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June 13, 2011, 12:28:23 PM
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I would suggest to open a new subforum for the topic of security, because so many topics are mixed in this section.

It is meant not to be about how the client software works, but about how to manage your keys and wallets securely.



I would also suggest to move the following threads to the new section:

http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=15068.0 (management example)
http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=15052.0 (virutal machine discussion)
http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=16246.0 (truecrypt discussion)
http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=16266.0 (GPG discussion

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June 13, 2011, 01:05:22 PM
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June 13, 2011, 01:19:26 PM
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+1

This is critical and not getting enough attention. There are some really hard problems to solve, most of which aren't even technical. Hopefully we'd be able to get some good sticky, best-practice threads up after a while.

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June 13, 2011, 01:22:11 PM
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+1

This is critical and not getting enough attention. There are some really hard problems to solve, most of which aren't even technical. Hopefully we'd be able to get some good sticky, best-practice threads up after a while.

Even more dangerous than missing good advice is all the bad advice you find spread over all discussion threads.

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June 13, 2011, 01:49:52 PM
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Extremely important. Should also have some howtos for newbies. A good understanding of security tools and their limitations is essential when online anyways, bitcoin or not. Now with people in charge of their own BTC (basically running their own personal banks), these issues are more pressing than ever.

Secure air-gapped computers, crypto, backups, OS issues, etc merit a subforum.

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June 13, 2011, 01:54:00 PM
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Agreed, a security/crypto subforum would be useful.

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June 13, 2011, 01:56:29 PM
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Extremely important. Should also have some howtos for newbies. A good understanding of security tools and their limitations is essential when online anyways, bitcoin or not. Now with people in charge of their own BTC (basically running their own personal banks), these issues are more pressing than ever.

Secure air-gapped computers, crypto, backups, OS issues, etc should all be discussed.

I think howtos should be placed in the wiki, but we can link and discuss howtos and generate new howtos from discussing security problems and solutions.

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June 13, 2011, 01:59:43 PM
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I think howtos should be placed in the wiki, but we can link and discuss howtos and generate new howtos from discussing security problems and solutions.

Agreed. This is a very good example.

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June 13, 2011, 05:47:22 PM
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Can some administrator please give a response? Do you like that idea?

If you don't: Could you please explain why?

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June 13, 2011, 06:39:33 PM
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There was a thread started by Vladimir, describing his scheme for backing up wallets. I can't find it now, but it should also be on the OP's list.

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June 13, 2011, 07:27:08 PM
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There was a thread started by Vladimir, describing his scheme for backing up wallets. I can't find it now, but it should also be on the OP's list.

Backup is an easily solved task. We have a lot of solutions already in the forum.

The hard task is to protect your active working machine running bitcoin.

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June 17, 2011, 07:21:44 PM
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I'd also like a security subforum.

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June 19, 2011, 12:27:10 PM
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I too think that's a good idea.

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June 19, 2011, 05:30:23 PM
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Great idea. I have been struggling with some of these things. Kiss
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June 19, 2011, 11:35:11 PM
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we need a security section, now more than ever.

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June 19, 2011, 11:41:01 PM
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June 21, 2011, 06:37:29 AM
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+1

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June 21, 2011, 03:51:19 PM
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+1. I would visit this subforum frequently.
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June 23, 2011, 12:32:20 PM
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+1 Security concerns and how to overcome them is a very pressing issue for the Bitcoin community as a whole. A place where knowledge and good practice can be shared will make the job of thieves much harder.

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June 23, 2011, 01:33:04 PM
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+1

I also have a post here on creating security best practices for bit coin sites (http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=20377.0)
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