Questions tagged [privacy]

Questions regarding the information that is leaked through cryptocurrency transactions or related processes

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Android wallet with Tor

Is there a way to force all connections through Tor on any android wallet? I tried Cake wallet with Orbot in VPN mode but I don't think it blocks connections without Tor if Orbot is off. I don't have ...
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Dandelion++ vs a passive ISP observer

I've been reading into Dandelion++ and it seems to do a good job at protecting against a rogue Monero node determining the IP address associated with a transaction. However, it seems an ISP (or ...
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Is there any evidence of Bitcoin being “Tainted”?

Monero claims to be fungible, meaning every XMR is worth the same as another XMR. But I've also people say this isn't true about Bitcoin - and that Bitcoin can be tainted. Is there any evidence of ...
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Is churning still recomended and does it help to send to an intermediary wallet?

Is it still recommended to churn? And how is it done in the GUI wallet. Also I read it is a good idea when you buy Monero to have it sent to wallet1 then wallet2 before spending it. Is this ...
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How to distinguish between the amount of the real input amount and the decoys

Since every transaction has multiple decoys from previous transactions that are connected to it (while only one is real), how does the user link the amount that is linked to the "real" transaction? ...
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What is “Janus”-linking?

How did it get its name? The attacker can't actually steal Monero, right? It relates to a clever use of cryptography involved in subaddresses? How so? Can it be mitigated?
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Do transactions to subaddresses look different on the blockchain?

If I sent from wallet A to wallet B's main address, then from wallet A to wallet B's subaddress, beyond normal "differences" in Monero transactions that obfuscate them, would the second transaction ...
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MyMonero Online Churning?

Does using MyMonero online wallet and sending it to yourself (churning) help increase privacy? I hear people say churning is good for the network. But online wallets do sacrifice some privacy for ...
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How does a wallet using a remote node select ring members?

If I'm going to have decoys in my transactions, I need to know about them somehow. How does Monero prevent the remote node I'm connected to from feeding me known ring members, effectively ruining that ...
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Can you see which addresses sent you money using your viewkey?

Alternative title: Would Monero cryptography be a possible way to do secret voting? While researching smart contracts and online voting, I came up with the following idea: Give everyone 1 Monero (or ...
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What are advantages and disadvantages of Monero's privacy features as compared to Bitcoin?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Monero's privacy features as compared to Bitcoin?
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What's the purpose of Kovri?

Obviously the literal purpose of Kovri is to hide the IP address associated with Monero network activity, but what does this achieve in the sense of improving the anonymity of transactions? I could ...
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What is the difference between Monero (XMR) and Grin (GRIN)?

I would like to have a comparison between the privacy and scalability features of Monero vs Grin. I have heard some people say that these are privacy-oriented coins, and I would like to learn more. ...
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What is the difference between Monero (XMR) and Beam (BEAM)?

I would like to have a comparison between the privacy and scalability features of Monero vs Beam. I have heard some people say that these are privacy-oriented coins, and I would like to learn more.
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What is the difference between Monero (XMR) and Ryo (RYO)?

I would like to have a comparison between the privacy features of Monero vs Ryo. I have heard some people say that these are privacy-oriented coins, and I would like to learn more.
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Would an attacker knowing the block-heights of my wallet's transactions weaken my privacy/security?

Let's say I'd go through all the transactions in my wallet, write down their block-heights and store this list somewhere insecure. Could my privacy or security be compromised by this in any way (...
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Implications and remedies of fixed 'H' in Pedersen commitment

In the monero document "Zero to Monero" pp. 30 the Pedersen Commitment scheme is described as requiring generators G, H such that no-one knows an x where G = x*H. The actual H is defined as H=to_point(...
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Stable coin on Tari?

Is it possible to create stable coin like DAI (Ethereum netowrk) on Tari layer? Stable coin on anonymous blockchain would be game changer!
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How can I churn or send an individual Monero input?

For some situations, users should avoid linkages between outputs that they control. Users may desire more anonymity sets than single ring signatures provide. To this end, users may want to churn ...
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Where are the signatures of a ring coming from?

In a Monero transaction, according to explanation videos: The non-signers are past transaction outputs pulled from the blockchain, which act as decoys. These outputs together make the inputs of a ...
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How does the mixing work?

I have been researching Monero, and I think I understand how ring signatures and stealth addresses work mathematically. However, to create a new ring transaction, you need N peers that want to join ...
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Should I use a hardware wallet?

I hear a lot about hardware wallets and I would like to know if, in terms of security and functionality, it makes sense to switch to one of them. Thanks in advance for answers.
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Why did I get an 'using an untrusted daemon' warning?

I'm running a full node and I followed every security step to set up the node on my computer. Everything was going great until today when I realized that a view-only wallet created the day before was ...
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Can miners see sender's information?

The recipient cannot see the sender's wallet address, but can a miner see the sender's wallet address? Can the miners see the IP address of the sender? Moreover, what information of the sender can ...
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Churning and subaddresses

Today I was thinking about churning again. But I was wondering, since we now have subaddresses, does it matter or make any difference when I churn to the main-address or to a subaddress? Is one way ...
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Does Monero (XMR) or Pirate (ARRR) offer better privacy and security?

I have read several comparisons between Monero and Pirate. Can someone please explain to me the objective pros and cons about their privacy offerings? Is one more secure than the other? What are the ...
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Would it be possible to use PoS on Monero without corrupting privacy and if possible how?

Is there a possibility of zero-knowledge proof of stake without disclosing your balance?
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Hiding transaction values using pederson commitments and range proofs in accounts model

Conceptually how does one hide transaction values using pederson commitments and range proofs in ethereum(accounts model)? The key issue is how can we make it happen in an accounts model and not in ...
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Newbie questions about XMRig

Can one Monero wallet be used to receive results from XMRig installed on 20 (or more) computers? Should the json file on each computer contain the same data? May I use XMRig in Whonix? What the best ...
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Removing private view key from computer after exporting from ledger?

According to How do I generate a Ledger Monero wallet with the CLI (monero-wallet-cli)? exporting the private view key when generating or using the monero wallet with a ledger device speeds up block ...
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Could a blackballs list be used maliciously?

I do not see any way to trustlessly generate a blackballs database without running full nodes for malicious fork coins, which I do NOT want to do (and don't even have hardware resources to do). ...
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Privacy implications resulting from lack of xmr.to multiple output function

When sending Monero the confidential transaction feature of RingCT hides thetransaction amount. Is there a privacy leak with the current xmr.to setup that weakens that claim? Assume an online ...
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What is Kovri and which other cryptocurrencies are implementing this feature?

Currently Kovri seems to be made for monero, but has there been other announcements of others implementing it into their cryptocurrencies? If Kovri is java based, how would that work if a coin is ...
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Is it okay to host a node that connects on the clearnet?

There is some concern in regulatory bodies about governing Monero in the future. Does this have implications for people hosting nodes at home on personal computers and connecting on the clearnet, ...
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Can I run monero desktop wallet over Tor?

Can I use desktop version of monero wallet https://getmonero.org/downloads/ over Tor ? I read Web version mymonero.com is rejecting Tor connections. Does desktop wallet work over Tor ?
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Is the tx-extra field publicly visible?

If I put something in the tx-extra field of a transaction, will it be publicly visible and unencrypted? That is, anyone can see it on the public view of the monero transactions? And I assume the tx-...
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Check the Balance of Cold Storage Address - Block Explorer

I’ve realized, if you want to check the balance of a cold storage address, you can setup a view only wallet in the Monero GUI client. How does this compare with using Onion Monero Blockchain ...
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Is deanonymisation via propagation analysis possible for Monero?

In Bitcoin, every node tries to establish 8 outgoing connections and sends new messages to its neighbors with random delays ("diffusion"). This enables certain deanonymisation attacks, where an ...
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What is the difference between Monero (XMR) and CloakCoin (CLOAK)?

I have heard that CloakCoin uses a number of technologies to achieve privacy. What is the difference between these privacy technologies (if any)? I heard that CLOAK uses something called Enigma to ...
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What is the difference between Monero (XMR) and Enigma (ENG)?

Many people claim that Enigma offers "Monero-strength" privacy on the Ethereum blockchain. Is this true or not? Do they offer the same level of privacy? How are they the same, and how are they ...
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Is the connection over Tor between client and remote node safe?

I'm using torsocks to connect my CLI wallet to a remote node (geo.node.moneroworld.com:18089). I don't need a high level of anonymity, but I would like to understand what information is at risk. For ...
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Could proof-of-stake be implemented in a privacy coin, even in principle?

Is there, even in principle, a smart way to implement proof-of-stake in any privacy currency where you are always hiding your balance from others? (I'm not interested in discussing the advantages of ...
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Are deducible monero transactions blackballed by default (or is there a need or plan to do so)?

Prior to April 2016, zero mixin inputs were allowed to be used. As described by paper (link at bottom), transactions with zero mixins once led to provably deducible transactions. Does the current ...
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What is an airdrop attack?

I just came across this thread on Twitter discussing Zcash and Monero usage in Dark-Net Markets. This quote bothers me: too much risk that an "airdrop attack" deanonymizes a chain like ...
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How can I use monero-blockchain-blackball to improve my privacy?

Monero version 0.12.0.0 shipped with a new executable file called monero-blockchain-blackball. What is the purpose of this new program, and how can it be used properly?
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Does it make sense to run two nodes in order to disguise your identifiable information?

I'm repeatedly encountering statements related to passive monitoring. Like that: If you send XMR frequently to another person, an attacker passively monitoring both parties will know with increasing ...
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Is a transaction from Exchange to Wallet to Exchange traceable?

Here is an example: Exchange1 --> Adr1; Adr1 --> Exchange2 Where Adr1 is a one-time subaddress. Now suppose that Exchange1 and 2 are corrupt and cooperate with a government to leak my information. ...
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Mixing Etiquette?

Is there a best practice or consensus for obfuscating one's own funds? Example: I have 10 XMR in my wallet. If I would like privacy, is it (probabilistically) best to: Create a new wallet ...
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What effect has the increase of minimal ring size from 5 to 7?

How will the scheduled increase of ring size in the current hard fork v7 affect security/privacy, transaction size/fees and verification time? Is there a reason why exactly 7 and not 10 or maybe 20?
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Started back after completion

Monero started back synchronizing after completion or connected ! Should I just close the wallet once it completed the next time?