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Jon Southurst – PSA: Protect Your Wallets

Jon Southurst – PSA: Protect Your Wallets:

Jon Southurst (@SouthTopia) provides in a post on CoinDesk some examples of how with Bitcoin is not just 9/10ths of the law, it is the law.  Bitcoin is a bearer instrument — meaning if a payment gets sent to the wrong party, or a thief gains control of a wallet, the funds can be spent.  Excerpts:

“A simple concentration lapse can see exponentially more bitcoin leave your wallet than you’d intended, never to be seen again.”

“The difference between bitcoin and cash, though, is that much larger amounts may be at stake. Cash transactions tend to be smaller, while (reputedly safer) credit cards and bank transfers handle larger ones. Bitcoin allows you not only to transfer a million dollars in a heartbeat, it gives you a chance to send it to the wrong place. Or nowhere at all.”

“Mike Hearn, developer at the Bitcoin Foundation, says most loss-causing errors are the result of users not backing up locally-stored wallet files at the right time, and by misusing paper wallets.”

“The bitcoin development team also hopes to add human-memorable address aliases and a messaging function to transactions. Messaging would allow users to include a refund address with transactions.”

 – http://www.coindesk.com/dumb-mistakes-costly-bitcoin-losses

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