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"What is the purpose and destination of your bitcoins withdrawals made from your Bitstamp account?
"To my personal wallet for storage"
Then they send this follow up question:
"Would it be possible to clarify which bitcoin address do you use for cold storage and possibly provide us with some screenshots of your wallet/address where most of your bitcoins are currently being stored?"
Flash memory is not a reliable medium for archives. Especially when there is no regular power. I have personal experience with usb flash drive not powered for weeks - one file became corrupted.
(Read more here: Archiving private keys - TLDR version.)
You should always back up on paper and other mediums.
Flash memory is prone to failure if it is not powered for weeks or more and if there are ionizing radiation
When you write your precious private keys you should use technologies like Parchive and ZFS. And make several copies of your files.
It's OK if you use your USB flash drive for another backup, but don't rely on it! Always back up on DVDs (even small files!), paper and online (after encryption with CPU and RAM intensive key derivative function like scrypt).
Here is example of using the scrypt utility:
$ sudo apt-get install scrypt
$ scrypt enc -M 1073741824 -t 200 secret.txt encrypted.scrypt
Do not use default values of "-M" and "-t", they are we…
0. Make multiple encrypted copies. On DVDs (they are better than CDs and Blu-Ray discs; DVD+R are better than DVD-R), paper, cloud services like DropBox, OneDrive, Google Drive, e-mail it to yourself and to your friends, use P2P storage services like MaidSafe, Storj and Sia, etc.
1. Use proper font when printing PGP encrypted keys on paper.
2. Flash memory (SSD, USB flash drives, hardware wallets) is less reliable when not powered regularly (i.e. every week).
3. Use error correction methods like Parchive and ZFS.
4. Print on paper or store on digital media only encrypted data.
5. Your encryption software should use CPU/RAM-intensive KDF (i.e. scrypt with secure options - do not use defaults!). First, encrypt with scrypt and then encrypt it again with PGP (using different password!) in ASCII armor mode before print it (other methods like QR codes may not be reliable as multiple copies of the PGP ASCII armor).Do not use the same password for the PGP because it's easy to brute force…
I found out that there is a fake version of "The Uncensored Hidden Wiki".
On the fake version some links are changed with fake websites.
I suppose they are trying to steal your login credentials.
I compared the "Financial services" pages on both wikis and found out that they changed the URL of the "Hidden Answers". However, the fake replica of "Hidden Answers" don't work at the moment.
Genuine (supposedly): http://gxamjbnu7uknahng.*****/wiki/index.php/Financial_Services
Please note that I do not guarantee which of the above URLs is "genuine" and don't assume that any of them are "safe". Maybe both of them are "fake", I don't know.
Here are some examples of differences:
Screenshots are from Meld.
Visit "The Uncensored Hidden Wiki" or any other *.onion website at your own risk. I do not endorse and do not recommend usin…
When printing your keys make sure you use a proper font (that don't have similar characters - like "I" and "l", zero and big O).
Also don't trust your printer - some printers have hard drives. And copy of all printed documents is saved on your hard drive (and then "erased" but it still revocable using "undelete" programs) - even in Linux.
You can use this trick to prevent copies of printed pages to be written on the computer's hard drive (this is NOT applicable for printer's hard drive):
mount -t tmpfs -o size=1G tmpfs /var/spool/cups
chmod 0710 /var/spool/cups
chown root:lp /var/spool/cups
chmod 1770 /var/spool/cups/tmp
chown root:lp /var/spool/cups/tmp
Also you need encrypted home folder (/home/yourusername) to be safe and use tmpfs for writing the secrets before encryption.
The default installation of Linux distros like Ubuntu is not very secure if you don't know what you are doing.
I think the media and press coverage Bitcoin is getting as being a safe-haven asset will increase investor awareness and eventually make it a recognized safe-haven asset as investors reevaluate options. But I expect that to occur over a more gradual timespan of months to years as investors encounter long-term global financial instability. Very few people had their finger on a trigger to buy BTC the way traders were ready to shift GDP to USD or gold.
Until Bitcoin has an ETF or Forex presence (on major Forex brokers) I don't expect markets to react on a similar timescale.