The following content is very suitable for those who want to learn more about viruses and how they can be prevented. There are several main aspects which make it easy for the virus or any other malicious program on your network to infect ASIC miners. We will see some prevention steps you can put in place in order to avoid this situation.
Only use trusted firmware on your ASICs
Unofficial firmware can often contain viruses or malware which can infect the miner and steal its hashrate or other valuable information. Additionally, using unofficial firmware can void the warranty on the miner. Therefore, it is always best to use official firmware from the manufacturer in order to avoid any potential problems.
How to protect your ASICs from viruses
To protect your ASICs from viruses when setting up a mining pool or miner, you should:
-Upgrade your firmware regularly;
-Use anti-virus software to check and kill viruses regularly;
-Avoid visiting unsafe websites;
-Partition and divide your network into segments to help minimize the potential losses in case of infection.
Partition and segment your network for miners
Segmenting your network for miners is a great way to protect them from viruses and other malware infections. By separating the miners into different network segments, you can minimize the potential losses in case of infection. In particular, you can do this using different VLANs, with different firewall rules. Thus, an infected VLAN will only be impacted at that VLAN level without spreading throughout the mine, causing unmanageable chaos.
Check if a used miner is free of viruses before you buy it
When you are looking to buy a used miner, it is important to make sure that it is free of viruses. This can be done by checking the firmware and configuration of the miner, as well as by scanning it for viruses using anti-virus software. If you are not familiar with how to do this, there are many resources available online that can help you. Additionally you can entrust it to qualified technicians who can ensure that the machine is actually ready for use and safe to plug into your network.