Apple colludes with Google in a pragmatic way that benefits both companies. Apple accepts money from Google to keep Google’s search engine the default on Safari. That’s worth many billions to Google and a few billion is sheer profit to Apple. What’s in it for Apple’s customers?
Not so much. Choice, perhaps. We can always switch to a different search engine if we worry about Google’s ability to track our search habits and marry that data with other information Google collects about us as we browse the interwebs. The problem there is obvious. Other search engine results suck by comparison. Even DuckDuckGo, which does not track, does not offer the same quality of results, and Microsoft’s Bing tracks, too.
Fortunately, Apple made it easier to install tracker blockers on Safari; Mac, iPhone, and iPad, and some of the blockers are excellent and allow you to view websites with impunity– even those that block their pages to browsers with blockers.
There are geeky ways to block such mining and I have no doubt that Apple or third party blocker utilities will find ways to get around such activities, but Opera already has. It’s called NoCoin and available now in Opera 50.
Connor Forrest on what is happening:
Cryptocurrency mining typically begins when a user visits a site that is running the scripts that enable it… the behavior can continue even after the user leaves the site. An October report claims that some 500 million PCs are being used to mine cryptocurrency.
Wanna bet that the vast majority of those users have no idea what is going on?
Your CPU suddenly working at 100 percent capacity, the fan is going crazy for seemingly no reason, and your battery quickly depleting might all be signs that someone is using your computer to mine for cryptocurrency
Blockers help to block that process. No ads. No trackers. And, now, no Bitcoin cryptocurrency mining in the background. Now, if miners would offer a commission…