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

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i2p/Kovri fundamentals in Monero

Have the fundamental properties of Kovri been decided upon for Monero? In particular, I'm curious about the IP configuration for the i2p/Kovri router. i.e. Will it be auto-detect methods, or hidden ...
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Is it feasible to introduce output key reuse checking?

Reuse of output key P=H(rA)G+B (which effectively burns fund) could potentially occur if the same random r was used in multiple transactions to transfer fund to the same recipient (A,B), most likely ...
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Monero mixin 0 versus Zcash “T” address transaction

How does the privacy of a Zcash "T" address transaction compare with a Monero mixin 0 transaction (back when they were available)? Does 'T" stand for transparent? Would it be technically possible ...
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How does TumbleBit privacy and security compare with Monero?

How would a Bitcoin implementation of a TumbleBit payment hub compare with Monero? What are the important differences between the two in the areas of privacy and security?
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Does Multisig have any privacy drawbacks?

Does implementing multisig at the protocol level raise any privacy concerns? In other words, because several people are now involved in a trx, does that raise the probabilities of de-anonymizing the ...
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Is there any obfuscation in the communications between nodes?

If a dictatorship decided it wanted to block Monero, how easy or hard would it be at the ISP level? Does Monero have any built in obfuscation to counter censorship (of Monero use in general such as ...
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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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Total Amount Of Monero Wallets

Is there currently a way in which to view the total amount of Wallets that have been created for Monero and deposited too? and/or an estimate located anywhere as to the total amount of wallets ...
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Why not have Torsocks on by default while we wait for Kovri?

Recently, funding has been allocated to pay for Kovri's development and integration into Monero. Kovri is a re-implementation of I2P, an anonymity tool similar to Tor in its goals, but with a lot of ...
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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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Can Kovri be blocked in e.g. China?

And if so, is there a way around it with something like the meek pluggable transport from the Tor project?
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What will be the effect on monero if bitcoin deploys schnorr sig's? [closed]

Let's take this question two ways. Assuming Schnorr requires a hard-fork - let's take into consideration what that could do to bitcoin in context of this question. let's assume schnorr is deployed ...
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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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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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How does Monero help people in developed countries? [closed]

Monero prides itself on being the best option (according to many) for transaction privacy. Do people really care? When people make purchases today online or in store, a large, increasing number pay ...
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What is fungibility and why does it matter?

Fungibility seems to be extremely important in the Monero world. Why does it matters for Monero and for the future of cryptocurrencies? Does any other cryptocurrency have that property? Does ...
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Can a 3 letter agency see if I am running Kovri?

When Kovri comes out will a 3 letter agency see if I am running it?
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Is Monero Project goal to use Darknet Markets?

Is the anonymous usage of Darknet Markets (DNMs) the goal of Monero developers?
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Is there any security risk to using a nonrandom encrypted payment id?

With plaintext payment ids, you should a random payment id. Using a nonrandom one can affect your and other parties privacy. Is this still a risk with payment id? Or could you include messages in the ...
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How do full nodes vs miners secure the network differently?

If I run a full node I am supposedly contributing to network security by keeping a copy of the blockchain If I mine (via pool or solo) I contribute to the network through verification of blocks How ...
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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 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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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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With RingCT, could an adversary get into a bunch of ring signatures to decrease privacy? [duplicate]

Let's say I want to deanonymize Monero. What if I create a ton of RingCT outputs, such that, say, +99% of them are mine. Since amounts don't matter with RingCT, it can be very small amounts (like one ...
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Is it possible to trace an output in the Monero blockchain?

In MRL-0004, it's said: Bob wishes to send 0.75 XMR to Alice, and will pay 0.01 XMR in fees. The Monero that Alice receives, 0.75 XMR, will be delivered as two new unspent transaction outputs ...
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Should I worry about dust in my wallet?

MRL-0004 talks about how if I get sent a weird amount of XMR like 103.32111111, I'll have a weird output of .00111111 in my wallet, and assuming there will be no other outputs of the same amount in ...
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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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What is the purpose of enforcing a minimum mixin?

Each person can choose a mixin as high as they like when sending Monero. For those that receive Monero solely from mining (never accepting Monero payments) is there any reason why a minimum mixin ...
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Colored Coins on Monero

As a followup to this question, I'm curious as to whether an OMNI/Mastercoin-like colored coin protocol could be used on top of Monero, in a private manner. Colored coins are fundamentally different ...
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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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I see gray inactive peers. Will they be recorded forever?

I know that white peers are active peers on the latest version and gray peers are either on an unsupported version or inactive. In my understanding, my computer connected to all of these peers ...
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Is there a minimum effective mixin?

I understand that as of the last hard fork, the minimum mixin has been changed from 0 to 2. However, is this an effective baseline? Or is there a higher selection that users can or should choose that ...
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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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Preventing DDoS attacks against a Monero service while protecting user privacy [closed]

How can I best protect a Monero service (clearnet) from DDoS attacks while at the same time protecting the privacy of users? The Monero service will require that I provide users with the IP address of ...
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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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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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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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How can monero remain private in a soon to be virtual reality world?

2016 is said to be the year of virtual and augmented reality as these technologies come to market. As these technologies are stuffed with a lot of sensors, how do you see a way for us to make ...
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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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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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What use cases exist for a high level of blockchain privacy?

For people with nothing to hide, what does Monero offer that Bitcoin cannot? If I do not care if people know how much money I spent purchasing a certain item, what benefit (if any) would using Monero ...
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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?