Prices of cryptocurrency are on a continuous rise and nowadays not only hackers but also legitimate websites and mobile apps are using cryptocurrency miners to monetize their works by using the CPU power of your PC and phones.
Good news comes from Apple, the giant tech wants to protect your Mac and iPhone battery from all cryptocurrency mining apps, and therefore, has restricted all crypto mining apps from its official App Store.
The new Hardware Compatibility section of its App Store now explicitly bans iOS and Mac apps and ads from mining cryptocurrency in the background.
Keep in mind that if you want to use App Store as a vendor Apps, including any third party advertisements must not run unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining.
These new rules have been implemented last week, in response to popular Mac app Calendar 2 that bundled a Monero (XMR) miner in with its premium upgrade that unlocked ‘advanced’ paid features of the scheduling app.
Companies and individual people must take certain precautions against this growing phenomenon of crypto mining; they should implement at least a cybersecurity solution, like an antivirus, to protect their systems. Necessary things like regularly updating operating systems, using antivirus for Windows, or antivirus for Mac, depending on which OS your device is using. Companies must also hire professional cybersecurity firms to do regular checkups to their internal network a couple of times per year. These checkups must always include a penetration test and various ethical hacking test.
Cryptocurrency mining is nothing new, but “thanks” to its increased popularity the technology has recently been abused after hackers found în it a way to make millions of dollars by infecting with malware computers to secretly perform cryptocurrency mining without victims’ knowledge or consent.
În cybersecurity experts eyes cryptocurrency mining represents one of the biggest threats nowadays; because of it, Apple guidelines ban any on-device mining that eventually ends up draining Apple devices’ batteries by using the device processing power to mine cryptocurrency.
The reason is understandable because “Apps should not rapidly drain battery, generate excessive heat, or put unnecessary strain on device resources,” the guidelines states and as long as the mining process is performed somewhere else other than the device, such as a remote server or a cloud provider, Apple doesn’t have any problem;
Don’t worry wallet apps are still permitted if the developer is enrolled as an organization, as well as the apps that facilitate transactions or transmissions of cryptocurrencies.
Apple guidelines also banned the use of cryptocurrency as a price: “an app may not offer currency for completing tasks, such as downloading other apps, encouraging other users to download, posting to social networks.”
Apple is not the first company to ban direct mining. Last month, Google banned cryptocurrency mining extensions from its Chrome Web store, Twitter too announced that will block cryptocurrency-related ads on its platform, and, Facebook also banned all ads promoting cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin and initial coin offerings (ICOs).
Keep in mind that every device is a potential miner that must be protected by at least cybersecurity solution like an antivirus. Depending on which OS your device is running, install an antivirus for Windows, an antivirus for Mac, or antivirus for Android for total protection. Companies must take an extra step and hire a professional cybersecurity firm that will run various cybersecurity tests on your company’s network to implement only the best possible cybersecurity solution. Always opt for a package that includes at least a penetration test and ethical hacking test. For companies that exist 100% online, we recommend the using of cyber-secured web hosting services.