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Monero Wallet Passes Security Audit, Introduces New Features

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The XMRWallet, an open-source web app created to store and transfer Monero, a claimed anonymous and secure cryptocurrency, has passed a security audit from New Alchemy blockchain strategy and technology group. The review revealed critical and minor issues, promptly amended by the XMRWallet team and confirmed by the auditor. The project has also introduced new features upon the completion of the security test.

It is well-known that popular cryptocurrencies use transparent blockchains, meaning transactions are openly verifiable. This way they may be potentially traced and linked to a real-world person. Unlike Bitcoin or Ethereum, Monero was built from scratch as an anonymous crypto, specifically using the CryptoNight algorithm, which lets every transaction obfuscate sending and receiving addresses as well as transacted amounts. This anonymity means it is no surprise that Monero is among the top cryptocurrencies by market сapitalization.

The XMRWallet.com, a web wallet specifically for Monero, was created by Nathalie Roy seeking to facilitate usage of this altcoin.

The project relies on Monero’s community to develop a wallet since it’s an open-source app, and its code can be improved by enthusiasts. Another major feature is that XMRWallet does not charge any transaction fees apart from mining fees. The project depends heavily on donations for funding.

The app does not keep any logs, as there is no need to register to start using XMRWallet. In order to log in to the app, users may use a once generated Seed, which is a unique combination of 25 words. The Seed is not kept anywhere except with the user.

The wallet already supports 10 languages, including English, German, French, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, and Russian.

The startup, launched about 3 months ago, has recently performed a security audit through collaboration with New Alchemy, a blockchain strategy and technology group specializing in tokenized capital solutions. The current market cap of all New Alchemy client projects exceeds $1.2 billion USD. New Alchemy’s blockchain security division carried out XMRWallet’s security audit in early June.

The review was technical and focused on identifying the susceptibility to security flaws in the application’s behavior that may impact trustworthiness. The app’s user interface and web traffic were inspected, along with a portion of the source code.

The results, officially published on July 18, show that New Alchemy found a set of critical and minor vulnerabilities, including insecure auto-completion of login fields, cross-site scripting, outdated client-side application dependencies, insufficient server-side session expiration, lack of randomness in ring signature outputs, and non-obfuscated display of private fields.

However, all the critical issues were fixed, which was confirmed by New Alchemy during a re-test. It is stated in the audit report that XMRWallet “provides an excellent and intuitive user interface”, while “the private server-side API functionality, obfuscated client code, and cryptography was out of scope”. “A key strength of the application is minimal endpoints, minimal external data dependencies, and minimal unrelated web traffic”, New Alchemy concluded.

While inspection was being carried out, the development of XMRWallet did not stop. Some new features were added, including the option to set a USD price for sending Monero, a cleaned up confirmation window when sending, and a customized page for printing the Seed code.

“I will continue to consult with the New Alchemy over any changes made to the site to ensure a high level of security that everyone deserves”, said XMRWallet founder Nathalie Roy.

Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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Reasons Why You Are Much Safer When Crypto Trading on Dexes

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While many cryptocurrencies aim to bring the change to the world by bringing full decentralization, one aspect of the crypto space still remains mostly centralized, and that is the way they are exchanged. Most crypto exchanges are centralized companies, where traders and investors need to deposit their coins for safekeeping. This is a risky way to handle the funds, as exchanges remain susceptible to hacks and theft, as many realized recently, after the hack of the world’s largest exchange by trading volume, Binance.

During the hack, around 7,000 BTC (over $40 million) was taken, and sent to multiple wallets, never to be seen again — for now, at least. The hack also came as quite a shock, as Binance was known for its efficiency, security, and high levels of confidence. It also made people realize that their coins are not really theirs if they need to rely on third parties, such as exchanges, to keep them safe. As a result, many are now turning away from centralized exchanges, and are heading towards decentralized ones — also known as DEXes.

Here are some reasons why you might want to consider doing the same.

1. True ownership of your coins

The crypto community has a saying: “not your keys, not your coins.” The saying is now more relevant than ever, but it does not apply on DEXes. Decentralized exchanges

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Crypto Billionaire Predicts Massive Price Growth by 2021

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Crypto prices are once again going up, and Bitcoin has just passed a major resistance level at $6,000. With a situation like that, it is not surprising that everyone in the crypto community is looking forward to the future, wondering what to expect in years to come. Many experts have already given their predictions, some more optimistic than others, but almost all bullish.

Crypto billionaire Mike Novogratz has always been very supportive of cryptocurrencies, and very bullish on Bitcoin. He recently stated that he sees the coins’ prices triple in the following 18 months, meaning that Bitcoin’s return to $20,000 might not be far away, according to him.

He noted that Bitcoin is back to $6,000 after its price hit as low as $3,100 only a few months ago. These days, Novogratz does not believe Bitcoin will return to such lows unless there is a devastating exchange hack or a major shift in regulations. Of course, there was a big hack that had the potential to damage the coin’s price, only days ago. The world’s largest crypto exchange by trading volume, Binance, saw a significant security breach which resulted in a theft of 7,000 BTC.

However, so far, the coin did not react negatively to this incident. While Novogratz believed that such an event would shatter the new confidence in BTC, it simply did not happen. However, he…

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TokenRoll (TKR) Platform Will Take Online Casinos to the Next Level

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Corporate executives are turning to blockchain technology more than ever in an attempt to revolutionize the business world.  Although blockchain is still a relatively new concept, that hasn’t stopped more and more companies from jumping on the bandwagon.  This hot new technology has quickly gained a reputation for providing greater transparency, enhanced security, improved traceability, increased efficiency, and low costs.  One industry that could certainly benefit from decentralization is the online gambling market, specifically, online casinos.  TokenRoll (TKR) has developed a platform that appears to offer a promising alternative to centralized casinos.

Problems with Centralized Casinos

The primary reason why blockchain technology is being implemented so quickly is because it solves a lot of the problems typically associated with the traditional business model.  And online casinos are no different.  It still needs to be said that centralized casinos have proven that there is a great demand for online gambling.  The market is growing faster than anyone could have predicted, and future opportunities appear very promising and lucrative.  But industries are continually evolving and this one is no different.

A few of the problems facing centralized casinos include the following:

  • Little to no transparency
  • Consumer lack of confidence
  • Privacy concerns
  • 48-72 hour wait time for withdrawals

These are four monumental issues that need to be addressed quickly given the global growth of the market.  Casinos need to…

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