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BCH Fork 2020


Bitcoin Cash Fork, 15 November 2020: What it Means for YouBitcoin Cash will hard fork on November 15 2020 around 12:00 pm UTC as part of a scheduled protocol upgrade. This upgrade is controversial and will likely result in two chains after the fork. The likely split is between two protocols known as “Bitcoin Cash Node” and “Bitcoin Cash ABC.” At the present time, over 70% of blocks are signaling for Bitcoin Cash Node while less than 1% are signaling for Bitcoin Cash ABC, so Bitcoin Cash Node looks like it will be the dominant chain by far. If your platform does not support the fork and you wish to participate, do not wait until 2 days before the fork to do something, do it now.

C&B – Caleb & BrownC&B will not be supporting the BCH fork. I spoke with Jeff Zylstra this morning and this is what he had to say. “Unfortunately we do not support forks or airdrops 🙁  Token holders will need to withdraw to their personal wallets”Which makes perfect sense on their end. 

Hardware Wallet Support Ledger will suspend their BCH services from the 12th of November at 07:00 UTC for security reasonsTrezor WILL NOT support the BCH fork“SatoshiLabs (aka Trezor) will not be participating in the fork until a decision is made by the community. If you wish to take part in the fork, you should transfer your BCH balance to another wallet which is supporting the coin split, to make sure you receive any coins resulting from the hard fork.”

Exchange SupportKraken will support the Fork.Binance will suspend BCH deposits and withdrawals on the day of the hard fork, then act depending on which of the two presented scenarios comes true: there are two competing chains, or there is no new coin.OKEx has announced their support for the hard fork, stating that, should it be successful, OKEx users holding BCH prior to the fork would receive the two new assets, BCH ABC and BCHN. In the days leading to the fork the BCH margin lending function, spot and margin trading services, and deposit function will all be suspended.Huobi Global made similar statements, adding that “after the community has formed a consensus on BCH naming, we will end the transition period and rename BCHA or BCHN.” FTX also discussed the competing chain scenario, stating, as Binance did, that “users will be credited with the BCH from the chain with the most work done.”In the meantime, Poloniex told its users that they can either hold their BCH which will be converted to BCHABC and BCHSV after the fork, or they can convert their coins into BCHABC and BCHSV before the fork and trade those tokens in the BTC and USDC markets. Both chains will be supported, but if only one remains technically and economically viable “we may rename it BCH,” they said.BitMEX said that the products and indices affected by the fork “will follow one side of the fork only and we aim to keep markets open when the fork occurs,” adding that product and index names will remain unchanged.

Software WalletsI have not found a statement on whether Exodus or Atomic Wallet will be supporting the BCH Fork.ExodusTrying to support all forks of a coin is simply not feasible for Exodus, and is often technically impossible as well. This applies to many of the forks of Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin, ZCash, EOS, and other assets that have occurred over the years. Many of these forks may offer little to no market value, or they may suffer from a lack of developer support.


ADX Swap


Below is a video that was put together with information from the links found below the video.  If your tokens are staked on the ADX portal or held on a major exchange (Binance, Upbit, Bittrex, Uniswap,, Huobi or HitBTC) they are migrated automatically and you do not need to do anything.

Help with the ADX token swap
How to add the new ADX (contract) in MetaMask
OPTIONAL: After this, we recommend that you add the new ADX to MetaMask so that it shows in “Assets”. Here’s how to do it:

Go to “Assets” in Metamask.,
Scroll to the bottom and click “Add Token”
Select “Custom Token” and enter 0xade00c28244d5ce17d72e40330b1c318cd12b7c3 – the two other fields (decimals and name) will fill up automatically.
Click on “Next” to finish the process.

How to find out whether I hold the new or the legacy ADX?

On Etherscan, the legacy token will show up with the name “AdEx”, symbol ADX and token address 0x4470BB87d77b963A013DB939BE332f927f2b992e
On Etherscan, the new token will show up with the name “AdEx Network”, symbol ADX and token address 0xADE00C28244d5CE17D72E40330B1c318cD12B7c3


Reasons To Care About Your Digital Footprint


You can learn more about your Digital Footprint in a 9 module lesson produced by the Internet Society.

Module 1: What is a Digital Footprint?

This tutorial will review the benefits and costs of your digital footprint.

Module 2: Why did we Start Leaving such Big Footprints?

This tutorial is a case study of how everyday Internet users can build up such a big digital footprint.

Module 3: What is the Economic Bargain for Internet Users?

Everything has a price! This tutorial will look at the economics of your digital footprint.

Module 4: Are Digital Footprints a Problem?

Is loss of privacy on the Internet an issue?

Module 5: Do Different Devices Make Different Digital Footprints?

What’s the difference between a digital footprint made by a smart phone and a tablet?

Module 6: How Can I Manage My Digital Footprints?

While managing your digital footprint isn’t easy, this tutorial will guide you on how you can start making it part of your online routine.

Module 7: Who Is Tracking Me and How Do They Do It?

This tutorial looks at who follows us around the Internet.

Module 8: What Dynamics are at Work in the World of Digital Footprints?

This tutorial gives an overview of the nuances of what a digital footprint can mean in different parts of the world.

Module 9: How Does Legislation Affect Digital Footprints?

The Internet is global, but privacy laws are not. This tutorial looks at how privacy laws in different parts of the world can impact your digital footprint.

ZIL – Storing Zilliqa on Ledger


There is a difference between a Ledger NanoS and a NanoX. ZIL is one of those differences. In order to store you ZIL on a Ledger you need to store it on a NanoS. If you plug in your Ledger NanoX and search for ZIL, you will find nothing. But if you do that same search while your NanoS is installed you will find the app. The official Ledger Support page for ZIL.

Searches while Ledger NanoS connected

Searches while Ledger NanoX connected


Swapping ETHOS, BQX to VGX


The question came up on how you can swap your ETHOS and BQX to VGX. I’m not exactly sure when the rebranding occurred, but ETHOS was rebranded to VGX. You can read the official announcement. But if it’s been rebranded, do you need to swap your coins for new coins? Here is the answer from someone in their tech support group.


The Voyager Token (VGX) was previously trading under both BXQ (Bitquence) and ETHOS (Ethos). Not all exchanges or wallets have been able to make appropriate updates to the display name and ticker when these rebranding efforts took place. Binance, in particular, still shows BQX (The Voyager Token) as the ticker symbol and name. Some other wallets and exchanges still show ETHOS.

However, the underlying ETH contract for the token was never changed when the display name and ticker was rebranded. You can seamlessly send funds to and from any exchange or wallet regardless of the name being different. No token swap is needed. BQX, ETHOS and VGX will be received properly across exchanges or wallets even if the display name is not matching.



Keeping Things Private On Telegram


Here are a few things you might want to do to keep yourself private when using Telegram. All these setting can be found in Privacy and Security settings. These are suggested settings and set them to what you feel comfortable with.

*** IMPORTANT ***Are you tired of being added to a random Telegram channels? I’ve been added to bogus, impersonated Telegram Channels which I thought and appeared to be the original channel i joined. Make sure you set #5 to My contacts.

Privacy1. Hide your Phone number – Set Who can see my phone number to Nobody – Set Who can find me by my number to My Contacts – Add exceptions if you’d like2. Turn off Last seen & online – Set Who can see my last seen time to Nobody – Add exceptions if you’d like3. Set a Profile photo that’s not who you really are – If you would like to set your real photo – Set Who can see my profile photo to My Contacts4. Set Voice calls – Set Who can call me Nobody. Use Signal instead.5. Set Group & channels invite settings – Set to My contactsOtherCheck your Show all Sessions – Check to see if you are signed in on other devicesYou can set a local password with Turn on local passcode – this option sets a password for local accessEnable Two-step verification – It is a email 2FA. Not the most secure option.Delete my Account – Sets a self-destruction timeframe for account


Ad-blocking For YouTube


I’ve had a few people ask what I used to block YouTube Ads. If you are NOT running a Pi-hole, this combination might work for you.

Use Brave BrowserUse this Chromium browser plugin –

I’ve heard that the above plugin might not work well when you use it with Google’s Chrome, but that just make sense. It might break a few times, but then they release an update for it and it’s back to no more ads in YouTube.

But if you want the simplest way to block all types of ads, including on YouTube, think about adding a Pi-hole to your network. I’ve almost forgot what ads look like. Honestly, I’m not kidding. Look at the examples below. A Pi-hole is also great for blocking tracking.


Horizen – ZEN


Below is some information on Horizen’s ZEN and how you can use the ZEN Faucet to earn free ZEN daily.

Main website – website –

The coin can be stored on 2 hardware wallets, Ledger & CoolWallet. There is also a variety of other wallets that you can use –

Free ZEN Coins

ZEN has a Faucet @ The ZEN Faucet can be used ever 20 hours for free ZEN.

It gets a little involved to set up. It requires a @gmail address to have an account set up. If you do set up a ZEN account to use the Faucet, you have to download and install their Sphere desktop wallet. My first attempt while using a test NordVPN account out of London failed. I then tried again using CryptoLab VPN out of Atlanta and everything went through fine.

You are forced to use a @gmail address to sign up for an account. You are incentivized to verify your ZEN address, use a Brave Browser, add social media like FarceBook, Twitter & Linkedin. If you come back each day and get more free ZEN, you also recieve bonus ZEN.

*** Notes ***You might get an error if you use a VPN and come from a different IP address. I found this to be the case. Just come from one IP address and you shouldn’t run into any issues.

Remove Meta Data From Your Photos


Here are a few simple step to remove meta data from the photos you take. It’s important to remove this data before posting to social media sites, if they don’t already strip this information. Signal automatically strips this data before being sent. Remove Metadata From Photos in MacOSRemove Metadata From Photos in iPhoneRemove Metadata From Photos in WindowsRemove Metadata From Photos in Android

Remove Metadata From Photos in MacOS

Select the photo you wish to modify Open the photo in Preview app From the Tools pulldown menu select Show InspectorOnce the More Info box is open click on the GPS tabClick on the Remove Location Info buttonYour Photo will have it’s meta GPS data removed.The other meta data will remain unless you use a 3rd party software to remove it. You can see the only thing that might identify you is the type of iPhone that was used to take the picture.

Remove Metadata From Photos in iPhone

Open the Photos app Select the intended photoClick Share buttonClick OptionsUnder Include deselect (no green) Location and All Photos DataClick Done

Remove Metadata From Photos in Windows

Locate the photo you wish to modifyRight-click itFrom the popup window, select PropertiesA window will open. Click the Details tab at the top of the windowClick on the link at the bottom of window Remove Properties and Personal Information.Select the editing choice you’d like to use. The information you selected to have deleted is now removed.

Remove Metadata From Photos in Android

Open the Gallery app Select the intended image and click ‘More’Click ‘Details’Select ‘Edit’Click the ‘-’ symbol next to details you wish to delete


VPN Companies Caught Logging User Info


I’ve started to compile a list of VPN companies caught doing what they said they would never do, log user data. Do you really trust your VPN provider?

PureVPN was caught logging customer data for the FBI.IPVanish collected logs on their users.HideMyAss provided logs to US authorities for a hacking caseUFO VPN exposed millions of log files about users of its service, including their account passwords and IP addresses, despite claiming that it keeps no logs.Seven VPN Services Including UFO VPN, Rabbit VPN, Fast VPN Leaked Over 1.2TB of Private User Data: Report


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