The Market Is Red: Be Careful, But Expect A Rebound

Quick Post Today

Today the top 39 coins (minus tether and Binance coin) are all in the red, and most of them are in the red by 1-2% or more.

As I have been known to say, every time the entire market goes red it usually rebounds soon after. Very soon I expect expect a sudden pump as the market rebounds, although what action comes after that short rebound is a toss up. Now is one of those times that it is extremely important to keep a close eye on the market, and I would highly recommend doing so if you are not already.

Although, as always, my disclaimer: As much as I believe what I post to be true, everybody is wrong sometimes and I’m no exception; do your own research and place your bets carefully!

 

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Ready To Tank Coins Of March 2018: A Follow Up

A note for my blog readers: I posted the original post on Steemit before I even created my blog. However, since now I’m syndicating my content across both platforms I’m posting this update on both. You can read my original post here.

Three months ago in March I posted a list of 5 cryptos that I expected to tank, or at least lose a lot of value. I know that this may seem a little late for a follow up, but this wasn’t some sort of signal based on breaking news; this was a prediction of the downfall (or beginning of the downfall) of certain coins, which takes time.

DASH (Formerly DarkCoin)

On March 6th (the day I posted the predictions) DASH was at $575. Today it’s sitting at $274.92, about 48% of it’s value when I made the prediction. I would say that was pretty spot on, right? Maybe not quite as much as I expected, but close.

ZCash

On March 6th ZCash was at $381. However, soon after I predicted it’s fall news broke out about it’s adoption, followed by a pump. However, the hype has subsided and it’s currently sitting at $207.83. Not quite what I expected, but it has decreased in price, so I guess I was not totally wrong.

ETC

On March 6th ETC was coming off a very large pump, so it’s fall was pretty easy to predict. It was at $27 on the 6th and it is currently sitting at $15.48. Not quite the drop I expected, but still a pretty big drop.

Bitcoin Gold

On March 6th BTG was sitting at $105, and like I expected, has dropped to 35% of it’s original price and is currently sitting at $37.

Litcoin Cash

I do not think that there was a trader in the world who did not see this coming. At March 6th Litcoin Cash was at $1.75 and is currently sitting at $0.05, a whopping 0.03% of it’s value at the time of my post.

Final Thoughts:

While I expected some more dramatic results from a few coins, every single coin I mentioned in that post has lost substantial value.

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Time To Better Syndicate My Content: Trying Steempress

source: wikipedia.org

Quick Post:

I am a blogger with my own blog T4CH.top, and also an active member of Steemit. Today I’m trying out the WordPress plugin SteemPress, basically it’s a way to easily syndicate my content across both Steemit and my blog without running into too many issues (hopefully).

 

Guess there’s really not much more to this post though, I’m just testing the compatibility of everything. Of course stick around if you want, I’ll be resuming to my normal posting now.

XMR Due For A Bull Run? I Think So

XMR’s Price Over The Last Year

As you probably got from the title, I’m expecting Monero (XMR) to have a bull run some time during the (sort of) near future. But I won’t get ahead of myself, if you are new to crypto or XMR then let me explain what Monero is before I explain why I think it will pump.

What is Monero? Monero is a private cryptocurrency.
You see, unlike Bitcoin which has a public ledger, with Monero only you can see your balance and who you have sent to in the past. Sound like something that would attract the wrong people? While that is true, there are plenty of more legitimate reasons to want the privacy that XMR offers; especially as the value and adoption of crypto rises. You can read more about it on getmonero.com.


Is there a risk that it fades instead of pumping? I doubt it.
In the recent months we have seen older, more established coins getting bumped down from the top ten and replaced by newer coins we hardly knew anything about. Now don’t get me wrong, older coins can fade away, especially when they don’t offer too much in terms of revolutionary or unique technology; however, Monero is the anonymous coin.

It has been adopted and heavily used by privacy advocates, dark net markets, and those who don’t want their crypto wealth to be publicly known. That is something that is not replaceable in the short term. While it has lost value recently, because of the necessity of it in the crypto community (and the fact that the recently pumped coins will probably drop just as fast as they came in) makes Monero the perfect candidate for the next large pump.

Final Thoughts:
Monero really looks like it is going to pump (at least to me anyway). However, unlike a lot of coins I expect Monero to hold a lot of it’s value after the pump; so you may want to consider staying in for the long run here. Of course I could be wrong, so be sure to do your own research and place your bets carefully.

Image Credit: coinmarketcap.com & getmonero.com respectivly.

 

Update: The original date of this post is 5/31/17 and Monero was @ $156.54.

A New Twist On Lightning – A Coindesk.com Article

Today I have a pretty short post to make. I was browsing CoinDesk and came across the following article: “A New Twist On Lightning Tech Could Be Coming Soon to Bitcoin”. It’s a news article about the protocol for the Lightening Network called “Eltoo”.

 

Of course it’s not my article so I’m not going to steal CoinDesk’s content and get into the details, but if you have been following the implementation of Lightening than this article is a must read: A New Twist On Lightning Tech Could Be Coming Soon to Bitcoin

A Review of Android Browsers

A Review of Android Browsers

Want to get the best out of your Android browsing experience? Then don’t make the mistake of using the browser preinstalled on your phone, instead you will probably want to “shop around” so-to-speak and try a couple until you find the one that best suits your needs. Sorry to you Apple users, but I’ve never had an IPhone and can’t help you here.

Don’t have the time to check out a bunch of random ones? Don’t worry, I have been switching back and forth between browsers since I had an Android 1.5 Device. Here are my results:

 

Chrome: The Best All-Round
I know that I said that you don’t want to stick with the default browser that came on your phone, but if your phone came with Chrome on it then you might just be good. Chrome has a great balance of speed, security, and ease of use; so if none of the other browsers mentioned here have a feature that catches your eye then you would probably do best to stick with Chrome.

 

Firefox: The Most Advanced
Although it tends to be a bit slower than Chrome, Firefox has the ability to install addons just like the desktop version (Chrome for mobile does not have this ability). For those who consider themselves power users, or those who just like their addons should really check out Firefox for Android.

 

Opera Mini: Very Lightweight
Although Opera browser seems to suffer a bit when compared to the top browsers, Opera Mini fills it’s own little niche. Weighing in at an only about 10mb to download (although a bit more when installed), it is extremely lightweight and works wonders on an older device. In addition to that, it also has a data saver setting which can help you when browsing on a device that has a data cap and a web page download option that way you can save a page and view it offline.

 

Dolphin: Lightweight & Plugins
A bit of a lesser known browser, dolphin is perfect for somebody who wants to install plugins but needs a more lightweight browser because one can’t run Firefox well on his device. The cons? I have found dolphin to be a little unstable and the plugins have to be installed as separate apps.

 

Tenta Browser: Built in Privacy
The last on this list, it is really only useful for those who value their privacy as it comes with a bit of a learning curve. With built in profiles and a free proxy service anybody looking for a little anonymity on their phone should give this a try.

 

 

Conclusion:
Well, I hope that you gained something by reading this article. I encourage you to check out the browsers I’ve mentioned (and even ones that I have not mentioned) and find the one that best suits you. Believe me, even though it sounds trivial it can really make a huge difference for you if you do a lot of mobile browsing.

 

Image Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 — Used under the Fair Use Act

Turn Your Browser into a Fort

Turn Your Browser into a Fort

Nowadays we have so much information on our computers that it can be devastating to deal with malware. And with ransomware, websites secretly mining Bitcoin on your PC, and the fact that you can get a virus by just viewing certain ads; malware and viruses are more prevalent then ever. Here I am going to show you how to lock down your browser and do everything you can do to prevent your PC from getting infected.

There are countless different web browsers, however today I will only be covering Chrome, Firefox, and Chromium. Opera has a built in adblock setting that will provide a little protection, but Edge/Explorer and most other browsers are pretty insecure.

Any plugins/addons for Chrome/Chromium can be found at the Chrome Webstore, and any for Firefox can be found at the Addons Page for Firefox.

 

Step Zero: PC Security

Before you try to secure your browser it’s important to have your computer itself secured. Update your OS to the latest version and install some decent antivirus (especially important on Windows). Also, a firewall like TinyWall would not hurt either, but it’s not quite as much of a priority.

 

Step One: Browser Updates

The single best way to protect yourself from malicious sites is to keep your browser up to date. Vulnerabilities are found every day, and as the word gets out about them they will be abused. Seriously, if you do not have automatic updates then check right now.

 

Step Two: Adblock

Adblock is probably the easiest step you can take to provide yourself with more security than the average user, and it will save you battery, bandwidth, and probably overall improve your web experience. I would recommend “Adblock” for Chrome/Chromium and “Adblock Plus” for Firefox, although they are all pretty interchangeable.

Beware though, there are two sides to this coin. Although adblock is a must for security on shady sites it also blocks ads which kills revenue on honest sites. Once you have come to trust a site it’s best you disable adblock on that site.

 

Step Three: Noscript

NoScript

Adblock is great and all, but it’s not going to stop all viruses, and neither will it do anything for malicious cryptocurrency mining. However, this is where script blocking plugins come in. You see, scripts are basically more advanced functions on websites. They do things that you could not do with basic web code (aka HTML). This is fine and all until they start installing viruses on your computer.

For this you will want “NoScript” for Firefox or “SafeScript” for Chrome/Chromium. Once installed it will block any scripts run by a website until you enable them. Operating NoScript/SafeScript is a bit complicated and may take some getting used too, but it’s a HUGE security boost. A full tutorial is a bit outside of the scope of this post, so I will refer you to this tutorial by GHacks.

 

Step Four: Privacy with Ghostery

This step is a bit more focused on privacy instead of security, making it a bit more optional.

Often times when browsing the web you end up loading different objects. It might be Google Share Analytics monitoring your browsing habits, “Like” buttons that tell Facebook you visited a page, or so forth. “Ghostery” for Chromium, Chrome, and Firefox attempts to block those objects and limit the amount of times it’s documented that you viewed a page.

You may or may not care about this, but with the way the internet never forgets do you really want a company to have a list of pages you have visited?

 

Bonus Step: Enable these addons in Incognito

If you use Incognito tabs then you probably will want this extra privacy & security here too. However Chrome/Chromium do not run extensions in Incognito tabs in fear that the plugins will be a privacy risk. While that may be true for some plugins, it’s not for these.

In Chrome/Chromium go to Menu > More Tools > Extensions. Then hit details for each of the plugins you’ve just installed and hit “Allow in Incognito” near the bottom.

In Firefox they are already enabled, so you do not need to do anything here.

 

Final Words:

Well I hope that I gave you a bit of a hand securing your browser against the most common exploits (and remember, as long as you are more secure then the average user you are probably safe). Good luck, and I hope you take action on at least most of what you have read today if you did not already do so.

Dandelion: A Bitcoin Protocol to Hide a Transaction’s Origin

 

 

A bit of a confusing image above? I had to do a lot of reading myself to make sense of it, and I like to think of myself as a relatively technically inclined person.

Anyway, this is a graph of the potential Bitcoin protocol “Dandelion”. First brought to my attention by Coindesk, Dandelion is a protocol that attempts to hide origin of the node who submitted a Bitcoin transaction (don’t worry, I’ll explain that in a moment). I encourage you to go read the details on GitHub (or at least the abstract).

You see every time a node (a node being a computer running traditional Bitcoin software) makes a Bitcoin transaction it “announces” it to other nodes. While it’s necessary for nodes to do so (how else would the spread they word), it also means that another node could make note of who spread the word of the transaction and then use that information in whatever way they see fit.

This is where Dandelion comes in. To oversimplify everything, it basically shuffles the transactions between nodes, making it very hard to find out what node really submitted that transaction (now does the image make sense? It’s a bunch of transactions being shuffled between nodes). This is by no means anonymity, but it does strengthen your pseudonymity a bit; creating a hurdle for dragnet style surveillance. Best of all, this would not require a hard fork to implement, so implementation is foreseeable.

 

Final Thoughts:
Although Dandelion would not have a noticeable difference for most users, it would passively provide them a bit more privacy and create a fairly large barrier for somebody to perform mass surveillance.

Therefore I do hope that the development is successful and that we see Dandelion implemented at some point in the future.

A follow up to my previous prediction

A few weeks ago I made a prediction that Bitcoin would hit a pump that would end with it sitting around $10,000 to $15,000 in the following weeks. I just figured I would follow up on that today.

Well, I was sort of right. The pump did occur in the coming weeks; however I over estimated it’s strength a bit, with Bitcoin hitting a high of $9932.53. It was pretty close to the minimum I predicted 3 weeks prior, although still not as high as I expected.

Ripple: A temporary rebound on the way? My quick prediction.

 

Ripple, Ready to Rebound?
Ripple’s Price. Source: Coinmarketcap.com

Remember Ripple’s pump at the very beginning of 2018? It went from about 20 cents all the way up to $3.65, right before crashing to about 48 cents and then beginning on a slow climb again. Well, I think that it is going to rise quickly and then have another crash.

As you can see to the right, Ripple went crazy high and then dropped like a stone. A classic bubble example, although I think that the next rise and crash is already beginning to start. Here is my cut and dry prediction of what Ripple’s market will do.

 

What is Ripple?

Ripple is a pretty generic cryptocurrency. It has goals similar to Bitcoin (being a decentralized payment system), but that’s about it. You can read about it at ripple.com if you want to know more about it, of course in the world of crypto investments hype and bubbles always control the market; and I’d bet half the investors in Ripple don’t even know what it is (this is not what I would recommend, but it’s the unfortunate truth).

 

My Prediction

I predict a simple rise and fall in the coming months. It probably will not exceed $3 very much because that will be a physiological “glass ceiling” since that was the high right before the crash.

Of course I can’t be sure (and this is not financial advice), just speculation of a volatile market.