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Flitpay - Bitcoin,Crypto Trading Exchange in India

latest release: 1.0.28 ( 22nd September 2021 ) last analysed  30th September 2021 Custodial: The provider holds the keys 
4.2 ★★★★★
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17th May 2017

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Try out searching for "lost bitcoins", "stole my money" or "scammers" together with the wallet's name, even if you think the wallet is generally trustworthy. For all the bigger wallets you will find accusations. Make sure you understand why they were made and if you are comfortable with the provider's reaction.

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The Analysis 

Our initial assessment points to this app as a custodial offering because it is a centralized exchange.

This information is included in their Terms and Conditions page:

The Flitpay wallet and Exchange.
Supported Cryptocurrencies. The Flitpay wallet allows you to send, receive and store cryptocurrency (together, “Wallet Transactions”). The Flitpay wallet is only available with the cryptocurrencies that Flitpay, in its sole discretion, decides to support.

This is the most telling phrase about its custodial nature:

Transaction instructions. Flitpay will process Wallet Transactions according to your instructions.

It also shares information with third parties:

Sharing User Information. In the course of processing a Wallet Transactions, Flitpay may be required to share your user information with other contractual third parties, or as required under applicable laws or demanded upon a lawful request by any governmental authority. You hereby irrevocably grant full permission and authority for Flitpay to share this information with such contractual third parties, or as required under applicable laws or demanded upon a lawful request by any governmental authority, and release Flitpay from any liability, error, mistake, or negligence related thereto.

This app is custodial and thus not verifiable

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Verdict Explained

As the provider of this product holds the keys, verifiability of the product is not relevant to the security of the funds!

As part of our Methodology, we ask:

Is the product self-custodial? If not, we tag it Custodial! 

A custodial service is a service where the funds are held by a third party like the provider. The custodial service can at any point steal all the funds of all the users at their discretion. Our investigations stop there.

Some services might claim their setup is super secure, that they don’t actually have access to the funds, or that the access is shared between multiple parties. For our evaluation of it being a wallet, these details are irrelevant. They might be a trustworthy Bitcoin bank and they might be a better fit for certain users than being your own bank but our investigation still stops there as we are only interested in wallets.

Products that claim to be non-custodial but feature custodial accounts without very clearly marking those as custodial are also considered “custodial” as a whole to avoid misguiding users that follow our assessment.

This verdict means that the provider might or might not publish source code and maybe it is even possible to reproduce the build from the source code but as it is custodial, the provider already has control over the funds, so it is not a wallet where you would be in exclusive control of your funds.

We have to acknowledge that a huge majority of Bitcoiners are currently using custodial Bitcoin banks. If you do, please:

  • Do your own research if the provider is trust-worthy!
  • Check if you know at least enough about them so you can sue them when you have to!
  • Check if the provider is under a jurisdiction that will allow them to release your funds when you need them?
  • Check if the provider is taking security measures proportional to the amount of funds secured? If they have a million users and don’t use cold storage, that hot wallet is a million times more valuable for hackers to attack. A million times more effort will be taken by hackers to infiltrate their security systems.
The product cannot be independently verified. If the provider puts your funds at risk on purpose or by accident, you will probably not know about the issue before people start losing money. If the provider is more criminally inclined he might have collected all the backups of all the wallets, ready to be emptied at the press of a button. The product might have a formidable track record but out of distress or change in management turns out to be evil from some point on, with nobody outside ever knowing before it is too late.