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Getting Started With Litecoin

http://litecoin.info/wiki/Main_Page




Client & Wallet Make sure that you encrypt & backup your wallet on a secure computer & another different safe physical location.
Walkthrough: Hit up Litecoin.org and download the client (Litecoin-qt) for windows/Linux whatever you happen to be on. Then launch it up. As soon as you launch it go to Settings->Backup Wallet. Put this backup on a flash drive, and lock it in a safe (this B/U is in case you lose or forget your P/W). Edit to add, I just found out that when you then encrypt your wallet it will change all the pre-generated addresses so only rely on the un-encrypted B/U for use on a saving wallet that you transfer all funds out from one time & not for multiple transactions). Then go to Settings->Encrypt wallet, put a pretty good password, recommend 10+ Characters. It will then close and finish encrypting, once it is finished launch it up again and backup the wallet again. Good idea to put this encrypted wallet on another flash drive and give it to a friend for safe keeping. If you are tech savvy and want even more security do the same steps as above, but put it inside a linux VM. To also obtain & backup your private keys if you wish, see the instructions below marked with  

http://www.cryptobadger.com/2013/05/guide-bitcoin-wallet-security/ is an excellent guide to use.

If there is malware, viruses, key loggers on your computer then it's likely to steal the coins in your wallet even if it's encrypted or has 2FA, unless you are just using play money amounts then learn a lot about securing your computer first, disable Java (not JavaScript which is different), in all of your browsers (Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Etc) this is essential! Disable Apps & add-ons/plugins/extensions except for very trusted ones like No Script (which you should definitely have), ideally have a dedicated computer, like the Asus Eee PC X101CH 10.1 inch Netbook £160 Amazon UK or search ASUS Eee for cheaper versions on the US Amazon, the Asus Eee 1011CX is good (€250 July 2013) just for your wallet/s, preferably use the Armoury wallet & off line cold storage (ie never connected to the Internet). 

Also do not browse the web under Windows Administrator account, preferably do not use a Windows PC at all for your wallet/s or logging in to exchanges etc, nor the Internet Explorer browser, if you must then at least have installed NoScriptGhostery, & Adblock Plus, along with MSE & Malwarebytes, Use https everywhere & in settings select "click to play" for plugins, disable autoruns to protect from USB transfer viruses, don't use an old OS & especially not WinXP. Ideally use Linux OS or at least a clean OS install before setting things up, don't click on any random links, even if they look like just .jpg ones, better still get a dedicated machine just for banking etc. 

Log out of important sites & delete their cookies before browsing to any other sites is an important general rule, or to download VMware player (free) and create a VM that you use to do all of your forum/browsing etc. This way you don't have to have a separate computer yet you are completely insulated from an attack on the VM.


Do not use public Wi-Fi to visit exchanges, banks or even email accounts that you use for 2FA or have registered with sensitive sites like exchanges or anywhere that you may hold coins, only use your password protected home Wi-Fi Or Internet connection:


Also, unless you really know what you're doing, then don't use the blockchain.info app on your mobile/cell phone & never if it's a rooted phone or only with a loose change/tips level secondary wallet as it is potentially not secure with Android, see: http://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/1czrua/just_lost_160_btc_from_address_managed_with/




 coblee's Encrypted Litecoin paper wallets - see reply #4 for detailed instructions.

You may also like to consider putting email dead man switches or with your executor in place for encoded private keys or passwords (say to a LastPass account with the recipient/s having activated account Yubi Keys & being advised to expect a mail like this so that it isn't treated as spam), or an M-of-N system.

Until you are aware of all this be very wary of how you use sites & forums especially those that are dedicated to Bitcoins, don't browse them from a computer where you have sensitive info, don't click on links there or accept Skype chats, see this thread & onwards.

See the DIY Guide, page 12 here for more security info.

 *   As well as backing up the Litecoin wallet if you want long term non-volatile storage then send all coins to a single address, and write down or print out the private key for that address. Shred and delete any digital trace of the key and you're golden.

I do this as well as saving the wallet.dat - to get the private key for any address in your wallet, un-encrypt it by opening the Litecoin wallet then: Help, Debug window, Console, type: walletpassphrase <passphrase> <timeout> where timeout = how long you want the wallet to be un-encrypted for in seconds, eg, to open it for 3 minutes if your passphrase is Password123 (hopefully it isn't) then type: walletpassphrase Password123 180

Then type: dumpprivkey <litecoinaddress> to get the private key for any address in your wallet, you can also import them with importprivkey <litecoinprivkey> [label] where label is what you want to call that address.

Obviously private keys, like any un-encrypted backups of your wallet, should be stored in a safe or such. 

Also, important, re-do all your backups again any time that you un-encrypt your wallet as once it re-encrypts again it will change all your previous unused pre-generated addresses. Do these new backups when the wallet is encrypted again. 

http://www.reddit.com/r/litecoin/comments/1qmglq/how_to_import_a_private_key_into_litecoinqt_in/ - This guide may be more up to date for importing private keys to wallets.

Mobile wallet for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.schildbach.wallet_ltc   <--- Recommended!  US only atm, shortly worldwide release.


Exchanges

Exchange BTC-E Bulgarian global exchange (Ignore the troll box chat, easiest to buy with BTC than USD which are hard to get on to the exchange)

Best practice is to enable 2FA via email for withdrawals on btc-e.
Walk-through: Go to your Profile -->​ Edit profile --->​ Security & tick the 'Withdraw only with request on E-Mail' option then click Save.

https://vaultofsatoshi.com - Canadian global exchange


Charts 


http://bitcoinwisdom.com/markets/okcoin/ltccny - OKCoin - LTC/CYN  the largest market by far now, see this graphic comparison


http://coinmarketcap.com - Market Cap of different crypto currencies.





Other

Forum & Reddit <--- good for up to date advise, tip & any questions you may have.




Astro

Free Entry Prizes   <--- competition over, prizes claimed. 




Note that in order to get the most accurate ltc/usd price it is best to use the price on BTC-E for ltc/btc & then the price on Mt. Gox for btc/usd (actually now best to use Bitstamp for a more realistic btc/usd price) as these are the largest exchanges for each of these pairs, atm it is hard to get dollars on to & out of the BTC-E exchange so their ltc/usd price is not accurate. Commission fees for transactions (buys/sells) are respectively 0.2% on BTC-E & up to 0.6% on Mt. Gox, also depending how you deposit/withdraw funds there are fees for this in some cases.


Litecoin serves a huge function in the crypto-currency world, because Scrypt based hashing is orders of magnitudes more secure than SHA256.

http://www.reddit.com/r/litecoin/comments/1cssqr/the_math_why_litecoin_is_more_secure_than_bitcoin/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrypt

LTC serves as a hedge against any issues with BTC, both in terms of bugs with the software and any sort of attack on the network.

Also Litecoin finalizes the 100% anonymity promised by Bitcoin. BTC transactions can be traced fairly easily even if you use a coinmixer. But if you go into another currency, its 100% impossible to trace further transactions.

For these reasons I'm very pro-Litecoin and I think it serves to strengthen the cryptocurrency economy rather that weaken it.

I believe the desire for an alternative cryptocurrency will be high enough to give it solid value relative to bitcoin, much like a generic ".com" domain name is valued at about 10 times the same ".net" name.

If this is, in fact, a correct assessment, Litecoin is almost certainly the top pick for this role. 

[Quoted from charlie702 & others]



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Recent News



2013 06 01 Google+ page for Litecoin Project, where important dev news gets posted first.

2013 06 02 Podcast with LTC creator, Charlie Lee (coblee), at about 48 minutes in.

Planned Litecoin payment processor @LTCPP 



Wikileaks accepting donations in both Bitcoin & Litecoin

The Litecoin dev fundraising was a success with about 12,000 ltc donated I think, along with another one for 1,000 ltc too, 

A new client wallet-Qt 0.6.9.2 released, 




2013 08 05 Mt. Gox Status Update including Litecoin implementation confirmed, but no estimated date for it given this time.


2013 09 30 How to get started with litecoin by CoinDesk A great write-up. Perfect info for someone new looking to navigate Litecoin.

2013 10 10 Mt. Gox aiming to be implementing LTC by end of Nov, so at least 2013 is still looking likely/possibleThe exchange part is nice, but the most important reason is the LTC/USD payment API. Litecoin on a major exchange will open the doors to the big payment gateways.

2013 10 13 To celebrate the 2nd anniversary of Litecoin, the Litecoin development team will be doing a reddit AMA (ask me anything) at 2pm - 4pm PDT this Sunday. 

Plenty of positive news in the AMA, lots of developments in the pipeline, plus Charlie saying that he "had plans to persuade Coinbase to adopt Litecoin. Stay tuned... Definitely a possibility. I will do my best to make it happen. No promises and no time frame."

In one year where do you see the price of litecoin (estimate based on your best available knowledges :) 

"Wild guess here... $12 on Litecoin's 3rd birthday. Based on Litecoin being about 2 years behind Bitcoin. Bitcoin price was $12 on 10/13/2012. :)"

"The price of LTC is pretty much all based on speculation right now. This is similar to Bitcoin about 2 years ago. So I wouldn't worry too much about price.

We are working towards keeping the network stable. As Litecoin becomes more popular and grows, there will be more exchange support, more payment processors, and then more merchants. Once we have merchant support, the LTC price will no longer be just controlled by speculation. This might take a couple years or so."

"To be clear, I'm not saying it will take 2 years for exchanges or payment processors to start supporting Litecoin. It's just that it will take at least a year before we have enough merchants accepting Litecoin to make the price not just speculative."


Project updates:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/104307324656397909502/posts

https://twitter.com/LitecoinProject


More recent news

2013 10 18 https://vaultofsatoshi.com - Canadian global exchange opens for BTC/LTC trading, good to have an alternative to BTC-E & Bitfinex.

2013 10 18 The Long and Winding LTC Road is Just Beginning.

Bobby Lee the BTC China CEO, a rapidly growing exchange for BTC in China, is the brother of Charlie Lee, the founder of Bitcoin’s alternative, Litecoin.



2013 10 26  New client wallet-Qt 0.8.5.2rc1 pre-release with Coin Control & other improvements http://blog.litecoin.org

The other day, a user "chrystov" had a great comment about litecoin: "I'm definitely keeping my eye on Litecoin as a secondary vehicle. It will never pace up to bitcoin, but I see it as the most viable in the landscape of altcoins, not because its technically superior necessarily, but because of its positioning. Value is an agreed-upon perception validated by a critical mass of market involvement. Litecoin has a good tinderbox signature."

http://coinmarketcap.com - Market Cap of different crypto currencies. 
 

LTC To the moon!!! ┗(°0°)┛ 

For the latest news now see: https://www.facebook.com/LitecoinCrypto


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