Seven Ways to Protect Yourself against Cryptojacking

As netizens [citizens of the web – ], you probably know about computer viruses and hacking incidents. The new technology and market development have contributed to new forms of cyber-attacks and cryptojacking is one of them. These are often more difficult to detect and handle.

Cryptojacking

Cryptojacking may occur when a website is infected with a JavaScript code that automatically uploads in the browser, or a malicious link is sent via e-mail. Once clicked, the malware loads the crypto-mining code onto the system. Alternatively, these malware pieces could be hidden in websites, online ads and automatically run after loading in the browser.

Once the crypto-mining code is installed on the victim’s computer, it discreetly runs in the background without the user’s consent. The only sign that you may get is that your PC speeds start to reduced or it becomes sluggish. The main reason why this form has become popular with hackers is that they can more easily gain access to vulnerable systems and mine these digital currencies at lower risk.

Tips to Prevent Cryptojacking

1. Use of Web browser ad blocking extensions Tools

Cybercriminals are injecting all kinds of mining script via extensions. Browser extensions are a way to improve the user experience. Self-executing code, as embedded in ads and websites, is much harder to spot. Installing ad blocking extensions in web browsers is a powerful way to prevent web-based cryptojacking through ads. There are browser extensions such as MinerBlock and NoCoin that are able to detect and block crypto-mining scripts in websites and ads.

2. Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions

Cryptojacking is not limited to big screens, as mobile devices are also under the radar of cryptominers. Despite their low computing power, they are referred to as a considerably safe environment for miners as their ecosystem has low (Read more...)

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