Investing In Crypto? Secure Your Computer

If you’re entering the growing market of cryptocurrencies, then you might know that it’s a bit risky to store things on your computer.  Additionally, keeping your passwords safe and secure is even more important than ever because there are virtually no protections of cryptocurrency theft in the lawbooks.  Given that it is not regulated, nobody will have your back if your passwords or coins get stolen.

With hundreds of “alt-coins” on the markets, the field of crytpocurrencies is a fast growing trend and that means that the more money is invested and at stake, the more the hackers are going to come out of the woodwork and start attacking people in an attempt to steal their coins.

Bitcoins are especially vulnerable to theft as they are worth the most in the field.  But other currencies such as Litecoin and Ethereum are also at risk.

So what can you do to ensure the safety of your coins?  There are a few steps you can take to ensure that you won’t be the next victim of a hack.

Use Two Factor Authentication

Some exchanges require this, and some don’t.  However, two factor authentication (2FA) is essential.  If you don’t have this set up and someone gets your password through malware of some sort, your entire account will be compromised.  If you enable 2FA and your password is stolen, the thief would need your mobile device or access to the other element where you get your login code.  Two factor authentication is becoming more and more commonplace for use in everyday websites and logins such as with banks and credit cards.  Getting used to using it is an asset to your personal security.

Ensure your computer is secured from malware and viruses

At the same time you’ll want to ensure that your computer is free of malware and viruses and that it’s protected from any attacks and drive by malware installations.  There are some great software tools that can help you with that.  I employ the usage of Norton and Malwarebytes Premium for my computer security.  This protects me from both Malware and Viruses, which are both slightly different in how they work.

Malware can compromise your passwords for your accounts as well as attack any software wallets that you might have on your computer.  If you want to be extra cautious, you can scan your computer for malware before you log into your exchange website of choice (although I think that might be a bit overkill myself).

Use a Hardware Wallet

Using a hardware wallet for coins you want to store and hold is much safer than keeping them on an exchange.  The Mt. Gox disaster a few years ago was exhibit A of why this is important.  With no regulation, if an exchange loses your coins they are likely gone for good and you might not be compensated.  Using a hardware wallet is essential for the safety of your coins.  We recommend the Leger Nano S and we recommend that you buy it directly from the company’s website at



Tech And Finance

With the new world of cryptocurrency starting to make headlines and enter mainstream knowledge, it’s important to look at the relationship between technology and finance.  It’s becoming more and more important to recognize how new things like “bot” can manipulate markets and cause the tides of certain stocks and currencies to change rapidly.

Even back in 1984 it was a huge issue in terms of fear of how technology and computers would affect industries.  There was a lot of fear back then, now there’s not so much fear however we are closer and closer to advanced artificial intelligence.

For an outsider, probably the most striking thing about AI is the way it violates the common notion of what a computer is. Instead of crunching numbers, an AI program uses the computer as a machine to manipulate symbols; instead of following a rigid and precisely defined algorithm, it picks its own way through a problem according to a store of data, facts, and heuristic rules of thumb about the world.

Indeed, it is arguably the most important insight of AI’s first two and a half decades that machines can behave intelligently using just two basic ingredients: search and knowledge. The paradigm is a chess program. At each step the program has to search through all the moves available to it to find a satisfactory one; but because there are some 10.sup.120 possible sequences in a chess game, the program would be paralyzed unless it had a few rules of thumb to narrow that search to manageable proportions.

Broadly speaking, AI deals with two kinds of knowledge. Factual knowledge, or “book learning,” might be represented in the computer as a network of associations: TWEETY is a BIRD is a VERTEBRATE is an ANIMAL, and so forth. Heuristic knowledge, the intuitive rules of thumb derived from experience or passed down from master to apprentice, might be encoded as a maze of logical propositions: IF this condition holds, THEN do that.

To get a fel for the scope and limitations of current AI programs, consider that a human expert–say a chess master–has at his command the equivalent of 50,000 IF-THEN statements. A modern expert system contains at most a few thousand; even the best is still an idiot savant.

INTERNIST-1, for example, knew a lot of internal medicine. It understood nothing about physiology or anatomy. Programs such as its successor CADEUCEUS, which have deeper knowledge and which can begin to reason from first principles, are still very much on the forefront of research.

By the same token, existing systems are very narrow, in part because of hardware constraints on computer memory and processing power. So far the programs have been successful only in well-defined and self-contained domains. (In fairness, of course, the same thing could be said of human experts: a lawyer may well be a klutz at auto repair.)

More important still is the fact that none of the existing expert systems can learn in any real sense. The biggest bottleneck in the creation of a new system is the laborious back and forth between the human experts and the programmer as they discover new rules and refine the old ones. Programs that can learn are again on the forefront of research.

Waldrop, M. Mitchell. “Artificial intelligence (I): into the world; AI has become a hot property in financial circles: but do the promises have anything to do with reality?” Science, vol. 223, 1984, p. 802+.

It’s very important to keep track of the trajectory of technology so as to discern its true impact on industries, especially the financial industry.

There are already AI computer programs that attempt to trade stocks by looking at patterns, however because of the “human” element these systems are still not quite perfect.  Everything is predictable until it is not.