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August 23, 2018, 08:48:54 PM
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I am new in bitcoin i want to store bitcoin on something that i can retrieve later like in 2022
I want a paper wallet for which i came to know bitaddress.org is used

then one day i came to mind what if this site generates address which belong to one HD wallet(as my jaxx can produce infinite amount of public addresses and their respective private keys)


this is how crazy my mind works sometimes..what if someday they decide to steal all ur funds...


IS it safe to generate paper wallet from this site from an offline PC i am going to store them for years...
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August 24, 2018, 02:31:53 PM
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It's open source, so If it contained malicious code, we would've known already. Just download the source code, turn off your internet connection and print, you'll be fine.

If it's a large amount though, I highly recommend a hardware wallet. The private keys could start to fade over the years If the paper is not well stored/protected etc.

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August 25, 2018, 01:04:49 PM
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It's open source, so If it contained malicious code, we would've known already. Just download the source code, turn off your internet connection and print, you'll be fine.

If it's a large amount though, I highly recommend a hardware wallet. The private keys could start to fade over the years If the paper is not well stored/protected etc.

by source code you mean zip file on bitaddress.org
download it and open bitaddress.org.html in chrome

am i correct HuhHuh
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August 25, 2018, 01:44:46 PM
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IS it safe to generate paper wallet from this site from an offline PC i am going to store them for years...
by source code you mean zip file on bitaddress.org
download it and open bitaddress.org.html in chrome
I think it is considerably safe that way, make sure you're downloading from the original source
yes that zip file, or even a single standalone bitaddress.org.html file should work just fine
check out the official [ANN] bitaddress.org Safe JavaScript Bitcoin address/private key

then one day i came to mind what if this site generates address which belong to one HD wallet(as my jaxx can produce infinite amount of public addresses and their respective private keys)
then that's what we called an address collision, it's possible but highly improbable
you can read many threads concerning collision in Development & Technical Discussion subforum

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August 25, 2018, 01:57:32 PM
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It's open source, so If it contained malicious code, we would've known already. Just download the source code, turn off your internet connection and print, you'll be fine.

If it's a large amount though, I highly recommend a hardware wallet. The private keys could start to fade over the years If the paper is not well stored/protected etc.

by source code you mean zip file on bitaddress.org
download it and open bitaddress.org.html in chrome

am i correct HuhHuh

bitaddress.org is a website and can be hacked. an attacker can technically take control of the domain and put his own link at the bottom of the page though different methods.

the link is this: https://github.com/pointbiz/bitaddress.org/archive/master.zip which is the clone of the official github repository of this project at https://github.com/pointbiz/bitaddress.org
as long as you go there, there shouldn't be a problem. because you are downloading the source code that you are seeing.
in fact you can also check to see what the latest change was and when it occurred:
https://github.com/pointbiz/bitaddress.org/commits/master
as you can see the latest commit was from 2016 which means the source code is not changed ever since and has been used without any issues for more than 2 years.

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