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Trump Asks Americans to ‘Stay True to Our Cause’

July 5, 2019 |

President Trump celebrated the story of America as “the greatest political journey in human history” in a Fourth of July commemoration before a soggy but cheering crowd of spectators on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial. Supporters welcomed his tribute to the U.S military while protesters assailed him for…
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How to Stay Safe When Using Darknet Markets

June 15, 2019 |

How to Stay Safe When Using Darknet Markets

If you’re planning to visit a darknet market, you’re either keen to window shop or keen to sample the wares. Whatever your reasons for stopping by, that’s your business and no one else’s. Unfortunately, not everyone shares those civilized ideals. To keep those spoilsports at bay, here’s how to browse darknet markets (DNMs) without leaving a trace.

Also read: New SLP Token Allows You to Transact in BTC But With BCH Fees

Step 1: Don’t Sweat It

If your interest in darknet market extends to becoming a vendor, this guide isn’t for you. For one thing, you should already know this stuff, and for another, you should be following more rigorous opsec. If you’re a casual DNM shopper, however, and aren’t ordering your goods by the pound or kilo, don’t sweat it. The powers that be don’t have the time or resources to pester every single DNM customer. Even when entire marketplaces get compromised, exposing the details of thousands of users who were too lazy to encrypt their comms, it’s rare that anything comes of it.

How to Stay Safe When Using Darknet Markets

If you’re a persistent DNM shopper and the postal service takes note of fragrant packages winging their way to your door, you might receive a ‘love letter’ from the police warning you to cease your activities, or even a knock at the door. Should that occur, don’t be cowed as the feds are unlikely to press charges. Even LE seem to begrudgingly concede that prosecuting victimless misdemeanors is a pointless exercise. Remember, most of this stuff will be made legal within our lifetime. It’s only a crime for a limited time.

Step 2: Configure Tor Correctly

To access the darknet, you’ll need the Tor web browser. It can be downloaded for desktop or for Android. Alternatively, use the Brave or Dissenter browsers, which give the ability to open a Tor window, directly connecting you to the onion router where the world’s finest darknet markets are awaiting your perusal. The Tor Project website contains guides on protecting your privacy when using the darknet. Tor browser will automatically block plugins such as Flash, Realplayer, and Quicktime, which can be manipulated into revealing your IP address, and comes with pro-privacy plugins HTTPS Everywhere and No Script. When configured correctly, Tor will mask your IP address, but it remains your responsibility not to dox yourself by doing dumb stuff on the darknet. Tor’s an internet relay – not a cloak of anonymity and immunity.

How to Stay Safe When Using Darknet Markets

Step 3: Double Check Your Onion Domains

Given that the average onion domain reads something like “7aj5bhidezdbb4ov” (that’s Empire market at the time of publication), it’s easy for a fat finger or phishing link to send you one character astray to a lookalike site that will keep your crypto and despatch the square root of zero to your door. Due to the takedown of darknet news site Deepdotweb earlier this year, there aren’t many reliable clearnet DNM guides left. Dark.fail has done an admirable job lately, but reliance on a single point of failure is risky. Double check all links with those shared by DNM admins on onion forum Dread.

Step 4: Keep It Fresh

Cryptocurrency wallet addresses are like nicknames: they don’t cost a penny and you’re free to use as many as you like. As such, there’s no excuse for recycling handles. Use a unique username and password for every DNM you join – that means a nickname you haven’t previously used anywhere else for anything. The annals of darknet criminology are filled with preventable tales of nickname reuse. Just ask Ross “Frosty” Ulbricht.

Similarly, when you’re sending funds to or from a DNM, create a new wallet address each time. If your crypto wallet app doesn’t let you create a new address, delete it and install one that does. For more tips on how to stay safe on the darknet, check out this week’s Humans of Bitcoin podcast, around the 15-minute mark, in which I discuss the perils of address and nickname reuse with host Matt Aaron.

Step 5: Know Your Vendor

When you log in to a darknet market for the first time, you’re greeted by a cornucopia of beguiling wares begging for your bitcoin. It’s like a magical Willie Wonka tuckshop for grownups. Before you start popping pills into your shopping cart, however, take a close look at the vendor you’re buying from. You wouldn’t make a $ 300 purchase from an Ebay vendor with zero feedback. It’s the same on the darknet. Most vendors are legit, and have no intention of scamming their customers, but don’t trust – verify by checking their feedback. Bear in mind that a vendor with 100 four-star ratings is significantly more trustworthy than a vendor with five stars and three sales.

How to Stay Safe When Using Darknet Markets

Step 6: Always Encrypt

The first time you try to use PGP (also known as GPG), it’ll take you 15 minutes to install and successfully encrypt your first message to your darknet vendor. The second time will take you five minutes, the third time 60 seconds, and the fourth time you’ll be embarrassed at the thought of having ever communicated bareback on the darknet without PGP. News.Bitcoin.com plans to publish a comprehensive guide to PGP in the near future, but till then, your search engine is your friend. Don’t rely on darknet markets to encrypt on your behalf by ticking the request box upon submitting your order. If the site’s servers get infiltrated by law enforcement, your conversations will be exposed.

There’s another benefit to being au fait with PGP, incidentally: when a vendor begins selling on a new marketplace, as commonly happens, given the short lifespan of DNMs, sharing their public key shows that they are the same entity, and effectively allows them to import the goodwill they’ve accrued elsewhere.

Freedom Thrives on the Darknet

Browsing the darknet is one of the most pleasurable things you can do on the web. It’s an internet free of popups, autoplay ads, cookies opt-ins, trigger warnings, snowflakes, thought police and killjoys. It’s everything the clearnet used to be, with the added bonus that you can buy just about anything with cryptocurrencies such as BTC, BCH, LTC, and XMR. You don’t have to nurse a penchant for the sort of goods the darknet is synonymous with to fire up your Tor browser – you simply need to appreciate the sense of freedom that comes from browsing the web unencumbered. Darknet is love. Darknet is life.

What’s your favorite darknet market? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Disclaimer: Readers should do their own due diligence before taking any actions related to third-party companies, darknet markets, or any of their affiliates or services. Bitcoin.com is not responsible, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any third party content, goods or services mentioned in this article.

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Stay in Touch With Changing Markets Using the Crypto Trends App

June 2, 2019 |

Stay in Touch With Changing Markets Using the Crypto Trends App

If you are closely following cryptocurrency markets, you know things can change in a split second and at any moment. Having an application like Crypto Trends on your smartphone can help you check how your favorite coins are faring at a glance.

Also read: Choose Where to Buy Cryptocurrencies Using Exchangify

Mobile App Lets You Set Alerts for Dips and Gains

Crypto Trends is a free mobile application developed for Android devices which lets you detect dips and gains quickly. All changes are color coded and their significance is also represented in lighter or darker red and green. The ad-free app has positive reviews in the Google Play store and it’s indeed light and fast.

The platform tracks the current price of thousands of digital coins and tokens, including bitcoin cash (BCH), and informs you about their hourly, daily and weekly changes in percentage points. It supports 35 base fiat currencies – not only major ones such as the U.S. dollar and the euro, but also the Indian rupee and the Chinese yuan.

Stay in Touch With Changing Markets Using the Crypto Trends App

Crypto Trends allows you to mark the cryptocurrencies you are interested in as favorites and create watchlists. The software gives you the opportunity to set custom alerts at price thresholds and provides smart alarms, which notify you in case the market cap changes significantly within the last 24 hours.

If you’d like to be constantly updated about crypto prices and market valuations, you can also check out our Bitcoin Markets tool on your desktop or laptop computer. You can use its filtering options to pull data for any of the top 500 cryptos by market capitalization. You can also highlight your favorite coins and track them separately.

Are you using a mobile app to stay informed about cryptocurrency markets? Let us know in the comments section below.

Disclaimer: Readers should do their own due diligence before taking any actions related to third party companies or any of their affiliates or services. Bitcoin.com is not responsible, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any third party content, goods or services mentioned in this article.


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Kodak Black Needs to Stay Locked Up, Say Federal Prosecutors

May 17, 2019 |

Kodak Black is a danger to society and needs to be kept behind bars … so say federal prosecutors who indicted him. According to new legal docs … the rapper’s criminal history — which typically involves firearms and drugs — is a huge flag ……

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US’ New Slew of Feral Parrots ‘Here to Stay’

May 15, 2019 |

Just two native species of parrots have existed in the US, and one of those species is now extinct, while the other can now be found only in Mexico. So how is it that there are now nearly 60 parrot species scattered in the wild across almost every state? They’re…
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Stay in Touch With Markets Using the Cryptowatch App

May 9, 2019 |

Stay in Touch With Markets Using the Cryptowatch App

Cryptocurrency prices and market trends are constantly in flux. Cryptowatch is an Android Wear application that updates users about price changes on the go. It’s always with you, even when your smartphone is not around or runs out of battery.

Also read: Coin 360 Provides Color-Based Crypto Market Data

Android Wear Cryptowatch App Keeps You Updated on Prices

Cryptowatch is a simple and easy to set up watch face for Android Wear OS smartwatches. The app updates you on the latest price of hundreds of cryptocurrencies including digital coins such as bitcoin cash (BCH).

The watch face is customizable in terms of choosing the cryptos you are interested in, displaying their prices in different fiat currencies, and changing the background color. You can also use it to track a portfolio of digital coins you own.

Stay in Touch With Markets Using the Cryptowatch App

The software is capable of pulling price data from various sources like Coinmarketcap and a number of cryptocurrency exchanges such as Bitstamp, Bittrex, Poloniex, Coinbase, Gdax, Kraken, and Coincap.

The watch face automatically updates the numbers every five minutes to save battery but it has force refresh by clicking as well. Its settings can be adjusted both from your smartwatch and via the phone app it’s provided with.

Cryptowatch comes with complication support, which means it can be used with other watch faces on Android Wear 2.0. For example, Coinmarketwear is a chart complication wallpaper which provides weekly cryptocurrency charts that can be set as background. It takes the charts from Coinmarketcap, supports BCH among eight cryptocurrencies, and refreshes every hour.

In case you need to stay updated about the price and market caps of many more cryptocurrencies, you can also refer to the Bitcoin Markets page developed by Bitcoin.com. Track your favorite coins and compare their indicators in major crypto and fiat currencies. Check out our Bitcoin Charts page as well.

Do you use an app to track crypto prices on your smartwatch? Let us know in the comments section below.

Disclaimer: Readers should do their own due diligence before taking any actions related to third party companies or any of their affiliates or services. Bitcoin.com is not responsible, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any third party content, goods or services mentioned in this article.


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Bucks Owner’s Daughter Backs Giannis’ Decision To Stay Out Of ‘Space Jam 2’

April 10, 2019 |

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Germany once pleaded with Britain to stay in the EU. Now the love has cooled

April 7, 2019 |

It wasn’t so long ago that German politicians wrote a love letter to Britain, published in The Times, pining for British humour, ales at the pub and a proper cup of milky tea. Timed just before Valentine’s Day, the letter read:
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Stay in Bed for 2 Months, Get Paid $19K

March 29, 2019 |

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