CEX.IO Buying Tutorial (Credit Card/Debit Card)

  • Open the Buy/Sell page
  • Choose a crypto pack and click Buy
  • Enter your card number and card expiry date

You’ll have the crypto you purchased on your CEX.IO balance within minutes.

We’ve prepared a detailed guide to help you become a crypto owner without hassle.

1. Register an account

You’ll need to provide your email address, country of residence, first and last name, and date of birth. US residents should also pass Identity verification before making a purchase.

To secure your account and funds, we strongly recommend enabling 2FA.

2. Verify your account

As a regulated cryptocurrency exchange platform, CEX.IO is required to identify its users. Identity Verification helps to prevent the creation and use of fraudulent accounts on CEX.IO. Follow our detailed guide to pass verification smoothly.

3. Open the Buy/Sell page

On the Buy/Sell page, you’ll see packs of crypto in commonly purchased amounts at set prices. These prices are calculated at the current market rate and frozen for 120 seconds to mitigate the risks connected with price fluctuations.

Click the How it works? button to get familiar with Instant Buy service and conditions.


4. Select a currency to buy

At the top of the page, right above the precalculated packs, you’ll see two drop-down lists with crypto and fiat currencies.

Select any of the supported cryptocurrencies to buy and the fiat currency to pay with.

5. Choose a pack or enter the amount you want to buy or spend

The minimum amount you can spend is 20 USD/EUR/GBP. The calculated purchase amount includes commission for the service.

Once you’ve decided on the amount to buy, click Buy to continue.

Note that after registration, you’ll have an Intro account with a total transactions limit of $100. If you want to increase your limits, go to the Verification page and verify your identity.

a. On the next page, you’ll be asked to submit your debit/credit card details:

  • Card number
  • Expiry date

Note: residents from the USA should provide some additional details like state, zip code, and SSN. Users from the UK should additionally provide the last name, date of birth, address, and postcode.

b. If you’ve already connected your card to your CEX.IO account or made a fiat deposit, you can skip card verification.

Just select a verified card or your CEX.IO balance as the payment method.


7. Double-check everything and confirm your purchase

Before you confirm the operation:

Finally, click Buy Now.

You’ll get the purchased crypto on your CEX.IO balance in a few seconds.

BitPanda Buying Tutorial (Credit Card/Debit Card)

BitPanda Tutorial (Credit Card/Debit Card)

This section will show you how to buy using BitPanda.

Open an Account on BitPanda

Once you create your account and verify your email address, you can begin following the steps below:

Login to Your Account

Login to your account and click “Buy” in the top menu bar. You will now see a page like below. Select “Visa/Mastercard” since you want to buy with your credit or debit card. Also, enter the amount of euro you want to spend or amount of BTC you want to buy:


Now confirm that you want to buy with credit/debit. (Note that only 3d-Secure Mastercard and verified by Visa cards are allowed. If you don’t have one of these try CoinMama or Coinbase).


Now you need to confirm that the amount you entered before is indeed the amount you want to buy. Also, you confirm that you agree to BitPanda’s exchange rate. In the “the Current Price” field you can also see the exchange rate you are getting. It will likely be 3-4% above the market rate since BitPanda’s fees are included in the exchange rate.

Note, you only have 60 seconds to lock in your exchange rate and confirm!


Now you will have to verify via SMS or a phone call:


Enter the PIN code you received via SMS or phone call:


If you verified successfully, you can now click “Click here to start the payment process”. Make sure you note the 10 minute time–you have this amount of time to complete your order.


On this page you enter your credit card details through mPAY24. One you enter your card information press “Bezahlen”:


That’s it! Now in your BitPanda account you can check your “History” tab to view the trade details.


You should now withdraw the bitcoins you bought to your wallet.

CoinMama Buying Tutorial (Credit Card/Debit Card)

CoinMama Buying Tutorial (Credit Card/Debit Card)

This section will show you how to buy using CoinMama.

Open an Account on CoinMama

Once you create your account and verify your email address, you can begin following the steps below:

1. Login to Your Account


2. Verify your Identity

Enter all of your personal details in the fields above and save them.


3. Upload and Verify your ID




You NEED a Bitcoin wallet for the next step.

If you don’t have a wallet yet, learn how to get a Bitcoin wallet now.

We’ll wait for you here 😉

4. Select Payment Method

You can use credit/debit card, SWIFT, SEPA (Europe only) or Faster Payments (UK only).


5. Select Amount of Bitcoins to Buy

You can also buy other coins.


6. Enter your Bitcoin Wallet Address

The bitcoins will be sent here once your payment has been completed.


7. Enter Card Info

Enter your credit or debit card information.


Coinbase Buying Tutorial (Credit Card/Debit Card)

Coinbase Buying Tutorial (Credit Card/Debit Card)

Coinbase lets you buy bitcoins instantly with a credit card or debit card. Here are step-by-step instructions to help make the buying process easier for you.


1. Create an Account on Coinbase

First select “Get Started” on the top left of Coinbase.com.

Then fill in your info at the signup form and select “Create Account”.

Once you create an account, confirm your personal details and login. You may be asked to upload a scan of ID. Once you’ve logged in, continue to the next step.

2. Navigate to account settings

Navigate to the top right corner and click on your name. There should be a drop-down menu where you can click “Settings”. Then click “Payment Methods” on the menu at the top and you should see something that looks like this:

coinbase Click on “Add Payment Method” in the right corner.

3. Click “Credit/Debit Card”


4. Enter your Credit/Debit Card Information

Note that Coinbase only accepts Visa and Mastercard credit/debit cards at this time.


5. Confirmation

You should see a confirmation like the one below. If so, your credit/debit card has been successfully added!


6. Buy Bitcoins!

Go to the buy page and you should see a widget that looks like the image below:


Enter the amount you want to buy, and click “Buy Bitcoin Instantly“. Your coins will then be delivered to your Coinbase wallet!

7 Top Privacy Cryptocurrencies

There are many reasons to keep your financial transactions private. Contrary to what some people believe, Bitcoin is not private. Luckily, there are a few cryptocurrencies that are dedicated to protecting your sensitive financial information.

The top 7 cryptocurrencies that you should consider are: Monero, Dash, ZCash, Verge, Komodo, Horizen and Bitcoin Private. These privacy-focused currencies use different methods to keep financial transactions private, giving users a wide variety of solutions. 

Each method has benefits and downsides. Let’s get into the details of each currency and the methods that they use to protect your privacy.

1. Monero (XMR)

Monero privacy explained

Monero was created as an offshoot of Bytecoin in 2014.

At the time of this writing, Monero is the most popular private cryptocurrency available. 

It uses the RingCT (Ring Confidential Transactions) protocol to secure all payments. The protocol is quite complex if you don’t know anything about cryptocurrencies.


So it helps to use Bitcoin as an example, because most people generally know how Bitcoin works.

If you don’t know anything about how cryptocurrencies work, read my beginner’s guide to trading cryptocurrencies.

In order to receive Bitcoin, you give someone your pubic wallet address. A Bitcoin address looks like this:


With Bitcoin, everyone can see your wallet and the transactions that occur in that wallet. You can use a blockchain explorer to see the transactions that have taken place in every wallet.

The Monero blockchain provides a similar wallet address that people can send money to. However, Monero does not send transactions directly to a wallet address.

Behind the scenes, it randomly mixes several different transactions together, so anyone who is looking cannot tell exactly where any one transaction came from and where it went. The transactions also do not go directly to your wallet address, but it goes to another hidden wallet address on the blockchain.  

Only you have the ability to spend money from that hidden wallet.

However, if you want to show someone your transactions, you can give them a “secret view key” that allows them to see your wallet activity. It does not allow anyone with the key to create transactions, only view them.

So this gives wallet owners a small amount of transparency when needed, while maintaining a high level of security.

The biggest advantage of Monero is that it’s fungible, or all units of Monero are equal.

But aren’t all cryptocurrencies like that?


Since other currencies like Bitcoin have public wallets, if a wallet is shown to have been involved in a crime, the funds in that wallet are now tainted and cannot be used for future transactions.

With private cryptocurrencies like Monero however, outsiders cannot tell where the funds came from, so they cannot be tainted.

That’s a very high-level explanation of how it works, but it gives you the basic idea.

The only downside with private currencies like Monero is that you could be subject to surveillance for using them. Since the transactions are private, it could be used for illegal transactions and attract more attention from law enforcement.

Learn more about Monero here. To get a more detailed description of the privacy protocol, read this.

2. Dash (DASH)

Dash cryptocurrency privacy explained
Image: Dash

Dash is an abbreviation for “digital cash.” It’s another cryptocurrency that has a privacy component, but it’s not as private as Monero.

Dash provides a compromise between public Bitcoin transactions and private Monero transactions.

There are benefits to both public and private transactions.

Public transactions can be audited and provide transparency, when needed. This is useful if you have a public company or a nonprofit organization, where financials need to be published.

Private transactions keep your information safe and keeps people from digging into your private life.

With Dash, you can choose if your transaction is public, or private. Privacy is created by using the PrivateSend feature.

When you send a transaction in PrivateSend mode, it “mixes” your transaction with other transactions on the network, so it’s almost impossible to figure out the source of each individual transaction.

Private transactions will cost a little more, but it makes sense, given the additional steps required.

Although Dash has the ability to send private transactions, it’s not something that they openly advertise. Probably because this could be misconstrued as a way to do illegal transactions.

While it’s certainly possible that criminals could use private currencies for illegal activities, it’s also equally possible that honest people just don’t want other people all up in their business.

So Dash provides a nice balance by allowing users to choose public or private transactions.

Dash transactions are also faster and cheaper than Bitcoin transactions. While average Bitcoin transactions can take 10 minutes or more, Dash says that their transactions take a little as 1 second, and cost less than a penny.

That’s impressive!

You can also purchase Dash via ATMs in different parts of the world. The fact that Dash is available at these ATMs alongside Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum, is a great sign that there could be wider adoption of Dash as an everyday transaction cryptocurrency.

Example of cryptocurrency ATM
Image: CoinFlip

…and that’s ultimately what will ensure the survival of a cryptocurrency.

It has to have a practical, real-world use.  

You can read more about what makes a good cryptocurrency here.

Learn more about Dash here.

3. ZCash (ZEC)

ZCash cryptocurrency

ZCash uses a zero knowledge proof called zk-SNARKs (zero-knowledge succinct non-interactive arguments of knowledge). With this method, transactions are transmitted and stored on a public blockchain, while hiding the private details.


The project was launched in 2016 and is based on the work of researchers from MIT, Technion, Johns Hopkins, Tel Aviv University and UC Berkeley.

According to their website, as of May 2020, over 39,000 retailers currently accept ZCash.

You can find a list of exchanges to purchase ZCash here.

Learn more about ZCash here.

4. Verge (XVG)

Verge cryptocurrency

Verge Currency was originally called DogeCoinDark, and was first launched in 2014.

It’s a 100% open source project, so anyone can go in and review the source code to see how it works. This might seem like a bad thing, but having an open source project is essential to creating the most secure private currency possible.

There are 2 primary benefits of a project being open source:

  1. The developers cannot sneak in code that can steal money, cause harm or provide backdoor access to transactions
  2. The community can contribute to the project, allowing for many more sources of innovation

Most of the cryptocurrencies on this list are open source projects. 

Verge Currency has a maximum of 16,377,701,543 XVG, so new currency cannot be “printed” in the future.

Learn more about Verge here.

5. Horizen (ZEN)

Horizen private cryptocurrency

Like ZCash, Horizen uses zk-SNARKs technology to secure transactions. 

Unlike many of the other cryptocurrencies on this list, Horizen seeks to be more than just a digital currency. They are building an ecosystem that can not only host financial transactions, but can also host distributed applications (dApps) and other technologies.

Their websites says that their blockchain solution is more scalable than other projects, which can dramatically speed up transaction times and capacity.

Learn more about Horizen here.


PIVX used the Zerocoin protocol to secure transactions. But as they say here, they are now transitioning to a new solution.

By the looks of it, they will implement zk-SNARKs, just like many of the other private cryptocurrencies on this list.

PIVX new protocol
Image: PIVX

That’s a good sign. However, based on this, I would say that this project is not fully developed yet.

So while this project is worth watching, you probably shouldn’t put any money into it yet.

Learn more about PIVX here.

7. Bitcoin Private (BTCP)

Bitcoin private explained

Perhaps the biggest criticism of Bitcoin is that it’s not private.

Although Bitcoin accounts don’t have names and addresses attached to them, every wallet can be publicly tracked.

Therefore, if you know the wallet that a transaction was sent from and you know the person that owns the wallet that the money was sent to, you can track that wallet and see that person’s transactions.

Some tracking software can also track the IP of the computers used to do these transactions.

Enter Bitcoin Private. 

It’s a hard fork of Bitcoin, meaning that a group of developers wanted to improve on the design of Bitcoin, so they used the programming code of Bitcoin as a starting point, then they made their own modifications. This is perfectly acceptable in the the world of cryptocurrencies and promotes evolution to improved iterations of a technology.

The technology that was used to make Bitcoin Private secure was taken from the ZClassic cryptocurrency.

So BTCP is a combination of the technology from Bitcoin and ZClassic.

In addition to privacy, BTCP also says that they have faster transaction speeds, compared to BTC.

We haven’t seen any BTCP ATMs or websites that accept it yet, so only time will tell if it will become as popular as Bitcoin. 

Learn more about Bitcoin Private here.

Which Privacy Cryptocurrency is the Best?

As with all things, you should do your own research and find the private cryptocurrency that works best for you and your situation.

Your privacy needs will be different from others, so the ideal private cryptocurrency for you might be different than for others.

However, there’s currently one very clear leader in the private cryptocurrency space, and that is Monero.

As of the initial writing of this article, Monero is the best performing private cryptocurrency on the market.

Here’s the chart…

Monero chart
Image: TradingView

Like with all private cryptocurrencies, the potential downside of Monero is that it can be seen as a type of money that’s only used for illegal activities.

That said, if you want the most private cryptocurrency, it’s probably Monero.

At least at the time that this was written.

However, if you want flexibility, then Dash is probably your best bet. The fact that you can get it at ATMs along with established cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, makes it a great candidate for wider adoption.

But regardless of what you feel is best, always do your research before investing time and money in a private cryptocurrency. Make sure that you are comfortable with the security of the technology and the team behind the project.

Just like with picking trading strategies, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution.

What is BRD Wallet?

What is BRD Wallet?

BRD is one of the most popular Bitcoin and Ethereum wallets for iOS and Android.

While BRD does have a number of features, for the most part it’s very easy to use, especially for new bitcoin users.

If you are looking for a simple multicurrency hot wallet, BRD is probably one of the best there is.

You should always do research before downloading or installing any Bitcoin wallet.

With that in mind it can be helpful to look at what type of cryptocurrency investor the BRD wallet is designed for.

brd wallet homepage

Who is BRD Wallet Good For?

BRD is good for new bitcoin users who are just getting comfortable sending and receiving bitcoins.

It’s also good for users who are spending and receiving bitcoins daily, or need to keep a. small amount on their phone.

Is BRD Safe?

brd wallet support

For the most part, yes. BRD has a proven security record and the wallet itself has never been hacked.

You should always do research before downloading or installing any Bitcoin wallet.

Just make sure you download directly from the App Store or Google Play Store.

What Coins Does BRD Support?

BRD supports bitcoin, ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, OmiseGo, SALT, Time, Wings, Ripple, and BRD token as well as all other ERC20 coins.

How to Add Funds to BRD

You can buy bitcoins on an exchange and send them to your BRD wallet.

After you buy the coins on the exchange, you need to send them to your bread wallet.

You can also buy directly from the in-app exchange inside of BRD, though the fees will be generally higher.

brd wallet internal exchange
All you have to do is select ‘Buy & Sell’ from the bottom left menu of the home dashbaord and enter your trade and payment info.

Your trade will be limited to a few hundred dollars until you supply BRD and its liquidity partner with more personal info about yourself.

How to Receive Bitcoin (or any coin) on BRD

If you need to get a receiving address for a specific coin on BRD, do this:

  1. From the home screen, select the coin you want to receive.
  2. At the bottom, select “Receive”.
  3. You can tap the address and it will copy it to your clipboard, or you can give someone the QR code to scan.Bonus Step
  4. If you know exactly how much you want to receive, you can select “Request an Amount” and it will create a unique QR code that will only ask for that amount.

brd wallet receive coins


Do not give someone an address for a different coin than the one you want. If you want Bitcoin but you select a receiving address from a Litecoin wallet, you will never receive your coins. The address must match the coin you want to receive.

If you are sending yourelf coins from your exchange account, do the following. For the purposes of illustation, I will use Coinbase, but the steps will be roughly the same for any exchange.

Select “Send” from the account of the coin you want to send yourself. I am using Bitcoin in this case. So I select BTC on Coinbase and enter the amount of BTC I want to send. You can send as little or as much as your BTC as you wish, but be aware that each withdrawal will have a fee.

send coins on coinbase

Send from coinbase

Input the address you copied above into the address field and check it by sight to ensure Coinbase is sending the Bitcoin to the correct address as shown on your BRD wallet app

input address into coinbase

Copy the address to Coinbase

Then hit Confirm.

You will be given a transaction ID so you can follow the transaction on the blockchain and you should see the coins show up on BRD soon.

How to Backup BRD Wallet

Backing up BRD is simple. Simply write down the code you receive when you setup the wallet. Store it in a safe place, where no one would find it.

Here is a step-by-step guide to make it super easy if you aren’t sure.

1. Find the Recovery Settings

Head to Menu -> Security Settings -> Recovery Key

brd wallet settings

2. Continue through warnings

Scroll through the various warnings and instructions (this is worth reading if this is your first time creating a wallet backup).

start brd wallet backup

3. Enter your PIN

You set up your 6-digit PIN when you first downloaded BRD.

brd wallet pin number

4. Write down the words

Write down each word, one by one, scrolling right until you get to the final (12th) word. Then input the two words BRD asks you for to confirm you have them. Then exit out once it confirms.


Never write down these words on an internet connected device like your phone or laptop (or any electronic device). Do not screenshot the recovery words either. If someone hack your phone or finds the recovery phrase, they can take all your coins on the wallet. These words should be kept on paper or preferably on one of PrivacyPros Billfodl steel backup devices.

finish brd wallet backup
It’s worth repeating at this point that even if you do a good job backing up your BRD wallet, your coins are not very safe on any phone wallet like BRD.

The Ledger Nano X is a multi-currency hardware wallet, featuring a screen for payment validation and architected around a secure element for maximum protection of your assets. This is the best place to store the bulk of your coins.

How to Restore a BRD Wallet

To restore a BRD wallet, all you need are the 12 words you wrote down in the previous section.

The nice thing is, you do not need BRD wallet to retrieve your coins. Any wallet that supports BIP39 (which is nearly any wallet today) can be used recover the coins that were held on your BRD wallet.

For the rest of this walkthrough, I will be using BRD wallet, but just know that each wallet has very minor differences in its menus and how it organizes various features, such as wallet recovery.

  1. Choose the Recover wallet option on a new install of a wallet or on a hardware wallet
  2. Input your 12 word phrase one word at a time
  3. Input a new PIN (can use your old one if you want).
  4. You coins should now be restored.

recover brd wallet
Make sure the wallet is trustworthy and is directly from the wallet’s website.

How Does BRD Calculate Transaction Fees?

You may notice when sending a payment there is a small fee attached.

brd wallet send btc

This fee will vary based on when you send your transaction and how many transactions have been made with your wallet.

BRD has its own fee calculation system. It’s based on the current fees on the Bitcoin network, in order to save you the most money by having you pay the lowest fee possible.

How to add a new coin

Adding a new coin to your list of wallets is easy on BRD.

  1. From the home screen, simply select Manage Wallets
  2. Add Wallet
  3. Select the coin you want to add
  4. View your new wallet on the home screen

add coins to brd wallet

BRD Support

brd wallet faq

bread wallet has a detailed FAQ on their website that should help answer most users basic questions.

BRD vs Coinbase

It’s hard to directly compare breadwallet and Coinbase.

Coinbase is more of an exchange than a wallet.

Even though it is considered a very safe exchange to temporarily store small amounts of bitcoins, we strongly recommend you NOT use Coinbase to store any significant amount.

When you use Coinbase, Coinbase controls your private keys and function as a bitcoin bank.

Storing your bitcoins with BRD means you control your private keys.

You should always do research before downloading or installing any Bitcoin wallet.

There is however a new Coinbase Wallet developed by Toshi Holding Ltd., which Coinbase owns.

coinbase wallet
This wallet is very similar to BRD and may be worth giving a try to see which one you like better. Unlike Coinbase, Coinbase wallet allows you to store your own private keys, which means you control the coins it holds.

Does BRD Support Ethereum?

Yes, BRD supports Ethereum.

How to Update BRD Wallet

BRD can be updated on iOS through the App Store. On Android, it can be updated in the Play Store.

Which Hardware Wallets Work with BRD?

There are no hardware wallets that work with BRD at this time.

Send from BRD to Bank Account

Right now there is no way to “send” bitcoins directly from your BRD wallet to a bank account.

You will have to send bitcoins from your wallet to an exchange where you then can sell and transfer the money to your bank account.

Understanding the Basics of the Bitcoin Wallet

bitcoin wallet

In order to get a handle on what cold storage actually is, it’s important to review the fundamentals of the “bitcoin wallet.” In the same way that you can use a traditional wallet to store your paper currency, you can use a bitcoin wallet to store your bitcoin in digital form.

In other words, you can think of your bitcoin wallet as your personal bitcoin mailing address.

bitcoin house

This might sound like having a bank account, but it’s actually quite different.

Instead of needing to trust a third party to keep your cryptocurrency secure, you can use a bitcoin wallet as your sole gateway to the decentralized network. There’s no need to ask a branch manager for permissions when you want to transfer bitcoin, there aren’t any annoying forms to fill out, and transfers happen within minutes.

Bitcoin wallets can be used to:

  • Pay for items with bitcoin by transferring your payment to merchants who accept cryptocurrency.
  • Receive bitcoin deposits from customers, friends, or relatives.
  • Maintain your financial privacy by making anonymous purchases.

What is Bitcoin cold storage?

cold storage

As you can see, bitcoin wallets are incredibly useful. All of this begs the question, however, of how many different types of bitcoin wallets there actually are.

Generally speaking, Bitcoin wallets come in two main types:

Hot wallets

The phrase “hot wallet” refers to any bitcoin wallet that requires the internet to function properly. Hot wallets derive their name from the fact that they need electricity to work. If the power goes out, then so does your hot wallet.

For example the popular mobile wallet BRD is an example of a hot wallet.

brd wallet on an iphone

BRD is a widely used mobile “hot” wallet

Cold wallets

Not only do cold wallets work without an active internet connection, but many cold wallets don’t even need a computer. Cold wallets have several similarities to traditional physical wallets, but they also have a few differences.

For example, the Ledger Nano X and Nano S are the most popular cold wallets on the market.

ledger nano x and nano s

titans of the hardware wallet field

Is “Cold Storage” Different Than Using A Cold Wallet?

In general, “cold storage” refers to any bitcoin storage device that does not require electricity. A cold storage device can be a physical box, a piece of paper, or a list of numbers and letters that you keep in your head.

“Hot storage,” as you may have guessed, is simply the analogous generalization for storage devices that require an internet connection.
Thus, hot wallets are an example of hot storage devices, and cold wallets are an example of cold storage devices.

The Major Differences Between Cold Storage And Hot Storage

hot vs cold storage

In contrast to hot storage, cold storage provides:

  • Increased security protections
  • A reliable way to keep your bitcoin offline
  • An easy way to transport your bitcoin between your various wallets

What are the different types of bitcoin cold storage wallets?

When it comes to choosing a cold storage wallet that can help keep your bitcoin secure, the most popular choices tend to be:

Hardware wallets

Hardware wallets include USB sticks and other digital storage devices that you can use offline. Typically the private key to coins is never exposed to the internet because the device itself is air gapped.

Steel Backups

The steel wallet is literally a piece of indestructible stainless steel that you can use to carry your bitcoin private keys or backups in. This makes it an excellent choice if you’re concerned about losing paper or live in an area with lots of flooding, fires or earthquakes.

You can checkout how they work in the video below:



Steel wallets are interesting because they can act as both a “paper wallet” or as a backup for any kind of Bitcoin wallet in case yours is lost, stolen, or destroyed. Almost any crypto holder can benefit from one of these steel wallets regardless of how they choose to Store their coins.


Paper wallets

If you’re concerned about malicious computer hackers getting access to your wallet, then a paper wallet is one of your best options.

bitcoin paper wallet

A very common Bitcoin paper wallet



Setting up a paper wallet is for HIGHLY advanced users only. There are many ways to get a paper wallet wrong – all of which can result in a total loss of funds. Proceed at your own risk.



As the world’s first bitcoin credit stick, the OpenDime device lets you spend your bitcoin balance in the same way that you would use a traditional credit card.

open dime hardware wallet

An OpenDime – front and back

The open dime is very much like a Bitcoin piggy bank. You can add as much bitcoin to it as you want and as many times as you want, however you can only spend from it once. At that point, the private key is exposed and the funds are no longer safe on the hardware. Because of this, its best to send all the coins to a new address once you are ready to use them.

For a great review and walkthrough on how the open dimes are used, watch this video:



cold storage comparison

So now you know of all the different options when it comes to choosing between cold storage wallets. Let’s compare them all to each other to see which one would be best for you.

Paper Wallets Vs. Hardware Wallets

Technically speaking, hardware wallets fall somewhere in between a traditional hot wallet and a pure cold storage device.

With hardware wallets, the private key is stored digitally on a microchip, like a hot wallet. But that chip is never exposed to an internet connection.

disassembled ledger nano x

Nano X Construction and Anatomy

Hardware wallets can be a bit easier to carry around and make transactions with, but they are also subject to data degradation risks. This is why many users pair them with a steel wallet as a backup.

Paper Wallets Vs. Steel Wallets

billfodl with background of flood fire and atomic bomb

Billfodl protects your coins from fires, floods, and even atomic blasts

When it comes to state-of-the-art bitcoin cold storage, steel backups are definitely ahead of the curve. Steel wallets provide the convenience of the paper wallet with the portability of the hardware wallet, but they also come with some added security features that make them worth looking into.

Steel wallets have two primary uses:

  1. They can be used to backup any kind of hardware or software wallet. Typically these wallets spit out a 12 to 24 word phrase you can use to get your coins back if your main wallet is lost, stolen, or destroyed.
  2. They can be used as a more sturdy version of a paper wallet. After you have generated your paper wallet, you can recreate the private key in the steel wallet using the provided tiles. Afterward you can keep the paper Wallet with the steel wallet and if there is ever a fire or a flood, you have a copy of the paper wallet that will survive.

In the video below, you can see Billfodl (the most popular steel wallet) get put through several tests. It even survived an explosion using 600 gallons of jet fuel.

Paper wallets and steel wallets are both protected from hardware data degradation, however the ink on the paper can disintegrate or run if it gets wet or too hot. Steel wallets are also protected from this risk.

Paper Wallets Vs. OpenDime

The OpenDime is basically a cross between a hardware wallet and a steel wallet. If you’re partial to the idea of carrying a paper bitcoin wallet, then OpenDime can be another viable option. Like hardware wallets, open dimes are subject to data degradation over time.

open dime info

what makes opendime special

On the other hand, paper wallets use regular paper to reduce the chance of your coins being hacked. Paper wallets keep your public and private keys on a plain sheet of paper, but they can also be modified to include a QR code to transfer data back and forth between your other cold storage devices.

Closing Thoughts

In summary, bitcoin cold storage is an effective way to keep your cryptocurrency from falling into their wrong hands. Even though it can be easy to end up feeling overwhelmed when you consider all of the cold storage options available, there’s no reason to limit yourself to just one wallet type.

One of bitcoin’s best features is that it’s easily divisible, so you can allocate a portion of your holdings to several different cold storage devices at once.

Most cryptocurrency users keep some bitcoin in cold storage and some in a hot wallet to have some funds that are ready to use.

Whichever way you choose to allocate your bitcoin, make sure to keep security at the forefront of your plan.

Types of Cryptocurrency Explained

Types of Cryptocurrency Explained

Cryptocurrencies within a Self-Directed IRA

Digital currency is designed to work as a medium of exchange. There are many different types of cryptocurrency, but these eight are among some of the more well-known currencies.

1. Bitcoin (BTC)

One of the most commonly known currencies, Bitcoin is considered an original cryptocurrency. It was created in 2009 as an open-source software. The author of the whitepaper that established this digital currency was under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto.

How does Bitcoin work?

Using blockchain technology, Bitcoin allows users to make transparent peer-to-peer transactions. All users can view these transactions; however, they are secured through the algorithm within the blockchain. While everyone can see the transaction, only the owner of that Bitcoin can decrypt it with a “private key” that is given to each owner.

Unlike a bank, there is no central authority figure in the Bitcoin. Bitcoin users control the sending and receiving of money, which allows for anonymous transactions to take place throughout the world.

2. Litecoin (LTC)

Litecoin was launched in 2011 as an alternative to Bitcoin. Like other cryptocurrencies, Litecoin is an open source, global payment network that is completely decentralized, meaning there are no central authorities.

What’s the difference between Bitcoin and Litecoin?

Here are a few differences between these digital currencies:

  • Litecoin is believed to feature faster transaction times.
  • The coin limit for Bitcoin is 21 million and Litecoin is 84 million.
  • They operate on different algorithms, Litecoin’s being “scrypt” and Bitcoin’s is “SHA-256.”

3. Ethereum (ETH)

Created in 2015, Ethereum is a type of cryptocurrency that is an open source platform based on blockchain technology. While tracking ownership of digital currency transactions, Ethereum blockchain also focuses on running the programming code of any decentralized application, allowing it to be used by application developers to pay for transaction fees and services on the Ethereum network.

4. Bitcoin Cash

Bitcoin Cash is a type of digital currency that was created to improve certain features of Bitcoin. Bitcoin Cash increased the size of blocks, allowing more transactions to be processed faster.

5. Ethereum Classic

Ethereum Classic is a version of the Ethereum blockchain. It runs smart contracts on a similar decentralized platform. Smart contracts are applications that run exactly as programmed without any possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third-party interface. Like Ethereum, it provides a value token called “classic ether,” which is used to pay users for products or services.

6. Zcash (ZEC)

Zcash is a digital currency that was built on the original Bitcoin code base. Conceived by scientists at MIT, Johns Hopkins and other respected academic and scientific institutions, it was built on a decentralized blockchain. A core feature and differentiation of Zcash is an emphasis on privacy. While not a function available to investors on Equity Trust’s platform, users can send and receive Zcash without disclosing the sender, receiver or the amount transacted.

7. Stellar Lumen (XLM)

Stellar lumen is an intermediary currency that facilitates currency exchange. Stellar allows a user to send any currency they own to someone else in a different currency. Jed McCaleb founded the open-source network Stellar and created the network’s native currency in 2014.

8. Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision (Bitcoin SV)

Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision (BSV) is the result of the 2018 split, or hard fork, of Bitcoin Cash. It is intended to more closely resemble the original purpose of Bitcoin, particularly decentralization and using cryptocurrency as payments.

Best IPTV Player for Smart TV Samsung, LG and Others – 2021

More people are watching TV online. This has made the term IPTV increasingly popular. A term that refers to the technology that allows us to watch TV over the Internet. This technology takes advantage of the TCP / IP protocol to send video and allow watching TV channels from any device connected to the Internet. , We will show the best IPTV applications to watch IPTV on your smart TV.


Fortunately, today we can find many IPTV applications to watch Internet TV from our smart TV or even from our mobile phone. The applications offer us certain advantages, such as the ability to see the content that we want, they provide all types of content, and allow us to save the content on our devices so that we can see it whenever and wherever we want, and access to many other channels that we do not want to have access from our TV and even in Some occasions, higher image quality content.


The Best IPTV Players apps for Samsung Smart tv (Tizen) and LG Smart tv (Webos)

1 .  Smart IPTV (siptv)

The first application is called Smart IPTV or Siptv and is available on the Samsung App Store and can be downloaded easily. This application will help you turn on IPTV on your Smart TV. The app itself does not have any channels loaded. So you should manually add your M3u list.The app supports all kinds of Samsung TV from F / H / J / K / M / Q series TVs. The application works like lightning fast. The current version of the app is 2.1.40 and updated on June 29, 2017. If you experience slow application performance, consider using the Disable logos while loading playlist to discard the embedded logos in the playlist.


The second app is SS-IPTV. This application is very popular. It is one of the best IPTV applications on TV. It is free and has multi-purpose applications for video playback in the LAN or through the internet. The application is integrated with a range of services .You can find more information on the official page.

-Access to the content of the service provider
– Use the playlist from the most formats: m3u, xspf, asx, pls
– Parental control

3 . OTT Player


Ott player – a service that allows you to collect all your IPTV in one it allows to use your custom playlists on your all devices, supported iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV.


-Access to the content of the service provider
– Use the playlist from the most formats: m3u, xspf, asx, pls
– Parental control


The Best IPTV Players apps for Android Smart TV


With more than 5 million installations, GSE Smart IPTV presents itself as one of the most prominent IPTV clients for watching Internet TV. The player supports more than 45 video formats and 5 streaming formats, offers compatibility with Chromecast, automatic reconnection, subtitle support, dynamic language switching and various customization skins. In addition, it has a fairly easy to use interface, which can be a point in favor if we are first-time users.


IPTV Smarters Pro

One of the most complete and best valued IPTV clients by the Android community. With this free application we can play live television using M3U files or Internet web addresses (URLs).

The player is compatible with Android TV, mobile phones and tablets, allows to establish parental control, incorporates subtitles, offers integration with other external players and supports EPG.



VLC is one of the best multimedia players, multiplatform and open source that we can find, and the truth is that they have been at the bottom of the canyon for decades. How could it be otherwise, the Videolan application for Android also supports the IPTV protocol.

To do this, we just have to open the player, click on the menu icon, click on the “Broadcast” button and enter the URL of the television channel we want to watch on the mobile.



Lightweight IPTV client that will not take up much space in the internal memory of our Android device. Like the other applications mentioned, no pre-installed playlist or video is included. All we have to do is add the URL of our IPTV link and the player will do the rest. Perfect for watching live TV, movies, YouTube videos and much more.

Lazy IPTV supports M3U files, HTTP / HTTPS, UDP and YouTube links, as well as Internet radio playback. It also incorporates a parental control module and various customization topics.


Perfect Player IPTV

Another player that we cannot ignore due to the large set of features it offers. It not only allows you to play IPTV content: it also supports local video playback, it has remote control via Perfect Cast IPTV, you can read M3U and XSPF lists, and it is also compatible with EPG XMLTV and JTV formats.


Top IPTV Apps for Samsung Smart TV – 2020

1. Nanomid Player

Available for Samsung Smart TV series 2014 and later, Nanomid Player lets you manage all of your playlists where you can type on a keyboard or just paste the long m3u URLs. It’s the most complete and reliable (but expensive) player for Samsung.

– Stream any media format and playlist (m3u, m3u8…) up to 4K (UltraHD) – Multiple playlists management from web interface
– Fast channel zapping and full TV remote support
– Enhanced internal search engine
– EPG TV guide support
– No log policy

14 days trial then 9.99€ lifetime, but we think they are completely worthy considering the higher user experience the app provides. So, it’s not really a Cons. You judge!


2. OTTPlayer

OTTPlayer is a service that allows you to collect all your IP-TV in one playlist. It allows to use your custom playlists on all your devices.

– Use the playlist from the most formats: m3u, xspf, asx, pls – Parental control

Cons: – Auto EPG supported only for russian channels.
– Some users reported random app crash and poor support


3. Smart IPTV

SipTV is an IPTV player with EPG (Electronic Program Guide) that gives you easy access to the IPTV channels that you want. However, as already mentioned on their official website, SipTV does not contain channels, so you will have to add your own via an IPTV service subscription.

Features: – The app supports all kinds of Samsung TV from F / H / J / K / M / Q series TVs

Cons: – Samsung continues to remove and replace the app over the years, so installing the app may require a bit of work – Smart TVs and supported devices can be activated after a one-time fee of 5.49 EUR for each TV/device.



Free multi-purpose player for playing video in local network or through internet. The app is integrated with services of hundreds of IPTV-operators. User’s own playlists are also supported.

Features: – Using playlist of the most widespread formats: m3u, xspf, asx, pls – Parental controls

Cons: – Some users reported frequently instability issues