The regular cryptocurrency trader is rather familiar with the variety of threats that lurk in the space. However, newbies and seasonal traders might be less educated about the industry and this makes them easy targets. The baddies are good at pulling all sorts of nasty tricks and we have to say that getting conned is not that difficult.
Many of the community members pay attention to the market before purchasing or selling their tokens. That’s good, what’s even better is using a hardware wallet. Nevertheless, we somehow seem to neglect cryptojacking as an emerging threat. Click here, to learn more about cryptojacking. In short, cryptojackers steal your computing power to mine cryptocurrencies. Unfortunately, this might make your device completely unusable. If you want to understand whether you have been cryptojacked and how to protect yourself, keep reading.
Is my device cryptojacked?
The easiest way to detect the symptoms of the cryptojacking fever is to check whether your device is running hot and whether there is a strange noise coming from it. Mining cryptocurrencies uses a lot of your CPU power, meaning your device will be much noisier and hotter than usual. Your other options include checking your resource monitor. Open Task Manager on Windows by pressing ctrl + shift + Esc and if you are using Mac search for Activity Monitor.
If you believe your CPU shouldn’t be working on full capacity but it is… Well, you’ve been cryptojacked. Alternatively, you can always use Opera’s Cryptojacking Test even you work with another browser.
Since cryptojackers are becoming extra creative in recent months, you should always pay attention to the files and updates you download. However, the most common method they rely on is to embed malicious codes in websites and wi-fi networks. But don’t worry. There is always a way to block the code. Most of the internet browsers already have extensions designed to keep the bad actors away. We guarantee you that minerBlock, NoCoin, Coin-hive Blocker will protect your Chrome. Firefox has its own version of minerBlock and NoMiner.
To level up your security it is advisable to use prominent anti-virus, which protects you against cryptojacking among other nasties. Perhaps the most troublesome scenario is when the culprits infect a router or a network of routers. Unfortunately, it is much harder to identify this type of attack. This is why we advise you to regularly update your router’s firmware.