Online Safety & Security

You need to feel confident that your new fundraising technology will not only deliver a meaningful return but that it will not compromise your security or the online safety of your supporters.

The Cudo Donate desktop mining application and website widget does nothing more handle packets of numbers. These numbers contain nothing confidential whatsoever. Those packets of numbers are used to solve a mathematical equation that will – eventually – result in mining cryptocurrency. This entire process is protected by SSL encryption.

In short your systems and those of your supporters are entirely safe.

Charity FAQs

Will mining compromise our computers?

Not at all.

Our software is based on some of the best mining software on the market that millions of people use around the world and is designed to do one thing and one thing only.

All the miner does is exchange packets of numbers back and forth with a server over a secure, encrypted connection. These packets don’t contain any sensitive information.

It cannot access any other part of your machines our networks, including your personal files.

The miner is also built in open source so that we can be as open and transparent as possible, and your own internal IT team can verify the code themselves.

Is mining for crypto secure?

Cryptocurrencies are secured using a combination of cryptography and economics technology called blockchain. This is pretty much impervious to hacks due to how the network verifies the data.

However, once you have the crypto they are only as secure as you make them. If you don’t properly look after your wallet or you trade on bad exchanges you can fall foul of phishing scams and theft just like the traditional banking system.

However, providing you look after the keys in your wallet, you really have nothing to worry about.

One way of securing cryptocurrency is by storing them in something called a cold storage wallet. This is essentially a wallet that’s kept on an air gapped computer so one that isn’t, nor will ever be, connected to the internet. You then just move your keys out of your cold storage wallet as and when you need them.

Is crypto mining legal?

In the vast majority of countries cryptocurrencies, including the mining of, trading and exchange are perfectly legal.

However some countries have banned the sale, use and holding of cryptocurrencies so you need to be aware of your own country’s laws or if you plan to send cryptocurrency to people abroad.

Some countries have imposed restrictions or have poorly defined definitions so care is needed. For example, Russia declared cryptocurrency isn’t illegal. However the government is against cryptocurrency as money and it is ‘probably illegal’ to accept crypto as payment. Moreover, Russian courts have ordered exchange sites to be blocked and ruled that cryptocurrency is a currency surrogate… which is illegal.

In short, do your research and understand the laws of where you plan to mine, exchange or send cryptocurrency.

Is crypto mining regulated?

Cryptocurrency sits outside the existing traditional currency and banking system so in the past it hasn’t been regulated by any government or centralised banking system.

Although most governments have a stance on its legality (and its taxability) they don’t actively regulate against it although some want to impose restrictions and controls.

Whereas the banks need regulations in order to protect identities and personal banking information, cryptocurrency doesn’t need this because none of that information exists within the blockchain.

The only information that’s transmitted is the source, the destination and the value of the transaction – and that’s it.

The miners within the network then verify that information through consensus. If all nodes in the network agree everything is correct the transaction goes through. This makes it pretty much impossible to game or hack.

Some governments such as Switzerland are looking to bring in regulation. This is a good thing as it will bring about mass adoption and acceptance.

What personal information does the software require?

To become a Cudo Donate charity partner you have to go through a brief sign up process. We need to be able to verify that you’re a registered charity and carry out a degree of due diligence.

We will set up your wallet for you so there will be no issues receiving your crypto.

All data we handle is on a secure, encrypted server. However, beyond the top level information about your charity that can be found in the public domain, we don’t hold any data that could compromise your organisation.

How will it work with existing IT systems?

In terms of your IT systems we don’t foresee any issues at all. Providing you can access your crypto wallet to obtain your currency keys then there should be no compatibility problems.

If a business (or your organisation should you choose) puts the app on all their computers then there will undoubtedly be an increase in load across the network, especially if it gets installed on servers.

But bear in mind those systems are designed to be able to cope with every computer on the network running at capacity. Networks are very robust systems.

However, providing the software has been configured correctly, the computers will be operating during quiet periods which should avoid overloading the network.

Depending on your network security you may need to change some settings to give the miner access to the internet.

How does this work with GDPR?

There shouldn’t be any conflict with data protection laws at all. No personal data is exchanged when your supporters download the software, or during the mining process.

Any data you give us is held on a secure server and is not shared with anyone. Any communications with you will be done so entirely with your permission.

Supporter FAQs

Will mining compromise my computer?

Not at all.

Our software is based on some of the best mining software on the market that millions of people use around the world and is designed to do one thing and one thing only.

All the miner does is exchange packets of numbers back and forth with a server over a secure, encrypted connection. These packets don’t contain any sensitive information.

It cannot access any other part of your machine, including your personal files.

Will Cudo Donate harm my computer?

Cudo Donate is an application developed in the UK. All code will continue to be written in-house with DigiCert providing the mark of authenticity.

Cudo Donate will also continue to use a  3rd party code auditor for security compliance.

Antivirus softwares are designed to flag up any unrecognised applications. With Cudo Donate being new to the market, your antivirus software may display a warning message. This is perfectly normal and the application will begin to run once you have accepted the message.

We will continue to work closely with antivirus providers to guarantee the security of the application.

Is crypto mining legal?

In the vast majority of countries, cryptocurrencies, including the mining of, trading and exchange are perfectly legal.

However some countries have banned the sale, use and holding of cryptocurrencies, so you need to be aware of your own country’s laws before you install any mining software.

Do you need my personal information?

To mine for your chosen charity all you need to do is download the charity specific software. It doesn’t require any personal information at all.

Just download and get mining.

Will it wear out or damage my computer?

It shouldn’t damage computers as we’re not asking them to do anything it wasn’t designed to do.

Increased usage can cause computers to wear out faster but it won’t cause a new computer to go over or dramatically shorten its life expectancy.

If you computer has the correct and sufficient cooling then you would not normally expect to see any effect. Modern computers will just shut down if they get too hot.

The reality is that very few computers ever reach end of life before they’re replaced.

Do I need any additional equipment?

No, providing you have a decent computer and an internet connection you have all you need to download the software and start mining.

Will it affect broadband performance?

No. The packets of data that the software crunches are tiny – especially compared to modern websites that are both video and image heavy. A computer mining will use less than 10 Kbps, that means you could fit more than 1,000 miners on a standard broadband connection.
If your broadband can cope with a web pages, it will have no problem with mining.

Your bandwidth shouldn’t be affected as it’s the computer itself – the CPU or GPU – that’s doing the work crunching the numbers.

Does it work on Mobile?

The software can work on mobiles, however it will drain the battery quite quickly.

For safety reasons we cannot recommend that you run the software with your phone on charge until there is a suitable app available. The load on the power cell could be a hazard without proper controls.

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