Sunday, February 18, 2018

I've Dropped Coinhive, and How To Stop Websites From Mining With Your CPU

As the headline states, I've removed the Coinhive plugin that I was trying out on my blog here.

Over the last several days, despite hundreds of views of the blog, the needle on the miner didn't move at all. Because the system was set up to ask for consent from readers before mining Monero with a little bit of their CPU power while on this site, it appears that everyone said, "no." I think I have to blame Coinhive for this, because the little window that would pop up to disclose the presence of the miner and ask for permission only said that my site wanted to use some of the reader's CPU power, but it didn't say why, or how. It almost read like a virus was going to take over the reader's computer if they agreed. That's a head smacking stupid move on Coinhive's part, so I have to assume that the information window was written by nerds who don't socialize much and don't understand people very well.

So, for my Monero mining efforts (and DigitalNote via "merged mining"), I guess I'll just stick to Minergate.

Anyway, since my experiment with full disclosure, informed (imperfectly) consent site mining has failed, I thought I'd share with you all an article I came across about combating the other kind of mining going on in your browser: sneaky use of your CPU that you don't know about.

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