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October 05, 2023, 01:15:24 PM
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Hello, dear Bitcointalk buddies!

Bitcoin security ain't no joke, mates! Let's get our crypto game on lockdown mode and shield our precious Bitcoins like a pro!

Tip #1: Guard Those Private Keys 🔑
Oi, make sure your private keys are locked up tight! Store 'em offline, and don't spill the beans. It's your secret sauce to Bitcoin safety.

Tool #1: Hardware Wallets
Tech-savvy peeps, hardware wallets like Ledger and Trezor are your knights in shining armor. They're like those unbreakable safes but digital, innit?

Best Practice #1: 2FA, You Know?
Turn on that 2-factor authentication, mates. It's like a digital bouncer at your Bitcoin club. Keep the riff-raff out! 🕺

Tip #2: Dodge the Phishing Nets
Look out for them dodgy websites tryna steal your Bitcoin. Double-check them URLs, and don't be a fish on the hook!

Tool #2: Browser Shields
For our non-native pals, browser shields like MetaMask can help spot scammy sites. They're like your online bodyguards, savvy?

Best Practice #2: Stay in the Loop
Stay sharp and informed. Hang out here, share tips, and keep updated on the latest Bitcoin bandits. Knowledge is power, amigos!

Let's lock down our Bitcoins and keep 'em safe, shall we? Share your wisdom, peeps!
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October 05, 2023, 03:30:14 PM
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Tool #1: Hardware Wallets
Tech-savvy peeps, hardware wallets like Ledger and Trezor are your knights in shining armor. They're like those unbreakable safes but digital, innit?

A little chip in hardware wallet like ledger aren’t much advisable because they are closed source and also they just went over board to splitting of users seed phrase and then transferring the encryption to a custodian third party. This defeats everything related to hardware wallets because definitely your seeds have been exposed to the internet, so o wouldn’t advice on ledger but if you’re looking for another hardware wallets aside Trezo then there is Passport too.

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Tool #2: Browser Shields
For our non-native pals, browser shields like MetaMask can help spot scammy sites. They're like your online bodyguards, savvy?

I don’t quite understand how MetaMask shields one from scammy sites but if you’re talking about this transaction security checks offered by MetaMask, i would say they don’t really protect you that much but when signing transaction using the DApps they check for authenticity and display the information which also is not secure due to the data that MetaMask needs to share with this dictators. But this does not in anyway stop one from visiting scam websites either through phishing.

Also as a bitcoiner, MetaMask shouldn’t be your wallet because it is closed source. Store your bitcoin on open source wallets like electrum which supports only bitcoin and if you want an online open source multi coin wallet then you can make use of Unstoppable wallet.

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October 05, 2023, 03:46:39 PM
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A little chip in hardware wallet like ledger aren’t much advisable because they are closed source and also they just went over board to splitting of users seed phrase and then transferring the encryption to a custodian third party. This defeats everything related to hardware wallets because definitely your seeds have been exposed to the internet, so o wouldn’t advice on ledger but if you’re looking for another hardware wallets aside Trezo then there is Passport too.
Because of their product changes recent months, theymos erased Ledger from his advice
Reminder: do not keep your money in online accounts

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[LIST] Open Source Hardware Wallets

If don't have enough money to buy a hardware wallet, Electrum wallet is a good choice. Open source, available for macOS, Windows, Android, Linux and it's free.
https://electrum.org/#download
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October 05, 2023, 04:07:51 PM
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Tip #1: Guard Those Private Keys 🔑
Oi, make sure your private keys are locked up tight! Store 'em offline, and don't spill the beans. It's your secret sauce to Bitcoin safety.
Yeah, and to enhance the security of those seed phrase, you should encrypt them using any encryption method even a easier one like cipher will do the work, as it depend on the family and friend cycle you have. For example, most of the times, we make friends and but they are not what we think they are and they have bad mind of stealing. And if your friends are techy guy then encrypt your seed phrase with some advance encryption method like AES or DES whatever you want other wise as I aforementioned Cipher is enough.
Tool #1: Hardware Wallets
Tech-savvy peeps, hardware wallets like Ledger and Trezor are your knights in shining armor. They're like those unbreakable safes but digital, innit?
We should select from other options as well, because hardware wallet do not end on these two companies which are easier to name.
Best Practice #1: 2FA, You Know?
Turn on that 2-factor authentication, mates. It's like a digital bouncer at your Bitcoin club. Keep the riff-raff out! 🕺
2FA is the best guard you can use, I agree with you, but sometimes, it is best to set up your 2FA on different device.
Tool #2: Browser Shields
For our non-native pals, browser shields like MetaMask can help spot scammy sites. They're like your online bodyguards, savvy?
I did not understand, what you mean by browser shields like Metamask, I mean, is there any met mask browser shield of which I am not aware of.

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October 05, 2023, 05:42:10 PM
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One needs to be constantly upto date concerning learning about bitcoin, such could help prevent against any loopholes that have already been detected as such found with the use of ledger hardware wallet, am sure if OP had been informed already, he wouldn't make a recomme on using ledger wallet, ere are other hardware wallet that have been approved for recommendations and has no privacy leak like how lerger appears, so we need to be informed of every new developments with the bitcoin network and other security tips to avoid loosing our financial digital assets.

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October 05, 2023, 06:28:16 PM
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Best Practice #2: Stay in the Loop
Stay sharp and informed. Hang out here, share tips, and keep updated on the latest Bitcoin bandits. Knowledge is power, amigos!
Good point here. Sometimes when we are done applying everything we need and installing every tool we can get to ensure our security, we often forget to update after some time. We forget that there are various developments that may cause loopholes and openings for scammers and hackers, hence why we need to stay updated so we can apply changes that can secure us from any possible openings there is that makes our accounts and wallets vulnerable.

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Tip #1: Guard Those Private Keys
Oi, make sure your private keys are locked up tight! Store 'em offline, and don't spill the beans. It's your secret sauce to Bitcoin safety.
I expected you to mention seed phrase and how seed phrase generates private keys and addresses.

Tool #1: Hardware Wallets
Tech-savvy peeps, hardware wallets like Ledger and Trezor are your knights in shining armor. They're like those unbreakable safes but digital, innit?
Ledger is a close source and not recommended as the wallet's company does not care about their users' privacy and full control.

Best Practice #1: 2FA, You Know?
Turn on that 2-factor authentication, mates. It's like a digital bouncer at your Bitcoin club. Keep the riff-raff out!
People should avoid 2FA that can sync online like Google and Auth 2FA and go for offline ones like Aegis (Android) or Tofu (iOS). Having offline backups is more secure and it should be done in a way it will not be lost.

Tool #2: Browser Shields
For our non-native pals, browser shields like MetaMask can help spot scammy sites. They're like your online bodyguards, savvy?
Metamask is an altcoin wallet and not a shield.

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October 05, 2023, 08:34:28 PM
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Oi, make sure your private keys are locked up tight! Store 'em offline, and don't spill the beans. It's your secret sauce to Bitcoin safety.
Private keys shouldn't be stored anywhere. Seed phrases should.

For our non-native pals, browser shields like MetaMask can help spot scammy sites. They're like your online bodyguards, savvy?
How on Earth can MetaMask help you spot scams and malicious sites? Last time I checked, it was nothing but another closed-source, browser-based multi-shitcoin wallet software. It pretty much can't even protect you from itself.

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October 05, 2023, 08:45:09 PM
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A hardware wallet is enough to secure your crypto if you can secure your device's seed phrase. Then you don't need to worry much about losing your crypto through an attacker. But you have to make sure your device and seed phrase are secured in a safe place. Though non-custodial wallets are safe, they are not immune to attack. We have seen it previously on Electrum. So I keep believing in hardware wallets, and I have been using them as well.
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A hardware wallet is enough to secure your crypto if you can secure your device's seed phrase. Then you don't need to worry much about losing your crypto through an attacker. But you have to make sure your device and seed phrase are secured in a safe place. Though non-custodial wallets are safe, they are not immune to attack. We have seen it previously on Electrum. So I keep believing in hardware wallets, and I have been using them as well.
What we always think is safe is actually not necessarily completely safe for various reasons. I agree that hardware wallets are is one of the best recommendations for security - but holders should also be concerned about any risks that hardware wallets may pose as well as the risk of incorrect use. The most important thing is to secure the seed or seed phrase - then don't just rely on the security of one wallet product for all your bitcoin.

I always remember this warning; Don't put all your eggs in one basket. For me this is important and indeed this is the right step to diversify the risks that may exist. I mean - even though hardware wallets are safe, don't keep all your coins in just one wallet which means having several wallets, especially if you have a lot of coins.
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October 05, 2023, 11:10:59 PM
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Bitcoin security ain't no joke, mates! Let's get our crypto game on lockdown mode and shield our precious Bitcoins like a pro!
Hi brother, when you say crypto is a game, it is a wrong thought.
You must be aware that crypto is not using play money or anything.
It is real digital trading and investment.

Tool #2: Browser Shields
For our non-native pals, browser shields like MetaMask can help spot scammy sites. They're like your online bodyguards, savvy?
And for browser protection, you said Metamask can help recognize fraudulent sites.
But in fact, many are fooled by fake Metamask, and sometimes their Devices get infected and steal the Private keys stored in Metamask.

You should protect your device with an antivirus, it will provide comprehensive protection on your device and on the internet, not just your browser.

If you read the news a few weeks ago about Mark Cuban's wallet being hacked via Metamask, he lost about $870k through malware attacks that infected his device and several browser applications such as Metamask, etc.

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Are we now the masters of Bitcoin security after reading 2 tips, 2 tools and 2 best practices? This forum has been active ever since Bitcoin was released by Satoshi, even after 14 years of activity we can't call anyone a master of security.
Anyways my amigos! Never use closed source wallets, or install unofficial shields(whatever that means), once you give access to your private keys to any third party, you better be ready to say good bye to your funds at any moment.😉

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Yeah I never liked hardware wallets for that reason. They are considered new technology and most likely will experience some bugs. Some might not be as bad but others might lead to getting your coins lost or if a thief finds it they might be able to bypass the PIN.

Another issue like mentioned above is the closed source code. You have no idea if it’s safe or not. Just like it was pointed out where Ledger decided to extract your private seed and keep on some cloud somewhere offline. If it was open source we wouldn’t of have bothered with the wallet due to this one reason alone.

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Best Practice #1: 2FA, You Know?
Turn on that 2-factor authentication, mates. It's like a digital bouncer at your Bitcoin club. Keep the riff-raff out! 🕺

2FA are very important on our accounts as they can prevent hackers from gaining access to our account or carryout out unapproved transaction. They're a second layer of security but when using them, make sure you don't use a centralized 2FA from a centralized service like Google, Authy is better or any other decentralized authenticator app that don't store your keys online (on a centralized server). Also be sure to keep your backup keys safely in an offline manner that hackers can't get access to.

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Tool #2: Browser Shields
For our non-native pals, browser shields like MetaMask can help spot scammy sites. They're like your online bodyguards, savvy?

Metamask isn't a recommended wallet to use and in regards to browser shield, using Brave Bowser offers you that protection and it's a more recommendable browser to use instead chrome, avoid anything related to Google, they're not the best when it comes to privacy and security.

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October 06, 2023, 11:34:15 AM
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Are we now the masters of Bitcoin security after reading 2 tips, 2 tools and 2 best practices? This forum has been active ever since Bitcoin was released by Satoshi, even after 14 years of activity we can't call anyone a master of security.
Yeah most of people only focus about the general thing related to Bitcoin wallet, but they forget if security is started from the device and internet connection you use.

If people are still use Windows, even you subscript official version, this operating system is a spyware. Using chrome is also same, a spyware. That's why when someone need to protect their security, they must learn about computer first.

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October 06, 2023, 02:22:32 PM
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Yeah most of people only focus about the general thing related to Bitcoin wallet, but they forget if security is started from the device and internet connection you use.

If people are still use Windows, even you subscript official version, this operating system is a spyware. Using chrome is also same, a spyware. That's why when someone need to protect their security, they must learn about computer first.
They should learn to set up an air gap wallet and they must maintain a rule: don't store all bitcoins in one device.

By storing bitcoin in some devices, in some different wallets, they will have less risk to lose all their bitcoin with a single accident. Nothing can be considered as completely safe so if they can diversify their bitcoin storage methods and reduce risks to lose all at once, they have good practice.

Backups of their wallets should be in different forms too like on paper, metal sheet as at the end, if a backup is usable, it's good and it is not a matter it is in a paper or metal form.

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October 07, 2023, 06:04:55 AM
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Best Practice #1: 2FA, You Know?
Turn on that 2-factor authentication, mates. It's like a digital bouncer at your Bitcoin club. Keep the riff-raff out!
This suggests using centralized services in first place like exchanges and custodial wallets that have a 2FA option. Using these services is discouraged to begin with...

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Tool #2: Browser Shields
For our non-native pals, browser shields like MetaMask can help spot scammy sites. They're like your online bodyguards, savvy?
Apart from the fact that MetaMask is an altcoin wallet not a "shield"; technically you should keep your bitcoin offline so that getting your online system infected wouldn't affect them. And if you want protection install uBlock Origin and a decent Anti Virus on your system that has net protection.

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October 07, 2023, 06:21:01 AM
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Apart from the fact that MetaMask is an altcoin wallet not a "shield"; technically you should keep your bitcoin offline so that getting your online system infected wouldn't affect them. And if you want protection install uBlock Origin and a decent Anti Virus on your system that has net protection.

I know a lot of people here dislike Ethereum, MetaMask does have a feature of potentially showing a warning if the user opens a phishing site, which I don't think uBlock Origin has that feature.

There's this one plugin that's made exclusively for blocking phishing sites though, so it should be a better pick than MetaMask. I forgot the name of the plugin.

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October 07, 2023, 07:38:38 AM
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I know a lot of people here dislike Ethereum, MetaMask does have a feature of potentially showing a warning if the user opens a phishing site, which I don't think uBlock Origin has that feature.
uBlock Origin is not a simple "ad-block", it blocks a whole lot of stuff including potentially threatening websites (ads, trackers, coin miners, popups, annoying anti-blockers, malware sites, etc.). And that's by default, you can modify it to block a lot more from adding custom lists to the outright blocking of all scripts (like NoScript plugin).

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