Opera Launches Mining Protection in Mobile Browsers

Opera's protection against cryptocurrency mining scripts is already available, and the browser can be downloaded from the Google Play or the App Store
22 January 2018   425

Opera web browser announced on January 22 that it launches protection against cryptocurrency mining scripts to its mobile browsers. Opera has already introduced the feature to its desktop products called NoCoin.

The new anti-cryptocurrency mining feature is activated by default when enabling the ad blocker on Opera Mini and Opera for Android. The ad blocker can be enabled in “Settings”, and it will automatically detect and stop the mining scripts written into the coding of a webpage.

Opera mining protection

According to the company, more than a billion people worldwide is estimated to be affecting hidden cryptocurrency mining scripts, causing their devices to run warm, become slower and eat up their batteries.

When you browse the web, there are no visual clues that your device is exposed to mining. A single webpage you visit can take up to 4.5 hours of your battery time, if you keep the tab open. This often turns out to be just the battery time you needed to use a ride-hailing app or check the map to get home.

 

Jan Standal

VP Product Marketing, Opera

After several tests of the Opera browsers for smartphones performed on Samsung Galaxy S8 and HTC One, developers at Opera determined that scripts mining for cryptocurrencies can increase the smartphones’ CPU usage up to 100%. This can cause increased battery draining and make the phone overheat.

According to the company, Opera's new feature is already available, and the browser can be downloaded from the Google Play or the App Store.

Cheap Hydropower in Oregon Attracts Miners

During few months, a few bitcoin miners have been heading to regions in North America
23 February 2018   95

According to the local press, miners are starting operations in the area because of concentrations of cheap electricity.

In the state, there are roughly 12 more mining operations. For instance, in a small town called Dalles located the biggest mining operation in the state called Oregonmines, which is operated by Terrence Thurber. It is an industrial-sized operation with over 2,750 mining rigs in a warehouse with no windows. Robert McCullough of Portland General Electric (PGE) stated that more companies are on the way. He is not impressed by the mining movement in Oregon. In his opinion, Oregon may become the center of crypto-mining in the world.

We may find our burgeoning surplus of energy will make us quite a capital for useless servers solving useless puzzles. It’s not as if we have a huge amount of employment attached. It’s not as if you’re going to have a big staff and a lot of smart people working on it.

Robert McCullough

Portland General Electric consultant 

One of the biggest reasons miners are attracted to Oregon is because of the Columbia River hydropower system. The hydro-powered electricity costs 3 to 4 cents per kilowatt-hour. It is almost the lowest price in the U.S.

According to the Oregonmines founder, the location is also helpful because the facility is close to a major metro, and weather patterns are favorable.