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All You Need to Know About Crypto Addresses

Crypto addresses

September 3, 2020 | 

JOHN K MWANIKI |  1 Comments| 

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A crypto address is all it takes to send and receive cryptos. Any address can send cryptos to any supported format. The cryptos addresses are so important that you need to learn them more.  

Follow this article for all the details about crypto addresses

What is in a crypto address? 

A crypto address is a unique locator for where to send a cryptocurrency. They play the same roles as an email when sending fiat currency, or a receiver's phone number when using the mobile money payment option. The only difference is that the crypto addresses are temporary. You can only use an address once. 

The addresses can also not hold balances as a wallet does. Most of the crypto addresses come in the form of 26-35 alphanumerical characters. It can also function in the form of a scannable QR code. They come in various formats. 

The different cryptos come with various address identifiers. For example, most Bitcoin addresses either start with 1 or 3. While some recipients are liberal, others only support specific addresses. 

The crypto address is not the first location identifier, though. The earlier crypto payments used IP addresses. 

IP addecrypto addresses are already in existence; it's only that they need algorithms to solve. To create one, you generate a private key using an open-source library. You then get the related public key. After this, you apply the SHA-256 hash function on the public key. 

Apply RIPEMD-160 hash to the resulting code. Add the version byte prefix on the code. You will include the SHA-256 function then note the first 4 bytes. 

You will then include the characters from the RIPEMD-160 hash. Apply and convert the binary address to the crypto address function. 

Following this procedure sounds complicated for newbies. Still, there are machines to help through the procedure. Most of the crypto wallets also come with address creating software. The only difference in the various cryptos address creation is the algorithm. 

Some crypto addresses don't follow the usual rules. Known as vanity addresses, they involve special characters creating a crypto address. One can either use names, upper case, or lower cases as the prefix.  

Creating vanity addresses requires special third-party solutions. Some of the common solutions are Vanitygen and Vanitygen Cash. 

Using these services requires top care. There are always concerns about their security measures. Creating vanity addresses also requires more processing power. The longer the prefix is, the more power it needs.

For those who lack the computational power, the Vanity pool comes in handy in the creation. The period to generate addresses ranges from days to several years.

How Crypto Address Works

Crypto address works like any other receiver identity in transactions. You will use it every time you want to send cryptos. You need to keep it in an easy to access point. 

When sending cryptos, fill out all the details on the wallet then include the address. The Bitcoin addresses are quite long and can lead to erroneous entries. For that, you either copy or use the QR code option. QR code allows for scanning a mobile phone.  

Any smartphone that supports a Bitcoin wallet can scan the QR code. The scanning option has become so popular in recent times, with most users preferring it. 

Using the crypto address is secure. It comes with both private and public keys. The public keys allow you to share it with anyone risk-free. The private key is what you need to access the wallet. Anyone with both keys can access the wallet and transfer cryptos. You have to keep the private keys safe. 

Most wallets care about the security of the private keys. They tend only to give out the public keys. Losing a private key comes with several risks. They don't provide for any recovery; hence when lost, you won't ever access your assets. 

The transaction records using the address are available in the wallet. Different cryptos provide various security measures. Monero, for example, provides for a change of receiving address after every transaction.

Using the same address makes it easy for anyone to track your account. 

Address Formats 

Crypto address format is the physical representation of the addresses. The different cryptos provide for various address formats. These formats, in most cases, change based on security.

Bitcoin has three main crypto address formats; P2PKH, P2SH, and Bech32. The P2PKH is the legacy format. It was the first-ever, even though facing a phase-out. The format comes with higher transaction fees and slower speeds. 

The P2SH is the common Bitcoin address format. It comes with more functionality than the legacy address formats. It supports transactions to both segwit and non-segwit accounts.

Bech32 is the latest of the address formats. The majority of the software and hardware wallets support it. It is the future of the Bitcoin address formats. 

Bitcoin Cash comes with two main address formats; legacy and Cash Addr. The BTC coins support both formats. The users can switch between the formats depending on needs. The Cash Addr is distinct from the BTC addresses, thus prevents erroneous transactions. 

Litecoin comes with three addresses. They all come with a corresponding M-address to avoid confusion with the Bitcoin addresses. It provides a tool that converts the addresses into the M-version. While Litecoin is segwit-enabled, it supports non-segwit transactions. 

Bottom Line 

Crypto security is essential. That explains the reason the crypto addresses are such a big deal. 

The addresses are where the users receive and send cryptos. Any mishandling of the addresses makes the whole transaction vulnerable. 

The crypto addresses formats are ever-evolving to meet the improving security. Most of the address formats are becoming segwit-supported. What's important is to keep the addresses safe and to countercheck all transactions. 
 

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