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What You Need to Know About a Cryptocurrency Wallet

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What do you think of when you hear the words cryptocurrency wallet- a wallet you can slip right into your back pocket pops into your mind right? Well a cryptocurrency wallet is not a physical wallet but a software program that holds  the private and public keys of an individual’s cryptocurrency account and it interacts with various blockchain to enable sending and receiving digital currencies and gives the user an opportunity to monitor their balance. To make use of any cryptocurrency, you need a cryptocurrency wallet.

How do these wallets work?

Cryptocurrency wallets do not store physical currencies like your pocket wallets. Instead of currencies it stores your public and private keys and interfaces with various blockchain. This ensures that users can check their balance, send and receive money etc. In other word all that exists are records of transactions stored on the
blockchain.

Types of Cryptocurrency Wallets

There are basically three categories of cryptocurrency wallets –software, hardware, and paper.

Software Wallets

These wallets are like software programs or applications that can be downloaded on desktop, mobile or online. Wallets installed on a PC or laptop can only be accessed from the single computer in which they are downloaded and they are the most secure wallets. You could also have an Online wallet which runs on the cloud and can be accessed from any computing device. But then, online wallets are more vulnerable to hacking attacks and theft. You could also make use of a mobile wallet that will run on an app on your phone.

Hardware Wallets

Instead of storing your private keys online, you can store them on a hardware device like a USB. You can also make transactions online with your hardware wallets. Since they stored offline, they promise increased security. All you need to do to carry out a transaction with your hardware wallet is to simply plug in your device to an internet-enabled computer, enter a pin, send and confirm currency.  


Paper Wallets

Although paper wallet refer to a physical copy of your public and private keys, they could also be a piece of software that can be used to safely generate a pair of keys which can then printed. Paper wallets are not only easy to use, they also provide a very high level of security.

How to Keep Your Cryptocurrency Wallets Safe

  • You should always remember that no matter the wallet you use,you will lose your money if you lose your private keys. Also you’d lose your money if your wallet gets hacked. You cannot reclaim lost currency or reverse transactions you made so if you send money to a scammer it’s gone. You must be very careful when transacting. You can take these steps to protect your currency.
  • Ensure you backup your wallet. You can keep the bulk of your funds in a cold storage such as a paper or hardware wallet. This will ensure that you are protected in the event of a computer failure and you can recover your wallet if it gets lost or stolen. However you will not be protected against determined hackers.
  • Update your software to ensure you have the latest updated security available. Update the software of your wallet and your computer or mobile.
  • You should also add extra security layers such as setting long and complex passwords. You could also ensure that all withdrawal of funds requires a password. Also ensure to use reputable wallets that provide extra layers like two-factor authentication.

 

 

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Report: EOS Loses 400,000 EOS Due to Security Glitches

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The crypto market has been bearish for some time now and a lot of tokens have had their fair share of dips. Likewise, EOS has also experienced quite a dip. However, it may seem that EOS is not suffering losses from the bearish market alone but has also experienced significant losses due to some security glitches. These issues have led to the loss of 400,000 EOS which is about $200,000, at the time of writing.

However, a report from Peckshield revealed that EOS ecosystem has been suffering from some security glitches. There were many loopholes at the early stages of the dApp ecosystem right from its launch in June as it took awhile for the system to go live. EOS, however, made a fast growth in the blockchain market attracting billions of dollars worth of investment as well as building over 200 dApps and carrying out as much as 600 million transactions.

Despite the numbers that EOS was cashing in, it had underlying problems. For one, its security issues can be traced back as far as July when a dApp, Werewolf game fell victim to an overflow attack.  EOS also had a very large number of gaming apps launched on its platform. The platform is popularly known ‘ETHEREUM KILLER’ recorded $1 million in august ABOUT $360,00 more than the drops of Ethereum. However, more attacks s

One of the gaming dApps on  EOS, EOSBet was faced with a RAM devour problem in August. The report, however, reveals that as time goes on, more attacks are likely to occur “due to the negligence of dApp developers.” The report also reveals that most of the glitches the EOS ecosystem suffered from after November were loopholes that weren’t addressed earlier in the ecosystem.

Also, the report unveiled that while the EOS blockchain ecosystem boasts of 200 dApps and more than 500,000 users, only 180,000 are active out of 500,000 accounts. The report states that while 120,000 are group control accounts active users on the platform are less than implied as there are more than 200,000 silent accounts.

However some researchers such as Guo Yonggang believe the attacks may be from external forces not related to the blockchain itself, he suggests cyberattack groups. However, the report noted that “The better way is for developers to build their own early warning platform. The benefit is that it can be implemented. Monitoring, as soon as the alarm sounds, immediately turn the game off.”



 

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Jumia Partners with Blockchain Based Company to Provide Better Service

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The face of e-commerce in Africa is about to experience a dramatic change. All thanks to a collaboration between Japan-based blockchain telecoms platform provider, Telcoin and top online e-commerce marketplace, Jumia. The partnership was born out of a need to increase the quantity and quality of goods and services purchased on Jumia’s platform. The e-commerce company with a presence in over 15 African countries is seeking to tap into the blockchain technology to deliver efficient services to customers.

The duo will be kick-starting with a  partnership that will commence in Nigeria. The West African country seems to be a hub for e-commerce and the partnership will help Jumia add value to its cross-border transactions. Ms Lee-Ann Cassie, the Head of Africa for Telcoin explained that the firm would be working to increase the sales traffic and transactions from Nigerians in the Diaspora as well as increasing and adding value to e-commerce transactions within the country.

Telcoin is focused on creating a mobile cryptocurrency solution that would connect with global mobile networks and enable the ease of converting cash on mobile money, prepaid credit, and post-paid billing platforms. Telcoin aims to utilise existing mobile network providers, to give people access to needed financial services that include e-commerce, online remittances and payments.

The Chief Executive Officer for Jumia Nigeria, Mrs Juliet Anammah explained the partnership saying: “We’re excited, to say the least, about our partnership with Telcoin, because we believe this will have a huge impact on our commitment to improving the lives of Africans through the internet, helping them to save time and money. She also explained that the firm aims to provide services to Nigerians in the Diaspora who want to convert their digital currency to shopping vouchers on their platform.  She added, “We rely on and trust Telcoin to facilitate the currency conversion since digital currency is, in the interim, not a payment method on Jumia.”

 

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India Has the Highest Number of Blockchain Developers Second to the USA

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India is carving a name for itself in the blockchain space, and this time, the Asian country is producing manpower. A market analysis has revealed that India has the highest number of blockchain developers in the world coming second place to the United States, beating Canada, the UK, and France. The analysis was carried out by Dappros a UK-based blockchain consultancy firm. The results revealed that there’s an estimation of a total of 12,509 developers in India who work with Ethereum (2,381), Solidity (1,432), Blockchain (19,627) and Hyperledger (1,579).

Although, the total estimated number of developers conflicted with the figures when separated into individual disciplines. The firm claimed that there is a difficulty in the analysis pegging an accurate number due to the fact that the data was collated from “open sources such as Linkedin”. While it is a great deal that India is moving up in the rank, Dappros still feels that there is a “need” for more blockchain developers. The firm explained in an accompanying article that there is an overall skilled labor deficit within the industry.

However, there is still a high demand for blockchain skills. Upwork, a freelance employment website in its third quarterly index of the 20 hottest job skills revealed that job postings for workers with blockchain skills have grown this year. Earlier on, the website revealed that the demand for blockchain technologists came in second place behind those with skills in robotics. On the other hand, Bitcoin cryptocurrency developers came in third place for freelance skills in Upwork’s previous quarterly report, however, it has dropped out of the top 20 job skills list.

Blockchain developers in high-tech regions such as Silicon Valley earn as much as $163,000; in New York City, they can earn as much as $150,000. The demand for blockchain developers is still concentrated in high-tech regions.

 

 

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Nigeria’s Presidential Aspiriant Eyes blockchain Technology Ahead of 2019 Elections

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Nigeria is yet to have policies governing the blockchain technology. Although law makers met early in the year to contemplate on the blockchain, policies are yet to be made. However, the Presidential Candidate Of The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar unveiled his campaign policy document on Sunday. He revealed his Plans to create policies that would embrace the Blockchain and cryptocurrency if he is elected President in 2019.

Atiku’scampaign policy document tagged ‘Get Nigeria Working Again’ was released by his Presidential Campaign Organization. Atiku, who is a former Vice President of Nigeria identifies the need for the creation of  “a Comprehensive Policy On Blockchain Technology And Cryptocurrencies.” Although Nigeria is one of the top users of cryptocurrencies in Africa, with the west African country ranking 7th out of 178 countries likely to adopt Bitcoin by the Bitcoin Market Potential Index (BMPI) by the London School of Economics. However, it’s lawmakers are yet to decide what to do with the technology.

2019 presidential aspirant, Atiku reveals through his policy document that he aims to bring more to the economy through the blockchain. He revealed that to build the economy, he would build a  knowledge-based economy powered By ICT. He stated, “My mission is to ensure that Nigeria’s economy is responsive to
the challenges of the 21st century
knowledge economy by keeping with
the amazingly dynamic technological pace.” He believes that if ICT literacy is encouraged from Early school programmes up to adult education, Nigerian youths can awaken their entrepreneurial spirit.

Cryptoprenuers in Nigeria are constantly frustrated by the lack of regulatory frameworks. Also the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and its stringent policy has lead to cryptoprenuers seeking a more favourable frameworks. Despite the warnings of the CBN about investing in cryptocurrency in March, Nigerians are still investing in digital currencies. Atiku’s policy document reveals that there are plans to integrate the blockchain technology to the Nigerian economy. Hopefully, more Nigerian and African politicians will begin to make plans towards a blockchain oriented future.

 

 

 

 

 

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