Of course, the use of Cryptojacking has sparked debate. According to ArsTechnica, almost 2,500 Internet websites that use this method as an alternative to generate revenue to the usual advertising on their websites. Willem de Groot, an independent cybersecurity researcher, says that cryptocurrency miners integrated into Javascript code on web pages now add up to 2,496 websites, and their adoption is on the rise. The heart of this controversy is Coinhive. This company is the one that sells the code that is integrated into the web pages to perform the mining, and in fact they are in the middle of a marketing campaign writing to websites and even bloggers to integrate their code into their websites, since logically they are part of the profits obtained with the mining remain. By the way, it goes without saying that this practice has detrimental effects for the user who visits the web page, because unknowingly his/her processor has been “kidnapped” for this mining process, putting his/her SoC activity at 100% and, thereby, generating more heat of the account and consuming more electricity, which indirectly impacts the user’s pocket.

What can be done to avoid Cryptojacking?

This is a recommendation that I am going to make in a personal way because it is what I use and it works wonders for me. So, I am going to tell you about a tool which is known as “No Coin“, and is an Addon for Google Chrome that you can install quickly and free. Its operation is very simple. Simply you have to install it in your Chrome and it will automatically detect which web pages use the code with hidden cryptocurrency mining and will block those processes. By default, it blocks all mines via the web, but if we want we can create whitelists to allow sites that we want, blacklists to block, and even pause their operation temporarily if we want. This is my recommendation to avoid Cryptojacking. I have been using it for about two weeks and it works like a charm, so even if you have not detected which websites increase the CPU consumption in your system, it is also advisable to install it just in case. So, what do you think about this? Simply share your views and thoughts in the comment section below.