Opera Software has released the latest Opera 50 version desktop browser for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Opera includes numerous new features such as a new anti-cryptomining feature and Chromecast & VR 360 support for the Oculus VR headset. These features were initially available on the beta RC version of Opera 50.
NoCoin Anti-Cryptocurrency Mining
As we mentioned, Opera has officially announced the release of a stable build of the latest Opera 50 Web browser. The Opera 50 browser has the new NoCoin feature that helps block webpages that discreetly use cryptocurrency mining scripts. Opera recently stated that the NoCoin will work on the lines of its integrated ad blocker software. The browser developer also claims that Opera 50 is the first major browser to add protection against these kind of attacks.
The emergence of ‘cryptojacking’ has been popularised by the interest around Bitcoin and other major cryptocurrencies globally. Opera uses the NoCoin list of cryptocurrency mining scripts to effectively filter out unwanted webpages. To prevent against cryptojacking, users need to activate the inbuilt ad blocker in Settings, where new anti-cryptocurrency mining feature is switched on automatically. Users can also activate the anti mining tool separately by checking the ‘NoCoin’ tick box in preferences.
NoCoin can also be found by going into Settings (Preferences on macOS) > Basic > Block Ads. The option will be visible under the Recommended lists menu.a