Bitcoin Q&A: Randomness and vanity address generation


How do I know that my private key was generated randomly? Could rogue developers of wallet applications access the private keys? Problems with fake wallets. Why is browser hygiene important? How are the private keys of vanity addresses securely generated by pools?

These questions are from the third and fourth sessions of MOOC 11, and the March monthly subscriber session, which took place on February 14th, February 22nd, and March 30th 2019, respectively. If you want early-access to talks and a chance to participate in the monthly live Q&As with Andreas, become a patron: https://www.patreon.com/aantonop

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Data integrity and validation of keys – https://youtu.be/LjbREINFrZk
Malicious updates and deterministic builds – https://youtu.be/eK8bgVeUEkM
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