Saturday, September 10, 2016

Как зайти на LocalBitcoins.com из России

Недавно Роскомнадзором было принято решение заблокировать LocalBitcoins в России. Для нас, так же как и для Вас, подобное решение было крайне неожиданным. Инструкции, приведенные ниже, помогут Вам продолжать пользоваться нашим ресурсом, не смотря на блокировку LocalBitcoins.

Что такое ВПН (VPN) и зачем его использовать

ВПН (виртуальная частная сеть) является сервисом, который Вы можете использовать для установки прямого зашифрованного соединения между Вашим компьютером и сервером в другой стране. Это означает, что вместо того, чтобы напрямую посещать сайт со своего компьютера, Ваш интернет трафик сначала шифруется, а после этого отпраляется на сервер ВПН провайдера. Оттуда трафик проходит на сайт, который Вы хотите посетить.

Это не только позволяет Вам совершать вход на LocalBitcoins, но и на любой другой сайт, заблокированный в Вашей стране. ВПН так же устраняет возможность Вашего интернет провайдера контролировать Ваши действия и  коммуникацию в сети, так как Ваш трафик зашифрован.

Не рекомендуется использовать бесплатные ВПН сервисы, поскольку они могут отслеживать Ваш трафик, что небезопасно. Если Вы не хотите платить за ВПН сервис, мы рекомендуем, чтобы Вы начали использовать ТОР браузер (TOR browser) для входа на LocalBitcoins.com

Lifehacker написал отличную статью на тему, почему необходимо использовать ВПН.


Шаг 1 Выбор ВПН провайдера

В мире существует несколько тысяч ВПН провайдеров, что делает выбор сложным. Сайт thatoneprivacysite.net создал  хороший список  различных ВПН провайдеров. Вы можете использовать данный ресурс для выбора, подходящего Вам провайдера. Мы решили отметить несколько опций, которые, на наш взгляд являются достойными.

IPVanish
https://www.ipvanish.com
Цена: 6.50 USD / месяц
Биткойны принимаются к оплате: Да
Безлимитный трафик
Местонахождение : США

Mullvad
https://www.mullvad.net/
Цена: 5 € / месяц
Биткойны принимаются к оплате: Да
Безлимитный трафик
Местонахождение : Швеция
 

NordVPN
https://nordvpn.com/
Цена: 5.75 USD / месяц
Биткойны принимаются к оплате: Да
Местонахождение : Панама

Вам необходимо зайти на сайт ВПН провайдера и создать аккаунт. 2 из вышеуказанных провайдеров предлагают бесплатный сервис, но трафик (как часто Вы пользуетесь интернетом) лимитирован. Если Вы используете ВПН лишь изредка, то подобный вариант Вам вполне подходит. Если же Вы хотите использовать ВПН довольно часто, то мы рекомндуем выбрать платный ВПН сервис.


Шаг 2 Установка программного обеспечения ВПН

После того как Вы сделали выбор ВПН провайдера и зарегистрировались на их сайте, Вам необходимо будет установить програмное обеспечение на своем компьютере, которое позволит Вам подключиться к сети ВПН.

У многих ВПН провайдеров свое собственное программное обеспечение, которое Вы устанавливаете для того, чтобы подключиться к ВПН, такой способ является самым простым. Вам лишь необходимо скачать приложение, установить его на компьютере и совершить вход, используя свое имя пользователя и пароль для ВПН сервиса.

Ниже ссылки на инструкции по установке, предложенных нами ранее, ВПН сервисов.

IPVanish
Инструкции от IPVanish для установления ВПН на всех операционных системах.
https://www.ipvanish.com/vpn-setup/

Mullvad
Скачайте пргорамное обеспечение для ВПН, или следуйте инструкциям на их сайте как именно установить OpenVPN
https://www.mullvad.net/en/download/

NordVPN
Windows 10 https://nordvpn.com/tutorials/windows-10/openvpn/
Windows 7 https://nordvpn.com/tutorials/windows-7/openvpn/
Mac OS X https://nordvpn.com/tutorials/x-mac-os-x/app-recommended-for-osx-10-10/
Linux https://nordvpn.com/tutorials/linux/openvpn/


Руководство об установке для всех операционных систем
https://nordvpn.com/tutorials/


Шаг 3 Подключение к Вашему ВПН и совершения входа на LocalBitcoins.com

Если Вы уже зарегистрировались на сайте, предлагающем ВПН сервис, скачали программное обеспечение и установили его на своем копьютере, Вам осталось всего лишь подключиться к ВПН и открыть браузер, как Вы всегда делали, и совершить вход на  LocalBitcoins.com.

Если все было сделано верно, то сайт LocalBitcoins.com откроется без каких-либо проблем. Ваш интернет провайдер лишь будет видеть, что Вы используете ВПН, но информация о том какие сайты Вы посещаете и что именно делаете, им будет недоступна.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

It is still about Bitcoin, not about "blockchain"

Earlier this week I stumbled upon a blog post, where Finnish self-credited "blockchain expert" made a claim that during the last year, term blockchain has passed bitcoin in google trends "clearly". I did not pay attention to this detail, until my co-worker pointed out the mistake. I was surprised to find out that if you use google trends yourself, you can see totally different story:

https://www.google.com/trends/explore?q=blockchain,bitcoin

Show me the point where blockchain passes bitcoin in google trends.

I did not give too much thought about the issue at the time, since the guy was somebody I have never heard of, and I don't care too much about such details in general. I mean blockchain passes bitcoin in google trends, who cares?

Anyway, there was still this nagging voice in my head, that I have seen the something similar somewhere else as well. That happened to be true, since I had seen the following graph presented in the Helsinki blockchain conference couple of weeks ago*.

Edit 9th of September 2016: Some of the wording was edited, since as I discussed with the presenter, such claim, that blockchain has passed bitcoin is search amounts was never made. As pointed out by the presenter, the graph is trying to explain current hype moment of certain search terms, but he certainly understood that you can get the wrong impression from the slide out of context.

You see, bitcoin is going nowhere!


Perhaps you can make a sincere mistake with your slides you have created couple of hours before your pitch, but guess what? Same kind of graph can be found from CreditSuisse report as well.

Data from Credit Suisse Research: https://www.finextra.com/finextra-downloads/newsdocs/document-1063851711.pdf


Of course, you can see the difference here; they have made their own chart called "Google trend momentum",  where you just search each trend individually, and add them up as one. I don't know how scientifically valid method this is, but I can totally understand if someone gets a wrong impression from these charts. If you are using Google trends as a reference, at least it would be somewhat fair to add the fact that bitcoin is still around five times more searched term than blockchain.

It is true that miracle word "blockhain" has been popping up more and more lately, and the graph shows that blockchain hype is growing, but this kind of graphs make you wonder if it is really based on any real life solutions, or is it just these "blockchain experts" who are making up the buzz.

- Nikolaus Kangas

The Credit Suisse research was pointed out by reddit user rachyandco 1 month ago. https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/4wd5a8/credit_suisse_is_comparing_the_trends_between/

Friday, September 2, 2016

#BitcoinForBritain – Trading fees in the UK halved until 2nd October



Over the years the UK has been an important market for LocalBitcoins, especially back in 2012 when we were founded. The UK helped solidify the future of LocalBitcoins by being the first market to see growth in P2P trading which gave us enough money to hire our first employee.

This year we've had to watch as our friends in the UK suffer through hard times after the results of the Brexit vote on June 23rd. Since then we've seen value of the pound gradually drop in value by 16%.

W
e remember the support you gave us in our early days, now it's time for us to give back and help you get out of the pound before it's too late.


From this Monday, the 5th of September, we will halve the LocalBitcoins trading fee from the current 1 % to 0.5 % for all Bitcoin trades done in the UK*.
The reduced fee will be active for trades started between Monday the 5th of September at 12:00:01 AM UTC and 11:59:59 pm UTC October 2nd.

LocalBitcoins is the world's leading peer to peer Bitcoin exchange where users buy and sell Bitcoins directly from each other. Founded in June 2012 LocalBitcoins is one of the oldest Bitcoin exchanges and as of August 2016 LocalBitcoins has more than 1 350 000 registered users from 249 different countries exchanging $14 000 000 worth of BTC every week.


Happy trading!

– LocalBitcoins.com


* LocalBitcoins reserves the right to change the conditions of the campaign at any time.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Introducing a new default pricing equation

At the time of the Bitfinex hack last Tuesday the default price equation in use for LocalBitcoins advertisements was taking pricing data from Bitfinex. When trading was stopped on Bitfinex, advertisements using the default price equation on LocalBitcoins stopped working. We have since disabled all advertisements that use Bitfinex in the price equation to make sure there are no advertisements active with the wrong price.

A new default

To replace the old default price equation, bitfinexusd, we introduced a new pricing source called btc_in_usd. Instead of relying on pricing information from one source, this equation takes pricing information from 7 different sources and calculates a median price which is used. This makes it much more resiliant for situations where the price source gives incorrect, erroneous data or stops working entirely.

Many of you rely on the default price equation with your advertisements, with this new change we want to make sure it's as reliable as possible.


Data sources

The btc_in_usd price source takes data from the following sources, and calculates a median price.

- Bitcoinaverage USD
- Bitstamp USD
- itBit USD
- Kraken USD
- BitPay USD
- OKCoin USD
- GDAX USD

Pricing equations can be a powerful tool for managing the price of your advertisements. To get the most out of them, you can have a look at our pricing guide which explains in detail how they work.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Improvements to how we calculate transaction fees

Earlier today we improved on how transaction fees are calculated, fees for outgoing Bitcoin transaction are now paid once every hour based on the average fee per transaction instead of directly after every transaction.

Last year we changed how fees on outgoing Bitcoin transactions were calculated from a fixed fee model to a dynamic model based on how congested the Bitcoin Blockchain is. This helps to ensure that every outgoing Bitcoin transaction from LocalBitcoins gets confirmed within the first three blocks of the transaction being sent regardless of how many transactions are waiting to be confirmed.

After this change we noticed that the transaction fee can change within a large margin from transaction to transaction. Now to help make the transaction fee more predictable we're collecting all Bitcoin transaction fees paid during the past hour and averaging them out over all sent transactions during the same hour. This will help to keep the transaction fee consistent and more predictable when you send Bitcoins to other wallets.

For example; During the past hour you've made two outgoing transactions from LocalBitcoins. In total LocalBitcoins users made 100 outgoing transactions for a total transaction fee cost of 0.005 BTC during the same hour. For your two transactions, you would pay 0.00010 BTC (0.00005 + 0.00005) as a transaction fee.

The transaction fees for your outgoing Bitcoin transactions will be paid from your LocalBitcoins wallet once every 6 hours, in case your wallet is empty the fee will be taken from your next Bitcoin purchase or incoming Bitcoin transaction.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

LocalBitcoins & Shapeshift.io – the fastest way to buy Ethereum


The fastest way to buy Ethereum (ETH) is, oddly enough, to first buy Bitcoins and then to convert it to Ethereum. Don’t lose out waiting several days for an international bank transfer, use LocalBitcoins and Shapeshift to make the transaction in less than a day.

TL;DR, how do I do it?

The shorthand version, follow these four steps.

  1. If you’re not signed up, register for an account on LBC.
  2. Search for advertisements using bank transfers or cash deposit. They’re the fastest payment methods.
  3. Choose an advertisement & buy Bitcoins.
  4. Convert Bitcoins to Ethereum using Shapeshift.io.

How can LocalBitcoins be faster?

The most difficult and time consuming part of buying any cryptocurrency, including Ethereum, is converting from fiat to crypto. Traditional cryptocurrency exchanges require you to deposit money using a slow bank transfer, often an international SWIFT or a European SEPA transfer. This will take a couple of days or longer.

LocalBitcoins is faster than other exchanges because we’re a peer-to-peer exchange. Instead of buying from a centralized company, you buy Bitcoin directly from people who live in your own country. There are thousands of traders selling Bitcoin for 60+ payment methods all over the world, this means that it’s very easy for you to find a trader that is online and able to make a quick transaction.

From Bitcoin to Ethereum

The fastest payment method on LocalBitcoins is Bank transfers within a country or within a bank. This connects you to a trader who uses the same bank as you or another bank in your country, these transactions take minutes to hours instead of days.

For help with completing your trade on LocalBitcoins, you can find our how to buy guide right here. It will show you step-by-step how to buy. We recommend you use Specific Bank Transfer, National Bank transfer or Cash Deposit as the payment method to get the fastest trade.

Once you’ve bought Bitcoin, it’s a breeze to convert it to Ethereum using Shapeshift.io. You don’t need to register an account, you don’t need to remember a password and you can instantly make the exchange. To convert your Bitcoins to Ethereum, check out the video below:


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Security incident report 18th November

Yesterday on the 18th of November we had a security incident, the vulnerability has since been identified and has been patched.

In the late afternoon UTC a user opened up two trades with two different traders on our site, the buyer then managed to release both escrows to himself without the traders knowledge. Thanks to quick reporting and cooperation by both traders we were able to react quickly and start investigating the incident.

After conducting a thorough investigation we can conclude that this incident was isolated to these two trades. The vulnerability was related to a legacy feature on our site and only traders with certain advertisements were vulnerable. The vulnerability has now been fixed and LocalBitcoins will issue full compensation to both traders in order to cover their losses.

We want to thank our users for quickly reporting the incident to us so that we could take immediate appropriate action.