Ibandirectlatest release: 1.5.2 ( 21st December 2021 ) last analysed 10th November 2021 Custodial: The provider holds the keys
Do your own research!
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.
The Analysis ¶
First and foremost, this financial app is a banking app.
Ibandirect is a banking application with a wide range of services, namely: IBAN account, main and additional cards issue, convenient mobile application, internet banking, and affiliate programs. A virtual Ibandirect , an IBAN account in EUR, and a wallet are available immediately after the successful registration;
Based on the screenshots on the Google Play description, depositing and withdrawing Bitcoin is possible. This is also proven by their withdrawal fees.
Deposit and withdrawal functionalities are provided by a third-party, PayDelta.
Cryptocurrency Deposit and Withdrawal Options, Cryptocurrency Storage and Exchanging Fiat to Cryptocurrency Services are provided by Paydelta Limited, company registration code HE 365190, registered address Misiaouli & Kavazoglou 41, Limassol, 3016, 2 floor, office 203E, Cyprus, a company established under laws of the Republic of Cyprus. Cryptocurrency services are provided under service agreement between Cardbit OU and Paydelta Limited.
Cryptocurrency withdrawals, deposits and storage are possible within the app, with services provided by third-parties. Together with their AML/KYC policy and section 15 Termination clauses on their Terms and Conditions, makes this service custodial with the app not verifiable.
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.
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