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Unodax Exchange

Latest release: 2.5.8 ( 10th March 2022 ) 🔍 Last analysed 7th April 2022 . Custodial: The provider holds the keys Not functioning anymore
10 thousand
4th April 2018

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The Analysis 

Update 2022-03-27: This app is not available anymore.

From Google Play:

Unodax is India’s Leading Digital Asset Exchange, powered by Unocoin with over a million customers. We make it easy to buy, sell, store, use & accept cryptoassets(BTC, ETH, XRP, LTC, BCH, BTG…) securely in India.

Being an exchange it leans towards a custodial verdict.

Furthermore, sending and receiving BTC requires a verified account first:

Can I buy/sell cryptoassets without registration and verification?
No, you will need to register yourself on UNODAX. You will also need to provide your Bank Details, a PAN card along with an Address proof, and a photograph to complete the verification process. Once verification is complete, you will be able to buy/sell cryptoassets through your UNODAX account.

From the page about security:

And at Unocoin/Unodax we are extremely cautious about how we secure our users cryptoassets. Most of the cryptoassets in Unocoin/Unodax are stored offline. The set of multiple addresses for offline storage are generated on a computer that has never been (and never will be) connected to the internet.

Our verdict for 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.

But we also ask:

Is the product still supported by the still existing provider? If not, we tag it Defunct!

Discontinued products or worse, products of providers that are not active anymore, are problematic, especially if they were not formerly reproducible and well audited to be self-custodial following open standards. If the provider hasn’t answered inquiries for a year but their server is still running or similar circumstances might get this verdict, too.