Native segwit (bc1) addresses are not supported anywhere, do not send MAID to them.
Addresses starting with 3 work, but only if they are generated on a Trezor hardware device.
This guide provides information on how to buy and move your MAID from an exchange.
Of course, you can buy and hold the MAID on the exchange, but then they are not yours! The normal thing, the responsible thing is that you move them to your wallet.
We (and the entire crypto world) have a very bad history with the centralized exchanges (CEX):
- MasterXchange - closed, how much MAID remained there? Unknown (do you remember that we paid them 150 MAID withdraw fee?)
- Cryptopia - hacked, how much MAID was stolen there? Unknown (I lost “only” a few thousand…)
- Bitker - stole MAID from the MaidSafe company, how much? around 250 000 MAID
- Poloniex - delist MAID, how much MAID remained there? Over 10 000 000 MAID! (and let’s not forget before that they changed the fees from 10 MAID to 80 MAID!)
- Chainrift - closed, how much MAID remained there? Unknown
- Open Ledger DEX - (exit scam), how much MAID remained there? 551 035 MAID
- Altilly - exit scam, how much MAID was stolen there? Unknown
With this brief introduction, here’s the guide:
You must have Bitcoin and an account in exchange. There are plenty of places to get Bitcoin and we won’t look at them here, but if you need some advice write to me or just call: firstname.lastname@example.org / WhatsApp https://wa.me/35924111111
There are currently several exchanges on which to buy MAID, but I recommend:
- Bittrex - https://global.bittrex.com/
- After logging in to your account go to Holdings:
- Type in the search box: BTC. Check that you have selected the correct BTC, in the field CURRENCY should be: Bitcoin. Click Deposit:
- Copy the deposit address and send Bitcoin to it to buy MAID
- Once the Bitcoin arrives on the exchange go to Markets
- Scroll down to BITCOIN MARKETS. Type in the search box: MAID. Check that you have selected the correct MAID, in the field CURRENCY should be: MaidSafeCoin. Click on BTC-MAID:
- In the Buy menu enter the Bid price you want to buy in BTC (the price is currently 0.00001029 BTC for 1 MAID) and in Quantity enter the MAID amount you want to buy. Press Buy MAID:
- Return once more to Holdings. Type in the search box: MAID. Check that you have selected the correct MAID, in the field CURRENCY should be: MaidSafeCoin. Click Withdrow: :
- Enter your wallet address in Recipient’s wallet address. (If you don’t have your own address, see below how to create one: HowTo: Use a hardware or software wallet). In Withdrawal amount enter the amount you want to withdraw:
If you buy with credit card deposit you will need to wait 10 days before you can withdraw your MAID
You can send your coins to a hardware or software wallet.
Before we go on let’s explain what we do here. Your MAID is in an address on the Bitcoin blockchain. The exchange actually has only the private key to this address. So what we are doing here is to explain how you can move your coins to a new address for which only you have the private key. Whoever has the private key can move the coins on the blockchain.
The only hardware wallet that allows you to work directly with MAID to date is Trezor.
Important! if you have a Ledger you can also send MAID to it but you will then need to move the private keys outside to be able to send MAID from the Ledger to an external address.
If you have a Trezor, simply copy the bitcoin address from “Receive Bitcoin (BTC)” tab and send the MAID from an exchange to that address. Bitcoin and MAID use the same address!
Important! do NOT use “Native SegWit account” (address starts with “bc1”)
only use SegWit account (address starts with “3” ) and “Legacy account” (address starts with “1”) in http://wallet.trezor.io to later be able to send MAID using https://trezor.github.io/omni-trezor/
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- Go to https://trezor.github.io/omni-trezor/ and click connect to Trezor
- Click “Allow once for this session”
- Select the Bitcoin account in which is your MAID
- click “Select Address”
- To send MAID enter the number you want to send and a Receiving Address. Click Submit
- Sign and Send !!!Very important - check on the Trezor screen that what you have entered on your computer is what was sent to the Trezor. You may have a virus that changes addresses!!!
- If you see this error, then you do not have enough bitcoin to send the transaction. The solution is to send enough Bitcoin to the address (for a transaction, a minimum of 12000 satoshis as of 01/10/2020)
The hardware wallet is set to show you a new fresh address each time you click on “Receive Bitcoin (BTC)” tab, but if you click on “Show previous addresses” you will see that all your old addresses you used are there:
If you want to send money a second time to the Trezor wallet you can:
- use the same address as the previous time
- use a new address
The advantage of using the same address is that it will be easier to keep track of all your MAID. You can use for this https://omniexplorer.info/ and just bookmark your address page, to visit it every time you want to make sure your MAID is in a safe place
There are two options. Hot Wallet and Cold Wallet. A hot wallet is a less secure option, a cold wallet is a more secure option.
This option is the most insecure, I recommend that you make a cold wallet.
- Open https://www.omniwallet.org/
- Click Create Wallet
- Don’t Forget Your Password! Write it offline in a safe place!
WARNING: Forgotten passwords are UNRECOVERABLE and can result in LOSS of ALL of your coins!
Before we continue, let’s protect your account as much as possible.
- Go to My Account
- Click on Setup/Enable a MultiFactor Authentication (MFA) Device
- To set up your account to require MFA device scan the QR code from the site or manually enter the secret from the site into your MFA Device/Software (Google Authenticator, Authy, etc…)
- Don’t Forget Your Wallet ID! Write it offline in a safe place!
WARNING: Losing your Wallet ID is UNRECOVERABLE and can result in LOSS of ALL of your coins!
- MAKE SURE YOU BACK UP THE PRIVATE KEYS FROM OMNIWALLET
- Go to My Wallet / Overview / Wallet Options / Backup
- Enter your password / click on the checkbox / Validate
- Save the .json file to your computer. Keep it, it contains the private keys for all your addresses - if omniwallet service goes down you will also lose your money if you don’t have it.
- When you are ready, go to My Wallet
- Click My Addresses
- Copy the Address
- Log In to а exchange to send the money to your Address
- For Bittrex Go to Balances / Deposits & Withdrawals / Select MAID / Click Withdraw / Paste the address you copy from Omniwallet in the address field ( Check it out! You may have a virus that changes address when copying/pasting!!! So check it carefully by going back to Omniwallet and make sure that the address is the same ).
Here is the real magic. After the hardware wallet, this is the second safest option.
DO NOT USE THE bitaddress.org SITE ONLINE AND ALWAYS BE OFFLINE WHEN YOU GENERATE A WALLET!
You’ll need 2 USB memory sticks. On the first one, you will save Linux Mint. On the second one, you will save the software for creating a bitcoin address.
- Go to https://linuxmint.com/download.php and download Cinnamon 32-bit or 64-bit.
- Make a bootable USB stick with Etcher (download it from here https://www.balena.io/etcher/ )
- Go to https://github.com/pointbiz/bitaddress.org
Click Clone or download / Download ZIP
- Save it on the second USB stick
- Shut down your computer. Unplug the internet cable from your LAN card or disable WiFi.
- Insert the first USB stick (the one with Linux on it) on your computer. Start your computer and boot it from the USB drive.
- You want to use only the live Linux version without installing it! So wait for it to start automatically or press Start Linux Mint.
- Insert the second USB stick. Extract the bitaddress.org-master.zip
- Select bitaddress.org.html, click right button → Open With → Other Application → FireFox
- Move your mouse until a bitcoin address is generated.
- If you have a printer now is the time to turn it on and print the generated address. If not you will need to write down on a piece of paper the Private Key ( Do not save it on the memory stick! Any device that can be placed on a computer with access to the Internet is vulnerable! )
- Be sure not to print on a printer that keeps a history of what was printed (eg most office printers do keep history so do not print on those printers)
- Make at least 3 copies of the Private Key to keep in different places. For added security, cut the copies in half and store each piece at a different location.
- Now is the time to record your public Bitcoin Address. It can be stored on a flash drive for ease. It’s public, so no problem.
- Create New Document → Empty Document → Display → Copy/Paste the public Bitcoin Address and safe the file on the second flash drive.
- Restart your computer and remove the first flash drive.
- Log in to your operating system and log In to а exchange to send the money to the Address you save on the second flash drive.
- For Bittrex Go to Balances / Deposits & Withdrawals / Select MAID / Click Withdraw / Past the address you copy from the second flash drive in the address field ( Check it out! You may have a virus that changes address when copying/pasting!!! So check it carefully by going back to the second flash drive and make sure that the address is the same ).
- send a small amount of BTC to the new address for when you wish to move the coins back to an exchange / transform to SafeCoin address.
- check if your downloads from bitaddress and Mint are genuine:
- Open https://github.com/pointbiz/bitaddress.org/blob/master/CHANGELOG.txt and look at the SHA256 sum:
- Open PowerShell in the folder where you downloaded and extracted the file bitaddress.org-master.zip (HOLD shift button and right click with the mouse to see the powershell option)
- Enter the command
Get-FileHashand the path to the file bitaddress.org.html (you can select and drag it to the PowerShell console)
- Compare the SHA256 sum from 1. with what you see in the PowerShell console. They must be the same!
- If you want to be uber magical you can use the power of cryptography and encrypt the private key of your bitcoin address:
- Open https://openlibrary.org/ and select a random book
- Go to a random page.
- Look for the first character of your Bitcoin key on the page (for example, if your key is L45bAP85f*****, look for the letter L.)
- Record the page number, line number, and character number. (for example, page 157, line 11, character number 1 = [157_11_1_u] (u=uppercase)):
- For each character from the private key do the same
- The end result is [157_11_1_u]+[n]+[n]+…
- You can also store this result online, just remember which book and which edition of the book you used to encrypt it
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