Scaling solution Moonbeam is developing by the Bitcoin exchange and wallet provider. Moonbeam is a platform which does not need any SegWit’s transactions.
This platform will provide the proper way to different platforms. Bitcoin exchanges, its hosted wallets, and payment procedures will be available on one platform. This is basically one-way payment channel with each other.
How does it work:
By taking the transaction’s off-chain, Moonbeam has the ability to reduce the transaction’s fee for its users and Bitcoin’s benefits users usually by dropping the crowding in Mempool. Because this platform can open standardized one-way payment channel contracts with one another.
In these contracts, one party keeps the complete check of transactions and locks up the few bitcoins till the payment sends to another party for the limited time period. Before the timeout, the party who locked up the funds has the ability to send a large number of off-chain transactions by using that locks up bitcoins. whereas, each channel comprises of two on-chain transactions. first one is to open the channel and other is to close it.
These transactions are off-chain, without the blockchain confirmation these transactions are taken as to the simple web page. Luckily, these transactions are economical, means two channel needs minor fees. And, the other ones are completely free of fees.
This payment method is not newborn in the technology era, Satoshi Nakamoto uses the preliminary code for payment channels in Bitcoin’s first release. Today, Bitcoin has the ability to exchange and contrivance these contracts on the blockchain.
Moonbeam is ready to facilitate such type of channels. In this way, heavy volume platform can easily make contact with each other.
Moonbeam is basically the semi-decentralized project. It creates the trust level of its users by providing them secure service. A hosted wallet become custodial account where all the transactions operations are done. Whether it is about to manage the funds or send or receive the transactions. Users don’t have the approach to keys directly, an exchange such as coin base or coin mama works in this manner.
There are few other potential downsides of this platform. When we open these channels, for a time period, committed capital should be in bitcoin among the cost of the capital. If the receiver doesn’t use the channel, the platform will wait to regain the control of funds, demanding heavy financing costs.
Another risk is the use of DNS. This type of attacks includes the rerouting domain name request to attacker’s server. These attacks are mostly used to get payments over to another channel which were meant for the authentic server.
Moonbeam does not require any fork to make it impressive solution and didn’t offer the level of decentralization of a lightning network in bitcoin’s scaling troubles. It may be applied by hosted wallets.
Riot Blockchain is a former biotech company. It also has the honour to be the first mover on the NASDAQ. Riot has now its full focus on investments in cryptocurrency and blockchain startups with great success rate. It intends to gain exposure to the blockchain ecosystem with its targeted investments. For the time being Riot Blockchain has its core attention on the Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchains. It has also launched its own Bitcoin mining operation.
Surprising Announcement by Riot Blockchain
At last Riot Blockchain has surprised the financial world by its sudden announcement according to which it may launch a crypto exchange in US. In a public filing Riot Blockchain stated that it just had intentions to investigate the launch of a digital currency exchange in the US. It also stated that this will also act as a futures brokerage firm.
Riot has also recently signed a letter of purchase for owning the Miami-based Logical Brokerage Corp that is registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. It is also a member of the National Futures Association, and also acts as an industry trade group.
Reason Behind This Decision
When asked about the reason behind this decision, John O’Rourke, Chairman and CEO of Riot Blockchain stated that Riot took that step because it discovered a crucial market requirement of increasing options for digital currencies within the United States. He further stated that Logical Brokerage will help to provide a trustworthy platform to manage specific service in the relevant market.
Journey from Bioptix to Riot
In fact Riot was not a part of the crypto-business from the start. It was previously known as Bioptix. It has established its identity as a veterinary products patent, no doubt during that period it had developed new ways to test disease.
It was in September when Bioptix made an investment in a cryptocurrency exchange for the first time. Right after two months it purchased a company that had real life cryptocurrency mining equipment. After that the company name was changed from Bioptix to Riot Blockchain and it progressed continuously in the crypto-business. However, switch of business and change of and the company’s name were not the only questionable moves. Riot Blockchain was the first newly born firms to give rise to rumours due to its unexpected turns and swirls into the flourishing business of cryptocurrency and blockchain ecosystem. And all this happened during last year’s dramatic fourth-quarter rally.
However, according to some critics the fact cannot be ignored that Riot’s cryptocurrency exchange plans are at its best right now and it will be quiet unexpected to see them postponed in the future.
Darknet marketplaces are known to have accepted cryptocurrencies since quite some time now. With the majority of platforms accepting Bitcoin while others experimenting with Ethereum and Monero. However, the darknet markets are in for a bit of trouble as many portals are disappearing overnight in what’s being referred to as “exit scam.”
Here we’ve outlined three most recent incidents of to clear this point.
The Evolution marketplace is one that made several headlines on the media, as it was one of the largest darknet marketplaces worldwide. In March 2015, over 40k bitcoins kept in escrow were stolen and they’ve never been retrieved ever since. The coins were worth around $12 million but no one is certain if they were stolen by the administrator or someone who hacked into the platform. Nonetheless, it is still one of the biggest exit scams since 2015.
Oasis is one of the first darknet markets to support payments made with Monero. Although, this portal went totally dark in 2016 when many users were scammed right before the platform vanished. The result was loss of at least 150 bitcoins while the amount of XMR was never disclosed. While everyone believed that Oasis could’ve been one of the main black markets on the deep web today. Unfortunately, that was not the case which gives everyone on the darknet a warning when it comes to trusting such marketplaces.
EAST INDIA COMPANY:
With a reputation that was usually fluctuating, East India Company was known to be one infamous darknet market before it disappeared in early 2016. To start off with, it was hacked back in August 2015 and lost around 30 bitcoins. It did take them a while to get back on feet as the users gradually made their way back. It was in January 2016, when the platform became inaccessible for a few days, which lead to users having their wallets drained and no response from the admins. No one knows as to how much funds were stolen from the market but it was one of the biggest exit scams over the last couple of years.
Now, if you’re hesitant towards trusting a darknet market but are still curious to know more of the deep web then we’ve got a safer option for you.
A Solution Against Exit Scams – BERMUDA:
Opposite to all the aforementioned markets, Bermuda is there to stay. Despite of being relatively new in the darknet world, Bermuda has got all the attributes to provide the darknet users with a platform where everything – from kids’ toys to adults’ stuff, and prescriptions medications – is available. Moreover, Bermuda is firmly against the sale of stuff such as:
- Assassinations or any other services which may be intended to cause harm to others.
- Live action stuff/hurt/murder audio/video/images
- Weapons of mass destruction: chemical, biological, explosives, etc.
- Child pornography
Trading a potion/all of the above-mentioned stuff is what primarily causes the law and enforcement to ban most the darknet markets. On the other hand, Bermuda has it stated in its market policy to never become part of any activity that promotes the prohibited stuff.
Now, one might think: “If Bermuda only deals in regular stuff, why go on the deep web? Why not just your normal browsers/search engines?”
Well, the majority of online buyers prefer to stay anonymous and buy the desired stuff without revealing their identity. But sadly, this is not possible on surface web marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay, etc. So, to achieve that anonymity, they head to dark marketplaces.
However, most the dark markets are involved in illegal trades in addition to selling the routine stuff and most of the time end up getting axed by the government. This ultimately leaves the clients with very limited and often inconsistent options.
Bermuda’s goal is to address this issue and provide dark-web users with a platform that won’t ever go down or get axed by the government so they have a marketplace on their fingertips every time they need to buy some stuff. Some of the key features of Bermuda are:
- Payments through both Bitcoin and Fiat are available
- Incredibly fast support
- Free vendor ships;
And much more! Visit the site at http://bermudagslgcoamz.onion/ and get registered right now for an amazing dark market experience.
You can also put forward your queries to Bermuda through Reddit’s DM feature at /r/Bermudator.
One of the concerns every Bitcoin user has is how to keep their bitcoins safe from criminals. Well, the answer to that is to store them in a paper wallet, completely away from the internet in an offline environment.
If you do it right, you’ve just initiated one of the safest ways to store your bitcoin. Although, if you mess up in between, it’s still more secure than storing coins in any Bitcoin exchange platform.
Creating a Simple PapeWallet
Start off with a desktop that is clear from all virus.
If you’re having doubts about this, install a copy of the OS on a USB. This is just for safety purposes, you don’t have to do this step. Although, make sure your computer is completely free from all sorts of malicious and nasty viruses. We don’t want your operating system wiping out on you.
Use incognito mode on your browser, and go on to a bitcoin paper wallet creation site
The most well-known paper wallet creation site is said to be bitadress.org, so use your incognito mode to log on to the site.
Turn off your internet connection once bitaddress.org loads
After the site has loaded, turn off your Wi-Fi or unplug your ethernet cable. This will completely remove any leads for your private keys to leak through the internet without your knowledge.
Don’t worry, bitaddress.org was programmed to function perfectly fine even without an internet connection.
Follow the instructions given to the side and move your cursor randomly across the screen
This is the fun part. You’re required to randomly move your cursor around the screen to generate a seed that will be used by BitAddress to generate your personal wallet.
You have now created two QR codes with a combination of random letters and numbers
Congratulations! You’ve officially created your first paper wallet.
The two QR codes are:
- Bitcoin Address- It will be a long string of letters and numbers jumbled together. This is what you’re going to be sharing with others in order to send and receive Bitcoins.
- Private Key- This too is a lengthy combination of alphanumeric, but you’re supposed to keep this secret. You CANNOT share your private key with anyone nor can you store it on a computer and, definitely not on the web.
Remember this. If you lose your key, your bitcoins are lost forever and if someone else gets a hold of your private key, they can easily empty your wallet.
Keep your paper wallet safe
The next step is having an offline copy of your Bitcoin Address. While you’re still disconnected from the internet, print the address (make sure your printer is not connected through wi-fi either). Now you have created a hard copy of your Bitcoin address, which you can later add Bitcoin to for a final cold storage solution.
Always keep a backup of your wallet in another location and make sure it is completely secure. If someone gets their hands on it, you’ve lost everything.
Adding funds to your cold storage wallet
You need to use your online wallet for this. Scan the bitcoin address on the paper wallet or just copy it, then send your fund to your cold storage.
- Make sure to store your wallet someplace away from moisture, because you don’t want it getting damaged. Try storing it in a Ziploc bag or laminate it, in order to avoid it from coming in contact with any liquid.
- Use an Operating System that never goes online, to prevent your PC from leaking out your private keys. Print your wallet offline and never go online from that computer in the future.
- You can store large sums of bitcoins in your cold storage rather than carrying it with you in an online wallet. Keep small amounts of bitcoin in your online wallet for daily transactions and the rest offline, in a secure spot.