How to Stop Websites from Mining CryptoCurrency on your Computer or Mobile

With the recent uprising in the cryptocurrency world , websites have discovered a javascript code that allows them to consume users CPU for mining digital currency irrespective of whether you’re using a PC or smartphone without your knowledge and consent due to which your processor consumes full power and wears out fast.

So if you want to stop these websites from using your hardware here’s a step by step guide for different platforms:

1)Stop Websites From Mining via Desktops(or Laptops):

On Desktops you can stop it by adding the browser extensions. Pre-installed browsers on Mac(Safari) and Windows (Edge) do not have the add-ons feature as found in Chrome or Firefox. So start using Chrome or Firefox while browsing.

We need to add the No-Coin extension from Chrome or Firefox . Here’s a look of the extension on Chrome Screenshot_5

Based on your preferred browser download No Coin for Chrome by clicking here and for Firefox by clicking here.

2) Stop Websites from Mining via Smartphones:

To block websites from mining on smartphones processor either disable the JavaScript or enable the Browser Extensions as above.

 Disable JavaScript on Android:

1.Open Chrome ,go to Settings by clicking on top right corner ,then under advanced    go to Site settings where you’ll find the JavaScrips option.

2.After Selecting JavaScript disable it

Similarly  to disable JavaScript in Firefox browser click here.

Browser Extensions are not available for Chrome on mobile. However for Firefox the method remains the same as of desktop.

Disable JavaScript on iOS:

Following are the steps to disable JavaScript:

  •  Launch the “Settings” app and tap on “Safari”
  • Go to “Advanced” and locate “Javascript”, then flip the switch to the OFF position
  • Exit Settings
  • Quit and relaunch Safari for the change to take effect

Using your device’s processor with your consent is agreeable as websites need to generate different ways to earn revenue however secretly using your hardware is unethical.So to avoid being the victim follow the steps mentioned above.

Caesium : Open source tool for loss-less image compression

Caesium - open source lossless image compression tool

If you are a blogger or running a website then you must be knowing the importance of reducing the page load time. In turn to achieve this the first thing we look at is reducing the image size. But as we try to re-size or convert this images the visual quality of the image is also compromised. There are very few free tools available which we can use to reduce the size of image without much affecting the visual quality of it.

Caesium is one such open source software which uses loss-less image compression technology to reduce the image size. Even the users who are looking to save some precious hard disk space can be benefited by using this tool. You can see some of its samples over here.

Caesium - open source loss-less image compression tool

This tool is really easy to use. One can select individual pictures or batch upload them and compress them altogether. Processing time is negligible compared to other image processing tools. This is an open source application so you can download and use it for free. You can select to download the Windows installer and install it on your system just like any other application or you can use the portable version to carry it with you wherever you go. Choice is yours 😉

Download Caesium Windows installer (7.91 MB)

Download Caesium Portable (Windows only) (10 MB)

 

 

Chrome styled tabbed file explorer for Windows

Windows 8 has gone through many changes, but the concept of file browser remained very much same.  No doubt, the new improved ribbon interface looks good but not everyone would satisfy with a cool looking explorer.  Usability and efficiency is also important.

Whenever we open a drive or a folder in Windows explorer, it opens in a new window and at some point in time it becomes difficult to manage all open windows and switch between them unless you keep closing previous windows.

Clover - Chrome style file explorerClover is a small application which works as an extension to Windows explorer.  It allows you to open multiple folders in tabs just like you open different sites in different tabs in Google Chrome.

Apart from this,  Clover also lets you add files and folders to bookmark toolbar for quick access just like your web browser or you can use scroll click on your mouse to open the folder in new tab. It supports keyboard shortcuts like ctrl+t,  ctrl+d and many more. You can even use different themes with it.  So basically it brings the experience of Chrome to your file explorer.

Clover is a freeware and you can use it on Windows XP,  Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems.  If you like the concept of tabbed browsing then this one is for you. You can download it from the link below. Just download the file and double click on it to get started 😉

Download Clover (Windows Explorer with tabs) (3 MB)