New Trezor T available for preorder

TREZOR, a company providing a popular brand of bitcoin and cryptocurrency hardware wallets has announced a new “model T” with a limited pre-order starting now. For the stock that will ship in January 2018.

Still few Trezor T hardware wallets available (139€). Est. shipping January 2018.

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After a year-long development, the TREZOR T runs on an entirely new firmware, written from scratch, dubbed the TREZOR Core, which remains open-source, available for review and adaptation. Additional improvements include an on-device PIN entry, the model T does not need to communicate with a computer before unlocking it.

Trezor model T

The next-generation hardware wallet.

SAFE. EASY-TO-USE. FUTURE-READY.

Keeping your bitcoins secure has never been so easy. Same goes for other coins. Experience the possibilities of the new TREZOR.

Comes with a familiar interface.

Simple and intuitive design to guide you through the world of cryptocurrencies.

Advanced coin support.

Keep your coins safe. Supports 8 currencies BTC, LTC, ETH, DASH, ETC, ZEC, NEM, BCH with more to come.

New cryptocurrency support thanks to the new TREZOR Core platform. It is a completely rewritten firmware with integration and future development in mind. That’s why it’s going to be easier to develop coin support on the T. That does not mean that the TREZOR One will be discontinued or not supported. Whichever coins it can support, it will. But the model T has an advantage.

Faster prosessor

It will help with processing and the interface.

Improved security.

All confidential data, including the PIN, are entered exclusively through the screen. USB communications are enabled only after authentication.

Intuitive touchscreen.

Convenient and comfortable. Manage coins with ease of your touch.

The display is actually quite an important update. The touchscreen allows you to enter all confidential information on the device only. You will be able to enter the PIN, recovery seed or passphrase on the model T instead of doing that on the computer.

“When you first hold the Trezor model T, the first thing you will notice is the staple of the model T — its large touchscreen,” explains Satoshi Labs. “Plug your new Trezor in, and the screen will illuminate you, showing off its vibrant colors, waiting for your instructions.”

Take it anywhere.

Mobile and future-proof with USB-C. Ready for advanced features with microSD. Encrypted file storage is planned in the future via a firmware update.

We help you secure your coins.

PASSION. UNDERSTANDING. COURAGE.

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are growing exponentially. While they promote financial freedom and offer incredible opportunities, they can be difficult to understand, creating challenges and risks for their users.

TREZOR allows you to join the cryptocurrency world with a peace of mind, thanks to its advanced yet user-friendly security design. TREZOR is your starting point and long-term home.

“When we developed this new firmware, we leveraged from all the past experiences we have earned while working on different projects, including the original Trezor One,” the Satoshi Labs team emphasizes. “Continuing our tradition and faith in open-source code, Trezor Core is also open-source, available for review and adaptation.”

TREZOR is the safe place for your coins.

TREZOR One (original) will not be discontinued. It will be supported alongside the TREZOT T. But TREZOR T has a different software stack, meaning coin/feature integrations will be easier on the T. Some of which can be backported into the TREZOR One.

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How can you protect yourself from hackers?

How can you protect yourself from hackers?

  1. Buy a separate laptop or computer for doing your trades and moving coins. You can throw together a rig that’s more than capable of handling everything for about 100$.
  2. Install Anti-virus software to computer you are making trades or handle cryptos. Avira Free is good enough if you are cheap.
  3. Bookmark your crypto sites. Use those bookmarks and only those.
  4. Get yourself a Ledger Nano S or Trezor Hardware wallet. They’re cheap and a variety of wallets support them. There is really, really no excuse. If you don’t want one of these nifty devices, use cold storage for a majority of your savings.
  5. Turn on 2FA for everything. Go do it. Right now. Quit your excuses. Choose Google Authenticator over Authy. Don’t use your phone number. Then, make sure your phone number is NOT tied to your Google account (look in privacy settings). Turns out, you and your BFF Mr. Hacker can “recover” access to your account via that number, completely destroying the point of 2FA. PS: Don’t forget to cold-storage your backup words for these 2FA things. It’s a huge pain when your phone goes for a swim and your entire life is 2FA’d.
  6. Don’t keep your precious coins in exchange for too long. If you want to day-trade, keep only small portion of coins in exchange.
  7. Do not use cloud storage (Dropbox, Drive, iCloud) for storing your keys: Now your keys would only be protected by your cloud storage password. Write private key to paper and store in safe place.
  8. Dont use any public Wi-fi. Never.
  9. For Token Sales: do not trust any address except the one posted on the official site. Bookmark the URL before the sale, get the address from the URL from your bookmark at time of purchase. Do not trust any other source (especially a random bot on Slack).
  10. Double check the URL. Check it. Then, check it again right before entering any information. This is especially important for any sites that require usernames, passwords, email addresses, private keys, and any other personal information. SSL-certs do not mean a site is trustworthy, just that they bought an SSL-cert. Not sure about the correct URL? Cross reference Reddit, Twitter, Github, Slack and wherever else the project hangs out.
  11. Triple check Github URLs. These are much easier to fake and much easier to miss. Instead of downloading from that random URL on reddit, seek out the URL on your own.
  12. Always verify that the site you landed on is legit. Especially if you are about to entire your private key or download an application. What is legit? A service that people have used for a decent period of time with good results. If the URL has been registered in the last week or the site “just launched”, err on the side of caution and avoid it for a while.
  13. Google the service name + “scam” or “reviews”. Scam sites rarely last long. Value real comments by real people over a random blog. Value a collection of information over a single source. Understand that legit services will likely have a mix of positive and negative reviews over a long period of time. Scam sites typically have no one talking about them, everyone yelling about how they got robbed, or the most perfect reviews ever. The latter one is just as red of a flag as the first one.
  14. Don’t ever run remote-access software (e.g. TeamViewer) ever…but especially not on a computer with keys on them. The number of security holes in these programs is atrocious. You 2FA your entire life, but then let a single string of characters give someone access to your entire computer & every account.
  15. Don’t click any link regarding anything crypto, money, banking, or a service like Dropbox / Google Drive / Gmail in any email ever. And if the scammy clickbait was simply too irresistible for you, don’t enter any information on the page.
  16. Install an adblocker that actually turns off Google/Bing Ads. I recommend going with uBlock Orgin. If you are already using Adblock Plus, it does not hide Google Ads from you. Go into your Adblock Plus settings and uncheck the box that says “Allow some non-intrusive advertising”.
  17. Don’t click on advertisements. With or without an adblocker, you should never, ever click on advertisements.
  18. If you have accidentally visited or typed a malicious site, clean out your recent history and autocomplete. This will prevent you from typing kra… and having it autocomplete to the malicious krakken.com.
  19. No one is giving you free or discounted coins. Even for completing a survey.
  20. The guys who just finish their token sale don’t want to sell you tokens via Slack DM. Neither does that smokin’ hot 125px x 125px avatar.
  21. Use portfolio apps to check your balance. Access your wallet only when you have to transfer coins!
Lastly: use your brain. Think for a moment. Don’t assume, ask. Don’t blindly follow, question. If something doesn’t seem right…if you feel like the luckiest fucker on Earth…or if you find yourself asking, “I wonder why I haven’t seen this on reddit yet”, there is likely a reason.

While the above post is all about the steps you should take to protect yourself, there is another one that is even more important:

  1. Look out for one another
  2. Scammers thrive because they have victims — because they know they can throw a stupid website out there and people will click it. Stop thinking, “Well, they shouldn’t have clicked it” and start doing what you can to prevent people from making a mistake that will cost them their hard-earned coins.
  3. If you notice something looks like MEW, say “Hey, that looks like a clone of MEW! I wonder if they’ve seen it?”
  4. If you think that Github URL looks weird but you don’t have the time to check, throw a “hey u sure thats rite url?” up there.
  5. If that post or comment is an unheard of wallet, leave a comment and report it with a “??????????” in the report reason.
  6. If the Token Sale you are participating it doesn’t tell you explicitly when & where their address will be posted, ask them, in public, over and over again. If its not at least 24 hours before the Token Sale, question that choice, in public, over and over again.
  7. There needs to be more due diligence everywhere, but this is easier diligence than most. It requires no advance knowledge or skills. You don’t even have to be able to write good. Stay aware, trust your gut, ask more questions, trust the internet less, and google the fuck out of everything.

Stay safe out there.

eidoo Wallet

Eidoo is an innovative mobile app to leverage the full potential of digital currencies in one easy to use environment.

eidoo HD Wallet

  • Ethereum, Bitcoin and all the ERC20 tokens are stored with a single backup passphrase.
  • No full node required thanks to light architecture.
  • Private keys managed by the user and encrypted on the device.
  • High Security Level thanks to Eidoo’s Recovery Tool.

eidoo Hybrid Exchange

  • As safe as a decentralized exchange, as fast as a centralized one.
  • The exchange manager does not have any access to the user accounts.
  • The user enjoys a trading experience with some of the most competitive fees on the market.
  • Cross-trading amongst ETH and different ERC20 assets with a technologically consistent atomic outcome.

eidoo Debit Card

The first step to exploit all the potential of the Eidoo fintech services is the KYC verification.

Know your customer (KYC) is the process of a business identifying and verifying the identity of its clients to avoid anti-money laundering and illegal activities.

KYC processes are also employed by worldwide companies to ensure their proposed agents, consultants, or distributors are anti-bribery compliant. Financial institutions are increasingly demanding that customers provide detailed anti-corruption due diligence information.

After this process, if you follow the steps required to provide all the needed info, you will have the possibility to receive your new Eidoo-branded debit card to convert US dollar, Euro, CHF, and cryptocurrencies too; this all works within the same mobile (and later desktop) application.

After receiving all the needed authorizations, you will be able to leverage all the fiat currency-related services including the Eidoo Debit Card and a personal IBAN, so to use Eidoo as your bank.

This Eidoo Debit Card will be available in the second quarter of 2018, as you can read in our official roadmap here.

Eidoo aims at obtaining all the authorizations needed in Switzerland (FINMA) but also in the whole Europe and America to offer this service worldwide.

Eidoo also plans to open several branches in London and Singapore in the next few years, in addition to the one already existing in Chiasso, Switzerland.

More specific details about the Eidoo-branded debit card can be found on the Technology Whitepaper here.

eidoo ICO Engine

Eidoo will integrate an ICO Engine within the mobile wallet app.

This means that users will be able to participate and join an ICO by directly using their smartphone or tablet.

ICO Engine is an automatic system to participate in Initial Coin Offerings based on the Ethereum Blockchain, and it works through the creation of a smart contract previously authorized by the user.

This way, ICOs will be managed directly from the wallet.

eidoo’s Vision

Eidoo is a blockchain-to-human interface simplifying the interaction between the blockchain and its users.

The purpose of Eidoo is not only to accomplish things that others do not, but to do it in a different way, through a safer and simpler method, maintaining a special focus on the user experience and enabling the complexity of the crypto world to be more understandable.

We want to make only one application, extremely easy to use, and bring the crypto world to the end user; a bridge towards worlds that at this time, as a user experience, are not so close to one another.

The challenge of this project is also to give a common home to technologies whose communities (e.g. Bitcoin and Ethereum) have trouble cooperating due to different visions, creating a tool that manages different technologies through a unique user experience.

Eidoo is the integrator that brings together technologies and services that today already exist, additional ones only imaginable at this moment, and others that we cannot even conceive.

The same vision of an easy to use, secure wallet for blockchain-based smart assets, will embody:

  • a fast, easy to use, disruptive, flexible, feature rich, turn-key Ethereum implementation, based on ERC20 standard and EVM contracts, with an embedded token system to fund the development.
  • a secure, scalable, long-term oriented, privacy-compliant Bitcoin implementation, based on the new asset protocol RGB and off-chain trusted computing, with a traditional non-profit open source funding approach.

Facing an ever dynamic world, both in technology and application user-friendliness, no good solutions that exist can last forever. Through a methodological approach Eidoo will continue to improve both technology and user experience.

Roadmap

  • Aug 2017
    • Wallet (Ethereum)
  • Sept 2017
    • Technology White Paper
    • Ethereum Funding Informative Prospect
    • Eidoo Token sale
  • End 2017
    • Exchange 1/2
  • Q1 2018
    • Wallet (Bitcoin)
    • DAPP module
  • Q2 2018
    • Eidoo Debit Card
  • Q3 2018
    • Exchange 2/2
    • Eidoo National Identity Integration
  • 2018
    • External Services
  • 2019
    • Wallet (more blockchains)

Information

Competition

COSS: Crypto-One-Stop-Solution made easy

What is COSS

COSS stands for Crypto-One-Stop-Solution and represents a platform, which encompasses all features of a digital economical system based on cryptocurrency. The COSS system consists of a payment gateway / POS, an exchange, a merchant list, market cap rankings, a marketplace, an e-wallet, various coin facilities and a mobile platform. The COSS platform unifies all transactional aspects that are usually managed by means of FIAT money, and offers multiple cryptocurrency-related services in one place. The list of potential features of the platform can be infinitely extended, and will continue growing as the platform evolves.

With COSS, usability issues, related to virtual currencies are resolved in an innovative way. The platform gathers the most popular cryptocurrency services and products into one portal allowing users to gain control over their finances, to manage transactions, to integrate merchants’ payments, to deposit funds and so much more.

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COSS Team

COSS has an international team spread across the world with the managing board based in Singapore, and branches in New York and Bucharest (development team). Apart from having the core team members residing in the above-mentioned locations, we take a great advantage of being decentralized and inclusive at the same time by having team members spread across the world and contributing to COSS remotely.

COSS Mission

The main goal of COSS is to bring cryptocurrencies to the masses. What COSS aims to cater to its users is a complete experience of accessing the available cryptocurrency services and products in the same place. From the very first moment a customer decides to use cryptocurrency he/she will be guided through the platform and its features. Protected from any unwanted negative experience, the user will continuously find the new possibilities to use the platform and to interact on it. By means of this integrative approach to virtual currency services, the platform aims to become the most preferred medium, familiarizing the COSS customers with the cryptocurrencies and the ways of using them. For this purpose, the COSS platform is equipped with its own token, a wallet, an exchange, a merchant platform, payment gateway / POS and a list of features that are closely related to the use of crypto.

COSS Vision

The COSS team is visionary in the way it approaches the development of the Crypto-One-Stop-Solution. On the track to massive cryptocurrency adoption we do not allow the limiting belief systems to interfere with the development of the COSS platform. We accept the changes that the rapidly-evolving technologies bring, and welcome innovation on any and every level. We plan our success with determination and implement it into our strategy that implies the following steps:

  • providing for all the cryptocurrency users’ needs via one-stop-solution services
  • rewarding users for bringing new merchants and affiliates on board
  • establishing a marketplace, where cryptocurrency users and merchants can meet each other seamlessly
  • issuing tokens with real value
  • expanding the network of customers by providing the high-quality services
  • enhancing the security of the system
  • adopting the disruptive innovations

COSS Token

COSS is a 100% self-funded project that did not rely on any external investments prior to and upon its launch. The new and very expansive curve of its development implies launching a token native to the platform that will provide investment opportunities to people who share the COSS vision and believe in the project’s potential. The name of the token is COSS.

The COSS token is a revenue-generating cryptocurrency, that enables owners to receive revenues in the form of transaction fees charged by the COSS system for cryptocurrency transactions.

The revenues are transferred to the COSS token holders’ wallets on a weekly basis. The interest is generated by the transaction fee when transactions in Bitcoin, Ether, and other cryptocurrencies supported by COSS are carried out on the exchange and/or through the POS/Payment Gateway.

The platform generates revenue from three sources:

Withdrawal fees:

  • The cryptocurrency withdrawal fees generate the revenue for the platform, however most of the fees are used by the network to process the withdrawal.
  • Throughout this process no direct revenue is generated, which means that no amount of the withdrawal fee is shared with the DAO token owners.

Exchange transaction fee:

  • COSS utilizes the maker-taker transaction fee scheme, that generates a pure revenue for the platform. The fee is charged from both members of the traded pair.
  • The fees begin with 0.2% of the taker and maker’s fee, and end at 0.04% derived from transactions;
  • 50% of this revenue is shared with the DAO token owners.

Payment gateway:

  • The merchant selling goods by means of the payment gateway or the POS creates the revenue for the platform.
  • The COSS merchant platform operates on a 0.75% fee derived from each transaction;
  • The fee is generated in the cryptocurrency that is used for that respective transaction. The fee is generated in both cryptocurrencies traded within a pair. In the case of a FIAT pair, only the fees paid in cryptocurrencies will be distributed to the token holders.
  • 50% of this revenue is shared with the DAO token owners.

Blockchain Apps – End-user view

Current Challenges

The main reason why cryptocurrencies keep gaining traction is because the use of FIAT currencies imposes limitations on users, such as inability to provide identity protection and the safety of the transaction process.

The problem of credit card payments is that it is an extremely cumbersome process that requires not only a customer and a merchant, but also banks, acquirers, payment processors and a group of organizations operating the network, to participate. This brings up a number of middlemen in discussion, and also increases the transaction costs.

Although the payment technologies are constantly evolving, and the concern about the peer-to-peer (P2P) payments is increasing, in this highly competitive environment, all the players are now working hard to maintain their position in the market, and to disrupt the status quo. This is done to eliminate the complicated and inefficient set of separate processes that are at the core of every payment system.

The payment ecosystem is limited to being a counterpart of a broader commercial landscape, in which fraud management and data privacy are carried out integrally within the IT security framework. This framework spans towards the Internet, mobile devices, social networks and cloud services. As a result, the payment-processing organizations have to manage the risks associated with the online payments in FIAT currency via a complex and slow mechanism. On top of that, many Fintech applications have vulnerabilities when it comes to fraud, theft and chargeback prevention, carrying out cross-border transactions, providing data security, multi-currency payments and on-the-go payments.

According to IBM Commerce ‘Pay It Forward’ e-book there are three major challenges that the payment processing sector faces at the moment:

Satisfying customers’ needs for payment options and localization; Meeting security, privacy requirements and regulations; Reducing complexity across the payment ecosystem.

Competition

 

Source: COSS Whitepaper

Buy COSS and start generating revenue today!

Bitquence – Consumer-Friendly Universal Wallet & Portfolio Diversification

“We believe in the philosophical mission established by Satoshi Nakamoto. By creating a secure layer that is accessible to the average person, we put the power in the hands of the people – where it belongs.”

What is Bitquence?

Bitquence is a people-powered cryptocurrency services company that is creating a Universal Wallet that lets you instantly diversify value across multiple crypto assets. Furthermore, Bitquence is issuing a token that has unique proof-of-stake community consensus features for risk and quality profiles and will form the backbone of the digital liquidity network, a global payments system that links fiat and crypto assets.

How will this help people get into cryptocurrencies?

Bitquence offers a single place for users to buy and interact with cryptocurrencies simply and easily. Bitquence simplifies using cryptocurrencies without losing the financial power and freedom that they offer.  They are trying to make it as simple as possible.

What is proof of stake community consensus?

Bitquence is building a method of staking BQX tokens against risk and quality profiles helping newer users navigate the market. Furthermore, a portion of the fees from the Bitquence platform will be used to reward users making accurate predictions in community consensus.

How is Bitquence different from Iconomi and ShapeShift Prism?

Iconomi is a pioneer, and is focusing on helping institutional money manage digital asset arrays. Shapeshift’s new Prism service is trying to make a market in asset allocation, eg there needs to be an opposite prism for a buyer and seller to make a match.

The Bitquence team also has deep mobile expertise, and is working hard on making Bitquence is mobile friendly.

Our goal at Bitquence is low fees, liquidity and transparency.   Our one-click diversification feature will not require a buyer or seller, but rather be part of a managed user portfolio. This is part of a larger vision to create a universal digital liquidity network based on the Bitquence token which makes the crypto market far more accessible to new users.

When will the platform be released?

Bitquence will roll out features of the platform as they are ready. First step is to roll out proof of stake and work towards building a regulatory and consumer protection model that will allow the release of subsequent features such as the universal wallet and one-click diversification.

Described as being a “multi-year project and vision” by its founders, Bitquence aims to go market by the end of 2017 with the Bitquence wallet, Cold storage, Proof of Stake and portfolio diversification. Next year plans are slated to initiate the liquidity network, value transfer and fiat gateway.

Team

  • Shingo Lavine
    • Shingo is a young computer scientist and cryptocurrency visionary.
    • Founder of Jobs University, an online business training school with 20,000 students.
    • Cybersecurity contractor with security clearance at the Livermore National Labs.
    • Studying computer science at Brown University.
  • Stephen Corliss
    • Stephen Corliss is a highly-experienced financial executive with a long track record in building, leading and scaling successful businesses across Europe, Asia & Americas. Mr. Corliss oversees Bitquence’s global corporate strategy and company expansion including development, communications and execution of all corporate strategic initiatives.
    • Mr. Corliss joins Bitquence after a long and successful career at leading Wall Street firms including Blackrock, UBS, Merrill Lynch and State Street. During his time as COO at Blackrock, he designed, built and oversaw the firm’s global sell-side execution business, including establishing and operating nearly a dozen regulated broker dealers located across the U.S., Europe and Asia, to deliver seamless trade execution and product distribution of global Equities, Fixed Income, Mutual and Exchange Traded Funds (ETF’s) worldwide. He also managed all related external regulatory relationships with the SEC, FINRA, Federal Reserve, FCA (U.K.), MAS (Singapore), SFC (Hong Kong), ASIC (Australia), and others.
    • Stephen was instrumental in the company’s transformation of its sell-side activities from an analogue to a digital business involving revenues in excess of $225 Million and $350 billion in global trading volume annually.
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  • Tim Simmons
    • Tim is a seasoned product and technology leader with decades of experience developing innovative products at companies such as Citrix, Zscaler, and Roper Technologies. He holds multiple patents in the area of information security and mobility, and is passionate about cryptocurrency investing and blockchain development.
    • Linkedin
  • Dennis Chen
    • Dennis is a seasoned big data architect and engineering team lead.
    • Dennis has built over 100 consumer products that have generated over $1B in retail revenue.
    • Dennis is an expert in mobile micropayments, and has authored 5 patents in field of mobile technology.
    • He has led engineering teams Specular, MetalCreations and FunMobility.
  • Maurice Herlihy
    • Maurice has an A.B. in Mathematics from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from M.I.T.
    • He has won numerous awards including the Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing, the Gödel Prize in theoretical computer science and a Fulbright Distinguished Chair.
    • He has taught computer science at Carnegie Mellon University and Brown University.
    • He is and expert in distributed computing, Ethereum smart contracts and Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO).
  • Lincoln Lydick
    • He has won the IBM Leader Award for innovation working with Chiquita Bananas, and a Silver MMA Smarties award for his work on Universal’s “Minions” movie.
  • Adam Lavine
    • Adam has deep experience in multi-channel mobile services, building products that have reached over 60 million unique consumer interactions.
    • Adam has extensive M&A experience, having sold Specular to a $700M public company and running their R&D operations, and acquiring the mobile media assets of Infospace, a $1B publicly traded company.
    • Adam was Chairman of the MMA’s Mobile Standards Communitee, defining industry standards for the multi billion dollar mobile compliance segment.
  • Ken Nowak
    • Ken is a polished technology executive with extensive experience in logistics, finance, audit and operations.
    • He is the CEO and former COO of FunMobility, and the former General Manager for Infospace’s $100M mobile division, and was instrumental in selling Infospace’s media assets.
    • He has worked with global Fortune 100 clients in his role as an Executive for Arthur Andersson. Adam was Chairman of the MMA’s Mobile Standards Committee, defining industry standards for he multi billion dollar mobile compliance segment.
  • Aiko Nomura
    • Aiko is a legal and financial whiz who knows how to keep i’s dotted and t’s crossed in finance, legal and compliance.
    • Aiko is a Japanese native with extensive international business development and corporate structure experience.
    • Aiko is a member of the American Association of Individual Investors, and is experienced in administering investment services as part of her responsibility as a corporate HR and legal administration.
  • Freya Stevens
    • Freya is a marketing and public relations professional specializing in cryptocurrency, tokens and digital assets.
    • She holds a master in Media and Communications and has worked extensively with the Bitcoin and Blockchain industry and community.
    • She is the creator of the Bitcoin UK Podcast which gives a voice to the cryptocurrency industry in the United Kingdom and is active in co-organizing the Cambridge Bitcoin Meetup and the Cambridge University Cryptocurrency Society.
    • She is the Marketing Director at TokenMarket, a Bitquence partner.
  • Interviews

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Additional resources

Forbes Bitquence

Hardware wallet

Hardware Wallet

WHY DO I NEED A HARDWARE WALLET & ITS BENEFITS OVER THE OTHER DESKTOP, MOBILE OR WEB WALLETS

I’m sure by the time you get to this point in the crypto space, then you are likely to be in one of the following situation:

  1. You are a serious and long term cryptocurrency investor
  2. You have been hacked by someone
  3. You have the mindset of safe guarding your cryptocurrency from hackers or at least you can sleep well at night
  4. You just want to try one and see what it is like and how is it different from the other type of wallets out there
  5. All of above or none of the above.

So let’s start why you need a hardware wallet and how it’s different. You need a hardware wallet because it acts like your bank, you are in full control of your money, and your private keys are securely stored in the wallet only, can’t be extracted or exported even if you wanted to. The fundamental difference between a crypto hardware wallet and the other is how its private keys are stored and used at the time of transaction. As we all know if the private key is stolen, then your coins are gone. With hardware wallet, your private key always stays inside the IC or Integrated Circuit. The private key never leaves the IC so nobody including the wallet owner can’t even export the keys out or know what it is.

These wallets are designed to keep the private keys safe inside the wallet even if it’s connected to a virus infected computer. This is why it’s extremely safe from hackers. Every use of your wallet on the internet is securely isolated from any potential attacks. Only the person in possession of the wallet can sign for transactions or send crypto tokens by pressing a button to confirm that transaction, not a click of a mouse on a web wallet or mobile wallet.

Hackers are too crazy and they are always ahead of the game, so only hardware wallets have a known history of no successful attacks yet by any hackers.

HARDWARE WALLET TYPES, BRANDS, EASE OF USE & SETUP

Generally speaking, all the hardware wallet serves two purposes that is to provide extreme level of security for storing crytocurrencies as well as signing transactions. I like to categorize them into two types; wallets with displays and wallets without displays.

Currently bitcoin.org certified brands are only four of them as follows: Trezor, Ledger, Keepkey and digitalbitbox. They are made in Czech Republic, France, USA, and Switzerland respectively. All of them use open source protocol, mostly BIP 39 & 44 PATH. There is a detail comparison for each wallet below that I gathered.

Something interesting to mention about digitalbibox, they are the only one so far that offers a TF or microSD card slot that is being used to do your master seeds backup. It also supports the FIDO or U2F like the most of the other hardware wallets, see details below.

SPECIAL TIPS TO ALL HARDWARE WALLET USERS

Always carefully write down your master seeds, normally 12, 18, or 24 English words, write them down on a piece of paper, never take photos of them, or put save them on computers. Keep multiple copies in different places. Let your loved/trusted significant other know about it if you like. Check them once every few months just to keep your memory fresh. Remember: The master seeds are your last line of defense should your wallet is lost, damaged, stolen. Without those master words, you will lose your bicoins or other tokens for good. Nobody on this planet can help you. Your wallet is your bank. Store your fortune on hardware wallets, and keep small amount in your mobile wallet for convenient uses.

Before you make large amount transfers, carefully check the addresses you are sending, be sure it’s copied correctly, you can alway send a small amount first to test. Always keep your hardware wallet up to date with the latest firmware. This is very important.

The most popular and best Bitcoin/altcoin hardware wallet:

Ledger Blue

Ledger Blue Hardware Wallet

Ledger Blue is the most advanced hardware security gear on the market. It boasts multi application execution, and packs enterprise-level crypto-capabilities into a lightweight handheld device designed and crafted in France. It is architected around a Secure Element, featuring a touchscreen and USB & Bluetooth* connectivity.

The Ledger Blue is the latest generation product from Ledger, result of more than two years of research and development. This high-end device embeds a large touchscreen to securely manage transactions and complex smart contracts. Its slick yet robust casing encloses the best-in-class technology built upon the Blockchain Open Ledger (BOLOS) platform, a powerful and flexible operating system.

The Ledger Blue is based on a dual-chip architecture embedding a ST31 Secure Element and a STM32 microcontroller thus achieving a fully isolated environment. It features a LED-backlit color touchscreen to navigate easily and validate transactions. It is powered by a lipo rechargeable battery and communicates with USB or Bluetooth* devices.

Thanks to its modular architecture, the Ledger Blue runs multiple dedicated companion apps in full isolation on top of its firmware. The strong security model allows to add new cryptocurrencies or apps without risk of compromising the master seed. Transaction integrity is ensured by the WYSIWYS paradigm (What You See Is What You Sign). The flexibility of the device enables enterprise level usage: with all major crypto libraries embedded in the firmware, any type of blockchain can be supported.

Price: 274.80 €

Ledger Nano S

Ledger Nano S Hardware Wallet

The Ledger Nano S is a product of a France-based startup. It has sleek and attractive European touch to its design.

Some of its core features are the backup seed key for recovery of your bitcoins, the easy to use OLED interface, and a flash drive like feel with two buttons on the side for navigating the interface.

It is a battery-less device which you can connect to a PC or mobile device via USB.

The Ledger Nano S is the cheapest of the three hardware wallets with a screen.

Ledger can store bitcoin, ethereum, ripple, zcash, dash, dogecoin, litecoin, Stratis, REP, GNT, 1ST, SNGLS, and any Ethereum ERC20 token.

Ledger can also be used for FIDO® U2F, GPG, SSH or build your own applications.

Ledger, one of the most well-known Bitcoin security companies, released the device in August 2016.

Price: 69,60€

KeepKey

KeepKey Hardware Wallet

KeepKey was released in September 2015 and was the second hardware Bitcoin wallet to offer a screen. The KeepKey’s larger screen gives it some extra security features that the Nano S and Trezor lack. It doesn’t offer much in comparison to the Ledger Nano S or Trezor. Moreover, it is more than two times in size than its peers, and not so convenient to carry in your pocket.

It has same backup seed key feature with pin code enabled, and it works like the other wallets. At present, it supports six cryptocurrencies (including Bitcoins).

Price: Currently unavailable.

Trezor

Trezor Hardware Wallet

The Trezor Bitcoin hardware wallet pioneered the era of hardware wallets. Trezor launched in August 2014 as the first Bitcoin hardware wallet, offering secure bitcoin storage plus the ability to spend with the convenience of a hot wallet.

TREZOR is a small, thumb-sized device with screen. It looks like a small calculator with an OLED screen. Randomly generated nine digit pins and a 24-word recovery seed key ensures security in case the device is lost or damaged. Its purpose is to store private keys and sign transactions offline.

The number of TREZOR-compatible services is growing rapidly and here’s the nearly complete list.

Currently Trezor offers a very useful feature called password manager, this is a great feature that is not just for cryptocurrencies. It can be used for all of your password management. This is something that we can all use on a daily basis.

Price: 89,00€

 

Digital Bitbox

Digital bitbox hardware wallet

Digital Bitbox is a minimalist bitcoin and ethereum hardware wallet packed withsecurity and privacy. Safely hold and spend your coins with peace of mind. Store and secure bitcoin, ether, and ERC20 ethereum tokens.

The Digital Bitbox is a FIDO Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) compatible authenticator.

Trezor 2

There is new TREZOR 2 model coming in august 2017! Proto in pictures.

Trezor 2 Hardware Wallet

Good luck everyone!!! Go Crypto!!!

track

The best way to track your crypto-portfolio

All crypto traders have the same problem; how to keep up with growing portfolio?

Of course it is easy to keep track of profit or loss for a handful coins and trades. But what about a few hundred or even hundreds of thousands of trades?

Here are the most used solutions:

  1. Altpocket (FREE, Browser, Bittrex and Poloniex API, +)
  2. CryptoCompare (FREE, Browser)
  3. Blockfolio (FREE, iOS and Android)
  4. CoinTracking (Browser, free for 200 trades and then expensive)
  5. CryptFolio (Beta, Browser)
  6. CoinGecko (Browser)
  7. CoinCap (iOS and Android, max 3 portfolios)
  8. Cryptofolio (free, Browser)
  9. Lionshare (macOS, just amounts not profit/loss)
  10. CoinFinance (in maintenance)
  11. Excel (more manual work)

Masternode Coins

What are Masternodes?

Masternodes primary function is to relay transactions across the network. Additionally they carry out the anonymization of funds and enable double-spend-proof transactions through instant lockdowns.

In the future even more valuable services will be performed by the Masternode network.

In return for providing these services, one Masternode is selected by the network to receive a part of the reward of each mined block.

In order to run a masternode, a user must put needed amount of coins as something akin to collateral, though unlike traditional collateral, the coins never leaves the user’s possession. It can be moved or spent at any time by the user – doing so simply removes the masternode from service and makes it ineligible to receive rewards. You need dedicates IP address and 24hr uptime is ideal.

List of Masternode Coins:

(price update 18.7.2017)

Working on Masternode implementation:

  • Terracoin (TRC)
    • Working on Masternode implementation
    • Price: $0.143
    • More info
  • EquiTrader (EQT)
    • Working on Masternode implementation
    • 30,000-60,000 coins needed?
    • Price: $0.247
    • Price: $7,409-$14,819
    • CoinMarketCap
    • More info
  • Espers (ESP/ESP2)
    • Working on Masternode implementation
    • Price: $0.00026
    • More info
  • Helium (HLM)
  • Block (BLOCK)
  • Coinonat (CXT)
  • ExScudo (EON)
  • Boolberry (XBB)

More info needed:

Masternode and Staking Services:

  • MASS
    • Presale ends july 24th
    • Presale price: 1300MASS per 1ETH (30% pre-sale bonus)
    • More info
    • Whitepaper

Inactive (not in CoinMarketCap):

  • BosCoin (BOS)
  • MasterMint (MM)
  • FlexCoin (FCX)
  • BankNode (Bitcredits)
  • DarkCrave (DCC)
  •  Darknet (DNET)
  • Bitcredits (BCR)
  • CryptoSpots (CS)
  • Doxcoin (DOX)
  • BitcoinTX (BTCTX)
  • SkullBuzz (SKB)
  • CryptoFocus (FCN?)
  • Genius (GNS)
  • Poison (PSN)
  • Fade (FADE)
  • Graviton (GRAV)
  • Pentacoin (PTA)
  • CryptCash (CYPT)
  • Vibranium (XVI)
  • Masterdoge (MDOGE)
  • Optioncoin (OPTION)
  • BananaBits (NANAS)
  • ArpaCoin (ARP)
  • Pharma (XPH)
  • Edge (EDGE)
  • Sentaro (SEN)
  • Gridmaster (GMC)
  • Nodex (NODEX)
  • Bloodcoin (BOD)
  • Grexitcoin (GSY)
  • GenesysCoin (GSY)
  • Midnight (MDT)
  • Breakcoin (BRE)
  • Pentaquark (LHC)
  • Bitzcoin (BTZ)
  • NodesForAll (NODES)
  • Cryptbit (CBIT)
  • Fantom (FNX)
tenx

TenX has figured out how to solve one of the biggest problems for people that are involved in cryptocurrency

TenX has figured out how to solve one of the biggest problems for people that are involved in cryptocurrency — actually spending the currency

The TenX wallet and the TenX card have been tested by well-known figures in the industry with payments in 50 countries across the world. The TenX iOS wallet and WebApp will be available to the public by the end of July.

TenX supports blockchain assets across multiple blockchains. TenX currently supports Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ethereum ERC20 Tokens (DGX, REP, TRUST,ANT, etc.), Dash – many more are coming.

I have invested in to TenX and I think it’s great project. I cant wait to get my TenX iOS app and card!

TenX Blog

Top trading platforms

These are most used Crypto-asset trading platforms

  • Coinbase

    • Coinbase is the world’s most popular way to buy and sell bitcoin, ethereum, and litecoin. Create a digital currency wallet where you can securely store digital currency. Connect your bank account, debit card, or credit card so that you can exchange digital currency into and out of your local currency. Buy some Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin to begin using the future of money.
  • Poloniex

    • Poloniex is a pure crypto to crypto exchange based in the United States. With a grand redesign in early 2015 the site has added a wealth of features to provide a fully immersive trading experience. Technical analysis charts and live chat mean it is easy to stay abreast of news flow and analyse price trends before taking a position.
  • Bittrex

    • Bittrex is one of the larger crypto to crypto exchanges offering a large number of trading pairs into bitcoin. The exchange does have a very high turnover crypto currencies – leading some to accuse it of allowing pump and dump schemes that erode confidence in the crypto currency ecosystem as a whole.
  • Binance

    • The underlying Binance platform has been deployed on 30+ exchanges already. It supports all devices and multiple languages, offering a seamless user experience. Binace’s certified matching engine is capable of processing 1,400,000 orders per second, making Binance one of the fastest exchange in the market today.
  • coss.io

    • Take advantage of a fast, secure and simple exchange of multiple crypto currencies
  • coinexchange.io

    • Security is our priority. We employ an agressive cold storage policy on all currencies in our system. We aim to support a large number of crypto currencies, and provide a stable market for smaller niche currencies. We will be providing some unique trading opportunities apart from currencies, more infomation coming soon. We believe good support is second only to security and endevour to answer your queries as quickly as possible.
  • Bitfinex

    • BitFinex offers three main functions – it is a bitcoin, litecoin and dashcoin to fiat exchange, a margin trading exchange and a liquidity provider. Although the company is said to be in Beta phase there are a number of features available that expand the financial positions you can take – for example the ability to short Bitcoin via margin trading.
  • Bitstamp

    • Bitstamp is run from the United Kingdom and is one of the most popular fiat to Bitcoin exchanges. Bitstamp only allows for one exchange pair of USD to Bitcoin but does use conversion of other fiat currencies via its Slovenian banking partner which will incur higher fees.
  • Kraken

    • Kraken is a top European based exchange and offers a variety of fiat to bitcoin pairs such as JPY, EUR, GBP and USD. Volume is decent especially on the JPY BTC pair after MT Gox’s collapse – with Kraken assuming the mantle in that region. The exchange also has a smattering if popular crypto to crypto pairs including litecoin and dogecoin.
  • BTCe

    • BTCe is a decent all round exchange focusing on its core base in Eastern Europe. Pairs include fiat to fiat, fiat to crypto, and crypto to crypto – although limited to the major volume currencies.
  • EtherDelta

    • EtherDelta is a decentralized Ethereum token exchange, brought to you by Etherboost. Here, users can trade any most Ethereum-based tokens such as Iconomi, Augur, 1ST, and others. The exchange currenly has only one fee, which is the 0.3% taker fee. Deposit, withdraw, and maker transactions are all free.
  • Kucoin

    • Ensure trade safety by financing-level user data encryption, dynamic authentication, and multi-level risk identification & control. Instant deposit and fast withdrawal, deposit accomplished within 2 minutes. Founded by the tech expert from Ant Financial. With the rich experience in the high concurrency financial system, our engine enjoys unique memory matching and distributed accounting technologies, processing over 1 million orders per second. Multi-layer encrypted wallet enclosed in the bank custody; Funds managed by third party and reports issued by bank regularly.