How To Mine Bitcoins With Your Browser
The days of profitably mining bitcoin on your home computer are long gone, but there is another way. Browser mining has sprung to the fore and everyone's getting in on the act.
You can harness the power of your CPU to mine bitcoins without the need for specialist equipment or any technical knowledge whatsoever.
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If you’re still wondering if you can mine bitcoin on your computer the answer is quite simply no. The calculations are now too complex for the average PC to deal with and that’s before we get onto the cost of the electricity needed to carry out the work.
So, unless you’ve got a fortune to spend on specialist equipment that needs a degree in computing to step-up and maintain, you’re pretty much out of the mining game… until now that is.
Sites like Moon Bitcoin offer browser mining:
Recently a new method of mining has sprung up and if you’re a regular faucet visitor it’s likely you’ll have seen it in action – or rather heard as your computer’s fan cranks up to full throttle when an impolite faucet owner as tapped into the power of your CPU without asking.
It’s called browser mining and it does exactly what it says on the tin.
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The main player in in-browser mining is a company called Coinhive and their widget looks like this:
You can start the miner by clicking the arrow to see it in action. Feel free to let it run for a little while if you’ve found the information on this site useful. Thanks!
If you want to find out more about Coinhive, then check out our full review of the browser mining software.
Here's CoinPot's widget:
Rather than launching a mining script as soon as you land on a faucet, responsible website owners should always give you the option to mine, like this:
But even so it’s likely your anti-virus software will throw up a warning about a malicious script attempting to download on certain sites. The warning is caused by the .js script needed to run the miner.
Although concerning, it’s safe to run and you won’t be able to mine without it. However, if you haven’t give your permission to run mining then block the download to prevent any unwanted load being placed on your CPU.
On both sites you can see how much you are earning in virtually real time and your coins are added to account straight away.
This how your mining earnings will appear in CoinPot's 'recent transactions' tab:
CoinPot allows you to mine bitcoin, litecoin and dogecoin by selecting an individual miner for each coin. FaucetHub offers account holders a referral bonus so you can gain a little extra profit by directing traffic to the site.
This is the FaucetHub mining window:
One of the CoinPot-connected faucets – Moon Bitcoin (pictured further up this page) – also features its own optional miner which instead of directly paying you in coins adds a bonus payment to each claim you make from the faucet depending on your mining performance.
Browser mining is a great idea if the faucet/microwallet user can share in the profits because it makes bitcoin mining once again accessible to the masses, even though the Coinpot miner is actually mining the Monero currency which is then converted into bitcoin for the user.
But be careful that you don’t allow your CPU to overheat as some of the miners are pretty intensive. Reduce the mining level if you’re given the option or give your computer a break every half hour so to let it cool down.
Mining will reduce the performance of your computer while its active but this shouldn’t stop you from occasionally giving it a go to boost your bitcoin earnings.
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