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JPEX Exchange

latest release: 2.26.384 ( 11th November 2021 ) last analysed  26th October 2021 Custodial: The provider holds the keys 
22nd April 2021

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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.

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The Analysis 

(Analysis from Android review)

App Description

Japan’s cryptocurrency platform with smart IAIA Arbitrage System!

Features:

  • Buy and sell bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies
  • Earn Interest on crypto
  • CLASS-LEADING SECURITY

Security is the highest priority for us when it comes to safeguarding your funds. Your funds are protected by our Secure Asset Fund for Users (SAFU Funds). Store your crypto safely with the JPEX app.

Send and receive crypto instantly

The Site

Withdrawal verification system

Update 1.2 Withdrawal verification system -To improve the security level of user assets, after the update, we need users to pass “double confirmation” upon withdrawal, which must include “bind mobile” or “bind email address” among with “Google Verification Code”. You need to enter the one-time verification code and Google verification code as required for each withdrawal, and the relevant withdrawal procedure will only be carried out after both verifications are passed.

The App

We downloaded and registered. There are multiple cryptocurrency wallets that allow for deposit or withdrawals. Seeds or private-key backup options are not available.

Verdict

Like most exchanges, JPEX is a custodial service. This makes the app 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.