Category: Non-technical

Common Bitcoin & Crypto SCAMS (And How to Avoid Them)

Overview Unfortunately, with all new technology comes those that will take advantage of it in a negative way. The crypto world has brought us some amazing new technology and positive use cases. But it has also brought out those thieves and scammers that will take advantage of others for their own gain. Let’s discuss some

Crypto, Quantum Computing, and You

Overview Many have asked a valid question about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies – will they be rendered useless by the advent of quantum computing? Bitcoin is ultimately a software protocol, with several cryptographic algorithms securing it from attackers. But what if attackers can easily break those algorithms once thought to be perfectly secure? Quantum, Cryptography,

Digital Personal Security Primer

Overview Computers in all their forms (PC’s, tablets, mobile phones, and more) are an integral parts of our lives – from work, to hobbies, to activism. It is as critical to protect your digital life as it is your own home. With many attackers and attack vectors, there is NO one size fits all security

How Bitcoin “Recovery” Scammers Operate

Overview Sometimes, people lose Bitcoin. It is an unfortunate problem of a system that is very secure and has irreversible transactions by design. Sometimes, it is possible to recover lost coins. There are legitimate services out there than can help in the event of lost crypto, but many more that are scams that prey on

CoinJoin Privacy Technologies Explained

Overview The Bitcoin blockchain is an incredible technology, in my opinion. It allows for totally decentralized, peer-to-peer transactions without trust thanks to a combination of interesting applied cryptography algorithms. However, Bitcoin lacks one very important property of money – fungibility. Individual coins are very traceable, and not indistinguishable in the way quarters or dollar bills

Digital Dollar Bills: Understanding UTXOs and Change

Overview Have you ever looked at a transaction on a Bitcoin block explorer, and were confused by all the different amounts shown? Wondered what these “inputs” and “outputs” listed in the transaction mean? Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency transactions may seem similar in some ways to other digital payment mechanisms like debit cards or PayPal, but

Why Brainwallets are a Bad Idea

Overview Private keys are the most critical aspect of Bitcoin ownership – without them, you don’t truly own your Bitcoin! But in their raw form, private keys are a bit unwieldy. A bunch of random bits (256 to be exact) are not easy to remember or write down without error. Due to this problem, users

The Waiting Game: The Mempool and Transaction Fees

Overview Have you ever sent a Bitcoin transaction, only to panic and realize the money hasn’t shown up in the receiver’s wallet? Maybe you were sending from a mobile phone wallet to a hardware wallet or exchange, and became afraid that your money was lost! Don’t fret, you didn’t lose any money at all. Your