Pool mining security
When mining in a pool, you give the miner the wallet address to which the payouts will go. No accounts or passwords! Download the miner, set it up on the pool, enter your wallet, and start mining.
Simple? You bet, but that doesn't mean you can forget about security!
If you're mining on the pool directly to your cryptocurrency wallet, it means you're the only responsible for the safety and security of your money.
Step one — wallet security.
1.Most often, wallets have two levels of security:
- A basic pin code or access password — used for regular access to the wallet;
- Seed-phrase, which you use to gain access to the wallet.
Never give out your passwords, pin codes, or secret phrases. No one but you should know them, not even our support team. It's your confidential information. Telling it will undoubtedly lead to losing money!
2.Make sure your passwords, codes, and keys are securely stored. Keeping them secure is your responsibility. If someone else gets access to them, you lose your money.
- If you use a pin code, ensure it is not identical to your card number or date of birth. Having the same pin code everywhere is a bad habit.
- If you use mail to access your wallet, ensure your password is secure, not repeated anywhere, and enable 2FA authentication.
- Keep your passphrases in a safe place. It should not get lost, and no one else should have access to it.
- If it's a mobile wallet — secure your smartphone. Use a fingerprint scanner or setup a complex pin code or a graphic key.
Step two — address security.
Always check the wallet address when copying — pasting.
Some viruses are sensitive to cryptocurrency wallet addresses. Viruses understand that you copied the wallet address and substitut the attacker's wallet in the fill-in form with. If you don't verify the address and send the money, it will be impossible to get it back!
Step three — operating system security.
Don't leave your operating system unprotected! Digital security is your responsibility as a user, and if you don't think about it, no one can protect you.
Any security system is useless if the user is indifferent to their security.
1.Don't visit suspicious sites or download files from unverified sources. Many mining programs such as "ATImkdagpatcher,” "OverdriveNTool,” and "OhGodAnETHlargementPill" are most often infected with viruses.
Not sure about a site or file? Don't risk your security! Check it online at Virustotal.
2.Don't turn off antivirus or leave your operating system unprotected. If antivirus reacts acutely to the file you need (and you know for sure it is not a virus) — add it to exceptions. Don't add an entire folder to exceptions, as viruses may hide in it. Instead, only add specific files to exceptions.
3.Do not use builds, cracks, tablets, or hacks. Clean and official Windows, with license!
Are you using HiveOS or RaveOS? Don't give out your IDs and access keys! Make sure your mail is secure, and you have 2FA enabled.
4.Do not use any remote access software. If you do — have a trusted antivirus ready to go! Hacking via Windows Remote Desktop is gaining momentum. If an intruder gets remote access to your PC, he can do anything.
5.Keep your operating system up to date. They don't release updates to make your life harder but to protect you in the first place. Every update is a fix for an OS vulnerability, so don't neglect security!
Step four — browser security.
- Download browsers only from official sources. Forget torrents, builds, and file sharing sites. It's not safe.
- Don't install suspicious add-ons in your browser. They can steal your passwords.
- Do you have an ad blocker, VPN, and built-in cryptocurrency protection? Great! All means are suitable for security. Update your browser regularly and choose the latest security features. It's free.
- Disable and block pop-ups. It isn't enjoyable, and it's not safe.
Step five is network security.
Make sure your Internet access is secure.
- Don't use public Wi-Fi networks to access your secure resources. If you need you may a hotspot feature on your cell phone. Public Internet connection is easy to intercept.
- Check your home Wi-Fi security. Have you changed your Wi-Fi password recently? And access to the setup page? An intruder connected to your Wi-Fi can do anything on your home network. That network is not secure. The default login to access the admin\admin settings page is not the best solution.
- Old router — maybe it's time to change it. If your router is more than three years old, consider replacing it. Routers also have security and a built-in firewall. The newer the router, the more reliable it is. Please don't skimp on your router. Not only will it increase your internet speed, but it will also increase your security.
What else can I do to increase security?
Hacking techniques get more sophisticated yearly, but basic security concepts never get old. Keep yourself safe online, use licensed software, and don't give out sensitive information.
Be vigilant! Your security is in your hands.
More security tips can be found in our article "How can I improve my security?"