This is still alpha/experimental, so it is not completely user-friendly and there is not yet a lot of documentation, but it is usable. Note: I'm the lead developer (proof), feel free to ask me any questions
The state of cryptocurrency in China. If anyone tells you otherwise, they are lying.
It's been a while since I outlined the state of cryptocurrency in China, but I should probably tell you guys why this is important first: Journalists will do anything to shill you their "news" so they can get their sponsor dollars. Crypto YouTubers who comment on the story without reading the original news story or transpiration of events in Chinese further distort this message. With that out of the way, let's dive in to free knowledge. -Mining is just fine, so long as miners have all of their documents properly registered. The Chinese government thinks, "Whatever, sell this stuff to foreigners. We'll gladly let more USD flow in to our economy in exchange for thin air." -Most Chinese-owned exchanges set up offices abroad, usually in Singapore. Some have dev teams in Malaysia / Taiwan. -The Chinese government hasn't really out-right BANNED crypto ownership as far as I know, but they have certainly made it very difficult to own it. Which leads me to these two points: -I tried sending an APK file for an android phone wallet app to an American buddy of mine and his Chinese-made phone with a specialized Chinese distro of android would not allow him to install it. He sent me a screenshot that showed his phone basically displayed, "Unable to install application." or something similar. -I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Chinese-made distros of Windows, Linux, or Macintosh-specific operating systems do not allow users to install wallets to their desktops either - but I have not verified this. -These last two points can be circumvented by buying phones and operating systems made for foreign countries on China's ebay equivalent, Taobao. -There have been previous court-rulings where bitcoin was recognized as PROPERTY. -My view is that the CCP's attitude is, "Less crypto, less headache. Turn it in to USD and bring it in to China." -I would not be surprised to learn that later down the road the CCP makes a list of present cryptocurrencies that may be bought and sold legally in China in the future. I would only be shocked if bitcoin were not on that list. -It is commonplace for employees of exchanges to get paid in crypto in China. This is usually done with a stablecoin. -I have an undergraduate degree in Chinese and previously worked for a Chinese-owned exchange. This is where my knowledge comes from. -Everything listed here to this point in time should be treated like "law" unless Xi Jinping himself or another government official say otherwise in the near future. Any questions? Fire away.
Edit: Currently writing a new version of this, dont know when it will be done. Edit: Since first post I have updated a few sections with additional information. I recommend reading it all even if it is very long, I might have placed some relevant info in different sections while thinking about what else needed to be added, plenty of steps remains mostly the same except when I comment directly on it. It is not necessary to do 100% security all the time, unless you absolutely need it, combining some high and some lower security ideas for a balance of security and convenience is useful. I will base this mostly on Windows, Linux users probably know this, and I have no idea how apple machines work (tho many things in here are still relevant for other operating systems, as they are just general tips) Disclaimer: There are certainly other steps that can make you more anonymous or safer, however I think for most people this will surfice. Any software I recommend should be independently verified for security, and examples of software are not to be taken as endorsements. I simply use examples and give recommendations when I believe it necessary, or helpful. I will not really differentiate between anonymity and security, they are often the same thing. As such the word security can mean either more anonymous, less vulnerable, or both. -------- Everyday Simple Info Sec:
Password for the device is an obvious one (8+ characters minimum, best if over +12), if there is sensitive information on any of the drives, either encrypt the entire drive or just the sensitive files, and make encrypted backups on a different memory storage device (There many programs to encrypt files and drives I'm sure a search will figure it out)
-There could be a hidden administrator user on your PC, make sure to change its password
Always use the device on a non admin account
a VPN that doesn't log (use with kill switch on, should be enough for everyday stuff, more safe stuff in the high security section) (VPNs that claim they don't log sometimes do, it's bad, but I would like to point out that not using a VPN will always expose your traffic to your ISP and also remove additional encryption. Even if the VPN tracks, there is no downside because your ISP would track anyways, and VPNs can be more anonymous, and also add extra encryption)
disable location tracking (preferably make all your privacy setting to release minimal info, get rid or cortana, change privacy settings in all of your accounts as well, there's no reason why you should allow Facebook to give you target ads. Use the setting they give you.
TOR, Firefox or similar browser, stay the fuck away from Google Chrome.
your preferred search engine should be duckduckgo (other privacy focused search engines exist as well)
use an adblocker that also prevents the adding of tacking cookies
Use pgp with all your friends or messaging services that implemented end to end encryption (Implemented services can still be bypassed, but are way more convenient so for everyday use they should suffice, some examples should be Telegraph, Signal, WhatsApp etc) (more info on pgp in high security section)
(Snapchat msgs, reddit dms, discord msgs, are just a few examples of msgs that are never encrypted) -Any info even send in encrypted msgs (and obviously non encrypted) should still be kept with possible deniability, don't say "I'm gonna do MDMA", say "I'm going out with molly."
use software (like ccleaner) that purges cookies and other data after every use, before shutting down your device
use a virus scanner daily (I like spy bot Search and destroy, many other options also exist)
never use the same password/passphrase twice (I will address what passphrase are below) (Better yet use randomized passwords that are stored in a master key chain, make them as long as possible (tho it is okay to go with the minimum of 12 never go below 7, I recommend 15+ depending on how often you have to manually enter the password instead of copying/pasting it) Don't generate too long keys for things you need to access regularly without copy/paste, except your master key ring)
its ideal to never use the same email or username as well, especially username, email is obviously tricky and also very annoying, but it would be best to always change the email.
-DO NOT STORE ANY PASSWORDS ON GOOGLE, IF GOOGLE LOGIN IS AUTHENTICATED IT WILL AUTFILL ALL PASSWORDS IT HAS SAVED (same with other similar services) (This means if you are logged in to chrome and someone has access to your machine, they can auto fill passwords without entering a single password) -use a rememberable passphrase, especially for your master key ring aka password manager A long sentence that is memorable makes an okay password (decent example,: "I met my wife at Little Ceasers for the first time on 07/09/20" better even if it's just something you know, if its impersonal, and if you can add special characters or numbers that you won't forget) (A better example for a passphrase is: "There is 0nly 0ne letter that d0esn’t appear in any U.S. state nameQ")
for your main password manager(key ring), I highly recommend Keepass 2, make backups of the file save to separate devices and drives (Flash drives, phone, PC, laptop, etc, if you loose that file, you lose all of your passwords) (Other good password managers exist as well, I don't recommend online password managers as you lose the control over passwords)
-Purge your internet activity frequently, there's a reason why I only have one post, and a few comments appearing in my account, but thousands of kama. Exposing information needlessly is not good. -Never post private information publicly, and if you do, do it vaguely as possible. (Example: Not "I'm 15", say "I'm a teenager") Do not post any vital information ever, no birthdays, mother's maiden name, age, or anything you have ever seen in a security question. Never post your current activities while they are ongoing. You going on a vacation? Don't announce it to the world, taking picture there? Post them when you are home.
Any account that is supposed to remain anonymous and as secure as possible should only be used on secured devices. A unsecured device can link you to the account.
always shutdown your machine when leaving it (To prevent access, and to prevent a possible attack vector)
2 factor factor authentication is not great anymore. Unless you can do it over a anonymous source. A cell phone is usually directly connected to you, so it is not a anonymous device. There might still be secure/anonymous 2 factor authentication methods that won't expose you, for example over a secure email. (If there is 2FA that doesn't need a device that removes anonymity and is secure, use it.) (Please don't misunderstand, 2FA is great, however it can remove the anonymity that you worked hard to establish)
-Rethink how you do security questions. Many answers to security questions can be found in your internet history. One could use the first word of the security question as an answer, or a different sceme that will mean you always remember it. (Security question need to go, the amount of personal info an average person puts on the internet makes it easy to attack anything using security question) -------_ High level crimimal information security: The motto here is, "All the Security, All the Time" As one fuck up can end with you leaving a lick of traceability, and you could be fucked. Pre Note: All of your software should always be up to date. Also even perfect info sec does not guarantee you are completely safe, a new zero day (exploit) can still fuck you, but good info security makes you significantly safer, by eliminating as many attacks as possible. -Get a new device (or make a already owned device seem like you never owned it, do this only if you know how to, there's a lot of stuff that goes into that, like changing your mac adress etc) buy with cash, and your face covered, preferably far away from where you live. (Do I need to specify to not bring your phone or anything else that tracks your location to anywhere you want to go anonymously?) (Be aware that even hardware can have vulnerabilities, many cpus have known vulnerabilities, I can't list them all, do some research before buying)
Do not EVER use a high security device at any lower level of security. There are unique identifiers to your device, exposing them once can expose you for everything you do.
-If you know how to use Tails (A linux distro designed for Info sec) use that, preferably on a USB. (Or learn how to use tails, its better, but complicated) Otherwise a clean copy of windows (make sure its not in any way associated with you) can do the job too, tho not as well. (Using a VM might give extra security, since VMs usually erase all data and RAM they were using on shutdown) -Get a non tracking VPN, Enable the kill switch (a setting that disables all traffic that doesn't go through the VPN) (change your firewall settings to only allow the traffic from the VPN, windows guide (Change settings so only traffic from the tor application is send) Edit: (Due to complaints: do not use vpn over tor, use tor over vpn. tor over vpn has no notable downside, if the VPN logs it makes no difference, your ISP will always log anyways, and vpns remove other attack vectors and also provide backup security should tor fail. Again even if the VPN tracks you only change the people doing the tracking, but now you are further removed making it more anonymous and also with less vulnerabilities) -rember privacy settings, cookie cleaner, and antivirus, password (There could be a hidden administrator user on your PC, make sure to change its password) -Always use the device on a non admin account
-Ideally use this device only on networks that are not connected with you. Such as public networks (try to never use the same public networks twice, move around) (a home network should be fine now, as it should never be exposed, but more security is always better) (Its just a conveniences vs security trade) -Never use accounts that have been exposed to lower security on higher security machines -your browser is now TOR (or your preferred security focused browser, if you dont plan on using onion ) Make sure you get the standalone version of tor not the addon build (the standalone is safer, because there are less settings and options to tweak) -Change your tor settings, to safest mode, enable a bridge (to my knowledge there's no difference in security between the build in bridges in tor), enable automatic updates, set duckduckgo onion as your primary browser. Set dark.fail onion page as your home page. (Or your preferred privacy search engine and onion directory)
set up a new pgp (can't use the same one you use for regular use, again less safer accounts are never used on safer devices) Cleopatra is my choice, its simple to use. Make sure you back up the private key multiple times, on safe devices. (Dont let the private key fall into anyone's hands) Give it a generic name like "HighSecurityPGP" do not give the pgp key pair a name that could identify you. (No initials etc) (Some pgp key pair programs want an associated email for a key pair, you can create a safe email, or which I recoend you can use a different program (like Cleopatra) (Feds & LEOs are known to copy private keys if they have your machine, so you will need to set up a new key pair if they ever take a device with a private key copy)
a high security machine that facilitates criminal activity can not use many programs. Many programs collect your devices mac adress, which is a unique identifier, amongst other things. It's should be used only for the activity you want to do.
-------_ How to use dark net markets (DNMs) If you finished your High Security setup, we can dive right in. Otherwise go do that. This is where all that is essential. Quick info on Tor, and onion sites. There is no search engine. It's all based of directories and addresses you are given by others. Tor will likely not be very quick, it has to pass through multiple networks to get to the destination. DNMs sometimes exit scam, an exit scam is when a market shuts down completely and takes all the money, this is a risk when using DNMs, it's not too common but happens maybe 0-4 times a year. The admins of thoese servers need to get out at some point, before they get jailed, so they exit the game, and scam everyone out of their money. -A very useful onion directory is dark.fail it has a lot of links, for all kinds of stuff. News, email, DNMs, Psychonautwiki (harm reduction website), forums etc. (Other directories also exist) -Pick a market, preferably one that handles secure connection server side instead of requiring you to establish the secure connection. Then create an account. Your account once created should include an entry box in your profile for a pgp key, post your PUBLIC key in there. (Verify the link is not a scam, most markets should provide a pgp signature) -Next is currency setup. All major cryptocurrency exchangers can be used, I can recommend coin base but there could be better ones out there. Unless you find a small non U.S., exchange, they will always ask for your identity. So unless you can find a trustworthy exchange that doesn't ID, you will need to give it to them. (Side note, all major crypto exchangers report to the IRS, if the IRS asks you if you bought cryptocurrency and you bought while having IDed yourself SAY YES, DO NOT COMMIT TAX FRAUD WHEN THEY KNOW YOU DID)
I recommend using Monero, it's hard to track, so it makes your job a lot easier. (If you use bitcoin you should run it through a scrambler, because BTC is tracable to anyone who knows what they are doing)
-Transfer (monero you can send directly, btc you should scramble) to your wallet. There are two options a cold wallet (physical) or a software wallet. Software wallets usually dont cost anything so I recommend them, even if often less safe. Electrum is easy to use, and pretty safe. You can also do your own research and find a wallet that fits your needs.
decide where you want to ship it. You can send to your home, to a PO box, to a PO box that you opened with a fake ID (I don't recommend), an abandoned house, general mail (sending to a post office instead of a street adress) pickup up with fake ID, use a remailing service. These are some options, sending it to your own home, isn't ideal, but its pretty much the only easy way.
-now you are ready to buy, only buy using escrow (it means the money is held by the market as a middle man until the product is delivered, they will also handle any issues like wrong quantity, cuts, etc), judge the reviews for a product, and if available look at the history of the vendor, until you find a product from a vendor you trust. (I recommend to buy within your country as much as possible, so it doesn't go through customs, it's very rare that something is found, but it can happen) -now you get to buy, depending on market, you either have cryptocurrency stored in their wallets (not recommend, you will lose it in an exit scam) or you can send it every order. When you send your delivery adress (or the one you want it to go to) encrypt the adress using the sellers public key. Make sure the adress is correct. -wait for the product, make sure to extend the escrow until the product arrives, if you can't extend it anymore dispute the order, and a moderator will step in -test the product, use it, and leave a review. PLEASE LEAVE A REVIEW, DNMs only work because of reviews. Edit: Didn't imagine I would write over 15000 words. Oh well, it was fun. Hope it helps, if you have any questions feel free to ask. No idea how long this will stay up, I might purge it in 7 days, or never.
New England New England 6 States Songs: https://www.reddit.com/newengland/comments/er8wxd/new_england_6_states_songs/ NewEnglandcoin Symbol: NENG NewEnglandcoin is a clone of Bitcoin using scrypt as a proof-of-work algorithm with enhanced features to protect against 51% attack and decentralize on mining to allow diversified mining rigs across CPUs, GPUs, ASICs and Android phones. Mining Algorithm: Scrypt with RandomSpike. RandomSpike is 3rd generation of Dynamic Difficulty (DynDiff) algorithm on top of scrypt. 1 minute block targets base difficulty reset: every 1440 blocks subsidy halves in 2.1m blocks (~ 2 to 4 years) 84,000,000,000 total maximum NENG 20000 NENG per block Pre-mine: 1% - reserved for dev fund ICO: None RPCPort: 6376 Port: 6377 NewEnglandcoin has dogecoin like supply at 84 billion maximum NENG. This huge supply insures that NENG is suitable for retail transactions and daily use. The inflation schedule of NengEnglandcoin is actually identical to that of Litecoin. Bitcoin and Litecoin are already proven to be great long term store of value. The Litecoin-like NENG inflation schedule will make NewEnglandcoin ideal for long term investment appreciation as the supply is limited and capped at a fixed number Bitcoin Fork - Suitable for Home Hobbyists NewEnglandcoin core wallet continues to maintain version tag of "Satoshi v0.8.7.5" because NewEnglandcoin is very much an exact clone of bitcoin plus some mining feature changes with DynDiff algorithm. NewEnglandcoin is very suitable as lite version of bitcoin for educational purpose on desktop mining, full node running and bitcoin programming using bitcoin-json APIs. The NewEnglandcoin (NENG) mining algorithm original upgrade ideas were mainly designed for decentralization of mining rigs on scrypt, which is same algo as litecoin/dogecoin. The way it is going now is that NENG is very suitable for bitcoin/litecoin/dogecoin hobbyists who can not , will not spend huge money to run noisy ASIC/GPU mining equipments, but still want to mine NENG at home with quiet simple CPU/GPU or with a cheap ASIC like FutureBit Moonlander 2 USB or Apollo pod on solo mining setup to obtain very decent profitable results. NENG allows bitcoin litecoin hobbyists to experience full node running, solo mining, CPU/GPU/ASIC for a fun experience at home at cheap cost without breaking bank on equipment or electricity. MIT Free Course - 23 lectures about Bitcoin, Blockchain and Finance (Fall,2018) https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUl4u3cNGP63UUkfL0onkxF6MYgVa04Fn CPU Minable Coin Because of dynamic difficulty algorithm on top of scrypt, NewEnglandcoin is CPU Minable. Users can easily set up full node for mining at Home PC or Mac using our dedicated cheetah software. Research on the first forked 50 blocks on v1.2.0 core confirmed that ASIC/GPU miners mined 66% of 50 blocks, CPU miners mined the remaining 34%. NENG v1.4.0 release enabled CPU mining inside android phones. Youtube Video Tutorial How to CPU Mine NewEnglandcoin (NENG) in Windows 10 Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdOoPvAjzlE How to CPU Mine NewEnglandcoin (NENG) in Windows 10 Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHnRJvJRzZg How to CPU Mine NewEnglandcoin (NENG) in macOS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj7NLMeNSOQ Decentralization and Community Driven NewEnglandcoin is a decentralized coin just like bitcoin. There is no boss on NewEnglandcoin. Nobody nor the dev owns NENG. We know a coin is worth nothing if there is no backing from community. Therefore, we as dev do not intend to make decision on this coin solely by ourselves. It is our expectation that NewEnglandcoin community will make majority of decisions on direction of this coin from now on. We as dev merely view our-self as coin creater and technical support of this coin while providing NENG a permanent home at ShorelineCrypto Exchange. Twitter Airdrop Follow NENG twitter and receive 100,000 NENG on Twitter Airdrop to up to 1000 winners Graphic Redesign Bounty Top one award: 90.9 million NENG Top 10 Winners: 500,000 NENG / person Event Timing: March 25, 2019 - Present Event Address: NewEnglandcoin DISCORD at: https://discord.gg/UPeBwgs Please complete above Twitter Bounty requirement first. Then follow Below Steps to qualify for the Bounty: (1) Required: submit your own designed NENG logo picture in gif, png jpg or any other common graphic file format into DISCORD "bounty-submission" board (2) Optional: submit a second graphic for logo or any other marketing purposes into "bounty-submission" board. (3) Complete below form. Please limit your submission to no more than two total. Delete any wrongly submitted or undesired graphics in the board. Contact DISCORD u/honglu69#5911 or u/krypton#6139 if you have any issues. Twitter Airdrop/Graphic Redesign bounty sign up: https://goo.gl/forms/L0vcwmVi8c76cR7m1 Milestones
Sep 3, 2018 - Genesis block was mined, NewEnglandcoin created
Sep 8, 2018 - github source uploaded, Window wallet development work started
Sep 11,2018 - Window Qt Graphic wallet completed
Sep 12,2018 - NewEnglandcoin Launched in both Bitcointalk forum and Marinecoin forum
Sep 14,2018 - NewEnglandcoin is listed at ShorelineCrypto Exchange
Sep 17,2018 - Block Explorer is up
Nov 23,2018 - New Source/Wallet Release v1.1.1 - Enabled Dynamic Addjustment on Mining Hashing Difficulty
Nov 28,2018 - NewEnglandcoin became CPU minable coin
Nov 30,2018 - First Retail Real Life usage for NewEnglandcoin Announced
Dec 28,2018 - Cheetah_Cpuminer under Linux is released
Dec 31,2018 - NENG Technical Whitepaper is released
Jan 2,2019 - Cheetah_Cpuminer under Windows is released
Jan 12,2019 - NENG v1.1.2 is released to support MacOS GUI CLI Wallet
Jan 13,2019 - Cheetah_CpuMiner under Mac is released
Feb 11,2019 - NewEnglandcoin v1.2.0 Released, Anti-51% Attack, Anti-instant Mining after Hard Fork
Mar 16,2019 - NewEnglandcoin v188.8.131.52 Released - Ubuntu 18.04 Wallet Binary Files
Apr 7, 2019 - NENG Report on Security, Decentralization, Valuation
Apr 21, 2019 - NENG Fiat Project is Launched by ShorelineCrypto
Sep 1, 2019 - Shoreline Tradingbot project is Launched by ShorelineCrypto
Dec 19, 2019 - Shoreline Tradingbot v1.0 is Released by ShorelineCrypto
Jan 30, 2020 - Scrypt RandomSpike - NENG v1.3.0 Hardfork Proposed
Feb 24, 2020 - Scrypt RandomSpike - NENG core v1.3.0 Released
Jun 19, 2020 - Linux scripts for Futurebit Moonlander2 USB ASIC on solo mining Released
Jul 15, 2020 - NENG v1.4.0 Released for Android Mining and Ubuntu 20.04 support
Jul 21, 2020 - NENG v184.108.40.206 Released for MacOS Wallet Upgrade with Catalina
Jul 30, 2020 - NENG v220.127.116.11 Released for Linux Wallet Upgrade with 8 Distros
Aug 11, 2020 - NENG v18.104.22.168 Released for Android arm64 Upgrade, Chromebook Support
Aug 30, 2020 - NENG v22.214.171.124 Released for Android/Chromebook with armhf, better hardware support
2018 Q3 - Birth of NewEnglandcoin, window/linux wallet - Done
2018 Q4 - Decentralization Phase I
Blockchain Upgrade - Dynamic hashing algorithm I - Done
Cheetah Version I- CPU Mining Automation Tool on Linux - Done
2019 Q1 - Decentralization Phase II
Cheetah Version II- CPU Mining Automation Tool on Window/Linux - Done
Blockchain Upgrade Dynamic hashing algorithm II - Done
2019 Q2 - Fiat Phase I
Assessment of Risk of 51% Attack on NENG - done
Launch of Fiat USD/NENG offering for U.S. residents - done
Initiation of Mobile Miner Project - Done
2019 Q3 - Shoreline Tradingbot, Mobile Project
Evaluation and planning of Mobile Miner Project - on Hold
Initiation of Trading Bot Project - Done
2019 Q4 - Shoreline Tradingbot
Shoreline tradingbot Release v1.0 - Done
2020 Q1 - Evaluate NENG core, Mobile Wallet Phase I
NENG core Decentralization Security Evaluation for v1.3.x - Done
Light Mobile Wallet Project Initiation, Evaluation
2020 Q2 - NENG Core, Mobile Wallet Phase II
NENG core Decentralization Security Hardfork on v1.3.x - Scrypt RandomSpike
Light Mobile Wallet Project Design, Coding
2020 Q3 - NENG core, NENG Mobile Wallet Phase II
Review on results of v1.3.x, NENG core Dev Decision on v1.4.x, Hardfork If needed
Light Mobile Wallet Project testing, alpha Release
2020 Q4 - Mobile Wallet Phase III
Light Mobile Wallet Project Beta Release
Light Mobile Wallet Server Deployment Evaluation and Decision
Hi all, I'm very concerned with privacy and would like to understand how to get to have an actually anonymous wallet with btc. I understand that a wallet is only as private as the source of the btc that get deposited to it and so far I've only found how to get btc from non-anon sources (credit card payments and the like). How do I get to build an actually anon wallet?
So this is what software I currently use for privacy, would like some opinions if possible: Starting with my cellphone, my device is a Google Pixel 3A XL with GrapheneOS flashed, I have the following apps installed: F-Droid and AuroraOSS (as my app stores), NewPipe (youtube client), Vanadium (web browser), Tutanota and K-9 Mail (for e-mails), OsmAnd+ (for maps), Joplin (notes), Open Camera (camera), OpenBoard and Mozc for Android (Keyboard and Japanese Keyboard), Aegis Authenticator, KeePassDX (password manager), LibreTorrent (torrent client), Librera PRO (pdf/epub/mobi reader, I don't own a Kindle nor want to own one so I use my cellphone to read), Tachiyomi (manga reader), Signal (for messaging), Vinyl Music Player, VLC, Simple Gallery Pro and Simple Calendar Pro (I prefer them over stock Graphene options) and I also use Electrum and Samourai (Bitcoin Wallet) and Monerujo (Monero Wallet) I also have OpenVPN (for VPN) and use a private DNS for ad and tracking blocking (provided by my VPN provider) I have 3-4 PCs, will go over every single one of them: my main PC is a desktop PC (that I built myself) that I mainly use for working and other tasks. It runs Artix Linux (basically Arch Linux without systemd), I use UFW as my firewall (denying all incoming and also denying all outgoing only allowing what is useful) and I also use AppArmor Profiles, I disabled IPV6 and SWAP, configured my VPN connection as well on network settings and I currently run OpenVPN on my computer (my VPN provider allows for multi-hop cascade through OpenVPN in which I can create a custom VPN cascade up to four servers, each consecutive hop re-encrypts my traffic and assigns me a new IP address) and I've also set disk encryption on installation (have set in all of my computers) As for software: I use Mozilla Firefox as my web browser (I set it to always be in private mode, unchecked suggestions for browsing history, bookmarks, and open tabs, I've also disabled the Firefox data collection in settings and block dangerous and deceptive content, I use DuckDuckGo as my search engine, I use Firefox Home as my default as my homepage. The rest of my tweaks were done in about:config (using privacytools.io site tweaks + geo.enabled = false, network.cookie.lifetimePolicy = 2 and dom.security.https_only_mode as true which are not listed on the site) and the only addons I use are uBlock Origin on Hard Mode and Decentraleyes), KeePassXC (password manager), VIM (use it as a Text Editor and as an IDE for coding), LibreOffice (for working stuff), GIMP (image editor), VLC, qBitTorrent and Tutanota's Desktop Client and Thunderbird (for e-mails) I also use KVM/QEMU for virtual machines (usually in case I wanna test some distro or use Tails/Whonix) For my gaming PC (also a desktop I've built myself) I run Manjaro KDE on it, the only apps I have in the system are Firefox (same settings as above), OBS and KVM/QEMU (which I use a Win10 virtual machine for games, there are tutorials on YouTube on how to do so if you're interested). I have the same firewall settings as above, using AppArmor as well and I've also disabled IPV6 and SWAP, I run OpenVPN on it as well as my VPN DNS settings on network settings. I also use different mouse and keyboard on both my PCs and never mix them together. My other 2 PCs are both laptops, one is a Acer Aspire Nitro I've bought for work (in case I need to work while in a trip or if I wanna work outside etc), it has the same settings and programs as my main PC but I run Gentoo on it. The other laptop is an old ThinkPad that runs Slackware on it, but I rarely use it and this laptop is most of the times not with me for safety reasons. For some other devices and stuff: I have an Asus RT-AC86U router with OpenWRT flashed on it that I also run OpenVPN config files (this one coming from another provider, I use two VPN providers, on in my PCs and the other in my router), I have a Ledger Nano S as a hardware wallet for both Bitcoin and Monero (most of my cryptocurrency is there, I use hardware wallet for hodling purposes and as my emergency funding) and I have LOTS of USB flash drivers (all of them for Linux Live ISOs purposes), I also have a Nintendo Switch Lite (only gaming console I have, although have not been playing that much on it recently) that I only connect to the internet in case I need to download some updates or play online and after I'm done I immediately disconnect it from the internet. Some other privacy habits I have are: I don't own any smart device like Smart TVs (I've been more than 10 years now without watching TV, doesn't even bother me), Smart Fridges or Dishwashers that connect to your internet, ROOMBAS, Smart Home etc, I keep all my money on crypto (and I have a small amount in gold as well, but I rarely invest on it, all my gold is stored in a manual safe here in my apartment) and I only have like, 10 bucks or so in my back account (as soon as I receive any money I just left the necessary in my account to pay bills and put all the rest on crypto, I try to pay everything on crypto or cash), I RARELY use cloud storage, but if I need to, I go with NextCloud and encrypt all my files with VeraCrypt before uploading it, all my VPN services were paid with Bitcoin (I try to pay everything with crypto as previously said) and I never write directly into any website, I usually write my text on a text editor, copy it and paste it on the website (needless to say that I don't use mainstream social media as well) So, what do you guys think? anything that you would add your recommend me? (before anyone mentions about self-hosting a DNS server using Pi-hole on a Raspberry Pi, I'm actually thinking on doing it in a near future) EDIT: forgot to mention that I don't watch YouTube on PC on youtube site, I mostly watch youtube's videos on invidio.us and only use the youtube site for watching live streams honestly. And I also barely go outside with my smartphone (only if I really need to) and I usually keep it away from my computers etc. EDIT 2: also another thing: I covered all my laptop's webcams with black electrical tape, I have a Logitech C922 Pro webcam for my desktop PCs but rarely use it, and when I need to use it, I unplug it as soon as I'm done with it.
Yandex alledegly locked me out of my own account and stole my bitcoins. A warning.
A few months ago I created a fresh yandex account and used the email address to register at a bitcoin trading platform. I subsequently bought some btc and kept them in the web wallet provided by the market. So far so good. When I tried to login to my yandex account later I saw the message that they had seen some obscure "suspicious activity" regarding this account and therefore I could no longer access my yandex account. Effectively I was now locked out and also could no longer login to the bitcoin web wallet due to the "login guard" option, which requires me to verify each new login via email verification. I was startled since I only used the yandex account for this very purpose, nothing else going on there. Neither did I login via tor or any kind of proxy which might trigger such a response. The bitcoin trade was legit too. At that time I couldn't figure it out and concluded I must have made a mistake somewhere and no longer thought about it. Now I was stupid enough to do the same thing a few month later. The exact same thing happened. My bitcoins again gone. My system is 100% not compromised since I'm setting up fresh Linux distros constantly and always verify my images via PGP. Conclusion: someone inside Yandex is selectively stealing bitcoin. My advice: Stay away from Yandex if you're interested in keeping your bitcoins. I'm now using another email service and the problem didn't reappear. Its sad since I kinda liked them.
Getting frustrated with Ubuntu. Are my experiences the norm for a Linux user?
Let me start off by saying that I'm not a total newb, but still pretty green. I like to believe I'm capable with computers, and know enough to figure out most issues. I also have a pretty solid general understanding of how they function. Been a Windows user most of my life, but decided to make the switch to Linux a few years back. My experiences thus far are making me reconsider the switch, despite the fact that I've really become opposed to using Windows. I'm curious if I should expect more of the same indefinitely, or if my experiences up to this point are unusual, and I should expect to reach a point where I can just use the OS, instead of spend hours trying to perform every task. It all started when I downloaded Ubuntu about three years ago. I easily got it installed as a dual boot on a Windows machine. Had to start by allocating disk space in Windows for the new Linux install, prepared a live usb, went through the install, cake. Then I started trying to do stuff, like use a printer. Well HP doesn't make a driver for Linux and, probably, 2-4 hours of research led to me still not having a working printer. I found a driver, but the process to get it installed did not work as it was supposed to. I forget the specifics, but I followed a tutorial to the T, but ran into unforeseen installation issues, and never could figure out how to get the process complete. After that I started running into issues with the FireFox browser. I've alwasy used FF on Windows with no issues. On Ubuntu it ran slower than dial-up from the mid-90's. Again, 2-4 hours worth of research and several changes to things like FF settings, disabling add-ons, etc., and I still had no fix. Still I wasn't deterred. Then the dual boot broke. I tried boot repair. No dice. Tried for several hours to get it working. Asked about it on forums, sent in results of boot repair (where I forget) only to get no response, and finally I threw in the towel. I also struggled to get Bitcoin Armory working, with some very frustrating success, but I didn't count that against Linux, since it was very new software, and I wasn't surprised it was buggy. Fast forward to today. I've been using Windows for a couple years, with few attempts made to use Linux, except for trying to retrieve a very small amount of BTC from Armory, which consumed about three weekends of my life to finally achieve. Now I've decided to give it another go. I downloaded UbuntuStudio b/c I'd like to use some of the music production software that comes with it. Following some tutorials online, I tried to connect my midi keyboard to the computer using QJackCtl. I couldn't remember the issue that I ran into when starting to type this up, so I tried to repeat the process, only to have the program crash during start up, three times. The computer had literally just restarted 20 minutes ago, so I doubt a reboot would work, but maybe. It's almost funny at this point. I'm really disappointed that I can't get the audio software that came with the distro working "fresh out of the box." Maybe with a few hours, or weekends, worth of research? I've also been getting a system error message every time I login. I posted a query on the Ubuntu forums. That issue has yet to be sorted out. I hesitate to include this next part, because it involves software that is really still in it's early stages, and I'm trying to be realistic in taking the perspective that any problems I encounter are with the new software, not Ubuntu, but the fact that I had zero problems getting the same stuff to work in Windows just adds to my frustration with Ubuntu. Everything I'm about to describe is involved with installing monero mining and wallet software. The exception is the AMD drivers needed for the GPU I'm using to mine. Those I expected to work without issue. I followed the directions for installing the AMD drivers for Ubuntu on the AMD website, and the program would not work. After, you guessed it, 2-4 hours of research, I finally, almost by accident, installed an older version of the driver software. Boom, it worked. WTF man?! When I installed the Windows version it took 2 minutes. Moving on, I tried getting the xmr-stak mining software working. This took me several hours, spread over several days to sort out. Same with the monero-gui wallet, which actually I've only got half-way working. In fact, I've tried installing the monero-gui by two different ways. In the process I've inadvertently got the monerod daemon running, but not the gui. Actually, the monerod daemon starts with the computer and I haven't even started trying to figure out how to turn that off, since what's the point of having it run if I can't use the gui? In Windows I had all of this up and running in a couple of hours. And in saying that I'm prepared for the "if you like Windows so much then use that!" or "you're just too thick to figure it out!", but I don't like Windows, and I don't think it's a matter of not figuring it out. It seems to me that the reason I've spent dozens of hours just trying to get things to work in Linux is that nearly every time I've tried to do something, there is inevatably some error along the way where following the directions isn't good enough, and sorting out the issue is a feat in and of itself. I just want to know if this is unusual, or if this is how it's going to go forever if I keep using Linux. Is my experience typical? TL;DR: I've had a litany of issues and spent countless hours trying to fix them using Linux. Is this rare, and I've just had an unusual experience, or actually pretty common, and I should just accept it as the cost of using an open source OS?
Yandex alledegly locked me out of my account and stole my bitcoins
A few months ago I created a fresh yandex account and used the email to register at a bitcoin market. I subsequently bought some btc and kept them in the web wallet provided by the market. When I tried to login to my yandex account later I saw the message that they had seen some obscure "suspicious activity" and therefore I couldn't access my yandex account. Effectively I was now locked out and also could longer login to the bitcoin wallet due to the login guard option, which requires me to verify each new login via email verification. I was startled since I only used the Yandex account for this very purpose, nothing else going on there. Neither did I login via tor or any kind of proxy which might trigger such a response. The bitcoin trade was legit too. I concluded I must have a mistake somewhere and no longer thought about it. Now I was stupid enough to do the same thing a few month later. The exact same thing happened. My bitcoins again gone. My system is 100% not compromised since I'm setting up fresh Linux distros constantly and always verify my images via PGP. Conclusion: someone inside Yandex is selectively stealing bitcoin. My advice: Stay away from Yandex. I'm now using another email service and the problem didn't reappear. Its sad since I kinda liked them.
Is the weak link in Monero *random number generation*? Could those who created the RNGs be collecting all Monero private keys right now as we speak?
The Armory wallet on Bitcoin got around this. When creating a new wallet, you can click buttons to indicate which cards you randomly drew from a deck of cards. This is how you bring in randomness from the physical world without relying only on the digital RNG. These RNGs were potentially rigged with a collusion of chip manufacturers and your Linux distro compilers. This is how Armory's feature looks. Are there any similar plans for Monero? If not, I fear that one day in the future, boom. All our crypto might be stolen. Just like that.
This is a problem that appears on different Linux distro's and it's simply not opening up any of the Ledger Apps and desktop wallets, whether it's NEON Wallet, Ledger Manager, Bitcoin Wallet, or the Ripple Wallet. All works well for Windows, but Linux seems to be complicated. Any help is appreciated.
Looking for a specific distro just for a cryptocurrency laptop
I have a thinkpad I've used to learn some pentesting and general fun stuff. It was really neat, but now I want to use the laptop now that my course is completed. I'd like to make sure I can wipe my system clean, and then run a simple linux distro that I can reliably use for my Bitcoin wallets. It'd be nice to be able to use firefox with some good privacy extensions, ledger wallet software, and trezor wallet software.
Transcript of Developer Meeting in Discord - March 29, 2019
Pho3nix Monk3y03/29/2019 Is this unlocked? oh cool. yes it is Guess we need an admin to unlock it. Some of our devs cant type in here yet. @shiggidy @traysi ★★★★★ Can yall unlock this channel? traysi ★★★★★03/29/2019 Should be open now bhorn03/29/2019 open! GhostDogsGhost03/29/2019 heya! SamzOnline [w1ne]03/29/2019 Woot theking03/29/2019 Glad to be here. traysi ★★★★★03/29/2019 @Jeroz can you type now? Jeroz03/29/2019 Works now ty Pho3nix Monk3y03/29/2019 Great. Didn't really have an agenda for this meeting I'm told. Can open it up? Anyone have anything to start? Bianca_NL03/29/2019 YaY GhostDogsGhost03/29/2019 testnet voting on messaging bip? Pho3nix Monk3y03/29/2019 I like it. @GhostDogsGhost You might be the main "answerer of questions" for this. Not sure where @[Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs is. GhostDogsGhost03/29/2019 anyone know if it's passed? if and when it'd be great to get some usage Vincent03/29/2019 all good @traysi ★★★★★ Jeroz03/29/2019 Messaging is active on testnet now. The vote passed. traysi ★★★★★03/29/2019 I'll try to clean up the permissions for this channel to make it simpler for future meetings. Jeroz03/29/2019 There is no GUI yet to test it. GhostDogsGhost03/29/2019 sweet -- yeah just rpc for now [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 here Pho3nix Monk3y03/29/2019 yay [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 So, for messaging. There is not GUI, we really want to test the protocol which you can use fully through the rpc console. We understand that this limits the number of users that will want to do testing but we wanted to get it out there asap to find bugs Jeroz03/29/2019 Is there list of commands / little guide on how to get started with them in the console? [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 Also, we wanted to let everyone know that we are going to try and get messaging protocol and restricted assets on mainnet at the same time. This means that the release for messaging might be delayed by a couple weeks. The devs are working really hard to make this happen and hope that the community is willing to wait a little longer for mainnet messaging. There are commands like sendmessage listmessages and subscribe rpc calls yes Jeroz03/29/2019 That would mean 1 hardfork instead of 2 right? [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 Exactly @Jeroz [Master] Roshii03/29/2019 Hello! [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 Also, the Qt for messaging wont be released until after the hardfork, but the Qt for messaging and restricted assets would be in the same release. S1LVA | GetRavencoin.org03/29/2019 Hello! Thanks for holding this meeting. Jeroz03/29/2019 Will dividends also be included to that? @WhaleStreet (BW) (not sure if you are here) [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 Dividends can be released at anytime it is completed as it doesn't require a hardfork Jeroz03/29/2019 I meant the GUI update S1LVA | GetRavencoin.org03/29/2019 For restricted assets, will owners of !uniquename have a grace period to claim $uniquename ? [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 I am not sure on the GUI for dividends. We are still figuring out if we are going to allow for a grave period or not. I think we are leading to the answer of Yes there will be a grace period. but we aren't sure yet SamzOnline [w1ne]03/29/2019 I've been studying and out of the loop of the RVN scene for a long time - is there any chance of someone updating me on what y'all talking about? Pho3nix Monk3y03/29/2019 We have also been going through and cleaning up issues in GitHub. Tried to clean up tags in there as well. We will probably start going though those on a weekly ->monthly basis to stay ahead of things. Vincent03/29/2019 community seens to agree !ASSET has exclsuvie on $ASSET GhostDogsGhost03/29/2019 Silva -- that's open for discussion -- I think the general sentiment is that there should be some preference given to current asset owners [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 @SamzOnline [w1ne] We are talking about the roadmap and how the development of the new features are coming along. SamzOnline [w1ne]03/29/2019 Lovely many thanks Vincent03/29/2019 what is the justification on only a grace period? S1LVA | GetRavencoin.org03/29/2019 Is it possible to reissue a !ownership as a $ownership? Jeroz03/29/2019 @SamzOnline [w1ne] https://medium.com/@tronblack/ravencoin-tags-and-restricted-assets-84fe3070a226 https://medium.com/@tronblack/ravencoin-kaaawww-2f72077aece [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 @Vincent I don't think is has exclusive rights. More like a first right of refusal for a couple months Synicide03/29/2019 agree there should be some kind of grace period, or users that originally registered those assets will feel shafted Vincent03/29/2019 but what is that justification? if you are building Applein ur garage, you may need a few yrs to go public S1LVA | GetRavencoin.org03/29/2019 Issue being assets will cease to be unique with two different types about [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 True. We aren't sure on what approach will be taken yet Synicide03/29/2019 should regular and restricted assets share the same 'uniqueness of naming'? [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 Please the community let us know what you think is fair. This topic will 100% need to be discussed a lot Vincent03/29/2019 when it was announced, there was a lot of discussion; most seemed to agree SamzOnline [w1ne]03/29/2019 @Jeroz Many thanks [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 If the consensus is that we shouldn't allow for ASSET! and $ASSET to be issued by different people then we will need to make sure that is the right approach. The code hasn't been written yet. GhostDogsGhost03/29/2019 Some of this will depend on what we end up pricing the $ASSETS at (burn for issuance).. Vincent03/29/2019 prcing shouldnt matter imo S1LVA | GetRavencoin.org03/29/2019 We need to determine how important unique asset names are, for varying types. Vincent03/29/2019 should be the owner of the asset name [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 @S1LVA | GetRavencoin.org Exactly push | ravenland.org03/29/2019 hey all, sorry im late :thumbsup: [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 Howdy Synicide03/29/2019 If someone registers !company123, and starts building a platform for themselves, seems they should be given an option to convert to $company123, and shouldnt have to worry about another party creating $company123 [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 They will be given that option Vincent03/29/2019 indefinately [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 the question is, is that option going to exist for forever, or maybe only 4 months Vincent03/29/2019 then the worry still exists Rikki RATTOE Sr. SEC Impresantor03/29/2019 I definitely vote for ! And $ to only be issued by the same people Synicide03/29/2019 lets say they choose not to, can someone else create $company123? Or is that unqiue name shared? S1LVA | GetRavencoin.org03/29/2019 I believe, ideally, a reissuance option would be available at anytime from !ownership [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 @Synicide That decision hasn't been made yet theking03/29/2019 @[Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs I do agree that releasing both messaging and restricted assets at same time makes sense so there is only one hard fork. What is the current thinking on tentative timeline before they would both be on main net? push | ravenland.org03/29/2019 im excited about this memo indication, its useful because it means a buyer of an asset sending rvn can indicate the 'return address' without the 'seller of the asset receiving ravencoin' having to transverse the full vin/vout chain to obtain the source address to dispatch asset to. Is there a timeline for this feature or any documentation on it @[Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs ? Synicide03/29/2019 my 2 cents, they should be a shared pool of unique names. The door is opened for scammers galore if it isnt. [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 @theking A couple months atleast. To make sure it is tested on testnet for long enough theking03/29/2019 That makes perfect sense! [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 @push | ravenland.org It will be on mainnet as soon as it and restricted assets are tested. Is the goal push | ravenland.org03/29/2019 excellent, i look forward to it Chill03/29/2019 Thank you for taking the time to bring up the ! and $ ownership issue. It's of extreme importance imo push | ravenland.org03/29/2019 its gods work your doing there bitnaive03/29/2019 yeah it seems like any modifiers to the original !NAME should belong to !NAME DirkDiggler (RVN ded)03/29/2019 I would like to voice concern over the idea of the "grace period".... The idea of a UNIQUE asset name is key to our success. Many of us jumped on names we wanted. This doesn't feel right to need to have yet another name floating around if it's not controlled by the !OWNERSHIP token S1LVA | GetRavencoin.org03/29/2019 @Chill NP :p Rikki RATTOE Sr. SEC Impresantor03/29/2019 Yes please on only 1 hard fork Chill03/29/2019 unique is unique. I have 510 of them! Synicide03/29/2019 @DirkDiggler (RVN ded) grace peroid wont matter if the naming pool is shared for uniqueness [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 So, If I own GOOGLE!, and I don't want $GOOGLE, no one should be allowed to own it? DirkDiggler (RVN ded)03/29/2019 exactly S1LVA | GetRavencoin.org03/29/2019 @[Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs Ideally, yes bhorn03/29/2019 that feels right to me Jeroz03/29/2019 yes SamzOnline [w1ne]03/29/2019 Interesting DirkDiggler (RVN ded)03/29/2019 yes Rikki RATTOE Sr. SEC Impresantor03/29/2019 @[Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs I'm good w that Synicide03/29/2019 that makes the most sense to me. As said, opens the door to scammers if not Rikki RATTOE Sr. SEC Impresantor03/29/2019 Would add extra value to the ownership token as well S1LVA | GetRavencoin.org03/29/2019 If more power is given to !ownership(changing type), more value is added to said asset, by way of design and ability Vincent03/29/2019 and if you want to covert your assets to restricted yrs from now you will have a logistic nightmare if you have a bunch of owners [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 I feel like, if we give people the option to register the restricted asset $ and they don't want it, that it is only fair that it is up for grabs bitnaive03/29/2019 maybe no one else should be allowed to issue it but it can be transferred Vincent03/29/2019 why? Chill03/29/2019 I really don't think that's fair, to be honest S1LVA | GetRavencoin.org03/29/2019 @[Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs Unique names are lost, in that case. And in that way, !ownership loses value by not having the ability to change, if need be Rikki RATTOE Sr. SEC Impresantor03/29/2019 Yeah I'd rather see the one name issued only forever bitnaive03/29/2019 that way, if some one wants it. the can contact the owner for it. [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 I think restricted assets have a different use case than regular assets, and they can be frozen. Vincent03/29/2019 i can buy ravenland and revent push from moving forward with is project (after grace) DirkDiggler (RVN ded)03/29/2019 seems like from a "code" perspective... the idea of 2 different (but similar names) would be a nightmare as well Jeroz03/29/2019 Ideally give reissuable the extra option of making it restricted in my mind. I have mixed feelings about tokens traveling around that have the same asset name but are a different type. Vincent03/29/2019 all his logos would have to change to his new name S1LVA | GetRavencoin.org03/29/2019 They not have them remain one in the same? With the ability to change to restricted, should they have to. Though reissuance? [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 @Vincent That is why push would have plenty of time to pick up the ravenland restricted asset if he wanted it Rikki RATTOE Sr. SEC Impresantor03/29/2019 One of our selling points over ETH is that ETH can issue a bunch of the same named assets as long as the contract address is different Vincent03/29/2019 bbut who says what is enough time i may need yrs bhorn03/29/2019 the extra cost could be onerous as well Chill03/29/2019 when the asset layer was launched, it was billed as being unique names. Be careful in changing this, please. [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 True, that amount of time isn't determined yet, if this is the route that is taken bhorn03/29/2019 some have many many many assets Rikki RATTOE Sr. SEC Impresantor03/29/2019 RVN, u issue that name once, it can never be duplicated DirkDiggler (RVN ded)03/29/2019 where as having just another sub asset type ($RESTRICTED) falls under the same hierarchy already defined bhorn03/29/2019 and the RVN is not as cheaply replaced [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 @Chill Not changing that, just talking about the next asset usecase and how it could be coded is all Rikki RATTOE Sr. SEC Impresantor03/29/2019 What kind of burn costs are we thinking w issuing restricted assets? Synicide03/29/2019 @[Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs what if push decides not to, then someone else registers it for malicious intent with the same name? Surely the person who built their company on chain doesnt want another token of their company name out there Vincent03/29/2019 @[Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs you seem to be the only one fighting for the garce period [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 @Rikki RATTOE Sr. SEC Impresantor Not sure yet, going to be more than regular issuanace is the thought. Rikki RATTOE Sr. SEC Impresantor03/29/2019 Agreed S1LVA | GetRavencoin.org03/29/2019 @Vincent Simply bringing it into conversation, no harm [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 @Vincent Not fighting, just keeping an open mind. I just code it, I am not the one making the decision. push | ravenland.org03/29/2019 hey this is a bit of a random question but i get a lot of subassets send to me, what about wildcard sending via the wallet? like if i wanted to send RAVENLAND/* to an address Vincent03/29/2019 true but just showing what the concesous is [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 @push | ravenland.org Create a request in the issues on github for extra functionality push | ravenland.org03/29/2019 :thumbsup: will do mate Synicide03/29/2019 seems if ! and $ arent shared unique, then companies will have to register both just to protect themselves Rikki RATTOE Sr. SEC Impresantor03/29/2019 How about a unique asset w re-issuable IPFS? S1LVA | GetRavencoin.org03/29/2019 We should be giving more power to !ownership by allowing it the ability to change to $ - Not giving less power to !ownership by duplicating unique names. Rikki RATTOE Sr. SEC Impresantor03/29/2019 GUNCERT provided a valid use case IMO for unique w re-issuable IPFS [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 @Vincent Sure I get that. Sevvy (not worried til 500sats)03/29/2019 Agrees If this is a possibility, to give the restricted assets to those who own the normal ones, it ought to be done [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 @Rikki RATTOE Sr. SEC Impresantor Looking in on how to do that. The request is on github just don't have the time to implement it yet. restricted assets, will have to be issued. and the corresponding amount of rvn will be burned for them push | ravenland.org03/29/2019 it'd be nice to see a ravencoin network swarm, us and mango farms are doing something with that so if anyone else wants to get involved, i think its a worthwhile thing to build the power of the ravencoin ipfs hash network to keep them hashes alive Sevvy (not worried til 500sats)03/29/2019 Yikes Ah well push | ravenland.org03/29/2019 i wrote a programmatic script to scrape all the ipfs files, so i can probably runa simple enough shellscript to ipfs add pin everything from chain Vincent03/29/2019 plus ravenland sent me a bunch of tokens...they will be worthless now!!! :sunglasses: push | ravenland.org03/29/2019 :joy: vincent one day tho eh Chill03/29/2019 my 250,000 RVN that were spent on RVN assets are feeling pretty weak at the moment [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 @Vincent haha ravenland assets are still assets. They just don't have the ability to freeze then and stop you from trading them DirkDiggler (RVN ded)03/29/2019 you got to have one ring to rule them all... the Unique Ownership Token does that SamzOnline [w1ne]03/29/2019 @Chill That puts my 80 to shame! [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 @Chill Like I said, no decision has been made yet. Vincent03/29/2019 @[Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs just playing with that one [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 @Vincent Yeah, I understand S1LVA | GetRavencoin.org03/29/2019 Changing gears alittle, Has any further thought been put into privacy? push | ravenland.org03/29/2019 a tor network with proxychains could be effectively used to privatize a node Jeroz03/29/2019 Seems that we need to continue discussions about the asset naming and make a write up about the proposals. I have a different question: About metadata and transactions. Tron mentioned that it will be possible to attach metadata to every transaction. It was unclear to me whether he meant every messaging transaction or every regular RVN/Asset transaction. push | ravenland.org03/29/2019 ive been looking into this a little bit Synicide03/29/2019 @S1LVA | GetRavencoin.org been wondering that too, and if restricted assets for KYC/AML NEED to be trackable [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 @S1LVA | GetRavencoin.org Privacy isn't the main thing ravencoin wants right now. We need to be able to send and trade assets with visibility of amounts and the asset names. Once the main core components are finished, we can start thinking about integration privacy. push | ravenland.org03/29/2019 as i understand it tor could as a protocol be built into ravencoin itself and distroed as a private tor based connector or hardened in such a way not to leak dns or requests that are not 'tor' proxied .. but you could do this already with some modifications to most linux systems (without the need for a ravencoin release) S1LVA | GetRavencoin.org03/29/2019 Understood [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 @Jeroz With messaging, all asset transactions can contain a metadata field yes. Jeroz03/29/2019 RVN too? [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 Not RVN at this time, as that already exists with the OP_RETURN functionality of bitcoin Jeroz03/29/2019 Yeah I was about to say S1LVA | GetRavencoin.org03/29/2019 I dream of one day Ravencoin giving users the ability to protect themselves from state level actors looking to oversee transactions on chain. [Master] Roshii03/29/2019 What's the subject? [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 @S1LVA | GetRavencoin.org That would be amazing, however the dividends and voting require a public ledger in order to send Synicide03/29/2019 @[Master] Roshii large one is if regular and restricted assets should share unique names, and/or if a grace peroid should be allowed for original owners to register restricted assets [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 So we would need to figure out a way to have that info public and keep privacy S1LVA | GetRavencoin.org03/29/2019 Agree'd Synicide03/29/2019 that was my worry, that it HAS to be public for a lot of uses. Privacy would have to be optional [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 ravencoin was built and is being built to support asset trading. Privacy is important but isn't currently the focus of the dev team. Synicide03/29/2019 sounds good, focus on our roadmap and can research it more in the future S1LVA | GetRavencoin.org03/29/2019 Privacy is one of the very lasts subjects brought up in the whitepaper, after all :wink: Vincent03/29/2019 to bring up an old topic; assets that haven't been reissued, there was talk about lowering the decimal places to reissue; i know not important but if it needed to be in a hard fork; should it be looked at the add to th next? [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 @Vincent I have found a way to do this, however it requires the reissuer to own all assets Synicide03/29/2019 how would you determine the correct values if lowering decimals? rounding? Rikki RATTOE Sr. SEC Impresantor03/29/2019 @[Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs Yes! Vincent03/29/2019 correct nice Synicide03/29/2019 if they all own, I guess its a non-issue [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 We aren't currently working on that, but I will try and get it into the hard fork release Vincent03/29/2019 it would be a 1 time option, correct? Rikki RATTOE Sr. SEC Impresantor03/29/2019 In that event too, ability to reduce total supply as well if u still own every asset created would also be an excellent Option to have When 350? (350club)03/29/2019 Is Bruces worry about the security of Ravencoin a curent issue? Chill03/29/2019 That seems to be the talk of the day Zaab03/29/2019 Its just honesty Sevvy (not worried til 500sats)03/29/2019 We know a 51% attack is cheap [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 @Vincent Depends on if it meets requirements. Sevvy (not worried til 500sats)03/29/2019 But reorg depth protection is good Rikki RATTOE Sr. SEC Impresantor03/29/2019 Yes Ravencoin currently doesn't have the network security that Bitcoin does, and water is wet push | ravenland.org03/29/2019 more full nodes is the answer to a stronger consensus and therefore a more securer network Sevvy (not worried til 500sats)03/29/2019 Hmmm checks out push | ravenland.org03/29/2019 :ThinkBlack: Vincent03/29/2019 right i guess my question is one time at most? Synicide03/29/2019 It feels like more than just honesty. The last 4 post in a row from the Ravencoin twitter have some type of FUD based around it. Its all you see on the first page when looking at it. Some of that stuff needs to be kept to his personal account Sevvy (not worried til 500sats)03/29/2019 Probably not a development Question, what Bruce says on his own time. :persevere: Rikki RATTOE Sr. SEC Impresantor03/29/2019 @Synicide Bruce don't wanna spend a fortune on restricted assets :yum: Sevvy (not worried til 500sats)03/29/2019 I don't like it myself either though @Synicide boatsandhoes03/29/2019 yeah the ravencoin twitter has been a bit..... not good to put it easy Vincent03/29/2019 this is bruces baby...and fud should be taken lightly imo [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 Bruce can say what he wants :_) Chill03/29/2019 well, it is the unofficial official Twitter page, so it kind of does matter [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 We have taken measures to make sure ravencoin is safe and to stop 51% attacks Synicide03/29/2019 I agree on his personal account. When people look up this project on twitter, they dont need a full page of fud push | ravenland.org03/29/2019 its not a very development orientated debate tho in fairness Vincent03/29/2019 no news will stop a well designed code S1LVA | GetRavencoin.org03/29/2019 Many new users are asking about IPFS integration. Is this still being researched? When 350? (350club)03/29/2019 I only asked as it appeared Bruce was saying there is a current security vulnerability.. push | ravenland.org03/29/2019 @[Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs what can people do to help secure the ravencoin network into 2019 and in the future? Rikki RATTOE Sr. SEC Impresantor03/29/2019 @When 350? (350club) Bruce doesn't code, he wouldn't know boatsandhoes03/29/2019 sorry, got a late start on this meeting. is kyc stuff on the table for discussion today, or is that at a later meeting? [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 @push | ravenland.org Looks at the PR's, make sure the code being added is well written and secure. push | ravenland.org03/29/2019 sure thing and run fullnodes right? [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 Run nodes, and mine ravencoin! haha hashpower push | ravenland.org03/29/2019 :thumbsup: boatsandhoes03/29/2019 that part Pho3nix Monk3y03/29/2019 Looks like its time. Jeroz03/29/2019 Alright, I have to pick up my son. Thanks everyone! Pho3nix Monk3y03/29/2019 Thanks all Rikki RATTOE Sr. SEC Impresantor03/29/2019 Thx! Vincent03/29/2019 :sunglasses: push | ravenland.org03/29/2019 cheers again :thumbsup: keep up the good work :rvn_hop: Chill03/29/2019 thanks for everyone's hard work Synicide03/29/2019 great talks today, thanks guys Pho3nix Monk3y03/29/2019 Can have an admin shut it down and move this over to another channel until next time. [Dev-Happy] Blondfrogs03/29/2019 Thanks for voicing your concerns. S1LVA | GetRavencoin.org03/29/2019 Thanks everyone Pho3nix Monk3y03/29/2019 @traysi ★★★★★ can you lock it back? traysi ★★★★★03/29/2019 The channel is locked now.
Hello and welcome toTangrams! If you are already part of our community and found your way here from Discord, good to see you. We hope you'll enjoy our brand new subreddit. In case you are new to Tangram, first of all we are very glad to have you onboard! Please read on to get gain some further information.
What is Tangram?
Tangram is a DAG (Directed Acyclic Graph) privacy-focused cryptocurrency. Tangram aims to be a private and anonymous digital currency, a platform for near instant and feeless exchange of value which allows users to securely manage personal and financial information. Our mission is to create the most private distributed ledger technology the world has ever seen, one that is provably impervious to re-identification attacks. It must be fast, feeless, and infinitely scalable. Tangram will function as a true cryptocurrency, while supporting other capabilities such as smart contracts, data storage, and communications. Tangram is a startup focused on cutting-edge engineering, compelling user experience, irresistible branding, and a vibrant community, all built from scratch. Tangram will be the end-to-end solution you know you can trust to safeguard your identity, your data, your business, and your rights in a world of prying eyes. Privacy by Design. It is currently in development, with the testnet and mainnet planned for the short to middle term. (More information regarding various expected deadlines can be found here )
Where can I find more information on the technical aspects of Tangram?
There’s a range of resources you can consult to learn more about our project:
The first page of our Bitcointalk thread contains a lot of details about the aims of Tangram, its inbound architecture and technology, and summaries of the additions and improvements made in the various alphas (current version: alpha 0.5)
One of our community managers, kochtrane, has written a few articles about the project and its progress on Medium
A bunch of more general information will soon be available on our website (currently being updated)
A little rundown of what's been released so far, and what to expect from the near future alpha releases: Released
Once mainnet launches, everyone is going to have the opportunity to participate in the token distribution process. The details of which method(s) will be implemented are currently being discussed and will be finalized soon. As you can see above, 65% of the total supply ( 119,434,243.5 SNKs) are reserved for public distribution.
How can I get involved in the project?
We are a community-centered project and welcome all, especially those that wish to contribute to our growth and improvement. If you believe you have some spare time and skills to dedicate, feel free to fill out our Community Talent Pool Form! Alternatively, if you just want to get involved more generally in our vibrant community and have access to development in real time, we recommend joining our Discord. Most of the fun happens there! If you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to come by the Discord where you are sure to get a quick response.
When Tangram goes main-net (end of December 2018).
10% of supply is allocated to Contributors – who are they and why?
Contributors donated a combination of Monero, Nano, Bitcoin, and Ethereum to the developers to support the development throughout the early stages. These donations allowed Matthew Hellyer to move to developing the Tangram platform full-time.
5% of supply is allocated to the Community Fund – who are they and why?
The Community Fund is for those who have provably donated to a privacy DAG project prior to February 28th that turned out to be a scam. Contact the devs to receive Tangrams in return for your scammed donations at a rate of half the dollar value of your donation the day it was sent. 26% of the Community Fund has already been claimed.
Will there be any transparency in regards to the Developer’s Fund?
Yes. More information on this will be released prior to main-net.
Will there be any security audits of the Tangram code base?
Yes. The name of the 3rd party security audit firm will be released once a contract has been signed.
Why is the GitHub currently private?
Tangram’s codebase is built from scratch. To protect the integrity of the project before main-net and prior to a security audit by a reputable firm. Following main-net there will be discussions and post made to define the properties in which need to be met for open-source.
Will Tangram be open-source?
How can we be sure of the max supply of Tangram?
The view key of the genesis block will be made available for all once main-net is live.
Will there be a testnet for Tangram?
Yes, prior to main-net.
Will there be documentation provided for development on Tangram?
Will there be any incentives for running a node?
There are no monetary incentives for running a node. Will nodes be private? Yes.
Does Tangram need developer’s once main-net is live?
YES! Come poke around, join the crew, pingpong doesn’t bite.
How long will the public distribution take?
TBC - Current estimations are 3 month – 8 months.
Does any of the Tangram team endorse any exchange or OTC trading?
No. You will not find any exchange or OTC channel supported in the Tangram server by team members.
GUIDE: convert your BCH to BTC safely, step by step guide
This is a guide for folks that want to sell their bitcoin cash for bitcoin, the guide assumes you have your seed or private keys in hand. This guide uses Bitkey (bitkey.io) its a in memory immutable OS based on turnkey Linux Distro, built specifically for bitcoin. What will you will need:
3 flash drives (better if new) formatted
1 for bitkey
2 for new wallet keys
3 for old wallet keys
Wallet keys or seed (electrum)
Pen and paper
PC (Mac hardware is problematic)
Stage one, creating a new wallet and sending the funds to it:
Boot from the *Bitkey flash drive 1 *(every pc is a bit different, use google for help, you need to get to the boot menu, pressing the F8-F12 works)
Select COLD OFFLINE mode.
Once the desktop boots, you will see an informative prompt, unplug flash drive 1, and plug in flash drive 2.
Open electrum wallet, and select a strong password, centuries at least and write it on paper.
Create a new wallet, go thru all the standard steps. WRITE DOWN THE SEED ON PAPER!
Save 3-4 receiving addresses, right click an address in the list of addresses and set it as the receiving address, the snap it with your phone using a QR reader app from the appstore’s, save the address in notes or something.
Now you have your encrypted keys on flash drive 2.
Shutdown, using the shutdown app on the application dock in the bitty desktop, after confirming you will be asked to shutdown the computer manually, by pressing the physical shutdown button.
wait for electron cash to connect to a server (green circle at the right bottom corner).
meanwhile go to shapeshift.io, and start a new transaction BCH -> BTC, enter one of the addresses you saved on your phone using the QR scanner. and copy one of the bitcoin-cash addresses you have in the electron-cash wallet (receiving) thats your change address (optional).
Once you have created a transaction, you will get an address you will need to send the bitcoin cash to.
create and new transaction (send) and enter the shapeshift address, select max amount and send.
Thats it folks, wait for your transaction to fully confirm and enjoy the free bitcoin :)
Throwaway because I'm considering legal action. I first got into bitcoin about a year ago. Like many folks on this sub, I told my friends about it, and used it to buy pizza, play cards, and reimburse others for lending me cash. I didn't make a million dollars through hoarding, but instead I kept my wallet pretty active. Never had a problem with lost coins and I thought I had a pretty good grasp on keeping my funds safe. About four months ago my software wallet was drained of a whopping 2.3ish BTC. After doing some research, I figured it must have been a problem with my operating system. Maybe I went to the wrong site, downloaded spyware, whatever. I immediately uninstalled Windows and started to learn Linux, figuring that Linux was safer. Once I felt comfortable enough with Linux, I decided to buy a cheap netbook, install an OS with a small footprint, and use my netbook for banking only: bitcoin stuff, fiat stuff, anything that I wanted to keep separate from general browsing. I made all the necessary precautions (ad blocker, script blocker, encrypted HD, backups, etc). Then went about the business of funding my wallet. Two weeks ago... I'd accumulated a savings of almost 21 bitcoin before I logged on to my wallet and found them all missing! They were sent to an unknown address, then another address, then another. Needless to say I was pissed off. What had I done wrong? How could I have been hacked again? I started telling my friends about it, and some of them took pity on me, even sending me a few coins to a new wallet I created. For some reason (probably paranoia) I started using blockchain.info to track these new transactions. Many late nights looking at addresses and transactions going in and out of my friends' wallets. Thought I was going crazy until I noticed something. Some of the coins that a friend sent me led back to my roommate's wallet. I'm sure you see where this is going ... after painstakingly tracking transactions through the blockchain, I finally discovered that it was my roommate who stole my coins! He then sent some of those coins to various addresses, but made the mistake of using those same coins to pay a mutual friend for a debt he owed in a real-life poker game that we all play together. (Not very big stakes, just a fun get-together). I confronted my roommate and of course he denied everything. He accused me of being paranoid, got loud and almost violent with me, then started making plans to move out of the apartment. I don't feel good about what happened next … because I waited for my roommate to go to work, and then I snuck into his room and tried to log onto his computer. Couldn't get into his computer because of an encrypted password, but I did find a CD in his optical drive. The CD was entitled “BackTrack” which I've since learned is a “hacker” distro used for penetration testing. My theory is that my roommate used this CD to monitor my computer on our shared network. Of course this is only a theory. I have no proof that he did this (only proof that he has at least some of my stolen coins). If he was in fact monitoring me, he probably stole my passwords, got into my computer, and then sent the coins to himself. I can't think of another way he could have stolen my coins. Lessons learned:
If you share a network with roommates, find a way to protect yourself. Pay for a VPN or another service that will encrypt your data.
Use a unique password to encrypt your drive. Do not use that password for anything else, especially not online services.
Don't live with thieves.
All in all, I lost nearly 3,000 USD to this guy. Not counting this month's rent and utilities, which I'm sure I won't get, since he moved back into his parent's house and refuses to answer my phone calls. He not only spyed on me, stole from me, but left me with 2x the bills I expected to pay this month. The only real proof I have that he stole my coins is a complex web of transactions that I tracked through the blockchain. But it's definitive proof. The blockchain doesn't lie. And though he thought he was acting anonymously, I managed to catch him. Still I have no idea what I'm going to do next. Not sure the blockchain record will help me in court. Anyway, I posted this because I wanted to warn others. Hopefully my story will inspire you to take steps to protect yourself. I certainly learned an expensive lesson. TL;DR: Don't trust a shared internet connection, even amongst friends.
__Anyone have Tor working consistently on Electrum? (have been trying with solutions for over 17 hours!)
Hello hello, I know this has come up many times before but as I am now in my 17th hour of troubleshooting and my circumstances may be different, I am asking the lovely people here out of sheer determination.
__SITUATION With Tor browser running and happy, one manual setting I had a bit of luck with was: 4yi77lkjgy4bwtj3.onion - 50001 - SSL off Socks5 localhost 9050 No 'Proxy user' or 'Password' Unchecked 'Use Tor proxy at port 9150'
The above downloaded something in history but with no details other than 'unknown' in the date column. I believe this may be the initial test amount I sent from coinbase as it was so negligible, Electrum shows the balance as 0 and the address is showing as 'Used' under the addresses tab.
I am trying to receive a new amount that was also sent but having not been able to consistently connect to any servers, I eventually deleted the blockchain_headers file in the hope it would re-download but it now stays on 0kb even on the one occasion it showed synchronising which was left for 11 hours. Both addresses are showing as confirmed on blockexplorer.com
I have tried every .onion server from here: 1209k.com/bitcoin-eye/ele.php with SSL on for 50002 & off for 50001. Alongside every combination of every setting.
I have done all the standard troubleshooting of restarting, disabling firewalls/antivirus on the host machine, cleaning dnscache/cookies/etc.
Please forgive my lack of knowledge on these things as I can only assume that as the initial server above now not appears to be working, I assume it may be dead/offline. I just wish there was a way for Electrum to automatically check a list of Tor servers until it finds a connection.
I should mention that, unfortunately, I am currently limited to version 2.8.2 as am running it on a XP Virtualbox. I am aware that this is not ideal but I kind of gave up after 6 solid days trying to get a working Linux distro less than 200mb as my Linux knowledge was too limited in ensuring guess additions, etc.
As I believe it 'was' working and no variables have changed, I am tearing my hair out trying to get it connected.
__QUESTIONS Do I just keep trying different .onion servers till one connects? If so, does anyone have any working ones?
When I've successfully had the red icon change to Synchronising or blue, it usually happens instantly after entering the server details - how long would you suggest waiting between each try?
I have given it this much effort as research suggests Electrum is the easiest and no other wallets allow for features such as dynamic or replaceable fees; unless anyone knows of any?
Judging by how frequently 1209k.com/bitcoin-eye/ele.php refreshes with new .onion servers; am I right in assuming these servers come and go constantly. If so, what do other Tor Electrum users do when they want to use Electrum - do they just try dozens of servers till one works?
Do I need to be forwarding ports if Tor browser is always running?
Do I eventually need to be adding firewall exceptions once I have them turned on?
Although I am very new to all of this, I was hoping that for something that is fast approaching its decennial anniversary; there would be a few more robust solutions. Perhaps most of my issues boil down to my version limitation - who knows.
As you can tell, this issue has taken a usually highly chilled chap to a state of deep frustration so I cannot thank you enough if you have a couple of moments to help a fellow human out. It really would mean the world to me.
Why don't more people use/discuss Linux Live USB drives with bitcoin wallet installed?
I'm new to bitcoin and I have been looking into safe options for wallets. My first solution was the just use a spare phone I had, which didn't seem safe enough. My second solution was to install the bitcoin software on a usb drive and plug it in/run it directly from the drive when I needed to. This also didn't seem safe since you're plugging it into a running machine. The final solution aside from buying something like the ledger nano s was to just install a Live Linux distro with persistence and install the wallet onto there so at least I could boot from it directly and run the wallet on a fresh OS all the time. I guess my question is, why isn't this option discussed more as of late? It seems that most of the posts I'm pulling up are 2-3 years old. Is there something I am missing as a newbie to crypto currencies?
How-To: Building an offline cold wallet with a Raspberry Pi, Pidora and Electrum.
After piddling with Bitcoin for ~2 years and seeing my balance wax and wane, I find myself with a dollar value now in the low 5 figures. Small for some, but still enough to make make me grin like an idiot... However, while I run Linux everywhere, and have multiple encrypted backup copies of my wallet seeds and private keys the chance of getting hacked is (while small) not zero. More importantly, the odds of fat-fingering a transfer and sending someone 1000x what I intend are far more likely. So I just spent a couple of hours installing Electrum onto my Raspberry Pi, and testing it out. Seems to work. :) Required:
4G (minimum) SD card (I used a Class 4 card, and found it noticeably slower than the Class 10 I have used before. Doesn't make a huge difference, but worth considering.)
Windows: Use RawWrite to write pidora-18-r2c.img to the SD card.
Linux: Use dd to write pidora-18-r2c.img to the SD card. ('sudo dd if=pidora-18-r2c.img of=/dev/sd? bs=4k' where the ? is the letter of the SD card. Don't get it wrong or you'll trash your Linux system....)
Plug the SD card into the Pi, and plug it into an HDMI display, connect the network cable, keyboard and mouse and power it up.
Fedora will ask you a bunch of questions on first boot. Create a user account, password, and make it part of the Adminstrator group. Set the root password. Secure passwords aren't that important here. You'll also probably want to "Resize Root Filesystem". At the end of the setup, the Pi will reboot.
Boot up the Pi, log in with the user account, and open up a terminal window.
sudo yum update (Optional - This will apply the latest patches to the install, replacing many, if not most of the installed software with newer versions. It will take an hour or so.)
Click and drag Applications Menu -> Internet -> Electrum Bitcoin Client to the desktop.
Right-Click the new Electrum icon the Desktop, and select Properties
Click the Permissions tab, and check the "Allow this file to run as a program" checkbox.
Click the Launcher tab, and change the Command from "electrum %u" to "electrum --offline %u". (Without this, you may run into some problems when Electrum tries to connect to the non-existent network.)
Click the Close button on the Properties window.
Your setup of the Pi is now complete. None of the secret information for the wallet has been generated yet, so even if something got in as you built the platform, as long as you never connect it to the network again, you should be secure. Electrum setup:
Confirm that the network cable is disconnected.
Start Electrum from the desktop icon.
Select "Create new wallet"
Electrum will give you a 12 word seed. Use a text editor (Applications Menu -> Accessories -> gedit is an available GUI editor), and save this seed to a file in the home directory. ie: "Wallet.seed"
Electrum will make you confirm the seed, so paste it into the dialog box.
Set a wallet password.
Go to Wallet -> Master Public Key. Copy the key, and, using a text editor, save it to a file. ie: "Wallet-Master-Public-Key.txt"
Open a terminal.
Encrypt the wallet seed: gpg2 --symmetric Wallet.seed
Delete the original: shred -u Wallet.seed
Use a complex password for the above, but don't lose it. It's your backup for the possibility that you lose or damage the card your offline wallet is on.
Widely distribute the Wallet.seed.gpg file. Put it on your home and work PC(s). Send it to yourself at your GMail account. Put it on Dropbox. As long as your passphrase is good, it's safe.
Your offline wallet is ready. Now you need to set up your online wallet. Online wallet:
Put the thumb drive into the USB port of the Pi and copy over the Wallet.seed.gpg file (for distribution) and the Wallet-Master-Public-Key.txt.
Eject the thumb drive, and plug it into your online PC.
Install Electrum on the online PC.
Start Electrum, and create a new wallet. Select "Restore wallet from master public key".
When prompted, copy and paste the Master Public Key from the thumb drive. This will create a "watch only" wallet corresponding to the offline wallet.
Your online wallet is now ready. You have public addresses in the online watch only wallet that you can use to fund the offline wallet. To move funds from the offline wallet, do the following: (Blatantly stolen from http://electrum.org/tutorials.html#offline-mpk) Performing an offline transaction:
[Online PC] Go to the send tab and make a transaction. Instead of sending it, Electrum will detect a seedless wallet and query for a location to save the transaction. Select your USB-Key.
[Offline PC] Go to Settings -> Import/Export -> "Load raw transaction". Select your transaction from the USB-Key. It will detect it's not signed and will prompt you to do so now. Fill in your password and sign the transaction. Save the new, signed, transaction to your USB-Key.
[Online PC] Go to Settings -> Import/Export -> "Load raw transaction". Select the signed transaction and it will ask you if you want to broadcast it.
That's it. Enjoy. 1grnbrg3Ea4t6bxHvQKRvorbBeLNDXv2N EDIT: Added instructions to add "--offline" to the Electrum launch icon on the desktop.
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