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Mousetrap? A Twitter user is lured into a situation when his options are: say “goodbye” to a media account that’s been nurtured for months… or bend your knee and submit to Twitter’s well-designed Orwellian intrusion into YOUR vault of privacy and comfort zone, where you keep naively believing in having a right to keep your personal details and sensitive information to yourself. Well done, Twitter. Next time a user changes his profile picture, you will lock the account and politely request credit card details? How can a user quantify the loss of reputation, minute by minute, due to a lie: the account is “citizen erased”, apart from “locked”. What if it is a business account? What if, beside reputation, audience, engagement and revenue is lost just because… just for fun, a user utilised an available function… which is there for a purpose?..
A skirmish in the battle for Privacy has been won. Or was it? Government IDs are no longer needed for SwiftDemand account verification, the activation process has been reduced to 5 minutes from 24 (!) hours.
Q: What was the connection between 23:55 hours and the now-obsolete requirement for a scan of a government-issued ID?
(surprise) A catch is excluded from the e-mail headline (surprise-2): up until recently a user could still claim Swifts, saving up for better days. The new rules are: verification is one step shorter… but compulsory.
When grass was green and our hopes were high.. When DMYF first “met” SwiftDemand (circa March 2018), no proof of ID or photograph was required for each user to receive guaranteed 100 daily Swifts100% free to spend them on various goods and services in SwiftDemand’s shop.
After new “verification” demands appeared, SwiftDemand, in fact, aimed to have in its possession (besides usual “gentleman’s kit” of IP/browser settings/OS/MAC) a comprehensive database of users’ names, shopping interests, phone numbers, home and email addresses, government-issued IDs… and a fucking “here’s what I look now” recent photo. Next, would it be credit card numbers, birth certificates, fingerprints?.. What in the actual fuck.
Needless to say, although we harboured hope for change, SwiftDemand was all-but-dead to our cause. We stopped following its progress, lost interest in browsing the store, froze work on the drafts dedicated to promoting the platform (which we had respect for) and although merely a single visit per week was sufficient to prevent an expiry of accumulated Swifts (the system sends kind reminders), even that felt so-last-year, as we were not planning to comply with the Stalinist verification requirements.
Weekly reminders to login and claim 700 Swifts (anything above that number gets “burnt”) looked so cute, kind and charitable in the past. Just one click (if a user chose to stay logged in), an online shop almost insisting you receive goods and services for free… and a one-click faucet with no captcha!
700 Swifts were enough to make two-three purchases of real value. For 10000-20000 bargains such as PCs, hardware, or even jewellery often appeared.
The only faucet which exhibited any interest in maintaining users’ accounts and loyalty was FreeBitcoin which once sent a “we missed you, here’s 3000 Satoshi…” email.
Q: Why does this kindness begin resembling a mousetrap, or something as sleazy as Big Brother’s love for you? (“slavery is freedom…”)
Q: Why does the system want to know the faces of all those who purchased goods such as…
Q: SwiftDemand, 90% of the services purchased were never delivered and Swifts were never reimbursed. The shop was full of rubbish. Sellers had little to no initiative to sell, except for promotion of their businesses, or plain barter. When ridiculous listings was the first thing a visitor saw was not even funny, unless our theory that the system needed a “break” is correct, the verification demands which exceeded those asked by cryptocurrency exchanges made no sense.
admittedly, we were pleased that our protest was not a total waste of time.
Morale of the story: our efforts probably rippled like a drop of rain amidst roaring battle of Guadalcanal, (a metaphor so idiotic, we will keep it), yet a small step towards liberalisation is undeniable. A selfie is still a must for account verification, so the “Battle for Privacy” reached a stalemate. At times, it seems as if making a big deal out of submitting a selfie is silly.
Food for thought:Is SwiftDemand as noble an organisation as its intentions, stated in the platform’s mission statement? Is the system merely trying to enforce the one user=one account policy to prevent devaluation of the currency (=10% logical and would explain the gradual liberalisation), or is it yet another “fairytale gone bad” blockchain project? Why news which technically represent a step forward feel like a step forward followed by a step back?
Finally, why do the best die young the projects which demonstrate real potential to facilitate global progress either turn into monsters, simply vanish, or fail to make ends meet, while scams prosper feeding on the weaknesses in human nature? If cryptouniverse is Wild West (or rather some Firefly-like space), when will a Clint Eastwood appear to sort shit out?
Reality check: cryptocurrency transactions never guaranteed anonymity. Quite the opposite; the hypothetical Big Brother would not have thought of a better system monitoring financial transactions. There is nothing wrong in that per se.
DMYF is not a rage against the machine project. We do not own a Guy Fawks mask. Promotion of cyberparanoia is not our intention. Staying anonymous online is a utopian concept, but a precautionary desire to ensure a degree of anonymity does not imply that one wants or has anything criminal to hide.
Same principle applies to privacy. Some do not mind taking a shower with no curtains, others do. Some do not mind working at a desk with their manager staring at the screen from behind their back, others hate it. Some may consider purchasing a “WiFi Hacking Handbook” harmless curiosity, others (especially if “others'” budgets are overinflated and disproportional to the amount of real work) may interpret the download as interest in criminal activity (ever downloaded TOR using a “naked” personal device, home network and something like Google Chrome signed in to Google Account, just to check out what TOR is, or, say, access locally forbidden website before going on a business trip? Congratulations, your personal details have been added to some imaginary database of some imaginary organisation no one’s ever heard of).
Anonymity and privacy act as shields against identity theft and other forms of serious cybercrime. Identity theft can cause financial problems and ruin lives. Anyone who’s ever had their bank card cloned, or full card+personal details stolen knows how unpleasant it is.
A passport copy is sufficient for professional criminals to take out credit cards under others’ names, open bank accounts under others’ names and even create copies of IDs (i. e. using stolen templates). Being a victim of a “carder” is unpleasant enough. Full-scale identity theft is disastrous.
DMYF does all sorts of weird stuff. Like trying to expose scammers and warn readers that their investments are at risk. A degree of cautious mistrust is part of the game.
Security of readers’ personal data is more valuable than few hundred DOGE lost to some “cloudmining” ponzi scheme.
Hopefully SwiftDemand are the good guys, but cryptomarket is cryptomarket. Very often, things are not what they seem. When browser infections with mining scripts were rampant, amongst various browser extensions, the one responsible for hijacking a browser was that specific app, “Everybody lies”, as says Dr. House.
When Mike Horowitz gives practically identical speeches about the “financial revolution” and is quoted, its normal. An ex-Wall St. investor, millions made on early purchase into a project. When George Soros and others trash Bitcoin, calling cryptocurrency market a bubble, finally destroying lives of those who invested too much and too late, expecting quick ROIs sufficient for something like a nice short-term profit and an early-2018 holiday… and then creating a cryptocurrency-focused investment fund when the price seemed comfortable enough…. It’s also normal. Because George Soros is George Soros.
Now, who and what is SeiftDemand?..
Time shall tell.
Safety tip: if you keep a copy of your government IDs/utility bills/bank statements on your computers, at least make sure your hard disk is encrypted. Password-protected folders are not enough. Try to avoid keeping copies of documents in your online email inboxes; specifically if 2FA is not enabled. Frequent flyer-business traveller-freelance worker? Beware of public WiFi networks, consider installing a VPN, or anything that encrypts your traffic before a wireless connection is made. Check your Bluetooth settings. Update the software of your router. Better safe than sorry.
At times, Ceritifate Errors can be caused by a Browser, or even the OS configuration. A second-browser check revealed no problems, however the error did remind us of the August downtime and the necessity to mention some safety tips:
– Set a strong password. Always. Specifically, for everything to do with cryptocurrency. A “strong password” is a random combination of letters, numbers and symbols. Do not use any dictionary words. Do not use names. Do not use dates. Do not screenshot your password. Do not use the same password for more than one resource. Change your password every once in a while.
– Remember: Cointiply does not use 2FA! Anyone who gets “into” your account can either withdraw your earnings, sell all your buildings in the Mine and withdraw your earnings… Or wait around until you have enough earnings to withdraw.
– Cointiply’s website does not care how many users are logged in simultaneously and where the users are logging in from. We used a simple free VPN to mask the IP; Freebitcoin and Freedogecoin did not allow a single “roll”. Cointiply‘s website did not give a fuck.
– Perhaps, it would not be a bad idea to set up your withdrawal preferences and pre-set your Bitcoin/Dogecoin addresses… As long as your account is safe. Butcointalk Cointiply thread is full of “my account has been hacked” messages.
– This sounds absolutely ludicrous and should not be taken for more than a joke, but currently, keeping the funds in “Gems“, rather than “Coins” is something worth a thought.
– Considering the security flaws, a site-wide hacking attack would be devastating for Cointiply and its users. The funds currently held within the system (thanks to the Mining Game) keep the system afloat and are not insured. Unless playing the Mining Game, users should not hold their earnings with Cointiply.
We issue a formal apology to Cointiply, – the Bitcoin/Dogecoin Faucetdid experience technical difficulties, which were partly due to the introduction of new features. In addition, Cointiply did react very strangely to VPN configurations and did respond with ominous messages, depending on the browser used.
As for the new features (Chat, Mining Game), – as always, the NorthDMYF remembers; we review every section of every resource mentioned by us. In our eyes, quality > quantity; although we could spam our readers with lists such as “100 New Faucets 2018 Guaranteed Payout” (incl. referral links, of course), we focus only on the ones, which are not as likely to sink as 99% of them.
Whenever we are fooled, along with our readers and scammed by dishonest individuals, stealing ours and our readers’ time, our reputation, our efforts and, perhaps, even someone’s investments, “righteous anger” is what we feel.
Therefore, despite the fact that the “Mining Game” required reinvestment of the funds earned by faucet’s users (=instead of funds reaching users’ external wallets), we are happy that Cointiply is still with us and, along with trinkets, such as “Premium Account” do offer their users a variety of ways to earn internal currency which, currently, can be converted to Bitcoin or Dogecoin at a good exchange rate.
Understandably, many are curious what is happening to their referral bonus now that the CCRB Token Sale is over.
CCRB did clearly state, via the platform’s website and through correspondence, that the referral bonus will be paid out once the Token Sale finishes regardless whether the referrals make a purchase or not. It was repeated numerous times and as explicitly as it gets.
However, please remember that the cryptocurrency world is largely unregulated. Most of the companies are honest and abide by their promises and T&Cs. Others don’t.
Have you “worked” hard, promoted the CCRB platform and attracted 100s-1000s of referrals?
Did you get excited, looking at those hundreds of USD in your virtual “wallet”?
Do you feel screwed over now that you are allofasudden expected to somehow make 20% of your referrals purchase something from CCRB’s so-called “partners” (are these partnerships real and unique?), even if you have no clue who clicked on your referral link? Well, sorry to say, then you learned your lesson from an interaction with a Ponzi Scheme-ish organisation.
In case it makes you feel any better (it should not), there are people who feel that they’ve been screwed over even more than you do, – those who actually “invested” in purchasing the CCRB Token when there was no indication that CCRB is interested in anything apart from increasing the perceived legitimacy of its “ecosystem” and investing in anything apart from making it seem that the CCRB token is actually worth anything.
(is CCRB a scam or not? What is it all about? How true are all those numbers stated on CCRB’s website? Stay tuned for full digest of what, how and why!)
Q: I have contacted all my friends, family, posted in Facebook/Twitter/Steemit, got 400 (500, 600, 1000) people to register and was waiting for the end of the Token Sale and now I find out that, unless 80 people (100, 120, 200) make a purchase, it was all for nothing…
A: So, according to the “logic” (or absence of such, rather), you should NOT have referred many people. If you would have only referred your immediate family of five people and got your mom to buy whatever from whomever, you would receive 100% of your referral income.
Ergo, the harder one worked to promote CCRB, the further he or she lowered his or her chances to get anything in return. But you did not know that up until today, did you.
Q: But they said… But they wrote… But it was stated… A: Yes…: …and the CCRB “Whitepaper” states that “the token is based on the Bitcoin 2.0 protocol”. Nuff said. …to be continued.
Twitter followed Google and Facebook and is about to ban cryptocurrency-related ads. As with Facebook and Google, the policy-in-development will affect ICOs, wallets and so-called investment advice.
Without a doubt, the situation was getting out of hand. “Easy money” (there is no such thing as easy money) attracted a lot of dishonest operators to the market. Some ICOs exist only in form of a website, “investments” are usually ponzi-schemes. Unfortunately, the markets can irrationally react to headlines, but the storm will eventually settle.
To all those promising a “financial revolution” through an issue of another ERC20 token: hey, if you can revolutionise the whole financial system, you surely have enough brainpower to revolutionise product placement strategies?
From our subjective point of view, the best investment opportunities are rarely advertised aggressively.
Rather than focusing on Twitter and Facebook imposing restrictions upon advertisements of fake wallets, one should take note on Financial Stability Board officially issuing a statement that no new regulations will be imposed upon the cryptocurrency market.
“Cryptocurrencies do not pose risks for global financial stability.” – Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England.
One would expect the price of Bitcoin to be affected by a greater degree following the positive macro news, however it seems that the market is amidst a storm of uncertainty. Maintaining clarity of thought during times like these is pivotal.
Coincheck, the Japanese exchange which suffered heavily due to the NEM hack drops DASH, Monero and ZCash.
Reminder: About 523 million NEM coins were stolen from the exchange. Access to the private keys for the NEM wallet resulted in a theft of over $500 million out of the exchange.
We can see a clear segregation between a coin’s anonymity and willingness to integrate with the establishment. MasterCard’s officials are cautiously saying that they are willing to work with cryptocurrencies as long as they are not anonymous. Although Coincheck is not a market leader by far and is dropping the said currencies as a precautionary measure and, is a great divide to be expected in the future?