Is cryptojacking illegal
On the other hand, the number of legitimate uses of such scripts is rather small. One such example is a YouTube app for interface management called Iridium, where the user is allowed to switch off the Monero mining. Also, another instance of CoinHive being properly used is in PublicHD, a torrent tracker where the user gains site credits in if they keep the Monero mining enabled.
Ways you can prevent cryptojacking
If you want to prevent sites and apps from exploiting your computer’s processors through cryptojacking, there are coupe of methods that you can try.
- Firstly, you can use an ad-blocker app (for example AdGuard, AdBlock Plus) to prevent website cryptojacking since some such tools offer this form of protection.
- Secondly, there are also specialized Chrome extensions for blocking CoinHive scripts. Those extensions are No Coin, minerBlock and AntiMiner. No Coin has recently added protection against Crypto-Loot as well.
- Thirdly, an antivirus program can also help with blocking unwanted cryptojacking. Just make sure to download a reliable and trustworthy protection software.
So far, it seems that apart from unwanted CPU usage and potential productivity slow-down, there aren’t any other issues that come from cryptojacking. However, due to the overall unpleasant nature of this practice, most users see this scheme as illegitimate.