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Simply Vital Health: A Healthcare Data and Payments Platform

Submitted by Seth Goldfarb on Tue, 01/23/2018 - 11:11
01/23/2018
Simply Vital Health: A Healthcare Data and Payments Platform

The tangled web of data and payments involved in healthcare systems exists in a highly-regulated space consistently growing more complex and more expensive over time. Simply Vital Health aims to offer a blockchain-based solution with Health Nexus, an open-source protocol aimed at enabling frictionless data sharing to provide patients and providers with easier ways to exchange healthcare data. Health Nexus provides free, open-source tools for developers to develop applications for communications between patients and providers and cost forecasting.

Health Cash (HLTH) will be an ERC20-compliant token required for transactions on the network. One of the initial applications on the Health Nexus platform will be Simply Vital's ConnectingCare, a platform for providers in Value-Based Care. Only HIPAA-compliant servers will be allowed on the Simply Vital Health ecosystem to ensure security. The Health Cash ICO registration is currently open and the sale will begin in February, 2018. Token allocation will include 60% for the sale and 40% reserved for the team and platform development.

The team includes Co-founder and CEO Kat Kuzmeskas, Co-founder and CTO Lucas Hendren, Director of Growth and Operations Jake Dreier, Senior Advanced Blockchain Engineer David Akers, and Business Development Strategists David Korn and Kenny Winn, and Lori Dollard. Advisers include President and Founder of Toro Risk Consulting Group Brian Kern, UMass Amherst Cybersecurity Institute Founding Director Brian Levine, Med-Metrix COO and Co-founder Rob Wright, and President of US Acute Care Solutions Tim Corvino with Kat Kuzmeskas, Lucas Hendren, Rob Wright, and Tim Corvino serving as the Board of Directors.

To learn more about Simply Vital Health and the Health Cash token sale please visit their website at https://www.simplyvitalhealth.com/.

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CryptoProperties (CPROP) ICO: A Workflow Management Platform for Real Estate Investments

Submitted by Seth Goldfarb on Wed, 01/17/2018 - 15:41
01/17/2018
CryptoProperties (CPROP) ICO: A Workflow Management Platform for Real Estate Investments

CryptoProperties (CPROP) offers a workflow management platform to help users close real estate deals. In addition to creating more efficient transactions, the software also allows users to pay for deals with cryptocurrency. The project aims to increase standardization, automation, and validation of the data necessary to complete real estate transactions. CPROP tokens will enable real estate agents and service providers to acquire tokens in exchange for a membership fee, allowing them to list their services on CPROP. When buyers complete a transaction they can earn CPROP tokens by providing a review of their agent or service provider and have the option of receiving extra CPROP tokens for allowing CPROP to manage their property.

Founded by Sanus Connect Co-founder Luke Sestito,1 DotLoop Co-founder Adam Koehler,2 and Co-founder of Sanus Connect and the Asia West Environment Fund Sanford Selman,3 CPROP appears to have a strong team of real estate professionals behind it. Advisors include the Peercoin project, head of DotLoop marketing strategy Alex Allison, and Co-founder/CEO of The Crypto Realty Group Piper Moretti. Peercoin has been working on blockchain-agnostic protocols facilitating peer-to-peer transactions that could be of significant help to CPROP in facilitating more efficient real estate transactions.

An ICO date has not been announced at time of writing but includes a presale cap of $10 million and a total cap of $35 million, reflecting a more realistic sense of valuation than some other ICO's. Token allocation will include 80% for members, 15% to the team and founders, and 5% for translations, bounties, and consultants. To learn more about CPROP, please visit their website at https://cprop.io/.

1https://www.linkedin.com/in/luke-sestito-33867711/

2https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamkoehler/

3https://www.linkedin.com/in/sandyselman/

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Cappasity: An AR/VR Content Ecosystem

Submitted by Seth Goldfarb on Mon, 01/08/2018 - 15:33
01/08/2018
Cappasity: An AR/VR Content Ecosystem

Cappasity is introducing a platform for the Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) industry allowing users to create, sell, and rent 3D content. The project aims to enable trustless, decentralized rights management and copyright exchange. Its native token, the CAPP, works as the primary method for payment settlement in the Cappasity ecosystem and can be found on Cryptopia.

Founded in 2013 by CEO Kosta Popov,1 CTO Alex Chegaev, and CBDO Marianna Alshina,2 the platform launched in 2017 and began accepting CAPP tokens for services in December. Cappasity released free digitizing 3D digitizing software in 2016 and plans to offer 3D avatar scanners in Q3 and 3D capturing of real estate in Q4 of 2018, free of charge.

The platform has raised $1.85 million from angel investors and currently boasts over 17,000 users. Phase one of their ICO closed with 295 million CAPP tokens sold and phase two begins on March 22, 2018 and will end in twenty-eight days unless the hard cap of $50 million is reached. Minimum contribution is $35 and bonuses will be given for early and/or sizeable contributions.

To learn more about Cappasity, please visit their website at https://artoken.io/.

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1https://www.linkedin.com/in/popovks/

2https://www.linkedin.com/in/malshina/

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Simple Guide To MetaMask

Submitted by Seth Goldfarb on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 20:38
12/22/2017
Simple Guide To MetaMask

Introduction
    MetaMask is a digital wallet for Ethereum and digital tokens compliant with Ethereum’s ERC20 standard for digital currencies hosted on the Ethereum network available at https://metamask.io/. Accessible from your Chrome or Brave internet browser, MetaMask enables users to run dApps from the Ethereum blockchain without downloading a full Ethereum node in addition to serving as a digital wallet. While browser-based wallets may not generally be as secure as hardware wallets, MetaMask allows users to retain their access information rather than storing it on their own servers, which prevents loss of funds in the event of a security breach at MetaMask.

The first rule when dealing with digital currencies is that you are solely responsible for the security of your funds. Use your own digital wallets to store tokens you intend to store for the long term. Unless otherwise specified, transactions made with digital currencies are irreversible and not anonymous. Practice sending small amounts of currency between digital wallets before making large transactions and always double-check to be sure you’re sending tokens to the intended address. 

Installation
    For this tutorial we will use the version provided for the Brave internet browser and the process does not differ significantly from the version provided for Chrome. Go to https://metamask.io/ and click “Install MetaMask” on the pop up that appears at the top of the screen. Once the extension has loaded the MetaMask fox icon will appear next to your other browser extensions in the top right corner of your browser.

Install

    Click the icon for the MetaMask browser extension in the top right corner of your screen and the Privacy Notice will appear. Read the Privacy Notice and click “Accept” to continue.

Installation

    A similar screen will appear displaying the Terms of Use. Read the terms and click “Accept” to continue.

Terms and Conditions

    The next screen will allow you to create a password. Always store your passwords in a safe location and be sure to use strong passwords containing letters, numbers, and symbols. After typing and confirming your new password, click “Create.”

Password

    The next page will contain a seed phrase of twelve words that can be used to restore your account. The words must be entered in the same order they are displayed. Once you have saved the seed words as a file or manually copied them for physical storage click “I’VE COPIED IT SOMEWHERE SAFE” to continue.

Seed Phrase

Using MetaMask
The dashboard displays your account name, public key, and balance. You can also buy, send, and view the transactions associated with the digital currencies stored in your MetaMask wallet.

Dashboard

    To purchase Ethereum you can store in your MetaMask wallet and exchange for Oleum Tokens, click the “Buy” button. On the Buy screen, select “Coinbase” and click “Continue to Coinbase” to purchase Ethereum using a U.S. bank account, credit, or debit card.

Purchasing Ethereum

    To send tokens from your MetaMask wallet to another digital wallet, click the “Send” button on the MetaMask dashboard. Enter the public key of the wallet you want to send funds to and the amount you want to send and click “NEXT.” 

Sending Ethereum

    To store ERC20 tokens other than Ethereum in your MetaMask wallet click the “Tokens” tab and then press the button that says “Add Token.”

Add Tokens

    Enter the Token Contract Address, Token Symbol, and Decimals of Precision. Then press “Add” to continue.

Add Token Details

 

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How To Make A Litecoin Wallet With Electrum

Submitted by Seth Goldfarb on Thu, 11/16/2017 - 12:19
11/16/2017
How To Make A Litecoin Wallet With Electrum

To learn more about digital wallets, please check out our Simple Guide To Digital Wallets. As an example of how to create a litecoin wallet we will use the popular client provided by https://electrum-ltc.org/. Electrum is a light client, so it does not require you to download the litecoin blockchain for use.

Electrum Homepage

Creating a wallet
Start by scrolling down to the “Downloads” section and select a wallet based on your operating system. For this example we will be using the Windows “Standalone Executable” version.

Electrum Downloads

After downloading the file, open it to start the Install Wizard. We will be using the default options so select “Auto connect” and click “Next.”

Electrum Install Screen 1

This will take you to a screen where you can open an old wallet or create a new one. If you’re okay using the default name simply click “Next.”

Electrum Install Screen 2

At this point you will have the option to create a Standard or Multi-Signature wallet or simply read Litecoin addresses. We will create a Standard wallet but you can use a Multi-signature wallet requiring multiple keys to make transactions for increased security.

Electrum Install Screen 3

Now you can choose to restore an existing wallet if you have the seed, public or private keys, or a separate hardware device. As we are creating a new wallet we will “Create a new seed” and click “Next.”

Electrum Install Screen 4

Copy the twelve words in the order displayed and store them in a safe location. These words can be used to recover your wallet in case you lose the private keys or your computer crashes.

Electrum Install Screen 5

Enter the seed words in the correct order on the next screen and click "Next." Generate a strong password using letters, numbers, and symbols to encrypt your wallet. 

Electrum Install Screen 6

Making a transaction
Now you have access to the dashboard of your new wallet. You can either send funds to your wallet or make a purchase using a separate exchange to fund your wallet. To learn more about how to purchase litecoin, check out our Simple Guide To Purchasing Cryptocurrency. 

Electrum Dashboard

Once you have funds in your wallet you can click the “Send” tab to send currency to another wallet or individual. Enter the address of the wallet you want to send litecoin to in the “Pay to” field, a description of the reason for the purchase if desired, and the amount of litecoin you want to send and click “Send.”

Electrum Send Screen

Click the “Request” button to access your wallet’s address. This public address can be shared with others so they can send currency to your wallet.

Electrum Receive Screen

Securing your wallet
As a web-based client, Electrum should be considered vulnerable to keylogger attacks.

Other litecoin wallets
In addition to the client provided by , other popular litecoin wallets include http://www.exodus.io/, https://electrum.org/#home, https://wallet.mycelium.com/, and https://www.ledgerwallet.com/

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How To Make An Ethereum Wallet

Submitted by Seth Goldfarb on Wed, 11/15/2017 - 13:10
11/15/2017
How To Make An Ethereum Wallet

To learn more about digital wallets, please check out our Simple Guide To Digital Wallets. As an example of how to create an ether wallet we will use the popular client provided by https://www.myetherwallet.com/

My Ether Wallet Home Page

Creating a wallet
Start by entering a password and click “Create New Wallet.” Be sure to use a strong password consisting of letters, numbers, and symbols when creating a password.

Keystore File Download

After clicking “Create New Wallet” you will be directed to the screen where you download the Keystore File associated with your new wallet. This wallet can be used to open or restore your digital wallet. Download the wallet to a safe location on your computer and consider encrypting the file with a password for maximum security. Once you have downloaded the file, click the button that says “I understand. Continue.”

Private Key Display

The next page will display your private key and give you the option to print a paper wallet. Save the private key in a safe location. If you lose the private key and the Keystore File there is not a way to recover your account. If the private key or Keystore File falls into the wrong hands it may be used to access your wallet. Copy your private key and click “Save Your Address.”

My Ether Wallet Dashboard

Under “How would you like to access your wallet,” select “Private Key,” paste your private key into the box provided, and click the “Unlock” button. Now you can scroll down to access the details of your wallet’s account, including your address or public key, account balance, QR code and transaction history.

My Ether Wallet Display

Making a transaction
Your public key or address can be shared with others to allow them to send currency to your wallet. To learn more about how to purchase ethereum, check out our Simple Guide To Purchasing Cryptocurrency. Once you have funds in your wallet you can click the tab at the top of the screen that says “Send Ether and Tokens.” Paste the address of the wallet you want to send currency to, select the currency you want to send, set the amount of currency you want to send, and adjust the gas limit if desired. 

Send Screen

Securing your wallet
As a web-based client, MyEtherWallet should be considered vulnerable to keylogger attacks. 

Other bitcoin wallets
In addition to the client provided by https://www.myetherwallet.com/, other popular ethereum wallets include http://www.exodus.io/, https://electrum.org/#home, https://wallet.mycelium.com/, and https://www.ledgerwallet.com/.

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How To Create A Bitcoin Wallet

Submitted by Seth Goldfarb on Tue, 11/14/2017 - 15:21
11/14/2017
How To Create A Bitcoin Wallet

 

To learn more about digital wallets, please check out our Simple Guide To Digital Wallets. As an example of how to create a bitcoin wallet we will use the most popular client in cryptocurrency provided by https://www.blockchain.com/. Blockchain offers a web-based wallet that holds bitcoin and ether on all kinds of different devices and has integrated tools allowing users to buy and sell currency within the wallet.

Blockchain Wallet Homepage

Creating a wallet
Start by clicking “Get A Free Wallet” in the top right corner of the homepage and fill out the signup form with your email and a password to generate your free wallet

Blockchain Wallet Signup Form

After you agree to the Terms of Service and click “Continue” you will be directed to the dashboard containing your bitcoin and ether wallets in addition to settings and exchange functions. You should receive an email to verify your account.

Blockchain Wallet Dashboard

Making a transaction
You can either send funds to your wallet or make a purchase using the exchange function to fund your wallet. Click the “Request” button to access your wallet’s address. This public address can be shared with others so they can send currency to your wallet. Select the wallet of the currency you desire and copy the address. Paste the address into the “To” field of the wallet you’re sending currency from along with the amount you wish to send or share the address with the individual sending you currency.

Blockchain Wallet Request Form

 

To learn more about how to purchase bitcoin, check out our Simple Guide To Purchasing Cryptocurrency. Once you have funds in your wallet you can click the “Send” button to send currency to another wallet or individual.

Blockchain Wallet Send Form

Securing your wallet
As a web, mobile, and software-based client, Blockchain should be considered vulnerable to keylogger attacks. For security, Blockchain provides a backup recovery phrase, a password hint, two-factor authentication, and an option for preventing addresses from accessing the wallet from the Tor network.

Other bitcoin wallets
In addition to the client provided by https://www.blockchain.com/, other popular bitcoin wallets include http://www.exodus.io/, https://electrum.org/#home, https://wallet.mycelium.com/, and https://www.ledgerwallet.com/

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Simple Guide To Digital Wallets

Submitted by Seth Goldfarb on Mon, 11/13/2017 - 17:28
11/13/2017
Simple Guide To Digital Wallets
Digital Wallets
Top to bottom, left to right: Exodus, Ledger, Blockchain, and MyEtherWallet

 

Introduction

A digital wallet is a storage device for cryptocurrencies, similar to a folder on your computer but it holds digital assets instead of files. There are several different kinds of wallets ranging from the typically less secure but more payment-friendly mobile and web or browser wallets to software or paper wallets that may be less easy to transact with but far safer for long-term storage. Using a digital wallet for the first time can be intimidating for new users but after a few test transactions it can quickly become second-nature.

Before creating a wallet
The first rule when dealing with digital currencies is that you are solely responsible for the security of any money you store online. Always store your password in a safe location and make sure to use a strong password containing letters, numbers, and symbols. Many exchange, online wallets, and cryptocurrency users have suffered from security breaches resulting in the loss of significant assets so skepticism toward exchanges and wallet providers is highly recommended. 

Types of wallets

  • Paper Wallet: A storage device for digital assets consisting of a physical, printed version of a cryptographically-generated public and private address. These are often used for cold storage. The first 'paper wallets' were made of paper, but the word has come to be used as an explanation for anything that physically (as opposed to on-screen) displays the public & private key. 'Physical bitcoins' like Caucascius coins also fall under this 'technical' definition.
  • Software Wallet: An application for electronic devices used to store and transfer digital currencies. These are usually associated with cold storage.
  • Web or Browser Wallet: A web-based application used to store and transfer digital currency or currencies. Such wallets are generally hot wallets by definition.
  • Mobile Wallet: An application intended for storing and transferring digital currency or currencies on devices running on Android or iOS.

Types of storage

  • Cold Storage: Distinguished from 'hot storage'. Refers to the offline storage of cryptocurrency. Funds stored offline are not in any way directly connected to the internet. This is primarily done for security reasons or to facilitate easy physical exchange or long-term storage. USB sticks, special hardware, or even paper wallets can be used to facilitate cold storage.
  • Hot Storage: Distinguished from 'cold storage'. Refers to the online storage of cryptocurrency. This includes online wallets, mobile app wallets, and storage on websites. Though exchanges generally keep most of their digital assets in cold storage, an individual's exchange balance can be thought to be 'hot storage' since they can transfer it very quickly using the online interface.

Questions to ask when choosing a wallet
Does the wallet provider have access to the private keys to your wallet or has the service been decentralized by allowing the user to retain sole custody of their private keys? Is the wallet provided a paper, mobile, web browser, or software-based wallet, and what steps have been taken to ensure the security of the wallet? Can the wallet hold the token or tokens I want to obtain? Does the wallet provide my desired functionality? Is the wallet provider reputable?

Diversification of assets
Diversification in cryptocurrency doesn’t only mean holding different types of tokens; it also means keeping your digital assets in different wallets. Many users of digital currencies keep some of their assets in offline or “cold storage” for safekeeping and some of their currency online in “hot storage” for ease of use in making purchases and trading tokens. Mobile wallets and exchanges are generally considered the least secure, followed by software wallets, with Paper and hardware wallets being the safest because they allow you to generate your private keys offline. Some software wallets allow users to generate private keys offline but users must make sure their wallet client provides such functionality.

Safety features to consider
Most wallets include basic encryption allowing users to set a password for wallet access but passwords can be vulnerable to keylogging attacks. Some wallets include two-factor authentication, which allows users to require a second password automatically generated by a third-party application to access the wallet. Wallets enable with multi-signature functionality allow users to require multiple passwords to access a wallet.

Other considerations
Unless specified otherwise, transactions made with digital currencies are irreversible and not anonymous. Practice sending small amounts of currency between digital wallets before making large transactions and always double-check to be sure you’re sending tokens to the intended address. The price of digital currencies can be extremely volatile so you should always do your own research and be aware of the taxes and regulations of your local jurisdiction before making an investment.
 

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