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Unknown entity transfers $166 million worth of Bitcoins

BTC whale moved 15,987 BTC in block  649,777 estimated to be worth about $ 166 million.

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BTC, Bitcoin, crypto, Unknown entity transfers $166 million worth of Bitcoins

The number of transactions done by large entities in the world’s most important crypto market is on the rise.

Data obtained from Bitcoin Block Bot, a crypto analytic tracker, revealed that a BTC whale moved 15,987 BTC in block  649,777, estimated to be worth about $166 million, recently.

READ: Bitcoin whale transfers 11,230 BTC worth $116 million

 

BTC whales have been moving large stacks of BTCs lately, triggered by the third BTC halving that occurred some months ago.

Much of the recent increase can be attributed to wealthy entities withdrawing their BTCs from crypto exchanges. Apparently, this is not new wealth; rather, it represents a change in the way Bitcoin whales are choosing to hold their coins.

READ: Buying signs: Ethereum whales increase their Ether holdings by 84%

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From a macro level, the increase in the number of these large entities can be considered bullish.

At the time this report was drafted, Bitcoin was still trading around the $10,500 support levels, as investors have kept buying BTC at its support levels.

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Quick fact: At the BTC market, investors or traders who own large amounts of bitcoins are typically known as Bitcoin whales. This means that a BTC whale would be an individual or business entity (with a single Bitcoin address) owning around 1000 Bitcoins or more.

As BTC whales accumulate BTCs, Bitcoin’s circulating supply reduces, and this can weaken any bearish trend bitcoin finds itself in.

READ: Bullish Signs: 2.6 million Bitcoins are being held on crypto exchanges

Meaning that over time, it’s possible that as BTC approaches its fixed supply of 21 million, the price of BTC will go up, with BTC’s present demand factored in.

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Olumide Adesina is a France-born Nigerian. He is a Certified Investment Trader, with more than 15 years of working expertise in Investment trading. Message Olumide on Twitter @tokunboadesina. He is a Member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society.

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How to protect your Crypto assets from thefts, hacks and frauds

According to data released by CipherTrace Cryptocurrency Intelligence, crypto theft for last year stood at $1.9 billion in 2020, down from $4.5 billion in 2019.

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It’s no longer news that Crypto assets are fast gaining traction in today’s world. The amazing word “Crypto” has completely altered the way we view global financial systems and money, revealing the power of blockchain technology. However, with great power comes great responsibility and part of that responsibility is knowing how to protect your crypto assets.

As a Russian cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky recently affirmed, hacking of crypto accounts is on the rise. “We should expect more fraud, targeting mostly BTC, due to this cryptocurrency being the most popular one,” they stated.

Predictably, the popularity and surge in BTC prices and the upcoming Ethereum mean that virtual currencies often become a target for hackers that want to take advantage of these valuable and appreciating assets.

READ: Computers might steal Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoin fortune

According to data released by CipherTrace Cryptocurrency Intelligence, crypto theft for last year stood at $1.9 billion in 2020, down from $4.5 billion in 2019.

In 2018, cryptocurrency crimes were about $1.7 billion in value, according to CipherTrace’s annual Crypto Anti-Money Laundering and Crime Report. This number surged by almost 165% year-over-year to $4.5 billion in 2019.

This data makes it crucial for you to protect your crypto assets and avoid falling victim to cyber hackers.

The most important process in securing your crypto assets is choosing a crypto wallet. This wallet works pretty much like a traditional wallet, save for the obvious fact that it is a digital wallet. Some popular examples are MetaMask, Trust wallet, Electrum, and Exodus.

READ: Crypto robber steals $15 million

A crypto wallet is used in keeping the private and public keys required to buy your crypto assets, thus enabling digital signatures to approve every transaction. It is safer to keep your crypto assets in crypto wallets as crypto exchanges can fall prey to cyberattacks and theft.

A private key (almost like a real key) unlocks your crypto assets from your crypto wallet.

You must also understand the power of your private key as losing such keys to cyber-attacks or carelessness will result in losing access to your funds. If someone else learns your key, they can spend those funds.

Seed phrases

It is also critical to understand that many crypto wallets have just one private key. They are hierarchical deterministic (HD) wallets, meaning they can hold a lot of different keys. All that is required of you is knowing the seed phrase, a collection of words that can be used to generate those keys. This may resemble the following:

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Unless you intentionally prefer to use a single private key, you’ll probably be asked to back up a seed phrase when creating a crypto wallet.

To protect your crypto assets, ensure you work with reputable cryptocurrency wallets, exchanges, brokerages, and mobile apps and avoid sharing your secret key with others.

Crypto trading platforms like FTX derivative exchange provides multi-level security features for its users, as Google authenticator is available to protect your withdrawals on exchanges. Also, it’s very important to whitelist your withdrawal address to prevent loss of funds.

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Bitcoin bounces as Ether hits new all-time high

Data from coinmarketcap shows bitcoin erasing almost all the previous day’s losses to trade as high as $57,939.36 in the last 24 hours.

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New all-time highs for Ether after sell-off earlier in the week. Bitcoin (BTC) also gained 4.03% in the last 24 hours as cryptocurrencies recovered losses despite increasing turmoil in global stock markets.

BTC price bullish

Data from coinmarketcap shows bitcoin erasing almost all the previous day’s losses to trade as high as $57,939.36 in the last 24 hours. The move came amid concerns in tech stocks, fueled by problems in Taiwan which saw the country’s equities index post its biggest one-day loss in history.

Bitcoin and altcoins had sold off with tech stocks more broadly earlier in the week, but the latest macro dip failed to worsen their performance. “BTC is bouncing here and Altcoins are recovering strongly,” popular Twitter commentator Rekt Capital summarized on Tuesday as the United States Federal Reserve buoyed the crypto cause by refusing to suggest that economic interventions could be lessened.

READ: Crypto-Tsunami as over 247,000 investors lose $1.7 billion

Bitcoin is currently trading $57,122.96 as of the time of writing this report.

Ethereum keeps breaking all-time highs

In continuation of “altseason,” Ether led gains, touching new all-time highs while maintaining support at $4,000. Gas fees, however, remain a headache for traders and Ethereum network users. Due to the network congestion, Ethereum gas fees are as high as $700 during peak periods. This presents a significant concern for investors and developers on the network.

READ: Companies are now accepting Bitcoin payments – How does it affect Bitcoin exchange and trading?

Ether is currently trading $4,317.25 as of the time of writing this report.

Amid continued debate over “meme” coins, Dogecoin (DOGE) was flat, while Shiba Inu (SHIB) lost 23% to fall out of the top twenty cryptocurrencies by market cap. Weekly gains for the coin still stand above 1,500%.

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