Be Aware of Cryptojacking-Part 3 [Precautions of Cryptojacking]
In the last post, we've seen how
Cryptojacking came into existence.
It means stealing your device’s processing power for mining cryptocurrency.
But if you’re a victim of Cryptojacking, you may not notice.
Mostly Cryptojacking software is designed to stay hidden from the user.
It slows down your device, shortens its life and increases your electricity bills.
If your PC or Mac slows down or uses its cooling fan more than normal, you may have reason to suspect Cryptojacking.
How does Cryptojacking work?
Malware means malicious (bad intent) software.
When you click on a malicious link in an email, it loads crypto mining code directly onto your computer.
Once your computer is infected, the hacker mines cryptocurrency in the background.
Another way of Cryptojacking is to put malicious code into a web page.
When you visit that web page, it performs crypto mining on your device.
Let’s say if you’re playing a game on such a website, crypto mining happens as long as you play.
When you quit the site, the crypto mining stops.
How do I protect myself from Cryptojacking?
Identifying that your device is under a Cryptojacking attack is difficult.
Here are a few ways you can protect yourself:
Install antivirus software. Most of them block Cryptojacking.
Install an ad-blocker on the browser.
Eg: Adblock Plus