this is an info blog

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hello folks

i began this blog for myself as a documentation of my learning process.
may you find it useful.
i really like the home page because there are lots of cryptocurrency chats to listen to, and they are constantly being updated as new broadcasts are published.
i will possibly add the occasional post, as i learn more  of the spooky cryptoworld!


How (not) to lose your crypto

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editor’s note:  this is an extract to give you a taste. please go HERE to read it. it is enjoyable. easy to read. read a few times, and will get easier. inform yourself rather than worrying. there is probably going to be signs of a new so called disease that someone will make zillions of dollars from ….. ‘unprepared crypto worrier’ disease or somesuch

How (not) to lose your crypto

I have been reading a lot of articles here on Steemit. Even though there is a lot of good material around on the topic of how to keep your money safe, it still seems to me that there is also a lot of confusion. Because of this, I have decided to make an attempt at writing a complete list of things that can go bad, along with high-level explanations and recommendations on how to avoid those mistakes. I stress the ‘make an attempt‘ part since I will probably still miss certain things, and also my recommendations may or may not be flawed. As always when it comes to security I suggest you do not trust one single source. Use this post as a kind of index that gives you a picture of all the things you need to keep in mind, then do the deeper research yourself.


  1. Phishing Mails
  2. Scam Websites
  3. Malware on Your Computer
  4. Exchange or Online Wallet Hacked

Time to learn about your Computer Security & Health

this time Tomshom talks Computer Health, which also is a part of cypto securtiyi have posted a short excerpt to give you a taste.

Computer Hygiene Part 1 – Browser Extensions

Browser Extensions

Expanding the capabilities of your web browser through the use of plug-ins is something many of us do. It’s simple and easy to browse the Chrome Web Store or Add-ons for Firefox pages and stock up on tons of free, useful, and novel extensions to increase productivity, add features, or simply change the browser aesthetic.

Unfortunately, browser extensions are often built on technologies like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS that can be exploited to perform malicious functions. With cross-browser extensions gaining support, the userbase for popular extensions is growing into the millions.

Potential Risks
Recently, the Chrome Web Developer extension created by Chris Pederick was compromised, effecting over a million users.

Computer Hygiene Part 2 – Cleanup Software

Computer Hygiene Part 3 – Antivirus

Computer Hygiene Part 4 – Comprehensive Guide to KeePass Password Manager


security can be fun and self-empowering

this is the first of a few posts about security.
these are the very best articles i have come across.

so please, go and read them and if you want to read them offline, i have made some PDF’s which are poor layout compared to the real thing, straight from the author’s website. useful only if you really don’t know how to do it yourself and if you hate reading from a screen.
mostly i will copy and paste links and or extracts of superbly written articles.
and the idea is that you will go to the author’s website and read the whole article.

download my PDFs of Tomshom’s brilliance here

Tomshom’s Brilliance – security made simple, real and enjoyable

Tomshwom’s Advanced Crypto Security Guide (Part 1) – Privacy, Security, and Trust
Preface from Tomshwom

I’ve been working on this guide intermittently for the past couple weeks, and I’ve decided to break it into parts for easier consumption. The guide is meant to be a more holistic view of security that goes beyond the “just get a hardware wallet” advice everyone is so content with. Instead, I want to present to you some critical analysis and reasoning on many of the crypto dos and don’ts that you will find on popular youtube channels and subreddits. Security isn’t something you can sum up in a 10 minute video, and entertainers aren’t the best source for people interested in advanced technical topics.

In this introductory part, I’m going to talk about myself some. Not just because I’m conceited, but because I believe it’s important to know where the content you’re reading is coming from. Why should you trust some no-name blogger on Steemit, especially when it comes to something as important as security? If that’s not the thought that crossed your mind when you read the title of this post, then here’s Takeaway I: trust no one. I will also be going over security, privacy, trust, how they apply to cryptocurrencies, and why it’s important to understand these fundamentals before moving forward to implementing a secure system.

Part 2 will go into the existing security measures present in cryptocurrency today. It will be a deep dive into the differences between software, hardware, and paper wallets, hot & cold storage, access control, and defense in depth concepts. UPDATE: part 2 is now released and can be found here!

The last part will be the actual guide for creating a secure wallet that meets all of the criteria defined in these prefatory posts, but the content of these initial writings is arguably even more important than the final wallet guide. UPDATE: part 3 is done and can be found here

This first part of the guide is really an informational piece, so be prepared for a lot of text.

Tomshwom’s Advanced Crypto Security Guide (Part 2) – Wallet Analysis

Tomshwom’s Advanced Crypto Security Guide (Part 3) – Creating a Secure Wallet



Fund Yourself Now

i am an early fan of FYN Fund Yourself Now.
it is a crowdfunding platform on the blockchain.
and it’s ICO coin is FYN.  it will publicly launched in first quarter this year, possibly February.
i have faith in the team.
what i do not have faith in, is the team’s ability to appeal  to and attract non-asian workers/developers within the platform. and that is crucial eg the intro video below is super poor quality. the accents are strong. it is difficult to hear what they are saying. yet, i have faith in the developer team. they know what they are doing. ie they will be able to do what they say they can do. and remember, do not trust me. what do i know. do your own due diligence.

even though FYN is the first crowdfunding on the blockchain, there are other platforms such as:

Fundraising platform powered by blockchain (see KickICO review video at bottom)

a platform that connects you to teams that have trained to become serious blockchain businesses

a decentralized marketplace for open source software collaboration. It is a platform to fund software development and to reward community contributions using blockchain technology.

Skyrocket your idea By using the power of blockchain technology, you can get funded by issuing and selling tokens.

Strength In Numbers Independent app publishers get added support for their apps with collaborative funding. Coordinating their promotional efforts as a portfolio may improve their app’s individual exposure.









OpenBazaar: Ebay meets bittorrent: an ebay killer?

OpenBazaar is the only decentralised peer-to-peer network, which means there are no listing fees and the marketplace is censorship-resistant.


1. What is OpenBazaar?

OpenBazaar is a new way to buy and sell goods and services online. By running a program on your computer, you can connect directly to other users in the OpenBazaar network and trade with them. The network isn’t controlled by a company or organisation. OpenBazaar is a decentralised peer-to-peer network, which means there are no listing fees and the marketplace is censorship-resistant.

Goods and services are bought and sold on OpenBazaar using Bitcoin, a digital cryptocurrency that is decentralised and censorship-resistant. Transaction fees on the Bitcoin network are very cheap.

Bitcoin and OpenBazaar together make online commerce cheaper and more free than ever before.

Right now, online commerce means using centralized services. eBay, Amazon, Alibaba and others have restrictive policies and charge fees for listing and selling goods. They only accept forms of payment that cost both buyers and sellers money, such as credit cards or PayPal/Alipay. They require personal information, which can lead to it being stolen or even sold to others for advertising or worse. Buyers and sellers aren’t always free to exchange goods and services with each other, as companies and governments censor entire categories of trade.

OpenBazaar is a different approach to online commerce. It puts the power back in the users’ hands. Instead of buyers and sellers going through a centralized service, OpenBazaar connects them directly. Because there is no one in the middle of the transactions, there are no fees, no one can censor transactions, and you only reveal the personal information that you choose.

This project is open source, which means the code is publicly available for people to review or audit, as well as contribute code to make it better.

1.1 What does it do?

  • Creates an online store for users to sell goods for Bitcoin
  • Connects these stores directly to each other on a global network
  • Users can browse individual stores and search for products across the whole network
  • A buyer directly connects and purchases the good from the merchant using Bitcoin
  • Bitcoin payments can be made via escrow to protect merchants and buyers during trade

1.2 What does it enable?

  • An online marketplace that is:
    1. Scalable to millions of stores
    2. Free of intermediaries and their fees
    3. Without a central point of control or failure
    4. Frictionless trade

1.3 What problems does it solve?

  • Hosting an online store
    • Easy to deploy
    • Install and run
  • Fees
    • Eliminates fees related to listing on a platform
    • Significantly reduces payment fees via Bitcoin (i.e. fractions of a cent)
  • Dispute resolution + Creates a market for dispute resolution

1.4 What is the philosophy of the project?

  • Our vision is to make trade free.
  • Our mission is to shift global trade onto a decentralised platformOpenBazaar.
  • Our values are:
    1. Privacy
      • Users should full control their data
      • Users should have freedom to reveal as much personal identifiable information as they want, when they want
    2. Security
      • Crytographic tamper-proof agreements to: 1) minimise potential disputes, and 2) fast-track dispute resolution
      • Encryption
    3. Markets
      • Free and open markets
      • Creating open and competitive markets for services in OpenBazaar that cannot be perfectly solved with technology
    4. Bitcoin
      • Bitcoin is the only transactional currency of OpenBazaar



The mission of OpenBazaar is to give everyone in the world “the ability to directly engage in trade with anyone in the world for free,” says Brian Hoffman, the project’s 33-year-old project leader. A peer-to-peer network for selling goods online, OpenBazaar runs on open source software that users download and install on their computers, which is similar to a BitTorrent client. The client connects them to the OpenBazaar network, where they can trade with other users. It’s like eBay without eBay. All items are paid for using bitcoin.

“OpenBazaar doesn’t have a central point of failure,” explains OB-1 co-founder Sam Patterson. “Everyone using it is a node in a completely distributed network. If you take one user off the network, it has no impact on any of the other users.” Last year, OB1, the company that’s developing the OpenBazaar network, got a million dollars in venture capital from Union Square Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and investor William Mougayar.

Since OpenBazaar has no intermediaries and no built in mechanisms for stopping a transaction from taking place, critics say it could become an ideal marketplace for stolen goods and illegal drugs—sort of a decentralized version of Silk Road. Hoffman isn’t concerned. “If we work hard to allow users to self-police, to do things legally, properly, easily, cheaply,” he says, “they will rush in and overwhelm whatever could possibly come in from the dark side of the internet.”