Buying Bitcoin (BTC), and Reasons to buy it Anonymously
Buying Bitcoin (BTC), and Reasons to buy it Anonymously
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Which of these buying options is best for maintaining anonymity?
I want to make my first bitcoin purchase and have been trying to do my own research but would like to confirm with those more knowledgeable and experienced than me regarding remaining anonymous. Here are a few of the ways I understand that you can remain anonymous, either completely or at the very least the end wallet being used to purchase things with BTC.
I buy from a BTC ATM. The ATM I would use requires sms verification so I'd have to either:
1.A - Buy a prepaid phone so my normal phone number and therefor name aren't attached to the transaction. Downside to this would seem to be the markup fee, the time spent physically going to do this, and that it would probably make sense not to take my normal phone with me otherwise it could show i was at that location at the time the machine was used. 1.B - Buy it using my normal phone number and then use a mixecoinjoin to transfer it to a different electrum wallet that uses a tor proxy to keep my IP hidden. Downside again is the markup fee, the time spent, and the additional cost of mixing the coins.
Buy from P2P marketplace by either:
2.A - Cash through the mail. Downsides seem to be markup fee, potential of cash being lost in the mail, or the person taking the money and not giving the BTC. 2.B - Bank Deposit. Downside again the markup fee, the person taking the money not giving BTC, but also it seems like more banks require ID even to deposit cash into someone else's account so might not be anonymous anyways unless I then mix into a different wallet. 3 - Buy from a normal exchange using a credit/debit card or bank account and then use mixecoinjoin to transfer it into a different wallet. I'm not really familiar with how much it costs or how complicated it is to do a mixecoinjoin type thing. The markup fees for the others seem to typically be in the 7-15% range. So if mixing is relatively cheap it seems like avoiding the markup by buying directly from an exchange and then mixing would be better value while still maintaining end wallet anonymity. Is this more or less accurate? Opinions from those more knowledgeable would be awesome. Thanks for your help!
Basics for how to do carding Points we will go through: - What is carding? - What are the factors relates to carding? - How it’s done - the process itself. - Precautionary measures Carder should take. Overview: Nowadays, if we see the credit card fraud trend, it is being increased day by day and new techniques being discovered to hack the credit card info and use it for malicious purpose so it's a good growing business. As everything goes cashless, the use of a credit card will be necessary for everyone. There are so many ways to get the credit card details available on the internet through Darknet sites as well as on TOR sites (Data Leak .etc.). As we can see on social media sites and groups, most of the carders provide the offers which are collected from Online Sites, offline stores etc. and groups for your reference: Be aware that you should never contact a ripper. A Ripper is a fraud who takes the money and never deliver the product. Bad ways are: Facebook and WhatsApp groups Let’s start with the basics.
Introduction to Carding and Key Points:
There are multiple definitions available per different views. Carding itself is defined as the illegal use of the card (Credit/Debit) by unauthorized people (carder) to buy a product. 1.1 Key points in carding method. 2. Let start to understand each point one by one. 2.1 Computer (PC): For doing carding always use a computer. I know some methods using a mobile device, but it is less secure and involves more risk. 2.2 SOCKS: SOCKS stands for SOCKet Secure. It is internet protocol which allows client and server traffic pass through a proxy server, so real IP is getting hidden and proxy IP get reflected. This is useful while carding because carder wants to use the credit card holder’s location while doing it. Users can buy SOCKS. 2.3 Mac Address Changer and crypting: MAC stands for Media Access Control. It is the unique address of every Network Interface Card (NIC). A MAC address changer allows you to change the MAC address of NIC instantly. It is required to be anonymous and safe. Sure the best way is to have your computer encrypted - find some software to encrypt the PC. E.x. Best Crypt. Do not forget to fully turn off the PC while moving somewhere. 2.4 CCleaner: It is very useful tool help in cleaning your browsing history, cookies, temp files, etc. Many people ignore this part and get caught, so be careful and don’t forget to use it. 2.5 RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol): RDP allows one computer to connect to another computer within the network. It is protocol developed by Microsoft. Basically, carders use it to connect to computers of the geolocation of the person whose credit card carder want to use. It is used for safety and stay anon. Here carders using others’ PC for doing carding instead of their own. 2.6 DROP: DROP is an address which the carder uses for the shipping address in the carding process. Let me explain in details with an example: If I am carding with US credit card, then I use USA address as shipping address then my order will be shipped successfully, and I will be safe. If you have relatives/friends, then no problem, otherwise use sites who provide drop services only we have to pay extra for shipping it. 2.7 credit card (Credit Card): This part is very much important so read it carefully. Any credit card it is in the following format: | credit card Number | Exp Date | CVV2 code | Name on the Card | Address | City | State | Country | Zip code | Phone number (sometimes not included depending on where you get your credit card from)| e.g.: (randomly taken numbedetails) | 4305873969346315 | 05 | 2018 | 591 | UNITED STATES | John Mechanic | 201 Stone Wayne Lane | Easternton | MA | 01949 |
Types of Credit Card:
Every Credit card company starts their credit card number with a unique number to identify individually like shown below American Express (AMEX Card) – 3 Visa Card – 4 Master Card – 5 Discover (Disco) – 6 Company wise credit card details:
Classic: The Card is used worldwide in any locations designated by Visa, including ATMs, real and virtual Stores, and shops offering goods and services by mail and telephone. Gold – This card has a higher limit capacity. Most used card and adopted worldwide. Platinum – Card is having limits over $10,000. Signature – No preset spending limit – great bin to get Infinite – Most prestigious card with having virtually no limit. There is less in circulation so be alert when buying these. Use only with reputable sellers! Business – it can be used for small to medium sized businesses, usually has a limit. Corporate – it can be used with medium to large size businesses, having more limit than a Business card. Black – It has limited membership. It has no limit only having $500 annual fee, high-end card.
Standard – it is same as classic visa card. Gold – it is same as visa gold card. Platinum – it is same as visa platinum card World – it has a very high limit. World Elite – it is virtually no limit, high-end card.
Gold – it usually has around a 10k limit. Platinum- is usually has a higher limit (around 35k). Centurion – it has a High limit (75k+). It is also known as the black card, note: do not confuse with visa black card. Now we can start with some of the questionnaire and Basic concepts before start practical process of Carding. Q1. What is BIN? It is known as Bank Identification Number (BIN). It is a 6-digit number e.g.: 431408. Some of the reference sites which give BIN info which I also refer: www.bins.pro www.binlists.com www.exactbins.com Simply go to the site (www.bins.pro) enter BIN number and click on find to get the details. I have added first 4 digits only. You can filter out the option as per requirement shown below We got most of the information from the site. Now the question is how to know the balance of CC. is it possible? and answer is Yes, I will let you know step by step using normal as well as Skype method J Q2. What is the meaning of VBV, NON VBV and MSC? VBV (Verified by Visa) – Extra level protection is added by Visa to protect the Card from fraud. Like DOB, password, Social Security Number and Mother’s name, etc. also sending OTP (one-time password) as extra security level to card owner mobile number to validate the transaction. NON VBV (Verified by Visa) –Handy to use. No need extra information as specified in VBV card while doing the transaction. Note it down (IMP)- Carders mainly buy and use NON VBV cards for carding. MSC (MasterCard Secure Code) – security level same as VBV card. Q3. What is AVS? It stands for Address Verification System It is the system which is used to identify the credit card holder original address with billing address provided by the user while shopping or online transaction. The system is used to identify the online fraud over the internet. Q4. How to check credit card is live or dead? There are many sites available on the internet to verify credit card is live or dead, but they charge for it approx. $0.001 (price may vary). Also, 80% websites kill the credit card so never use it. There are tools also available on the internet to check the credit card status, but most of them are a backdoor or Trojan so prefer not to use it. As such there is no easy method to check it. Carder uses own ways to find it out. One of the ways is… Most carder go to Porn sites, buy a membership and confirm the credit card is live and proceed with carding. Q5. How to check the credit card is live or dead? (Skype Method) (Note: method is posted on March 16) Login into Skype account and call on Magic number +18005xx5633 (masked). You will connect to voice mail (lady’s voice). Start by entering the credit card number, and voice mail lady will stop automatically. After that enter Expiry date of a card like 01 16 (mm: yy format). If your credit card is live then voice mail lady will speak like “Thank you for calling, we really appreciate your business, since u are a 1st-time caller we would like to connect you .. blah blah” then just hang the call. But if the credit card is used and voice mail lady speak like “Ohh I’m sorry please re-enter your credit card number now” then the card is dead. You can repeat the same process as many time you want. Note: You need a good internet connection for Skype calls. Q6. What is Bill=ship/Bill=CC/Ship=your Address? Kindly pay attention here as it is also the main portion in carding process. Any mistake will cancel the order and id get blocked. BILL=SHIP (Billing address: Shipping address) Take a scenario of normal online shopping scenario, when you are doing carding you will use billing address and shipping address are same. Means in both u will use your address. No need to use credit card address. Bill=Shipping address, Ship=your address When you are doing carding, you will use credit card holder address as your billing address, and shipping address will be your address. Most sites use this method. Now we cleared basic concepts and start with the actual process of carding. Setup SOCKS proxy in Firefox: Follow the steps: open Firefox, go to options, advanced options, network A pop-up will come. It will show options No proxy 2. Auto Detect 3. Use system proxy 4. Manual proxy configuration Select manual proxy configuration. Enter socks host: <> and port: <> e.g.: 22.214.171.124: 8080. Press ok and restart Firefox. Now you are connected to secure Socks5 J Ethical Hacking Training – Resources (InfoSec) Note: when you buy a socks always match with credit card holder address. If credit card holder is from California, USA then try to get SOCKS5 at least matching state, country J Guys now time to start the Carding process. Kindly follow the steps: Create the email id matching with credit card holder name. If his name is John Cena ( the random name was taken), then email id should be [email protected] or near about. Now Run RDP and connect to the credit card holder location system to proceed. If you didn’t have RDP, then follow following steps. Open MAC changer and change the address randomly. Run CCleaner and clean all the unwanted data (cookies/history/temp data etc.). Setup SOCKS5 proxy in Firefox. <>. Be sure to use SOCK5 is matching to the location of credit card holder and be aware not to use blacklisted IP. Check with www.check2ip.com Open the site for shopping. I want to recommend a website shop from your country because you don`t need to wait a lot for your package. Register with credit card holder information (John Cena), name, country, city, address, and email. Shop and choose your item and add to cart. Precaution: Select item not more than $500 at first step. In shipping address add your address or drop address where the product is going to deliver. Then go to the payment page and choose payment method like a credit card. Enter all details of credit card manually because most of site having copy paste detector script. Finally, in billing address add credit card owner address info and then proceed with the payment process. If everything all right then the order will get successfully placed. Once the order arrives at the shipping address, receive it from delivery boy. (Few carder arrange fake id if delivery boy ask for proof). Carding method using mobile: Extra pro carder uses mobile for doing carding. If you followed steps carefully, you would also do that. Basic requirement: Require rooted Android mobile. Install few application require for carding (proxy apps, CCleaner, IMEI changer, Photo and Android ID changer). You can use any VPN for carding I recommend HMA or Zen mate. You can use SOCKS5 proxy with proxy droid apps. 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Private Internet Access Review - An in-depth review
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While 3,300-plus VPN servers is a fantastic amount, it’s likely that there’s only one IP address for each. That’s a good number, but VPN services like IPVanish (40,000) and VyprVPN (200,000) have far more. PIA VPN covers all the most popular locations in a good global spread, while 14 separate cities (and 1,500 servers) within the US is outstanding. There’s also city-level selection in the UK, Canada, Australia, and Germany. Private Internet Access Server Locations on the Private Internet Access Website Streaming & Torrenting Good for Netflix, great for torrenting Private Internet Access’ huge array of US servers means that unblocking Netflix is never more than one or two clicks away. We found access through its Washington DC, Atlanta, Chicago and Houston servers to be very reliable, and less so with US East, New York City, Florida and California servers. 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Private Internet Access is one of the most advanced VPNs on the market, sure to satisfy even the most demanding of users. A screenshot of PIA's recommended security configurations PIA’s recommended security configurations You get a broad choice of protocols with Private Internet Access (including our favorite, OpenVPN), encryption (including AES-256), an ad and malware blocker (PIA MACE), TCP Port 443, as well as a kill switch. It also features IPV6 leak protection, although it’s unlikely you’ll need that right now – still, it’s good future-proofing for when IPV6 eventually becomes the new internet standard (you can learn more about IPV6 here). One small thing we’d change is that PIA VPN offers PPTP as a protocol, but not IKEv2. We prefer OpenVPN to IKEv2, but some users like that it often gives you faster VPN connection speeds. PPTP, on the other hand, is old and insecure and shouldn’t really be used by anyone. 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I think it's high time we talk about internet security
I'm hoping to get a community discussion going, because I'm not exactly the smartest when it comes to computers, but I've listed what suggestions I can. For the more computer-savvy people, please don't overlook this discussion because it seems basic. We could use your tips as well. And without further ado:
I've also been toying with the idea of a flash drive with a portable linux OS on it that you can boot from to keep all of your personal files quarantined, so to speak.
VPN's are also a great way to protect your identity (granted you use a good one). Ensure payment via wmz/bitcoin/liberty reserve/etc. It ruins the whole point if you pay for your proxy/vpn connections with a credit card or paypal account registered to your name. Additionally, don't sign up for the account from your home connection or using your personal email account - the VPN provider will record both of these things and be required to give them up to LE if requested.
TOR network is free and from what I can tell a lot easier and safer to use then socks5 proxy services.
Use a separate account when you post to the internet. And don't use your personal email to buy anything, either. This one seems obvious, but you can never be too careful.
Don't recycle account names, using the same account name on grow forums/microgrowery account as you use on other forums makes it very easy for people (LE) to learn lots about you without much effort.
Clear cookies regularly. There are settings in Chrome and firefox to delete cookies every time you close a browser.
Don't connect to grow forums/microgrowery under different accounts without clearing cookies and switching vpn providers/proxies/etc. Most of these sites will keep a log of IP addresses linked to accounts to use for abuse prevention. (eg. they will block all accounts linked to an abusive IP address). This can be used against you when LE requests IP information for all accounts and activity linked to your IP address, and not just a specific account.
Don't search with google. Your google account keeps track of everything you enter in the search bar and it could come back to bite you later. Facebook is creepy, too. Log out.
Don't multitask. Sometimes sites can find out what you have open in other tabs. Email is a no-no.
Don't browse from home. Visit a local coffee shop.
Use Imgur as a host, they strip exif data (GPS location/camera model/date and time) from pictures. For extra safety you can just download an app to do this.
Don't use email accounts for password recovery on grow forums/microgrowery account that LE can obtain access to with a simple request. Hotmail and gmail give it up like a slut, stick to servers in the Ukraine or Russia - I know many people using safe-mail.net accounts without any issue. Obviously don't trust my advice though, because I could be LE ;)
You can also set your ebay profile to private, meaning other people can't see what you've bought.
Use cash to pay for prepaid debit cards in order to buy things online.
Don't take pictures of anything that could compromise your identity, including serial numbers, bar codes, or even fingerprints.
I hope I didn't leave anything big out. I'll update this list with any suggestions you guys have. Good luck. LAST UPDATED 1/25 For the most part, it's just a straight up copypasta, but I omitted contributor names just in case. ;)
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