BlockChain.info

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BlockChain.info is a utility site offering a number of free ad-supported services:

  • Alternative block chain browser
  • Javascript-based eWallet
  • Payment notification/alerts
  • Live updating list of unconfirmed transactions
  • Data and charts providing insight into the Bitcoin P2P network
  • Double spend tracking
  • JSON and block explorer compatible api
  • Multi-signature coordination service (for use with M-Of-N transactions)
  • Mixing Service

The site's availability status and service history is monitored using PingDom.

The site was launched on August 30, 2011[1], originally as the PiUK-BlockChain-Browser. It is maintained by Ben Reeves and was built with the intended purpose of recording double spend attacks and various currency statistics.

On March 26, 2012 the Blockchain for Android mobile app was released[2]. On April 20, 2012 the Blockchain ios app for the Apple iPhone, iPod touch and iPad was released globally on the App Store[3].

Wallet

The wallet available from this service is considered a hybrid EWallet. This means that the coins are not stored with Blockchain.info, but instead held in your browser. There is an encrypted copy of your wallet stored on Blockchain.info's server, but that does not have your wallet password and thus cannot access or spend from your wallet.

The same wallet is accessed using the Blockchain for Android mobile wallet.

To access the wallet, the wallet identifier needs to be known or bookmarked. To allow for the wallet to be accessed using an easily-remembered word or term, the service allows you to enter an alias to the wallet identifier.

Buy

Purchases are limited in frequency and amount.

Phone Deposit

Bitcoins may be purchased through the site using SMS / mobile.

Pingit

Using Barclays Pingit service, bitcoins may be purchased in the UK (GBP).

Cash Deposit

Integration with BitInstant provides a cash deposit method for buying coins in the U.S. (at major banks, 7-11, Walmart, CVS, Moneygram locations, and more), Brazil (BRL using Boleto, Banco Recomendito), and Russia (QIWI, Cyberplat).

Security

Access to the wallet requires a password. After multiple successive failed attempts to login (e.g., five) the account will be locked for a period of four hours[4].

Mutli-factor authentication is available to further protect access to the wallet. This authentication is valid for the session for a limited amount of time[5]. These methods include:

  • Google Authenticator
  • e-mail verification
  • SMS
  • YubiKey

Backups

Though the service does store an encrypted copy of your wallet, the recommendation is for the wallet owner to also keep a backup copy of the encrypted wallet. Configuring an e-mail address in the account details will then make it possible to manually request that a backup of the wallet be sent by e-mail to that address. This backup is generally secure because the wallet is encrypted though wallet owners holding larger balances may want to obtain advice from a security professional regarding the risks.

Mobile Apps

Security

Users of the Blockchain mobile app may wish to add the second password capability (configured through Account Details -> Security) so that bitcoins cannot be spent without the additional password.

See Also

External Links

References

  1. Blockchain.info - Bitcoin Block explorer & Currency Statistics
  2. Blockchain.info android wallet
  3. iPhone IOS Bitcoin wallet is here! (From Blockchain.info)
  4. Blockchain.info - Bitcoin Block explorer & Currency Statistics
  5. Authentication somehow remembers me