More and more drug dealers, pimps and drug tycoons get busted by the feds for not mixing their BITCOINS! But you just want some privacy even if you are a normal, peaceful citizen? You have come to the right place! I will explain you how!
Bitblender, or Helix Light? Which should I use in 2017?
Bitcoin tumbling, which is also referred to as Bitcoin mixing or washing, is the process of using a trustworthy third party service to break the connection between a Bitcoin address sending coins and the address(s) they are sent to in order to have fresh, untracable Bitcoins in your wallet(s). Since the Bitcoin blockchain is a public ledger that records every transaction, mixing coins is critical for anyone who doesn’t want the entire world to know exactly where they send and store their BTC, or from where they receive it, which is quite the privacy issue.
Properly mixing of your coins in 2017 may seem like a daunting task to those who aren’t very familiar with Bitcoin yet, in part as there is a lot of malicious and fishing websites out there that are not who they claim to be. Also the process itself is actually quite simple and will only take a few minutes of your time for each deposit you make in order to hide your precious bitcoin from preying eyes.
There are good reasons for everyone to mix their coins, not just for those who use Darknet Marketplaces in particular, as it is a necessity in this year and age to stay free, independant and un-harassble. New tools are being built all the time to increase the ability of the public, as well as private corporations and government agencies, to follow your coins through the blockchain and track those who use it. Right now it may seem like a waste of time, but in the near future it may be simple for anyone- including friends, relatives, employers, and law enforcement, to track every Bitcoin transaction you’ve ever made, post it to Facebook, see what you purchased, when, and where, and see exactly where it ended up. Not even your bank account is that transparent, right. And why should it be? So breaking the connection between your bitcoin wallet addresses and the coins’ destination by mixing them is certainly a precaution that everyone should take for the better. And for their own privacy and safety.
In this 2017 Bitcoin Mixing guide we try to provide the simplest possible step-by-step instructions to help users unfamiliar with the process of 2017 Bitcoin tumbling do so effectively. This guide assumes the reader already has a basic understand of how to send and receive Bitcoins, which is not exactly rocket science once you have done it a few times.
To mix your coins using this method, you will need:
-The Tor Browser
-The ability to create new Bitcoin wallets, both via Tor and on the clear net. We recommended using Electrum, but any client that functions over Tor will work. Alternately, you could use Blockchain.info and the Tor hidden service to create all or some of your wallets.
NOTE: Always make sure that you never use the blockchain.info clearnet url over Tor; doing that opens you up another possible vulnerability (malicious tor exit nodes).
Step #1: Create a wallet on the clearnet. (We will refer to this as wallet #1). Do not look up this address thru any clearnet websites, as you will leave your IP in their logs which law enforcement regulary gets access to.
Step #2: Send the amount of Bitcoins you want to mix to your new wallet #1.
Step #3: Create a second wallet, this time do it over the Tor network. (wallet #2)
Step #4: Send your bitcoins from your new wallet #1 directly to your new wallet #2.
The reason for this is to add a plausible dependability between your old clearnet wallet and in-person purchases. If you are ever investigated by law enforcement or some company from which you are buying coins (this happens with Coinbase.com a lot as they basically stalk and monitor their users constantly), you can reasonably claim that you sent them to someone else who controls wallet #2 (for example for services rendered, like gras mowing, fixing your sink or buying something from a market – they will have to proof the evidence but they cant if you follow this 2017 guide).
Step #5: Now create a third wallet, also over the Tor network. (wallet #3).
Step #6: Select which mixer you will be using now to finally clean your coins, and set up your transaction there using the address(es) from your new wallet #3.
We recommend the Official Helix Light by Grams as their new security features do not even log your Wallet Adresses on their servers, which is absolutely necessary for your bitcoin mixing to work effectively. Because if a mixing service does store website logs, then prosecution and companies will be able to access those logs, and all the bitcoin mixing was for nothing. As they can see which Bitcoin address you entered, and to which one you sent it, which in 2017 has lead to quite a few darknet dealer busts.
The official Helix Light has been extremely reliable so far while processing tens of millions of dollars. DO NOT use blockchain.info’s shared send or any other coinjoin product as your mixer, as those do not completely hide your trail like the others, and make sure you are on the official URLs:
Helix Grams .onion URL: http://grams7enufi7jmdl.onion/helix/light
Helix Grams Light CLEARNET URL: http://www.helixgramslight.com
WARNING: DO NOT USE ANY OTHER URLs AS THEY ARE FAKE
Step #7: Send the coins from wallet #2 to the address generated for you by the mixer.
Step #9: Now send the coins to your market address (or their eventually destination) for full protection! A lot of people do not follow these steps and wonder why they get contacted by the authorities. It is not safe in 2017 to use bitcoins when you do not protect yourself.
The very reason why you should create an extra wallet in between your mixer and market account, is in case you ever run in to any type of problems with your account (for example lost password, hacked/phished, lost the PGP key…), you can then use the fact that you control all of the recent deposit addresses as proof that you are the rightful owner of this account, so this adds another level of security for your bitcoin adventures.
You should also create a bitcoin wallet you control in between any coins you may ever withdrawal from a market and a mixer. This is far more important even than the reverse, because in case the market takes a long time to put your deposit through (which happens a lot, trust me). Coinmixers only keep track of the addresses they generate for you for a set amount of time, usually between 6 and 24 hours. So if you initiate a withdrawal from a market directly to a mixer’s bitcoin address, and the market runs into problems and doesn’t send your withdrawal for 48 hours, you face a very imminent risk of the mixer not forwarding your coins. This would not be the mixer’s fault, as they are open about how they work and do it for safety reasons. They purge records every X hours for privacy, and some even do not store any data internally on their server where they are at great risk.
TIP: You can use Blockchain.info’s official taint analysis to make sure that no trace remains between your wallet #2 and your wallet #3. Access it like this, replacing 1YOURBITCOINADDRESS (shown in blue below) with yours:
Search this page for your address(s) of wallet #2. If they are not there, then you have successfully performed a zero-taint mix of your Bitcoins! If an address from your wallet #2 does show up, there is a problem with the mixer you are using, you should contact them immediately and/or use a different one in the future.
The only weakness remaining is the fact that some of the mixing companies have records of your transactions, and although they all claim to delete them shortly after the transaction is complete, it is possible they could have a trail of where your coins went and law enforcement might even sitting in their servers already as happened with Hansa Market. You can negate this risk by repeating the process with a second mixing service, or by using a mixer that does not store any data in the webpages itself.
I probably made this 2017 bitcoin mixing guide sound more complicated than it actually is. In total it should only take about 5-15 minutes depending on how often you have done it already, and it is something worth doing if you value your privacy and want to make sure you never lose any coins!
The tumblers we list as trusted have been around for some time and have had no verifiable complaints against them. Not one user so far has been reported of having issues when using these official Mixers. The other services listed are either newer, have been hacked, or have had numerous complaints against them.
So make sure to always use these URLs only:
For Darknet Coin Mixing:
Helix Grams .onion URL: http://grams7eu3phkfrt3.onion/helix/light
For Clearnet Coin Mixing:
Official Helix Light URL: http://helixgramslight.com
Be safe in 2017! I will update this guide further when I have time, probably at the end of 2017/begin of 2018, and immediately if something important needs to be added, so you always have the best bitcoin tumbling guide available .Be safe!