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January 13, 2013, 12:27:29 AM
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Encryption is your friend! I don't think it's necessary to remind people not to keep records of their encryption keys out in the open. I guess not everybody is able to remember a 25 character string with random case, though. I actually have a couple of wallets backed up to ... gmail, s3, usenet. A copy of the encryption key in a safety deposit box helps too, if you're liable to forget whether the 14th character was an uppercase or lowercase t..

I guess it's excessive, really. It's very unlikely that anybody that would break into my home would also look for documents containing encryption keys.. And then think to use them ... or even know what they unlock. But I guess some of us are just enthusiastic about security.
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There are several different types of Bitcoin clients. The most secure are full nodes like Bitcoin Core, which will follow the rules of the network no matter what miners do. Even if every miner decided to create 1000 bitcoins per block, full nodes would stick to the rules and reject those blocks.
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January 13, 2013, 04:35:35 AM
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I'm very surprised to realize that we can trust each other in Chinese cultural background more than you guys, though we have our blind spots and problems.  Cool excitement!

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January 13, 2013, 05:09:06 AM
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Bitcoins are too easy to steal.   Then when somebody has them, they're gone!  Never trust anonymous people on the internet.  Even people that you can ID will rip you off sometimes.

You know, IDs can be bought for Bitcoins...
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January 15, 2013, 01:55:55 PM
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People Shouldent trust people fullstop after all we are people Tongue
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January 15, 2013, 02:46:34 PM
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People Shouldent trust people fullstop after all we are people Tongue

I like this ideaology, hope bitcoin make it real
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January 17, 2013, 04:23:40 PM
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Can escrow services be trusted?

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January 18, 2013, 01:58:35 PM
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Yes, I am sure it can be trusted!
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January 18, 2013, 02:45:31 PM
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@UncleBobs good question. That goes for a lot of things (e.g. used car dealer, real estate agent, friends). You just hope that they are honest.

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January 18, 2013, 07:21:35 PM
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@UncleBobs good question. That goes for a lot of things (e.g. used car dealer, real estate agent, friends). You just hope that they are honest.



Hi BitGirl.  What I'm wondering about is the general reputation of the escrow services.  To use your examples, I'd probably trust a real estate agent more than a used car dealer, because used car dealers have a well-deserved reputation for sharp practice, to say the least.  Are there any escrow services that are "head and shoulders" above the others in terms of their reputation, like MtGox is for exchanges?

Anyway, technology is coming to our rescue.  When Big Brother can give lie detector tests over Skype, we'll all be safe from the fibbers  Grin www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/01/ff-lie-detector/all/

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January 21, 2013, 05:55:29 AM
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yeah
i just recalled Mr. moon
the guy who took my 100 btc.
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January 21, 2013, 06:59:45 PM
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Topic cannot be stressed enough.
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January 22, 2013, 12:00:12 AM
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what can be done to provide better trust between exchanges and customers?  better security? Better general information about the owner like name, if registered insured company?
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January 22, 2013, 12:14:29 PM
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Do not trust anyone, my advice!
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January 22, 2013, 08:11:39 PM
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Lucky for me, my first transaction buying Bitcoin online, I totally trusted a random person with a $200 moneypak. They came through and I've been a happy bitcoiner ever since Smiley.


I've been scammed by 2 people for about 12 bitcoin. The transactions were so small I didn't suspect fraud. Other than that, my interactions have been overwhelmingly positive. People who use bitcoin want bitcoin to work (for the most part). Have faith, but be careful.
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January 22, 2013, 09:00:09 PM
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Do not trust anyone, my advice!

Generally, you need to trust someone, sometimes. You can probably trust your wife to wash your underwear.
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January 23, 2013, 06:02:13 AM
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good to know that
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January 23, 2013, 09:01:41 AM
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Do not trust anyone, my advice!

Generally, you need to trust someone, sometimes. You can probably trust your wife to wash your underwear.
Yes, the first time you got pure LUCK. This thread is exactly for people like you who think scammers don't scam for small amounts. But they do.
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January 23, 2013, 10:53:06 PM
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I use Bitcoins only as a means to an end.  A site that I need to send money to only accepts BTC, so I load up the funds needed on my Coinbase wallet, then send them away.  My wallet almost always carries a 0 balance.

Holding massive amounts of money in the form of Bitcoins is a potentially very dangerous endeavor.  Some folks mentioned "getting in early" on Bitcoins, which would be seeking to profit from a potentially upward shift in the exchange rate to a national currency.  This is like trading FOREX, only unlike FOREX there is not an entire country backing the value of Bitcoins.

Bitcoins are only as valuable as they are secure, employed, and sought after.  If Bitcoins are left behind for another form of virtual currency, and no one wants to buy them anymore, they will become worthless.  If businesses and privateers stop accepting Bitcoins, they will become worthless.  And if some major flaw in the security of Bitcoins is exposed, they will become worthless.

That's a pretty big risk, if you ask me - which nobody did.
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January 24, 2013, 02:31:49 AM
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Have been scammed only once for .5btc lol, wasn't to big of a deal, but really just be skeptical all the time
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January 24, 2013, 06:30:29 AM
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I thought I could trust GLBSE to be stick around, took most of my coins with them. I got half back and reissued shares of BITBOND  on cryptostocks, which are practically worthless. Don't trust anybody with any more than you're willing to lose. Bitcoin is the new wild west of the internet.
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