Questions tagged [privacy]

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What privacy or security trade offs are associated with not running your own full node?

If I choose to use a webwallet such as mymonero.com or connect to a Monero node run by someone else to make transactions, what are the unique privacy and security concerns I will face (compared to if ...
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Why was I2P chosen over Tor for native Monero integration?

Tor is currently much more popular than I2P. Why was I2P chosen (Kovri project) over Tor for native Monero integration?
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What is a stealth address?

Canonical question on stealth addresses: They are mentioned in the context of privacy of Bitcoin transactions but are also implemented in Cryptonote based currencies. What are they and how would they ...
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What is churning?

I have read a few times on Reddit that churning one's own moneroj would improve privacy. What does it entail exactly? And how do I do that with the CLI or GUI?
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Is it safe to share a daemon with a roommate?

Are there any security concerns with sharing a Monero daemon with a roommate to send or receive transactions? If we each person has their own wallet, encrypted with a very strong password what are ...
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How can individuals safeguard themselves and the community against a key reusing fork?

Regardless of the true intention behind the MoneroV developers, it forking off the existing Monero blockchain poses danger to the privacy of Monero users. While the MoneroV forking date has been put ...
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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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What advantages does Monero offer that are not provided by other cryptocurrencies?

What are the advantages provided by using Monero compared with other popular cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin? Specifically, what unique features does Monero have relating to privacy, PoW security ...
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How does Monero privacy and security compare to Zcash?

How does Monero privacy compare to Zcash? What are the key security risks associated with each design? Since important Monero improvements are in active development and Zcash has yet to launch, ...
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How will the temporal output alignment of ring partners (mixins) be addressed?

The Issue: If you only own outputs in a short span of blocks and you spend them, the mixin partners (the fake outputs / ring partners) will be different for each of the outputs and have a blockchain ...
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What is RingCT and how does it make Monero private?

I hear that RingCT will make Monero more private than Bitcoin. Is there truth to this?
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Does Monero have any mobile wallets available?

Mobile usage is growing very fast worldwide. Monero transactions should be easy to conduct from any device Does Monero have any Android or iOS wallets available? If there are no mobile wallets today,...
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Spam attack to gain control of many outputs and undermine privacy

Would it be possible for an attacker to send many transactions to himself with the goal of gaining control of many outputs for the purposes of deanonymizing transactions of others (using low mixins ...
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What is MoneroV, and how is it different than Monero?

I have heard of an upcoming airdrop called MoneroV. Can someone explain the relationship between Monero and MoneroV, and explain their differences?
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Number of Monero block explorers and their unique features

How many Monero block explorers are currently known to exist? What unique features separate one block explorer from another? What differences do they have in terms of privacy and security ...
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Can a One-Time public key be used for more than one payment?

If I understand correctly, every new payment will ideally have a different one-time public key for increased privacy. However, could a one-time public key receive Monero more than once (as in ...
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What are the primary differences between Monero and Bitcoin?

Addressing each of the following factors, what are the major differences between Monero and Bitcoin? Privacy (including any limitations privacy may have on auditability) Scaling (including blockchain ...
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What's the point of ring signatures if stealth addresses hide the actual addresses anyways?

I understand generally how ring signatures work, but I also realize they are sent to and from stealth addresses, and so I'm curious why ring signatures are needed in the first place. Doesn't a sender'...
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What privacy issues did Monero have and still has?

Has there been any scientific research regarding the promised privacy and security of Monero? Have there been attacks on the Monero network in the past? If so, what has been done to combat those? ...
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What would be the minimum mixin for full privacy?

How much privacy does the default (I think it's 4) give? If not enough, how high a mixin is enough?
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Can we use Coinshuffle++ insights to improve privacy in relaying Monero transactions? [closed]

Coinshuffle is a communication protocol that allows for a number of peers to privately collaborate in making a Bitcoin coinjoin transaction in such a way that they all provide their addresses for the ...
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How does Monero privacy and security compare to ZCoin?

How does Monero (XMR) privacy compare to ZCoin (XZC)? Can ZCoin protect the privacy of transaction amounts like Monero will do with RingCT, or are ZCoin transaction amounts visible similar to Monero ...
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How to mix correctly?

I have noticed that Monero mixes are usually a bunch of very small txs and then a much larger one that accounts for almost the whole amount sent. I also hear talk that one should not be sending "...
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Is making a key image public equal to giving the monero in that output away?

So I read about proving your balance to an auditor, and someone suggested that you can share your view key, exposing all outputs that you received on that address. If you then give out all key images ...
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Is there anyway to calculate how much privacy is gained by increasing the ring size of a transaction?

The default for wallets right now is 4 but is there a large benefit say using 15 or 20 over 4? Can this be measured? Bigger ring size will help obviously but after a while is it not kind of a waste of ...
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How does a third-party verify that I have the XMR to make a payment?

Say I have 10 XMR but I want to pay out 11 XMR. How do nodes tell that I don't have enough XMR? Do I have to share my viewkey with them?
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When sending monero with a payment id, is the transaction still 100% anounymous?

Are monero transactions still anonymous when using a payment ID? For example, I send to coins to a address with a payment ID. Is this transaction still 100% anonymous impossible to track?