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

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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?
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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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If a business or REIT wanted to purchase Real Estate and keep the owners anonymous could it use Monero to do so?

As mentioned above, could a REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) purchase property or send funds to where it needed to go and keep the transaction private between the buyer and seller? What Steps would ...
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Linking transactions when using XMR.to to send bitcoins?

Since xmr.to is a xmr to btc converter. Does xmr.to use the same bitcoin address to send out? I'm worried if the previous person that used the service to send bitcoins to a known dark web address ...
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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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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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Question about Moneros privacy

I searched a lot, but I can't find an answer to my question. If I send one Monero from wallet A to wallet B. Is it possible to find out how long I was holding this one Monero in wallet A? That's not ...
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Starting with Monero - verification?

Do you need to verify your identity somehow when creating a monero wallet or buying/selling/sending monero? Thanks
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Can a remote node know my wallet address?

When I connect my wallet to a remote node, does it know my wallet address? What information about a connecting wallet is revealed to the remote node?
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Will we eventually get rid of "locked" and "unlocked" balances?

My biggest eyesore of Monero which would definitely prevent mass adoption (and adoption by big stores) is that I can only send a single transaction every 20 minutes. Once a transaction is sent, the ...
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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 ...