With once aggressive cryptocurrency mining service Coinhive closing up shop for good this month, renewed calls to mount a better defense against cryptojacking reverberate throughout the digital community. This after Coinhive’s demise was attributed to, among other mitigating factors, its otherwise benign code being exploited for cryptojacking.
What cryptojacking is
The good news is that honest-to-goodness miners and digital by-standers can do something about this growing threat.
Here are some suggestions from security applications experts:
- Knowledge is power. Experts say knowing how to detect if gadgets are being used for secret cryptomining is already half the battle. Among the usual symptoms are inexplicably high processor traffic, sluggish response time, unusual uptick in energy consumption, and device overheating. Once a device is compromised, do this.
- Update. Whether it’s Mac or Windows, make sure software is consistently updated. Software updates fix security problems, offer better protection against latest threats, and improve compatibility with different programs, applications, and devices.
With the recent surge of cryptocurrencies, it is expected that there will be more reported cryptojacking cases given the increasing number of cybercriminals hell-bent on taking advantage of any security flaw. End-users, more than ever, should be aware of this threat and take concrete steps to improve digital protection.