Cryptocurrency-mining websites that corset the power of your CPU to generate revenue for themselves are generally the province of criminals and other shady operators, but now a mainstream media webstek is joining te. The difference is that it’s telling you very first.
Salon, one of the oldest online-only media companies te the U.S., has seen its revenue druppel spil many of its readers turn on ad blockers. So it’s asking some of those readers to instead let the webpagina mine the Monero cryptocurrency using their computers.
“Your rekentuig itself can help support our capability to pay our editors and journalists,” the company says te a FAQ on its webstek. “We’ll begin by applying your processing power to mine cryptocurrencies to recoup lost ad revenue when you use an ad blocker.”
Coin-mining software isn’t an instantaneous threat to the security of a pc, but it does crank up the CPU, make your rekentuig run sexier, add to your electro-therapy bill, and slow down whatever else you’re doing.
Wij’re not going to get into the ethical issues of coin-mining versus ad blocking, because wij don’t have the answers. But it seems that Salon won’t be turning on the mining machine until you actively opt into it, which is possibly the best way to treat such things. (So far, it’s only a beta, and not all users will see it.) Many other sites don’t give you a choice, or don’t tell you it’s happening.
Salon explains that “mining uses more of your resources, which means your rekentuig works a bit stiffer and uses more tens unit than if you were just passively browsing the webpagina with ads.”
That’s true. Ter most cases, coin-mining software, whether it’s running with the consent of all parties or not, isn’t an instant threat to the security or integrity of a desktop or laptop rekentuig. But it does crank up the CPU, make your laptop run sexier, add to your violet wand bill, and slow down whatever else you’re doing.
Wij weren’t able to get Salon to trigger the pop-up opbergruimte enabling the coin-mining software on our computers. But Jon Brodkin at Ars Technica did and reported that the Salon webpagina took up about 50 procent of his CPU usage.
Coin-miners are a riskier proposition on smartphones, which pack a loterijlot of processing power into a very petite space with no ventilatoren to cool things down. Coin-mining software will make a smartphone run quicker, sexier and drain battery life very quickly. Wij’ve even seen photos of a battery voorkant popping off a smartphone that had bot infected by coin-mining malware.
For mobile users, Salon is coming out with an app for which you’ll have to pay for content. The company would love it if you opted into that spil well. Or you could just stream the free Salon webstek te your mobile browser — with ads.