To start with, TL;DR on the finish. I’m not utterly new to Bitcoin. Nonetheless, there are nonetheless some issues that I’m nonetheless studying and that is getting extra complicated as a substitute of clearer.
I downloaded the most recent of Samourai Wallet (not from Play Retailer, however from a web-based APK I discovered, as I should not have Play Retailer put in on my telephone).
My first impression was wonderful, I have to admit. The UI was clear, it was libre software program, it had tons of settings and customization choices and it was made with a give attention to privateness — or that’s what the builders claimed of their, I have to admit, stunning and convincing web site.
At this level virtually all the pieces was nice. However after I did a little analysis, I began to seek out not very good issues individuals have been saying about Samourai.
Two or three days in the past, they removed some privacy features from the wallet due to silly and worsening Google insurance policies that everybody right here hates. They stated they have been shifting to F-Droid quickly with the full-featured app. That was good, however am I unsuitable or they might have carried out this earlier than they have been compelled to trim the app? Devs already know Google was making use of these pathetic insurance policies, they only tried to use for an exception — as acknowledged on their weblog submit.
One other factor I discovered is individuals (customers) brazenly contradicting the privateness statements made by Samourai — this particular one being essentially the most “excessive”, because it comes from what it appears to be an eminence right here. I do know Bitcoin isn't oriented in direction of privateness and that privateness may be very troublesome to implement, however this made me suppose: why, for instance, can not I connect with a trusted node with out having to run a full node myself, specifically configure it and use a VPN to connect with it? Why there appears to be an curiosity in selling transaction casting by way of Samourai servers? Additionally, what are Ricochet, STONEWALL and PayNym? I suppose they're their implementation of various Bitcoin Enchancment Proposals, however can they be trusted? Some customers on this sub say there’s one thing shady with this app.
Then, there may be this serious claim from a consumer saying that Samourai Pockets misplaced a few of his bitcoins. I gained’t get into particulars, however it was sort of scary to me since different customers informed him they have been in the identical state of affairs.
I wish to make clear this case. With Samourai, it was love at first sight. However it appeared just too good to be true. I'm open to make use of Samourai Pockets as one among my major wallets, however I believe I wish to get some suggestions “simply in case.”
I hope you can give me some recommendation and orientation, with the intention to see what’s actually occurring right here and to find out if Samourai Pockets is what it claims to be.
TL;DR: I downloaded Samourai Pockets, examined it and cherished it. Then, I did a little bit of analysis and located some “shady” issues and now I’m making an attempt to get some suggestions and opinions from the neighborhood.