I'm a bit skeptical about this new bitcoin ID service
. What is it for exactly?
To me, if you really want to make sure the person you pay is the person you think, you have to request for a signed bitcoin address.
- Alice: Hi, grondilu, I really like what you do and I would like to donate bitcoins to you.
- grondilu: Ok, my bitcoin address is: 1LBEfZmRqtaH6KwGqt89uFm7dvdkiPdutC
- fake-grondilu: Don't listen to this guy, Alice, I am the real grondilu and my bitcoin address is: 1PffXTH9o2Lg87d6Y5igEFPSbv6f1kE97U
- Alice: I know grondilu's public key, so you guys sign your bitcoin address so I found out who is the real grondilu.
- grondilu: Ok, here it is again:
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE-----
Version: GnuPG v1.4.11 (GNU/Linux)
-----END PGP SIGNATURE-----
- fake-grondilu: damn it, you got me.
Now, I know not everybody uses GnuPG, so I guess this bitcoin ID service is usefull anyway.