Author: h31nz

Cryptodust Collection

Cryptodust Collection

TL;DR – Automate faucet collection for free cryptocurrency

There are many ways to obtain cryptocurrency, and while the easiest way to make money in this industry is to simply buy and hold or mine various coins, you don’t need a lot of capital or a powerful rig to begin their coin collection. Best part – you can do this for free. Normally this is a manual process that takes time and effort to turn into actual profit, however, you can automate the whole process and grow your stash of coins passively over time, for little to no cost. A technique I like to call “Cryptodust Collection.”

Faucets are a quick and easy way to passively obtain various coins. These are websites that are driven by advertisement revenue and reward their visitors by giving them small amounts of coins for every click of a claim button. Once you click the claim button and complete the captcha challenge, they will send a small amount of coins to a microwallet, such as CoinPot or FaucetHub. You’ll want to set up accounts on both of these sites first and foremost.

Cryptodust Wallet
Coinpot Dashboard

With your microwallets configured, the next step is to register to the various faucets and configure these to send payouts to the associated Microwallet. The screenshot above highlights Moon Litecoin, which works directly with Coinpot.

Moon Litecoin
Moon Litecoin

To help streamline this process, below are links to a majority of the faucets that I use and have configured to automatically claim from. All of the faucets listed below integrate with Coinpot, with the exceptions of FreeBitcoin and Free Dogecoin, as these pay out to your main wallet.

Bitcoin Faucet

After setting up your Coinpot account and configuring each of the faucets you’d like to use, you may be wondering how much time you’ll need to dedicate to clicking on claim buttons each day to make this worth your while. This is where automation comes in — allowing you to claim from the faucets all day, every day, without the need to even visit these websites.

ProTip – Use a dedicated Windows system to run this – something that you can leave churning for long and consistent periods of time.

Enter Faucet Collector. This tool uses the Google Chrome browser automation to mine from faucets for you. This offers various options to imitate an end-user, such as randomized web application automation time-frames, various captcha solution integration, and more.

Faucet Collector
Faucet Collector

Combine this service with 2Captcha, ImageTyperz, 9kw, or other CAPTCHA-solving service, and have your computer do all the work for you 24/7/365. To make the best use of Faucet Collector, you can combine CAPTCHA-solving services — using one for reCAPTCHA challenges and another for solving image CAPTCHAs.

Faucet Collector Captcha Solvers
Faucet Collector Captcha Solvers

The cost of taking advantage of these services varies depending on the API you’re using, but generally this is a lot cheaper than purchasing the crypto that you are able to collect for next to nothing using these tools. Not to mention the added benefit of having your chance to win lottery drawings, such as those listed at Speaking of Free BTC, you can accumulate reward points on this platform and use those to increase your faucet-collection rewards over time, or spend these points on lottery tickets. Lottery Lottery

Security Tips

If you plan to implement any of what I’ve discussed in this post, there is one very important consideration to take into account. Security… Many of the sites mentioned rely on advertisements and often background crypto miners, like I have implemented here. What’s more, the sites will check to ensure that you are loading advertisements before allowing you to claim from faucets. This renders browser add-on’s such as uBlock Origin and AdBlock useless when it comes to protecting your system.

That said, it’s very important to disallow some of these advertisements to load. Even if you don’t care about the system you’re collecting from faucets on, many of these advertisements will load malware or other attacks on your local network, most commonly observed attacks are drive-by malware campaigns and router exploits. So a good first step is setting up a segregated VLAN for this server, without access to log in to your router (web, ssh, telnet, etc.).

If you have a dedicated Linux box (can be a small VM or Raspberry Pi – even a Pi Zero will work) the best path forward is implementing Pi-Hole on your home network. This will allow you to use DNS sinkholing to subvert advertisements and malicious web requests, while giving the impression that you are not blocking advertisements. There are even some really neat crypto-related things you can do with this (which I’ll dive into, in a later post).

Pi-Hole Dashboard
Pi-Hole Dashboard

Pi-Hole comes pre-loaded with a great set of blacklists, which you will want to modify as you begin to test out your faucet collector. Some faucet sites will be blocked at first, as well as most web-based cryptominers. You can review the Pi-Hole query log to validate whether your valid requests are being blocked. This will add a significant layer of defense for your home network, and I would not recommend using faucets without it.

Pi-Hole Block Lists
Pi-Hole Block Lists

If you want to set everything up locally, you can create a local DNS sinkhole via the Windows hosts file, that will route unwanted traffic to localhost. There are tons of lists out there, so go with what makes the most sense, and set your hosts file to auto-update on a regular basis. Here’s a link to get you started with some solid block lists:

Now you’re ready to start automating your “faucet mining” operations. And, if you configured everything I’ve mentioned on a virtual machine, you can clone this VM, create some new accounts, configure proxies for each, and double-up on your collection. That said, these sites use various mechanisms to determine the location associated with your account(s) and may disable your account if they feel you are abusing the system, so be careful if you choose to go this route.

I hope this was helpful! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to drop a message below or send me an email at h31nz[at]

Sun-Mining Review

Sun-Mining Review

TL;DR : Sun-Mining, an environmentally friendly scam

Sun-Mining Logo

Sun-Mining is an organization that aims to provide cloud mining services powered by the sun from the heart of Australia. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

With the current craze around cryptocurrency,organizations are springing up left and right that aim to take advantage of newcomers to the space, often in the form of Ponzi Schemes. In my opinion, Sun-Mining is no exception – and I will explain why in detail below… If you are from Sun-Mining or have had a positive experience with this company and would like to respond, feel free to contact me or drop a comment below.

Overall their website looks great. It’s a modern, responsive, and relatively secure web application that lends to the feasibility of the services being offered. Their prices are well in-line with other cloud-mining providers and they have very similar dashboard and purchasing interfaces. However, this all begins to unravel when you look around the website. The grammar used in use is odd, considering this is an “Australian company” that has an actual business structure behind it. Take their slogan for instance…

Sun Mining

Images used across the site are stock photos, and generic content. There are no actual names of company members, or individuals associated with the company in any public fashion, such as LinkedIn. The FAQ, in particular is hilarious. They state that they’ve hidden the phone number, along with pictures of their data center.

Contact Sun-Mining

For a company claiming to hold a large amount of open land with Solar Panels and a mining data center, you’d imagine that they would love to show this off. However the content displayed on the website is stock imagery, and obviously rendered footage of a stock data center. Their twitter account is full of stock imagery as well, readily apparent when performing a reverse image search in TinEye.

Sun-Mining Tweet

The physical location is listed as “1 Farrer Place, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia” – a shared office location. They list two email addresses support[at] and partners[at] Aside from the shared office location and emails there is no other means of reaching out to the company.

Sun-Mining Office Location

If you search for the company name, this returns no results, meaning that they have never registered the organization in Australia or elsewhere. Searching around the general location, and open areas of Australia, there are no large areas of Solar panels, as they state on their website. For an organization to operate a commercial mining operation, they would need a large number of solar panels, and these would be publicly searchable and registered to the business (or a parent organization).

No Real Business

They attempt to provide re-assurance to their customers that they have been in business since 2015 on the main page of their site, and further extrapolate upon this in their About the Company section.

Sun-Mining founded

A quick look into their domain registration history tells a very different story… The website was registered in July of 2017, right when the crypto market was really picking up steam.

Sun-Mining Registration History

Their site has been privately registered throughout most of its lifetime, and the domain is currently set to expire in July of 2018. Fortunately, they forgot to pay this bill for a brief period, causing a momentary lapse in privacy protection, resulting in registrant information exposure. From this, we are able to determine that the site owner actually lives in the Ukraine. I decided to not blur this out, as the information is already publicly available.

Domain Registration

None of this information bodes well for the viability of this website. And these concerns are further validated when resetting your password… The default landing page for the password reset link takes you to a page that is hard-coded in Russian, despite the English page translation being set in the URL. Granted this is not proof of anything, but it does help to correlate the domain registration information, giving the impression that the site was initially developed in Russian.

Password Reset - Russian

Aside from the generalities surrounding the site, the application itself is much more responsive and professional looking than other competing cloud mining services. The key difference here being that the only option for payments is in Bitcoin. This allows for easy and anonymous transactions, which is understandably a major reason for cryptocurrencies, however not having the option to purchase in Fiat is somewhat of a concern, as this shows they do not have legitimate financial backings, which would require them to register as a business. At any point, the site could disappear with the money that has already been paid by their customer base, and there would be no way to recover losses.

BTC Purchase

All things considered, there are many people currently using the service and actively shilling their referral links to the community. That’s all fine and good, and I am sure that many will make a decent ROI on this investment. Take CryptoNick for example — he made millions off of crypto mining and staking programs and recently deleted his Youtube channel after endorsing Bitconnect which recently came to a rapid end, resulting in significant financial losses for his followers. Given the lack of sustaining information around the company, real photos of the solar fields or data center, and the inconsistencies between registration information and the listed contact details, I am led to believe that this is just another Ponzi Scheme and will not be investing in their services.

I am open to updating this post, if Sun-Mining can provide verifiable evidence that there is more to the company than meets the eye.

Getting Started in Crypto

Getting Started in Crypto

Before you dive into crypto, there are a few things you should know… Cryptocurrency is extremely volatile and the market shifts significantly each and every day. You will likely go from “making thousands” in a week, to “losing thousands” a week later – with the understanding that this is a long term investment and these fluctuations are expected.  Buying, holding, trading, and mining can be exciting, scary, fun, and stress-inducing all at the same time. If you have a high tolerance for financial risk and this sounds like your cup of tea – continue reading.

Purchasing Coins

Naturally, you’ll need to purchase coins using a government-controlled Fiat currency (USD, EUR, etc.) in order to get started. The quickest and easiest way to go about this is through Coinbase. They are FDIC insured and can currently trade various forms of payment (bank, credit card, wire transfer, etc.) for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash, with plans to add more in the future. Sign up here and earn $10 in Bitcoin!

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Moving Coins

Once you’ve purchased coins, you may choose to move them from Coinbase – if so, there’s a trick to doing this without paying fees. Traditionally, Coinbase will charge a small percentage to withdrawal your coins, whether you’re moving them to a wallet, exchange, or otherwise. Fortunately, Coinbase has an exchange that allows you to withdraw without fees, called GDAX.

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This exchange links to Coinbase and allows for quick and easy transfers between the two. The exchange itself is fantastic for trading between coins available on Coinbase. However, it is lacking in the variety that can be found on other exchanges, such as my personal favorites – low market cap coins. So, to transfer the coins out, you can simply place a withdrawal order and skip the Coinbase fees! Be sure to only send like-coins between wallets – EX: Bitcoin -> Bitcoin. If you send Bitcoin to a BCash address, you will lose your coins!


If your goal is to store coins for the long term, I highly suggest that you look into hardware wallets, such as the Ledger Nano S or Trezor. These will keep your coins safe, offline, give you full control over your private keys. This option is infinitely more secure than storing your funds on an exchange.

Ledger nano s fold large

There are also many software wallets available, which make storing and transferring crypto quick and simple. A few of the ones that I have used without issue are Exodus, Electrum, and Jaxx. Electrum and Jaxx also have mobile wallets. Do keep in mind that any local wallet, software or hardware, is only as secure as the system it’s running on. I plan to do a more in-depth review of wallets and how to secure your funds at a later time.

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Regardless of where you store your coins long-term, you are now ready to enter the world of crypto trading, purchasing, gambling, and much more!

Alt Coin Trading

Now that you have acquired some mainstream crypto, you can enter the larger alt coin market, and trade coins such as BTC and ETH for lower market cap coins. There are many, many exchanges to pick from. Many of which have become oversubscribed with the influx of newcomers to the crypto space, and some are restricted by international boarders. Personally, I have stuck with two exchanges and have generally been able to find the coins I’d like to trade on either one exchange or the other.

The two that I use and can recommend are Bittrex and Binance. At the time, Binance is still allowing new users while Bittrex has closed their registrations.

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I’ve been using Binance more and more these days. They have a very large selection of coins that are not available on other exchanges, such as IOTA, ZRX, ICX, SUB, and more. They also have a killer trading UI and mobile application. If you’d like to sign up, please use this referral link if you’ve found this information helpful:

There are loads of other exchanges, far too many to cover here. I will be reviewing these exchanges as they they relate to coin coverage, functionality, usability, application and API’s, and security in later blog posts.


Diversifying into mining is the best way to hedge your overall portfolio. When the market goes down, you make money. When the market goes up, you make more money. Overall, there are three main ways to get started with cryptocurrency mining.

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Building a Mining Rig

Building a mining rig is a great way to get in on the ground floor of new cryptocurrencies before they are added to exchanges. You can further optimize your ROI by alternating between the most profitable coins to mine. This is a very involved topic, so if you’re looking into building your first rig, take a look at and to get an idea of where to start.

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Cloud Mining

Cloud mining is the quickest and easiest way to get into mining. However, this arena is full of scam artists and Ponzi Schemes, so you have to be very careful where you choose to invest your money. Fully research the company running the mining operation, ensure that they have been in business for a few years, check for proof that they have actual mining hardware (use TinEye to validate stock photos), look for actual people associated with the operation (linkedin, facebook, twitter, etc.) and look into the recent social media surrounding the company. All of these steps are very important as new scams are popping up every day, due to the rising popularity of cryptocurrency.

The price of Ethereum is now $16.70, while Streng says electricity costs to mine it are $3.85.
Genesis Mining

Two of the services that I use for cloud mining, and have proven to have a valid return on investment are Genesis Mining and Hashflare. I have a higher level of trust in these two services than others, but am still somewhat skeptical. I am only comfortable referencing them as I have recovered my initial investments from each, and am now simply taking profits. If you look into cloud mining, I highly suggest you focus on getting your initial investments back out, before re-investing or putting actual Fiat into these systems. If  you’d like to try either of these out, please use my reference links on the discounts page for a boost in power on Hashflare or 3% off on Genesis Mining.

You can calculate your potential return using mining calculators, such as Coinwarz. The thing to note with these calculations is that they are based on the current coin price, and current mining difficulty. You must factor into your calculations the rate at which the mining difficulty will increase over time, and an assumption that the coin price will also change, either for the positive or negative. Given these uncertainties, you will definitely not end up making what a majority of mining calculators state, it will likely be fewer overall coins than the original estimate. So, ensure that your expected return is significantly higher than what you plan to invest, if going down this route.

Passive Browser Mining

Coinhive made the news in 2017 after coming onto the scene with an in-browser Monero mining service. Since then, there has been a significant rise in hacks that have now become known to some as cryptojacking, due to the mining feasibility of Monero and seamless web application integration. This was done by many site owners, as a preference over advertisements, given that they are safer and less intrusive. However, attackers took full advantage and begin injecting Coinhive miners into various web application by way of Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) and similar methods, as a means to generate passive income on high-traffic websites. As such, Coinhive is now blacklisted on most ad-blocking services, and is commonly viewed as a threat by the security community.

Overall, Coinhive was just the beginning. Now, there are many services, such as CoinImp, that allow for quick and simple in-browser mining, as a means for web developers to promote their work without inundating their visitors with advertisements. This, I feel, is a great way to monetize your applications with as little impact to the visitor as possible. In fact, I have multiple crypto miners embedded within this website – with the caveat that all of which are controlled by the site’s visitors.

If you have chosen to donate some CPU power while stopping by, thank you very much! 🙂

Everything Else

Now that you’re set up with the basics, there’s a whole new world of crypto greatness to begin to explore. Check back in for information on how to continue to grow your crypto assets, regardless of the direction the market is heading – by augmenting trading with mining, faucet collection, and much more.

Any and all information presented in this website is pursuant of our site’s disclaimer. I am not a financial adviser in any way shape or form, nor is the information presented on this site financial, legal, or investment advice. What you do with your money is your own responsibility.