While most of us in the cryptosphere have a pretty good handle on the mechanics of cryptocurrency, the rest of the world is still scratching their heads over it. The widespread ignorance of cryptocurrency poses a huge impediment to its global adoption, especially in parts of the world where reliable access to the Internet and the availability of smartphones is not consistent. However, CoinText, a new crypto wallet service whose user interface runs on the SMS network may be the key to bridging that gap.
The functionality of Cointext is similar to many other automated SMS-based platforms one might use such as online banking and promotional campaigns. Anyone can generate a seed for a Cointext wallet by texting a valid command to one of the service’s access numbers. The user can then enter additional commands to check their balance, send and receive digital assets, and so on. Currently, the platform only supports Bitcoin Cash and all transactions are immediately settled on the BCH blockchain via Cointext’s proprietary algorithm to translate the SMS commands to post to the blockchain.. .
The US-based fintech company launched the beta version of its platform last month and currently only offers access numbers for six countries (the US,.Canada, Australia, South Africa, the UK, Switzerland, Sweden and the Netherlands). Users outside of these six countries are still able to use the service by texting one of those countries’ access numbers.
Cointext’s unique wallet differs from traditional mobile crypto wallets mainly because Its SMS-based platform makes the service accessible to users of older, more basic mobile phones regardless of whether the devices are connected to the Internet. Users can view their BCH address by texting RECEIVE to an access number and can send funds either in the amount of BCH or in the amount of five different fiat currencies.
Users’ BCH addresses are linked to their phone numbers which allows for users to send BCH to other Cointext users using only the recipient’s cell phone number without ever having to see the recipient’s public key. Users can also delete their text chat history as a means of hiding evidence of a crypto wallet from law enforcement who may search their phone. Doing this does not affect their wallet at all.
As is the case with any developing technology, the platform is not without some security flaws. Users’ BCH addresses and by extension, their private keys, are linked to their phone numbers. This poses a serious problem as Cointext currently offers no resolution for the loss of funds if a user changes their phone number or loses their phone.
This revolutionary crypto service is particularly beneficial to billions of people in developing countries where neither smartphones, traditional bank accounts or consistent Internet access are common
Cointext plans to launch a wave of access numbers for additional countries next month and is looking for feedback from the 2,000 people experimenting with the beta version. The development team also plans to implement support for non-English speakers in the next version of the platform. From there, Cointext may become the first of many such services to introduce various digital currencies to the rest of the world.
Pedro Picks the Top cryptocurrency hardware wallet under $100 in this special episode of NeoCash Radio. We take a look at the Trezor One, Ledger Nano S, and the KeepKey. In the video version we show how to initialize the wallets, send, and receive transactions. Finally Pedro shares his review of the wallets, likes/dislikes, and his top pick!
Please note the audio version of the show does not contain the wallet initialization and testing due to the need for a visual element.
Let’s start by discussing how crypto wallets work and why they should be used. The private keys to any cryptocurrency are used to both generate the wallet addresses as well as authorizing the transfer of coins. Anyone with the private keys can spend from that wallet and this is why it is critical to keep these private keys off line and secure for any wallet with significant funds. While mobile devices are great for convenience, think of them as your physical traditional wallet that contains cash, it should only have amounts you can live with losing.
Securing your private keys can be done with using a hardware wallet that keeps your private keys offline in a secure area of the device. These private keys can never leave the device so in order to spend funds, an unsigned transaction is sent to the device where you have to physically press a button that will allow the device to sign the transaction with the private key. The signed transaction can then be broadcast without fear the private keys were ever exposed.
Hardware wallets are backed up with a 12 or 24 word passphrase which is the “backup” of the wallet. Multiple copies of these should be secured in multiple locations. The passphrase should never be photographed, typed into any digital document, or photocopied. Additionally, with these Hardware wallets you compare the address funds are being sent to with the address that will be displayed on the device. This protects you in case someone compromised the java code or app that is used for wallet functions on your computer
When purchasing any of these hardware wallets, it’s recommended to do so from either the manufacturer or a reputable vendor like Amazon. Someone who purchased a Nano Ledger S from ebay lost funds because the scammer generated a key and then made the backup card look like a “scratch off” to reveal a unique private key. All of these hardware wallets should be initialized and a new seed generated.
Be sure to store multiple copies of your seed phrase in multiple locations!
Any one of these wallets will secure the private keys to the coins they support and are much more secure than keeping private keys on computers & mobile devices. If the hardware wallet is lost or destroyed, they can be restored using the backup passphrase.
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Mario Costanz joins JJ to talk about crypto and taxes. Mario has been successful building a U.S. tax prep company called Happy Tax. After discovering cryptocurrency in 2016 he found that tax services for digital asset enthusiasts were nonexistent. Mario has since been building CryptoTaxPrep.com to fill that niche.
In this special NeoCash interview I discuss crypto with Travin Keith. Travin has been a big part of many projects in the blockchain space including: Hyperledger, NXT, ARDOR, SICOS, Agavon, Byteball, Smart Cash, and more! Travin is planning a move to Zug, Switzerland a hot spot for crypto development.
Centra.tech, Centra Card, CTR token has been revealed to be a scam, principles arrested and facing charges of fraud. LitePay vanishes. Sergey Mavrodi has died leaving his MMM ponzi scheme in limbo. Darren Tapp givens an update about his time at Arizona State University working with the DASH team. He was also a presenter at the Blockchain: Security, Scalability & Research Initiative in Phoenix. There is also a lot of NeoCash related news and interviews!
Pedro and I interview Troy Wong from Neptune Dash. A DASH masternode company that is publicly traded in Canada. We discuss the trend of blockchain companies starting up in Canada and what the future holds!
Are you recently crypto rich and thinking about buying a home? Check out this quick video for some tips you ought to think about. We talk about both buying and selling a home for crypto. Mark Warden is a professional Real Estate agent in New Hampshire. Check out the full length video and discussion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haUS71HVPl8
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