basic > Block Ads. The option will be visible under the Recommended lists menu.

You can download Opera 50 here.

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