The code was found to be embedded in in the footer of several particular web pages on the domain. This new finding has enraged the users as they were not informed about any such development beforehand. So, in this article, we are going to find out the pros and cons of websites carrying out crypto-mining using visitors CPU, and what it means for you. At the end, we will also show you how you can stop websites from using your CPU to mine cryptocurrencies:
How Cryptocurrency Mining using Visitors CPU Works
Why PirateBay Is Testing Crypto-Mining Using User’s CPU
To say it bluntly, the crypto-mining process allows PirateBay to earn money. Any torrent website such as PirateBay needs money to run, which is currently generated by the ads running on their website. Crypto-Mining can act as an alternative source of income which according to PirateBay may replace the need for advertising on its platform.
PirateBay in its statement ask its users a very simple question, “Do you want ads or do you want to give away a few of your CPU cycles every time you visit the site?” If PirateBay test results indicate that they can earn enough money to cover the cost of running their website using the crypto-mining without alienating or angering its user-base, they might as well switch to it.
What Does This Mean For Users
As users, you will also have to think about what you prefer more, ads or crypto-mining. Both have their own pros and cons. When it comes to ads, we all hate them. Especially the ads on torrent websites because they tend to contain more graphic and adult content. There’s also the problem of the rise of malvertising on such websites. If you are not familiar with the term, it basically means the practice of running those ads, which when clicked on, direct users to fraudulent websites, and websites containing malware which can infect their system.
Using the Mining of Cryptocurrency as a revenue stream comes with its own set of problems. Since the website will be using your CPU power to mine the cryptocurrency, your CPU will always be running at its full capacity, whenever you are visiting such websites. The Reddit user which exposed this test also shared its system’s CPU uses. The CPU was running at 80-85% efficiency. For context, this is the same CPU uses which your system experiences while carrying out heavy-duty operations such as 4K video editing, playing AAA title games, or rendering 3D projects. This means that while you are on such websites which are using crypto-mining instead of ads, your CPU will be fully consumed and you will see your computer lagging. There’s also the problem of draining your battery quickly if you are not plugged in.
As you can so both the revenue-generating options have their own pros and cons. One fills the websites with adult and graphic ads and there’s also the risk of malvertising. The other will use your system’s CPU power instead to give you an ad-free experience.
How to Stop Websites From Using Your CPU
Stop Websites From Using Your CPU For Crypto-Mining
I do agree with PirateBay that they need money to run their website and I don’t have any problem with them looking for alternate streams of revenue other than the ads. Because who don’t hate ads. However, they should have informed the users before they implemented this change. I would give them the benefit of doubt as according to them, they were just testing it. Considering that code was embedded on particular pages and not the whole website, the reasoning does seem quite probable. But that’s me, let us know your thoughts on the subject in the comments section below. Also, do let us know as to which is your preferred evil of the two.