Questions tagged [privacy]

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

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What altcoins do you see as competitors to XMR in the privacy space?

XMR is obviously king of anonymity, but there will be plenty of innovation in the crypto sector and I think there is room for multiple privacy coins.
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Potentional Monero future vulnerabilities

What happens if Monero has vulnerabilities in the future? Would it be possible that it could expose old transactions information such as addresses and amounts? How likely would this be? I am running ...
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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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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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Estimating anonymity set size?

Is there any way to at least estimate what kind of anonymity set a user would have after churning Monero X times assuming the anonymity set of each individual transaction is the ringsize (i.e. there ...
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Can Monero provide anonymity when buying and selling NFTs?

Please forgive my noobness, but I have basic questions about Monero's privacy when going between currencies. Let's say a have two artist personas I want to sell NFTs under, but I don't want their ...
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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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How can I churn or send an individual Monero input?

In some situations, Monero's users should avoid linkages between outputs that they control. Some users may desire more anonymity sets than single ring signatures provide. To this end, the users may ...
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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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I2P option "Laptop mode"

I2P has an option called Laptop Mode. Documentation says : change router identity and UDP port when IP changes What's the reasoning for this option? Is it really about laptops? Is there any academic ...
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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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CipherTrace patents

Where can we read these patents? "Techniques and Probabilistic Methods for Tracing Monero" "Systems and Methods for Investigating Monero From https://ciphertrace.com/ciphertrace-files-...
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Monero GUI privacy info

If i install GUI in advanced mode with local node, when i import seed , can anyone see which wallet is being opened besides me? if I open GUI wallet in simple mode and use remote node with imported ...
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Buying Monero Privately in Toronto Canada

I would like to buy Monero PRIVATELY in Toronto Canada. I am new to Monero and would love to buy it privately without having to give up my personal info to an exchange to buy it. Can you please let ...
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How secure is Monero?

I've done some reading on Monero and privacy features, such as ring signatures, stealth addresses and ringCT. But is Monero really completely private currently? I've read several articles online, and ...
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List of things that were proposed and rejected for bitcoin but implemented in Monero

This is a follow-up question based on this answer: https://monero.stackexchange.com/a/12600/ Many things proposed and rejected for Bitcoin have found a place in Monero (privacy for starters). That ...
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Could recent DoS attacks be avoided if Dandelion was not implemented?

Dandelion or Dandelion++ was not implemented in Bitcoin because few bitcoin devs thought it could result in DoS attacks: https://bitcoin.stackexchange.com/a/81504/ I was reading the blog post https://...
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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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How is CipherTrace tracking monero transactions and what tools are they using?

On August 31, 2020. Ciphertrace released: https://ciphertrace.com/ciphertrace-announces-worlds-first-monero-tracing-capabilities/ What are these tracing tools doing exactly to trace monero? ...
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Solutions to the Monero EABE attack?

https://github.com/monero-project/monero/issues/1673#issuecomment-312968452 Were there solutions to this Monero EABE attack since this was posted in 2017 and it is now 2020? The EABE attack defined ...
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What's the difference between ring signatures and RingCT

Because Monero has been updated over the years, some of the documentation about Monero no longer applies in the current version. As a result, I am not sure if the information i read is outdated. ...
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Do ALL purchases of XMR get the same privacy treatment?

I am brand-new to crypto and very interested in XMR. I am researching a lot, but have not seen anything on this question: Do the following methods have the same privacy? I buy Monero directly from an ...
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How does Dandelion work on old nodes?

AFAIK, Dandelion is not a hard-forking addition to Monero. Meaning, there could still be old nodes in the network that do not support it. How does that work? And what impact do old nodes in the ...
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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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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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How to set up password on xmrpool.net mining pool?

I'm new to mining and I don't know how to set up a password and a username on xmrpool.net mining pool. Can anyone help me to do this?
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?