No one knows if they are legit or not. If you don’t have proof that they are not legit is is not a great idea to censor things we don’t understand. We shouldn’t have to trust anyone and unfortunately the well funded centralized Chia development team put us all in this situation. Just because windows and anti-virus show the programs as a threat doesn’t mean anything. There are all kinds of false positives.
I personally am not using a pool because both pools have asked me to trust them and the risk is unclear to me.
When mining ETH to a pool, I am asked to have the same trust but the risk for me is rather low compared to mining XCH with a pool in today’s ecosystem. With an ETH pool I don’t have to install anything special on my mining rigs, my risk is I loose the ETH I’ve mined between withdraws due to an exit scam. With these pools you are installing someone’s code on your network. My XCH mining network is isolated from my other networks, but I risk losing my plots (as I give 3rd party access to them).
It shouldn’t matter if we don’t know who they are (the owners/developers). I’d rather not.
Again, the Chia development team put us all in this situation.
@codinghorror - You say
It is not clear if this is a legit service or not. Install executables on your machine at your own risk.
It is not clear if Chia is a legit service or not and it never will be… and that is ok. Don’t be part of the censorship crowd.