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    This topic contains 16 replies, has 11 voices, and was last updated by  Paul T 1 week, 6 days ago.

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    • #161551 Reply

      Microfix
      AskWoody MVP

      Martin Brinkmann at Ghacks has an interesting article relating to Cryptojacking with a Cryptojacking link to test your preferred browser.

      Just tried FF ESR v52.6.0 and it seems protected.

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    • #161626 Reply

      Elly
      AskWoody MVP

      Pale Moon shows protected…

      The test site is run by Opera, and it offers the Opera browser to download, if yours doesn’t pass, rather than citing which other browsers are protected… just the scent of a marketing site, rather than true value, perhaps…

      Win 7 Home, 64 bit, Group B

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      • #161629 Reply

        anonymous

        I also use PaleMoon. Have enjoyed it since the last time I felt like I need to find a new browser. But had been using one of the adblockers from the top of the add-ons page, even though I was fairly sure it wasn’t top of the line. Have been reading here that uBlockOrigin has become a preferred extension, but just hadn’t gotten around to it.

        This test showed ‘Not protected’

        Changed to uBlock just a few minutes ago, standard options only, haven’t taken the time to investigate further.

        This test now shows ‘Protected’

        Thanks for providing the incentive to change.

        {Paul}

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        • #161643 Reply

          Elly
          AskWoody MVP

          Hm… not using any ad blockers… just Click and Clean to get rid of cookies when I leave a site…

          I may have configured something rather than use the defaults, but although I track my OS changes carefully, I couldn’t begin to tell you what (if anything) I did when I set Pale Moon up…

          Sigh… non-techy strikes again!

          Win 7 Home, 64 bit, Group B

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          • #161645 Reply

            PKCano
            AskWoody MVP

            If it’s either non-techy or Senior moment (my case) that strikes, I’d rather it be the former!!! (LOL)

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            • #161648 Reply

              Elly
              AskWoody MVP

              Oh! and I have both… I am so doomed!

               

              Win 7 Home, 64 bit, Group B

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          • #161661 Reply

            Cascadian
            AskWoody Lounger

            I agree both that I may have other settings not up to snuff… Was about to share more possibilities when I realized a Highly Likely Reason. Some time ago I had cycled through different User Agent Modes. Curiosity only really. This discussion is reminding me that this may be the reason for both my faulty use of the prior adblocker, and the failed test.

            When I went to look into uBlock, and was faced with the Chromium/Firefox choice, I went to the preferences menu and found Native selected. I made the change to Firefox Compatibility, and the appropriate uBlock installed smoothly. It appears to function and interact appropriately as well. It is likely the Native [read: Windows] emulator may have yielded the negative test result.

            If anyone knows that I have proceeded poorly here, please feel free to give better guidance.

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    • #161678 Reply

      MrBrian
      AskWoody MVP

      I’m not sure if this particular test is working properly in Firefox, based on lack of attempted network connections. On the other hand, using Internet Explorer this test did trigger my antivirus.

      From Opera can protect you from cryptocurrency mining. Here’s how to enable it!: “The NoCoin protection feature is based on a blacklist that needs to be regularly updated. While it cannot protect you from all websites that do cryptocurrency mining without your consent, it will protect you from many websites that do this.”

      If anybody wants to see actual cryptocurrency mining, you can click the link in section “Proof of Work Shortlinks” at coinhive [dot] com; warning: visiting that site might trigger your antivirus. Clicking the link in section “Proof of Work Shortlinks” made my CPU very busy for 30 seconds!

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    • #161681 Reply

      MrBrian
      AskWoody MVP

      What Is Cryptojacking and How Can You Avoid It?

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    • #162738 Reply

      Microfix
      AskWoody MVP

      Recent (27/01/ 2018) news from ‘the Register’ regarding YouTube site ads:

      Crypto-jackers slip Coinhive mining code into YouTube site ads

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      • #162872 Reply

        Cascadian
        AskWoody Lounger

        Apologies for commenting before reading the linked article.

        One of the reasons I avoid most video streaming, especially non-subscription, ad-based streaming sites — also why I kill immediately any site hosting an sutoplay item either 3d party or native — is the large volume of EXPECTED traffic can so easily hide a smaller amount of unwanted traffic. And that unidentified, unwanted traffic may be of malicious nature.

        I really need to set aside the time to get a little closer to the Carboni method of repelling all boarders.

    • #165968 Reply

      Jan K.
      AskWoody Lounger

      Testing Chrome on my android tablet shows “unprotected”, but “protected” when enabling AdGuard.

      Insist of using an older version of Chrome (57), so though a new version probably would protect against cryptojacking, I’m very pleased to know AdGuard has me covered.

    • #191362 Reply

      SoulAsylum
      AskWoody Lounger

      Just  tested IE11 on Windows 10 Pro x64 version 1803. Norton (NSBU) instantly blocked the site with the info in the provided screenshot.

       

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      • #191368 Reply

        AusJohn
        AskWoody Lounger

        Just tested IE11 on Windows 7 SP1 and got the “You’re Protected” message.

    • #191378 Reply

      Bill C.
      AskWoody Lounger

      My install of Firefox 60_64 is safe.

    • #191387 Reply

      Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      Chrome 66.0.3359.139 not protected.

      cheers, Paul

    • #191501 Reply

      Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      As I already have Adblock+ I added the NoCoin filter.
      https://github.com/hoshsadiq/adblock-nocoin-list/

      Now I’m protected.

      cheers, Paul

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