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Why was I2P chosen over Tor for native Monero integration?

There are several advantages where I2P implementation is more suitable over Tor, e.g. I2P is significantly faster when routing internal traffic, where Tor is optimized for low-bandwidth clients and ...
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What is the difference between Monero (XMR) and Verge (XVG)?

Despite both being advertised as privacy-focused cryptocurrencies, they are very different. Summary Monero uses ring signatures, RingCT, and stealth addresses to hide information on the blockchain. ...
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What is the difference between i2pd and Kovri?

Kovri is an alternative implementation in C++ of the I2P protocol which original daemon i2p is written in Java, is bloated and quite difficult to use. Kovri is a fork of the C++ implementation i2pd. ...
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Can Kovri be blocked in e.g. China?

With Deep Packet Inspection, you can filter/block almost any traffic you want. In the I2P projcet, on which Kovri depends, the devs are aware of blocking possibilities in restricted countries and they ...
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Looking for an easy explanation about kovri

From the project's FAQ: What is Kovri? Kovri is a secure, private, untraceable C++ router implementation of the I2P anonymous network. What was once a fork of i2pd, Kovri has become a ...
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After Kovri arrives will some full nodes need to remain on clearnet?

There will be three modes: I2P only: all traffic goes through I2P Clearnet only: all traffic goes through clearnet I2P/clearnet bridged: blocks go through clearnet, transactions go through I2P Since ...
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Does Monero have any connection to the Esperanto community other than its name?

There is no official relationship. The Monero name was inherited from the original developer who never revealed any connection to the Esperanto community other than providing the definition: ...
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What is the difference between i2pd and Kovri?

There are three major implementations of I2P routers Java I2P: the official client by the creators of the protocol. This is by far the most used. i2pd: a c++ implementation of the client Kovri: a ...
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What programming language(s) are used in building Bitmonerod, Simplewallet, Kovri, and the Monero GUI?

bitmonerod/simplewallet are written in C++, with some C too. C libraries are used (unbound, lmdb, etc). Some C++ bits are pretty intricate. Wallet code is simpler. Kovri is C++. I've not looked at ...
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metadata protection for Monero usage on Mobile devices

While VPN and Tor usage is much higher that I2P usage on mobile devices today that is also the case for PCs. There is already an I2P app for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net....
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i2p/Kovri fundamentals in Monero

Kovri for all intents and purposes is dead and development towards an I2P Java Router lite alternative continues with I2P-zero and tini2p. As of September 2, 2019, I2P via proxy is supported in ...
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Why not have Torsocks on by default while we wait for Kovri?

If the majority of monerod instances were wrapped with torsocks, but otherwise not Tor-aware, then the network would end up having to concentrate all of its traffic through the few nodes that weren't ...
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Can a 3 letter agency see if I am running Kovri?

It depends on where they're listening, but yes in the sense you probably mean. The I2P protocol underlying Kovri has a signature like any other protocol, and anybody who can see all of your traffic ...
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After Kovri arrives will some full nodes need to remain on clearnet?

Yes. I think exchanges and such will probably want to remain on clear net. This will require some nodes to operate as "bridge" nodes that will route information between clear and i2p networks.
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Looking for an easy explanation about kovri

Kovri is a project that will allow the Monero network - or part of it anyway - to be transmitted over I2P. Perhaps the answer to this question will illuminate you a bit. How will the implementation ...
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What exactly is the relationship between Monero and I2P

Monero will use I2P to connect nodes together. The goal of this is twofold: an adversary spying on your network connection, like so many today, will not be able to see whether you are using Monero or ...
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I2P: How does the reseed works ?

Indeed, the question cited refers to a list of url. The reseed process starts with choosing randomly one of them. So let's assume that the choosen URL is : https://i2p.mooo.com/netDb/. Here are the ...
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What is the difference between i2pd and Kovri?

while @pebx wrote the Monero-side of the story, here is the answer I found from the i2pd-side of the story: Kovri and the curious case of code rot I thought that this discussion should somehow be ...
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How will the implementation of Kovri work from a user perspective?

what can they expect when it is rolled out? The Kovri router will be baked in to the Monero code, so all a user will need to do is select an option indicating whether they want to use the Kovri ...
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What is Kovri and which other cryptocurrencies are implementing this feature?

Kovri is a C++ implementation of I2P which is Java based. Kovri is no more than an I2P router. If another coin has wanted to use I2P they could have just bundled it into their node. To my knowledge, ...
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I see gray inactive peers. Will they be recorded forever?

There is a limit of 5000 entries (P2P_LOCAL_GRAY_PEER_LIST_LIMIT), and they are stored in p2pstate.bin, which is in your daemon's data directory (typically $HOME/.bitmonero). It is a privacy leak if ...
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Is the purpose of the Kovri C++ project solely to benefit Monero?

While developed under the monero project umbrella, Kovri will be usable for general I2P usage, not only for monero. Even when used for monero, it will also be usable for other uses, if the user ...
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What use cases will Kovri have for Monero?

Kovri will function as a full i2p router, thus increasing the utility of the i2p network overall, and providing the Monero user a gateway into that network. i2p is The Private Internet - its really ...
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Connecting Kovri through a VPN vs using Kovri directly

When using Kovri alone, the ISP/your employer/whoever is able to see that you are using Kovri, but not what you're doing on Kovri (e.g. using Monero). When using Kovri with a VPN, the ISP will just ...
Matthew Smith's user avatar
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What are the threats against I2P?

I2P's threat model consists of : Brute force attacks A brute force attack can be mounted by a global passive or active adversary, watching all the messages pass between all of the nodes and ...
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Kovri modularity and I2P compatibility

Kovri and Monero are 2 distinct stand-alone projects that does not share any source code in common. Even if developers are not the same, it is still the same community (they are both under https://...
Moroccan Engineer's user avatar
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Why can't Monero use kovri as default for all connections?

This is a copy and paste from an exchange on reddit. Answer looking for improvements and / or editing :) FP - Not a good idea, then nearly the entire network is at risk of being Sybil attacked. ...
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Is there any obfuscation in the communications between nodes?

There is none, hence the work on https://github.com/monero-project/kovri/. A government might make I2P itself illegal, though, and that'd be yet another hurdle. Tor has something to try to look like ...
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Looking for an easy explanation about kovri

The normal I2P router (that lets you connect to and use the I2P network) is written in Java. Kovri is a project to create an I2P router in C++ so that it works with Monero.
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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?

If the vendor also runs a Monero node, and is currently connected to your own node, then their node will see your transaction being forwarded to their node. If they set things up to keep track of IPs ...
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