Questions tagged [trust]

Trust is when one party relies upon the representations made by another party such that the relying party would be harmed if the representations were inaccurate. Trust exists between users of crypto-currencies and the developers of the software they use, between mining pool managers and their miners, and between exchanges or e-wallet services and their users.

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Why does the blockchain need blocks?

I think I understand the main parts of the Bitcoin blockchain. While I was explaining the concept to my girlfriend she asked me why groups of transactions are actually stored in a block? Every ...
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How can one download the initial Blockchain data files securely?

I see several sources for binary downloads of the Bitcoin blockchain. Can any of these be used securely?
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How can a bitcoin exchange prove its solvency while maintaining privacy?

What methods can an exchange website use to prove that it actually has all its users' bitcoins? These are the requirements: User privacy is a must. No one should be able to tell how many bitcoins an ...
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Why is the full blockchain required, effectively forever?

I do understand that every block is validated in terms of the blocks before it by way of the previous block's hash, all the way back to the genesis block. However, could the protocol be modified such ...
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How do I know which exchanges are serious actors?

How do I find bitcoin exchanges? How do I know if the exchanges can be trusted?
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Can Bitcoin technology be leveraged to implement a decentralized trust system (i.e. a replacement to SSL)?

Like Namecoin is intended to replace / augment DNS, can the Bitcoin principles / protocol be extended to support a distributed "trust" mechanism, in a way that no central authority will need to be ...
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Who runs www.bitcoin.org?

The original client that can be downloaded from www.bitcoin.org is often referred to as the "official client". Similarly many regard www.bitcoin.org as the "official homepage" of the project. So, who ...
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Which Bitcoin escrow services are available - and reliable?

For some transaction, the possibility of generating "chargebacks" might be very useful. For example, when trust cannot be established between both parties. In such cases, a trusted third party may be ...
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How much trust is placed on Satoshi Nakamoto?

Is the safety of bitcoin dependent on the creator of it being a trustworthy person? Or would it be safe to use even if it turned out the creator's day job was working at the NSA?
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What happens when a gateway on the Ripple network defaults or simply vanishes?

What happens when a gateway on the Ripple network defaults or simply vanishes? Do people that got their money from it lose that money, do other gateways honour the IOUs issued by that gateway still, ...
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If there is no one company behind bitcoin, who controls it? [duplicate]

"If there is no one company behind bitcoin, who controls it?" This is the question that many people new to bitcoin ask. What is the best way to convey to them how bitcoin works, and in a way that can ...
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A list of trusted Bitcoin websites?

Is there some trusted website that maintains a list of Bitcoin-related websites and their reputation? For example, if I wanted to check if betsofbitco.in is a legitimate websites (it pays rewards ...
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Who controls Solidcoin's special millionaire accounts?

Solidcoin takes the following approach to preventing the 51% attack: As with existing cryptocurrencies, SolidCoin 2.0 stores transactions in a "block chain" which is essentially what it ...
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Does sending non-ripple-money through Ripple require two people to be connected through a web of trust?

Say we have two people - first one puts some money into their Ripple address through a use of a gateway. They are not trusting anyone on the network, but need to send their money to a second party ...
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Is bitcoin.org or bitcoincore.org the one to trust?

"Download Bitcoin Core": https://bitcoin.org/en/download "Download Bitcoin Core": https://bitcoincore.org/en/download/ I've been alternating between the two sites for years. I have ...
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How are the assets locked and unlocked trustlessly using sidechains?

I am reading sidechains white paper and in section 3.2 Symmetric two-way peg they mention that: "The parent chain coins are sent to a special output on the parent chain that can only be unlocked by ...
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How would I prove that I own X amount of Bitcoin to somebody without violating my privacy or sending/risking any coins?

Now that people who own a full Bitcoin will be like people who currently own ten million USD or more in "liquid assets", I'm trying to come up with some way that I can safely and reasonably ...
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Using blockchain to publish downloadable software verification codes

What is the point of comparing sha256 of downloaded file with published on the same website code? Why can't developers of currencies publish file version and sha256 hash on blockchain as alias or ...