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Enable cryptomining protection in Firefox

Cryptomining, a process by which hackers hijack your machine to mine for cryptocurrency, is a new revenue source for cybercriminals. By default, Firefox helps protect against this threat. In your Privacy & Security settings, make sure you’re set to Standard or Strict. If you use custom settings, verify that cryptomining protection is enabled.

Monitor whether your information has been exposed by using Firefox

Mozilla offers a service called Firefox Monitor that will scan the web to report known data breaches that have exposed your personal information, including passwords. Go to monitor.firefox.com, log in to your Firefox account and review the information. They’ll recommend security steps you can take to resolve any issues.

Use Firefox’s built-in VPN

Virtual private networks (VPNs) can be confusing to configure. But Firefox makes it easy, at least for US desktop users. It has a VPN built right into the browser, which can be toggled to secure connection and keep your internet service provider from monitoring your activity.

On this day in history – Bohmini.A exploits security flaws in Adobe Flash

July 6, 2008: Bohmini.A is a configurable remote access tool or trojan that exploits security flaws in Adobe Flash 9.0.115 with Internet Explorer 7.0 and Firefox 2.0 under Windows XP SP2. It spread as malvertising from 247mediadirect through an advertising network via the social networking site Facebook.

Keep your web browser software up to date

Install software updates so that attackers cannot take advantage of known problems or vulnerabilities. Many browsers like Firefox, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge offer automatic updates. If this option is available, you could enable it.

Stick with major web browsers

There are a lot of options for browsing the web. A good rule of thumb is to stick with major web browsers that are regularly updated with critical security patches and other features. Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Opera are all good options in this respect.