Tauros: Bitcoin exchangeLatest release: 9.6 ( 25th January 2023 ) 🔍 Last analysed 31st July 2022 . Custodial: The provider holds the keys
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 the answer is "no", we mark it as "Custodial: The provider holds the keys".
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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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 ¶
(All quotations are translated from the original Spanish)
Buy and sell Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, USDC and more cryptocurrencies in just a few steps. Send and receive Bitcoin easily, instantly and with the best commissions in the market. Expect more features in the next update.
This exchange allows you to buy, sell, send, and receive cryptocurrencies, but it is not mentioned who holds the users’ private keys.
The site requires you to join a waiting list to open a new account.
In section 17.2 of the Terms and Conditions, it is confirmed that this is a custodial offering as the providers are capable of suspending the client’s account.
Tauros and Cacao reserve the right to suspend, cancel or modify any aspect of the Client’s Cacao Account and/or Wallet, or its availability, at any time without prior notice, without incurring any liability. In addition, in relation to the Services and the Wallet offered by Tauros, Tauros reserves the right to suspend, modify, deactivate or cancel the Clients’ Account, as well as their access to all or part of the Services immediately and without prior notice.
As this app is custodial, it is not verifiable.
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