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

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What data does the Monero client write as it processes the blockchain?

The Monero client allows configuring the blockchain location. My assumption is that only public blockchain information gets stored here, so I configure it to an unencrypted SSD. However, it seems ...
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Can Monero miners be picky about adding transactions to blocks

With Bitcoin, miners are picky about which transactions to add to blocks due to the limited block size, opting for transactions with higher fees (larger transactions). This means micro/nano payments ...
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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?
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What is the difference between Monero (XMR) and Nav Coin (NAV)?

Can someone please compare the privacy differences comparing Monero vs Nav Coin? I have heard that each addresses privacy using different methods, and I am interested in what they do differently.
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Potential mistake in trying to secretly transfer from one bitcoin wallet to another via monero - Theoretical

Highly theoretical question: If I exchanged a long mixed number (ie 5.37894316842) from a bitcoin wallet A to my monero wallet, and then a few minutes later exchanged that same bitcoin amount from ...
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What is the difference between Monero (XMR) and Verge (XVG)?

I would like to have a comparison between the privacy features of Monero vs Verge. I have heard some people say that these are privacy-oriented coins, and I would like to learn more.
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5-party Ring Signatures still being implicatory for sender?

Why are 5-party ring signatures enough for privacy? I don't understand how even if I get everything else right privacy-wise, I can still be connected to a transaction and potentially implicated in ...
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Do any Monero wallets have the ability to create a transaction without broadcasting it, and then broadcast it later?

Let's say I'm concerned with privacy, so I prefer to run a whole node, and I do. One day, I find that I'm required to pull my node offline, perhaps due to maintenance issues. During that downtime, I ...
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Are Confidential Transactions in Monero perfectly binding or hiding?

Bitcoin contributor Pieter Wuille recently commented on Reddit: Bulletproofs and the Pedersen commitments they operate on are perfectly hiding, but not perfectly binding. This roughly means that ...
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Maximizing privacy when dealing with pre RingCT outputs

When spending from a cold storage wallet with multiple pre RingCT (and no post RingCT) outputs what are the best privacy practices? Spending in this context means the eventual moving of these funds ...
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Why can't Monero use kovri as default for all connections?

If the goal of Monero is to have a private by default cryptocurrency network, why can't we make the network interface (daemon) connect to other peers via kovri by default?
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How private is this transaction sequence?

I buy BTC on Coinbase, let's assume that my BTC wallet address is publicly tied to my real identity. I use ShapeShift to convert the BTC to XMR. I receive the XMR in a wallet I've never used before ...
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How will Lightning effect the privacy properties of Monero?

There's a lot of talk about using lightning to scale Bitcoin by allowing payment channels, But Bitcoin has a lot of properties that don't easily translate to Monero. The primary concern for me seems ...
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What all information we can gather from a Monero wallet address?

I am pretty new to this crypto currency. My question is that what all information can be found, if we only know a malicious user's Monero wallet address? Can I check this Monero wallet balance? If ...
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Can a copy of the blockchain hold private information?

I want to run a daemon on another machine, and I was thinking of copying the blockchain I already have (copying the entire .bitmonero folder). I'm curious whether any private information may be leaked ...
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Kovri operational security example(s) - file permissions

The Kovri User Guide has a Step 2. (Recommended) Operational security. It is currently as follows: Consider creating a designated kovri user and run kovri only using that user If using Linux, ...
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How to sweep the contents of a specific output?

I noticed that the sweep_all command warns when it is about to merge outputs from the same transaction, which I appreciate, as that would kind of break the point of ring signatures and make my ...
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What other coins have similar implementations of Kovri to hide IP addresses from the sender?

I just learned about Kovri and it seems to be a new trend for coins to hide the senders IP. What other similar implementations are there for other coins?
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How Do I Use XMR to Keep My Privacy?

Hypothetically I buy XMR on exchange A, send it to exchange B, sell it, buy XMR on exchange B at a later date, send it back to exchange A, and sell it. Would these two accounts be associated with ...
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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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About the actual implementation of the **mix-ins** construction process

Following problems occur to me during my reading codebase of the current monero project, Are the mix-ins grabbed through wallet2::get_outs function in the wallet side, which is further delegated to ...
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Proof of payment method comparison

How does the method of proofing a Monero payment following this pull request differ from the former process? Is revealing key derivation easier or more difficult than revealing the tx secret key? ...
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How do I get Monero if I am in USA and don't want to do ID verification with SSN etc?

I really like Monero's ideas, but I am appalled at how hard it is to get into 'crypto' currency like coinbase etc that want my face, SSN, driver license etc. What can I do with Paypal or a debit card?...
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Is it possible to reset the blockchain with a new genesis block for efficiency?

I am researching state prunning, and I saw here that AEON state prunning does helps a bit, with some issues though because of historical reasons (details in the link). Would it be possible to reset ...
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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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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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How can I spend coins if other people can't see my balance?

So I have 5 monero, but if nobody else can see my balance, how can I prove that these coins are in my posession, and that they have not been spent yet. I just fail to see how Monero can ensure that ...
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How do you add support for (server side) SSL/TLS mining?

Basically, the title. I run a small pool and want to add SSL/TLS support for miners. I tried making openssl manage the connection and pipe it locally to the correct port, but that doesn't work. Any ...
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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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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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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 could Monero profit from TumbleMoneroWimble?

Core developer fluffypony on Twitter recently published a link to his whitepaper on TumbleMoneroWimble, "One-time Ring Signature Scalable Off-Chain Untraceable Instant and MimbleWimble". Since the ...
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How hard is it to find the originating IP of a monero transaction (pre Kovri)?

I can only theorize about how you would attempt to trace someone's IP. I want to know the opinions of people more knowledgable about the subject.
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Smart contract privacy

What type of smart contracts sidechains would most benefit from the privacy that Monero provides by default? Assuming that many types of smart contracts sidechains were operational today, which would ...
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Connecting Kovri through a VPN vs using Kovri directly

In terms of privacy and security what are the differences between to connecting Kovri through a VPN compared running Kovri directly? Would home, business or VPS IP addresses be better protected if a ...
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Difference between Monero and CoinJoin [closed]

How does Monero provide any additional anonymity for the sender over a CoinJoin transaction? I get that it provides anonymity of the receiver and the amount spent via stealth addresses and RingCT, ...
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Is it possible to add coins to a wallet that were never mined?

Since Monero's transactions are basically anonymous, is it possible to create coins that were never mined, so they don't originate in any coinbase? I understand that it's possible to add up all the ...
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Monero privacy features different from coin shuffling used in nxt/ardor?

How are Monero privacy features different from coin shuffling used in nxt/ardor? https://nxtwiki.org/wiki/Coin_Shuffling
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What are the advantages/inconvenience between using Monero with tor and with i2p? [duplicate]

Are there any real advantages/inconvenience between using Monero with tor and with i2p?
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Is it true that a vendor can see my IP address if I send moneros via my GUI wallet without using Tor or I2P?

xmr.to recommends to always use Tor or I2P to cover the ip address. I've tried to inform myself on that topic, but to be true it is to complicated for me. Is it right that, in the future, a possible ...
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How can I explain the meaning of Monero to my grandma?

I wrote a book about Monero, and my proud grandma wanted to have a copy. So she got it, said "What a beautiful picture on the cover!" and - "What is this, Monero?". She doesn't know crypto-currencies,...
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Are there any blockexplorers that will track RingCT usage after the v4 fork?

Statistics on mixin data is useful to anyone interested in privacy levels of Monero network transactions. I would like to track what percentage of transactions use RingCT between v4 activation and v5 ...
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Can Monero's privacy features be integrated into (copied) by bitcoin?

Can Monero's privacy features be integrated into (copied) by bitcoin? If so, to what degree given the current political gridlock? By the way, I'm a true believer and I'm setting up a full node as I ...
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In what ways can a wallet connected to a malicious remote node be abused?

There are several efforts under way at the moment to build easy to use mobile wallets for Monero. The most popular approach is to rely on a trusted remote node (either your own or one provided by a ...
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How can one use RingCT to maximize the privacy of existing wallets?

I think the privacy is not what it should be in my existing wallets is because 1) there are old zero mixin transactions there and 2) it is my understanding that it is possible to estimate the amounts ...
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How would the privacy of monero be affected by a quantum computer?

So I was wondering, if say a quantum computer is ever made could it be used to break the privacy of past transactions? Would that mean at that someone could just work though the blockchain and De-...
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To what extent does my potential level of privacy change by hosting a public node?

Let's say I run a node at home. Let's say I have a laptop from which I run a wallet only. I can access my node from within or from outside my home LAN, whether my node is public or not. I suppose ...
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Vcash privacy and scaling compared with Monero?

How do Vcash privacy and scaling functions compare with Monero? How does the privacy provided by Chainblender, used by Vcash compare with RingCT for Monero? Monero has had dynamic block sizes since ...
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Does the kovri pre-alpha build already work for running a monero node?

As i understand kovri aims to add support for the I2P network through C++ code instead of the java code it is originally built on. Not only as a monero specific implementation, but also as a general ...
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Monero distribution estimates

With no rich list estimating the distribution of Monero is difficult compared to other currencies lacking the privacy properties of Monero. Are there an published reports of estimated Monero ...