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April 13, 2013, 08:37:10 AM
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I have a newbie question and would appreciate anyone helping.

I have read up on the basics of bitcoin, and I have learnt that if someone is given a valid 51-character private key:

e.g. 5SomeMadeUpSamplePrivateKey.....................123456789

and it is the only thing he knows i.e. no public address, no wallet amount, no computer file etc

Is it the only thing he needs to access and use whatever how many bitcoins are at that address?

Thanks v much!
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April 13, 2013, 09:54:15 AM
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I have a newbie question and would appreciate anyone helping.

I have read up on the basics of bitcoin, and I have learnt that if someone is given a valid 51-character private key:

e.g. 5SomeMadeUpSamplePrivateKey.....................123456789

and it is the only thing he knows i.e. no public address, no wallet amount, no computer file etc

Is it the only thing he needs to access and use whatever how many bitcoins are at that address?

Thanks v much!

yes... think of the coins as "stored in the cloud" and the wallet.dat is just your private key recored to disk instead of paper

bitcoin : 1AqakVrMpzP7qcnfVvxCMgAp5dq1SPoZH4
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April 13, 2013, 09:57:19 AM
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Yup
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April 13, 2013, 09:58:34 AM
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So say on my death bed if I want to give my 10 BTC to my son, all I have to do is to tell him the private key, and then he will be able to use it?

Thanks for your help!
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April 13, 2013, 10:03:13 AM
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Yes  Wink That is how brain wallets work. But if you use a paperwallet, choose a decent passphrase  Cheesy
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