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Is it possible to brute force bitcoin address creation in order to steal money?

Bitcoin users frequently generate new addresses for each transaction they make, which greatly increases the number of bitcoin addresses being used to receive money. Would it be possible (and ...
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What happens if I mistype the address when making a payment?

I sent bitcoins to an address, but I think I made a typo when I copied it. Where did these bitcoins go. Can I get them back?
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What is a private key and a public key?

What exactly is a private key and public key in relation to Bitcoin? What are they, how are they used, and how does one find out what their private and public keys are?
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How many public keys is there?

How many wallets is there in existence(that are unique with bitcoins)? Is there any page with statistics that can give a bigger perspective other than figuring out the data structure of the ...
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Sending bitcoins to an un-owned, well-formed wallet

This is a follow-up question to: What happens if I mistype the address when making a payment?. Scenario: You're trying to send bitcoins to an address. You type in the wrong address, but the address (...
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Is there a way to figure out when an address is created?

I'm doing some bitcoin address collections. If there are some meaningful letters in the address or if the address is created in a meaningful time to me, I will buy it. How can I know when the ...
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Within the Bitcoin ecosystem where are wallet addresses stored/reserved?

I understand that Bitcoin is a distributed system based on the blockchain, and I understand that transfers/transactions are stored in the blockchain, which exists on many servers around the internet. ...
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How to generate wallet address? And how to get that connected with internet for transactions? [closed]

I would like to know how a wallet address can be generated? One site suggested me to create a script for that, that is 1 option, I would like if any other there. Mainly I am willing to know is how ...
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Is there any central management of public and private key pairs in blockchain?

Is there any entity in the blockchain that maintains record and manages public/private key pairs of all the users?
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Is there A Mechanism In Place that Prevent Address 'Squatting'? [duplicate]

Is there a function or mechanism in the bitcoin protocol that prevents someone from creating millions or billions of bitcoin addresses and just sitting on them? Do the addresses need a minimum balance ...
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How to apply my bitcoin address generated offline to online

I think I can generate bitcoin addresses offline by JS. Can I use them directly or have to report them to somewhere so that the network knows my addresses?