Bitci, Bitcoin Altcoin BorsasıLatest release: 3.9.0 ( 20th January 2023 ) 🔍 Last analysed 21st January 2023 . 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 ¶
(Analysis from Android review)
The app looks like a bitcoin exchange app. This is the description from its Google Play page which was translated from Turkish:
Bitci.com (Bitci Teknoloji AŞ) operates with a 24/7 active infrastructure that allows you to both manage your investment seamlessly and intervene whenever you deem necessary, with its system based on user experience and global user habits. Bitci.com, which shares with you all the movements you have made during the time you manage your investment with graphics, statistics and profit-loss tables free of charge, is designed with the principle of providing you with maximum profit in every transaction.
We were not able to download the app. Based on the description it is a Turkish bitcoin exchange. It is possible to buy many cryptocurrencies including BTC on the exchange.
We could not find documentation pertaining to the private keys on the site.
There are deposit and withdrawal limits.
This app is a custodial service.
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