Grin and BEAM: Two Groundbreaking Private Cryptocurrencies Just Went Live

I’ve written here in the past about how bitcoin is not as anonymous as you think. Despite its reputation, bitcoin transactions are actually recorded openly and publicly. I’ve also introduced three private cryptocurrencies you could use instead. But the game just changed. Two further privacy-oriented cryptocurrencies launched in January 2019: Grin and BEAM. Here’s what … Continue reading “Grin and BEAM: Two Groundbreaking Private Cryptocurrencies Just Went Live”

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  • Jan 12, 2019
  • Sean Doyle
  • Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, General Privacy and Security, Online Activity, Tutorials,

Testing your web browser for cryptojacking

Cryptojacking or cryptocurrency mining is the covert use of your computer’s Central Processing Unit (CPU) and Graphics Processing unit (GPU) to mine for cryptocurrency. With the rise of cryptocurrency, cryptojacking has become very popular and many websites employ the use of scripts to use your computing device to mine for cryptocurrency. As a result of … Continue reading “Testing your web browser for cryptojacking”

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  • Jan 11, 2019
  • Ben Brown
  • Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Tutorials,

Buying Bitcoin? 4 Criteria For Choosing the Right Crypto Exchange

Your first foray into cryptocurrency will almost certainly take place on a cryptocurrency exchange – a place for buying and selling bitcoin. Travel back in time a few years, and there were only a handful of crypto exchanges out there. Nowadays, there are almost too many to choose from. For example, CoinMarketCap lists over 100 … Continue reading “Buying Bitcoin? 4 Criteria For Choosing the Right Crypto Exchange”

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  • Jan 4, 2019
  • Ben Brown
  • Bitcoin, News, Privacy,

Bitcoin Banks Are Coming. Wave Goodbye to Your Privacy

If you’ve never read the famous bitcoin white paper, now is a good time to do so. Bitcoin’s elusive creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, outlines his vision for a cash system that exists without a “trusted third party.”  In other words, money without banks. Without invasive identity checks and verification. Money without permission. And for the past … Continue reading “Bitcoin Banks Are Coming. Wave Goodbye to Your Privacy”

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  • Dec 14, 2018
  • Ben Brown
  • Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Tutorials,

Blockchain, Explained with Christmas Gifts

Even as someone who works in blockchain every single day, I admit it’s tricky to communicate. So if the subject of bitcoin or blockchain comes up this holiday season, here’s an easy way to explain it. A very simple explanation of blockchain Blockchain is kind of similar to the process of exchanging gifts at Christmas. … Continue reading “Blockchain, Explained with Christmas Gifts”

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  • Dec 5, 2018
  • Derek Zimmer
  • Governments, News, Open Source, Privacy, Security,

Split Key Cryptography is Back… Again – Why Government Back Doors Don’t Work

Governments in the 5 eyes surveillance alliance have been relentlessly lobbying for the power to force companies to back door their encrypted data. Every year, a new proposal comes through which is a slight revision to the same-old argument. “We need to unrestricted access to X in order to protect Y.” Sometimes it is “because … Continue reading “Split Key Cryptography is Back… Again – Why Government Back Doors Don’t Work”

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  • Dec 1, 2018
  • Ben Brown
  • Cryptocurrency, Dash, Monero, Tutorials, Z-Cash,

Private Transactions: 3 Cryptocurrencies More Private Than Bitcoin

In my last post, I explained how bitcoin isn’t as anonymous as you might think. Every bitcoin transaction is completely transparent and visible on the blockchain. If I know your public bitcoin address, I can see every transaction you’ve ever made. But if bitcoin isn’t private, which cryptocurrencies are? In this post, I’ll dive a … Continue reading “Private Transactions: 3 Cryptocurrencies More Private Than Bitcoin”

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  • Nov 24, 2018
  • Ben Brown
  • Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Tutorials,

How to Use Crypto Anonymously part 1: Bitcoin Isn’t as Anonymous as You Think

Back in 2012, the FBI published a now-infamous report on Bitcoin. It called Bitcoin a “venue for individuals to generate, transfer, launder, and steal illicit funds with some anonymity.” Not only did it stamp Bitcoin with an ‘unlawful’ reputation, it spread a huge misconception: that bitcoin is anonymous. So let’s clear a few things up. … Continue reading “How to Use Crypto Anonymously part 1: Bitcoin Isn’t as Anonymous as You Think”

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Quantum Computing – Is the World of a Secure Internet Over?

The short answer: No. The long answer: Noooooooooooo. If you haven’t had a primer on what a quantum computer is or does, Kurzgesagt has a fantastic crash course introduction here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhHMJCUmq28 For over a decade now, cryptographers, security experts, and researchers have been talking about Quantum Computing and how it will impact internet security. Quantum … Continue reading “Quantum Computing – Is the World of a Secure Internet Over?”

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