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Prepare your Computer

Some security measures for your PC, Laptop or Smartphone:

  • Use a VPN on all devices (smartphone included) we recommend NordVPN

  • Use Virus Scanner like Intego VirusBarrier or similar.

  • Use / switch-on your firewall

  • Use a dedicated device for your Crypto business. Switch off and detach Internet after use.

  • Use HW-Wallets like Ledger, Trezor or Ngrave

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🔥TOP 5 things to know to keep your funds secure (and more)

  1. If you have to use centralised exchanges use it for your transaction only. The remove your funds or crypto to your own account or wallet

  2. Limit chrome extensions, or any other browser extensions. Do not connect your metamask wallet to apps you don't know, or anything you are not 100% certain.

  3. Use this time also to implement some simple #security #measures for your PC, Laptop or Smartphone. Your, family, your business, your customers and yourself deserve to be data protected as best as possible.

  4. Here are some simple recommendations or hints. They apply for all kind of work you are doing.

  5. Use a VPN on all #devices (smartphone included) we recommend NordVPN. They do not log any of your activity online. The only information they keep about their users is their email address (used for connecting to a VPN, marketing, and troubleshooting purposes) and billing information (used for refund procedures). A VPN hides your IP Adress from being misused, compromised or hacked. Use a VPN to not get hacked using public WiFi networks. Better do not use any unknown network with any of your devices.

  6. Use a Virus Scanner like Intego VirusBarrier or similar. It's easy to install, free of use and available in your App-Store.

  7. Use / switch-on your firewall SW on your PC or laptop. It's free it's part of your OS System.

  8. Some OS systems like Apple OSX have integrated "vaults" to ecrypt your files and make them harder to use for intruders because they need a key to decrypt.

  9. Use a dedicated device for your #crypto business. Switch off and detach Internet after you made your transactions. You can use "old" HW for it, because you don't need highest performance for that purpose and you give a new life to the old HW which you have replace already. If you buy a used PC or Laptop, make sure you really clean it up before use, reinstall a fresh copy of your OS or apps. Remove all unnecessary stuff or unknown apps.

  10. Use HW-Wallets like Ledger or Trezor or NGRAVE. Never buy HW-Wallets "used" or from platforms like #ebay or #amazon . They might be compromised ! Always buy at the original manufacturer.

  11. If you send funds from your wallet to another wallet, use test transactions first. Us a small amount to verify your transaction is ok, using the correct destination adress, the correct blockchain etc. Once verified you can send the full amount.

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The ultimate guide to decentralised swaps, bridges, and trading

The ultimate training guide to decentralised swaps, bridges, and trading

Crypto can be on one blockchain or as multi-chain tokens on multiple different blockchains such as Ethereum, Ethereum PoW, Polygon, BSC, Avalanche, Moonbeam, Evmos, Fantom, and Dogechain, and many more. Community members are everywhere now, but to be there they had to cross bridges between chains, do cross-chain swaps, and find token prices and exchanges. That wasn’t always easy because the blockchain space is fragmented, so here we are to guide you on this crypto journey.

Disclaimer: we provide links and information about the available tools, but we can’t guarantee their security. We take no responsibility for any funds lost or security issues resulting from your use of these tools.

Centralized Vs Decentralized

The blockchain was created with certain principles in mind. It was created to eliminate counterparty risk, meaning that it’s based on P2P transactions and there are no middlemen. It brought concepts like self-custody, where the holders of a coin or token have exclusive ownership of their funds by owning and securing their private key to the account. Blockchain accounts are different from traditional banking or brokerage accounts where different institutions have access to users’ accounts. There are centralized cryptocurrency exchanges (CEXes) which facilitate the onboarding of new users by exchanging fiat currency (USD, EUR, YEN, etc.) to cryptocurrencies. However, they also constitute a counterparty risk because when you create an account with them, they have access to your account and can freeze it whenever they want to.

For those users who care about self-sovereignty, there are decentralized exchanges (DEXes) where users exchange cryptocurrency while owning their keys. Everything a user does on a blockchain is transparent and verifiable on-chain via different chain explorers. There are different wallets like MetaMask, Keplr, and others to create accounts on a blockchain and interact with applications (smart contracts). The blockchain space is still very fragmented. There are many different networks, where the most common are Bitcoin, Ethereum, BSC, Polygon, Polkadot, Cosmos, etc., and each of these networks has different tokens and coins native exclusively to that particular network. It’s not possible to simply move 1 ETH from the Ethereum chain to Polkadot and use it there. It needs to be swapped and to cross a bridge connecting Ethereum and Polkadot. Here we describe what these swaps are, where to do them, what bridges are and how to cross them, and how to view transactions on-chain so you can track your whole journey. We explain how to use the different chains where the real crypto has been set up so that you can trade their tokens that is tied to a specific chain.

What Are Swaps

“Swap” means exchanging one cryptocurrency for the equivalent value of another cryptocurrency on a particular chain. The most popular place to perform a swap is directly in your MetaMask wallet. Metamask combines data from different sources to give you the best price with the lowest network fees. They charge a service fee of 0.875%, which is automatically factored into each quote. Users can set the maximum slippage, which is the change of the exchange rate between your placed order and its execution. The slippage can be high when the liquidity is very low or where large swaps are being executed. This can cause a high cost for a swap. When swapping with MetaMask, orders are spread across virtually all DEXs to reduce the impact of slippage on the final price.

Swaps can be done on DEXes like Uniswap, Curve, 1inch, Sushi and many others. When you do swaps on Uniswap, you only need to connect your wallet, select a token you want to swap for anything else, set the amount, and confirm the transaction. A similar process is used for other DEXes. It needs to be added that in swaps, the opposite party to your swap is the other trader and an AMM (Automated Market Maker) pool with two tokens, making the pair a user wants to exchange.

What Are Cross-Chain Swaps

Cross-chain swaps are yet another thing. While swaps are made between two tokens on the same network, like, for example, Ethereum, cross-chain swaps are made between tokens on two different chains, like, for example, Ethereum and BSC. They involve liquidity pools composed of two or more tokens from multiple chains, rather than on the same chain. There’s still a risk associated with price slippage. For a cross-chain swap, you need to use another kind of tool, like for example Multichain.

What Are Bridges

Bridges are a different kind of animal because they don’t rely on AMMs and don’t bear the risk of slippage. There’s only a service fee to pay. The bridging mechanism involves one kind of token and mint and burn functions. In a bridge, there are only two wallets connected on two sides of two networks. When a transfer is made, a user burns a certain amount of token X on the smart contract of blockchain X, and then the smart contract of the target blockchain Y mints the corresponding number of token X and transfers it to the user’s address.

If you are a newbi in the crypto space and want to educate yourself with real crypto without investing a lot of money, we have a nice project called XEN. The token can be freely minted, your investment is the transaction fee to do so. XEN has almost no value so far but it might appreciate in the future. Your risk is minimal, the potential can be big.

How To Mint XEN On Different Chains

XEN lives on 7 different chains so far. It has a different ticker name on each chain:

  • XEN on Ethereum

  • vvXEN on ethereum PoW

  • bXEN on BSC

  • mXEN on Polygon

  • aXEN on Avalanche

  • coXEN on Evmos

  • mbXEN on Moonbeam

  • fmXEN on Fantom

  • dcXEN on Dogechain

  • there might be more to come

If you want to mint XEN on any of these chains, then the first step is always to get some crypto first. You can buy ETH directly from MetaMask or you can use any centralized exchange like Kraken, Binance, Coinbase, or other kinds of apps. If you’re a privacy-focused person, then you can buy Bitcoin on a DEX like Bisq or Hodl Hodl or at a Bitcoin meetup and swap it for ETH. Once you have ETH, you can mint XEN on Ethereum by connecting your MetaMask to

If a user wants to mint XEN on some other chain than Ethereum, then there’s a need to get a native token on that chain first. Let’s say that we want to mint XEN on Avalanche and you have USDC on Ethereum. You need to swap USDC for ETH first, and the simplest way is to do this with your MetaMask, or you can use Uniswap or Sushi. Then you need to transfer this ETH to the Avalanche chain and swap it for AVAX because AVAX is needed to pay for your transactions on that chain. So you can do a cross-chain swap with something like RocketX or Rango and exchange your ETH for AVAX. Once you have AVAX, you can connect to and mint your XEN. The XEN dapp is your interface where you can find addresses of the XEN Crypto smart contracts on every chain and where you can connect your wallet to each of these newtorks and mint XEN.

Or you could just use one of these tools to swap USDC directly for AVAX in one user interface.

You can use these tools for swapping tokens between chains and minting XEN on different networks.

If you want to mint XEN on BSC, then you can use the Secret Network bridge, which will keep your transaction private. You need two wallets for that and some SCRT tokens to pay for the bridging fees:You hold on tor ETH on Ethereum and a Kplr wallet for bridging your assets to the BSC chain, where the native currency is BNB. Once you cross the Secret Bridge, your BNB will have no record of transactions you made on Ethereum, and you will be able to mint XEN with that BNB on the BSC chain.

How to mint XEN on Dogechain

We’ve seen that many people find it difficult to mint XEN on Dogechain because of the difficulty in getting there without passing through a CEX. We describe in detail how to mint cdXEN. To pay the fees, you must first obtain wDOGE on Dogechain.

DEX Route:

Go to and connect your MetaMask. Your wallet should prompt you with the Dogechain network addition. If this won’t happen, go to and click “add to MetaMask” in the DogeChain option.

Now you go to the Dogechain bridge to choose the address on the target network. You need this address to receive your DogeCoin. Press ‘Reveal address’ and copy it.

Visit and swap ETH for DOGE. You need a minimum of 100 DOGE to use the bridge. Press ‘Exchange’. Paste in the ‘Recipient address’ you previously got from the bridge page. The bridge will give you wDOGE on Dogechain, and you’ll be able to view it in your MetaMask.

CEX Route:

Add Dogechain to your MetaMask (see above). Buy DOGE on a centralized exchange, and then go to the bridge (see above) to get wDOGE on Dogechain.

Once you have wDOGE, you can connect your MetaMask to and mint your XEN.

How To Buy And Sell XEN On Different Chains

XEN has very low liquidity now and trading it may expose you to slippage. Most trading occurs on centralized exchanges, but on DEXes, people can trade XEN while holding the keys to their wallets for the whole time. It’s difficult to find places to trade XEN on the chain. The most common place is Uniswap, but we list here the most popular DEXes specific to each chain where you’ll be able to trade XEN paired with different tokens:

  1. Ethereum XEN – Uniswap

  2. BSC bXEN – Uniswap, Poocoin

  3. Polygon mXEN – Uniswap, Quick Swap

  4. Avalanche aXEN – Trader Joe

  5. Ethereum PoW vvXEN – Uniswap, PoWSwap

  6. Moonbeam mbXEN – Beam Swap

  7. Evmos XEN coXEN – Diffusion

  8. Fantom fmXEN – Bogged Finance

  9. Dogechain dcXEN – KibbleSwap

All these DEXes have very low depth in their liquidity pools, and some disappear as soon as they dry out. When you want to trade your XEN, it’s best to go to an aggregator website like DEXscreener, paste the contract address of the XEN token you want to trade, and check available token pairs for each kind of XEN and exchanges where it can be traded. By pasting the contract address in the search field, you make sure that you find the token pairs for that exact token and not some other token named the same way.

At this early stage of the project, it’s unlikely you’re going to make a cross-chain swap, so if you want to sell your mbXEN on Moonbeam and move the funds to Ethereum, you’ll need to swap mbXEN on Moonbeam for some other token like ETH, DAI, or USDT, for example, and only then you’ll be able to bridge it to Ethereum.

What’s The Price Of XEN Tokens

When you want to check the price of XEN, you need to go to nomics, coinmarketcap, or to some exchange where XEN is listed. If you want to check the price of other XEN tokens, things start to get complicated because of the low liquidity.

Here’s the list of places where you can check the prices:

Ethereum XEN: CoinGeko, Coinmarketcap, Nomics

BSC bXEN: Coinmarketcap, Dexscreener

Polygon mXEN: Coinmarketcap, Dexscreener

Avalanche aXEN: Coinmarketcap, Dexscreener

Ethereum PoW vvXEN: Dexscreener

Moonbeam mbXEN: Dexscreener

Evmos coXEN: Dexscreener

Fantom fmXEN: Dexscreener

Dogechain: Dexscreener

List of centralized exchanges where you can trade XEN:

BingX,, MEXC Global, Huobi Global, Poloniex

How To View XEN Transactions

To view blockchain transactions, you need to use a chain explorer, and every blockchain comes with its own. Below, you can find network-specific scanners to explore on-chain transactions:

Ethereum – Etherscan

BSC – BSC Scan

Polygon – Polygon Scan

Avalanche – Snowtrace

Ethereum PoW – OKlink

Moonbeam – Moonscan

Evmos – Mintscan

Fantom – FTMscan

Dogechain – Explorer.Dogechain

Multichain explorer for cross-chain swaps.

What if a Metamask wallet has crashed or become corrupted (recovery plan)

What if a Metamask wallet has crashed or become corrupted, and a user is afraid of losing all of their digital assets? To ensure that a lost crypto wallet is recovered successfully, users should read the advice of wallet recovery experts from KeychainX, the trusted service provider that specializes in this type of recovery.

Here is an excerpt: (original article done by KeychainX)

Recover Metamask Even If a User Loses the 12 Words

Many DeFi users have turned to Metamask as their preferred to-go wallet. Unfortunately, the rise of Metamask’s popularity has also resulted in mega buggy code. As panicked users attempt to upgrade their wallets or run out of disk space, they are greeted with screens stating that the wallet has been corrupted (?) as a result of disk space limitations or, even more worryingly, that their wallet address seems empty or disappear after upgrading to popular browsers such as Chrome or Firefox.

Users of Metamask should take a close look at these simple steps on what to do and what not to do when the inevitable occurs, namely if the wallet is corrupted and funds have disappeared or not.

Well, if users follow instructions from their Metamask app (like "Metamaks encountered an error .... please reinstall the App"), and their seed is not backed up correctly, users are practically DELETING their wallet data by following the Metamask instructions.

In the Metamask plug-in, there are several bugs and errors.

  • When the drive space is full, Metamask ceases to function.

  • The wallet disappears when the Metamask plug is upgraded in specific old versions.

  • Metamask words do not work due to user negligence.

  • A forced upgrade occurs when the phone syncs with the computer browser.

Several methods exist for ‘saving’ the wallet, but users should at all costs avoid the following:

  • Do not remove the plug-in.

  • Do not reinstall the plug-in.

  • Do not format the drive.

  • Do not upgrade the app.

  • Asking for assistance in public forums may result in the theft of funds by a faux Metamask support team. THERE IS NOTHING LIKA A METAMASK SUPPORT TEAM !

  • REDDIT, DISCORD, TWITTER, or TELEGRAM are not places where users should give away words. Please use the community forums only. In addition to some tips, click on this link to get to the forums.

Several articles have been written on what to do when a user’s Metamask crashes and if a user has saved their 12 words, but what if they did not? What assistance is available?

The KeychainX team would like to share some key advice to keep in mind:

  1. It is possible to view vault data from within the browser. Metamask Zendesk provides the most comprehensive guide to this topic. Please find the link:

2. If this method does not work, there is a slim chance that the files may still be stored in the users’ cache. Users should check the cache data of the browser.

Users with WINDOWS boxes should refer to this example format folder:

C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\nkbihfbeogaeaoehlefnkodbefgpgknn

Users with MAC boxes should refer to this folder structure example:

Library>Application Support>Google>Chrome>Default>Local Extension Settings>nkbihfbeogaeaoehlefnkodbefgpgknn

Users should be aware of this filename structure.

There are various files inside, and users should open them in a text editor or hex editor and look for the string “vault” or “data” followed by a similar string [“vault”:” [/” data/” :/” wwpX…

Next, change all \” to “without the \ and enter the full string into the vault decryptor:

3. If a user’s decryptor does not recognize the password, it is likely that the user has recalled it incorrectly. The team can assist if users have some understanding of what it is and need assistance. Please send an email to, and the team will investigate.

There is a last chance to retrieve data if there is no vault data or if the user has removed the plug-in. For deleted files, users would need to look at the sector level.

There are different tags to look for depending on the browser.

The vault data is encrypted by Firefox using Snappy tools so that it may appear scrambled, but the user should be able to locate it if they are lucky by searching for the string “sNaPpY” or in HEX mode FF060000734F.

For other browsers look for a string beginning with {“vault”:”{\”data\”:\”

As a last resort, contact the team to see if they can assist.

Don’t give up; the vault is somewhere to be found. GOOD LUCK!

Crypto Wallets Recovery Experts

If users are not yet familiar with KeychainX, it is a cryptocurrency wallet recovery service operating since 2017. The company recovered wallet keys for many clients from all over the world and people can see some of their raving reviews on Trustpilot where KeychainX has an almost perfect 4.9 ‘Excellent’ score. Read this article about how it unlocks different types of wallets, here about its work with blockchain wallets, here about cracking hardware wallets and here about specifically recovering keys from Multibit Classic or Multibit HD.

KeychainX has relocated in 2021 from its birthplace in the U.S., to Zug, Switzerland – a part of the world known in the blockchain community as Crypto Valley due to its concentration of relevant companies. Robert Rhodin, the CEO of the company, is naturally one of the leading experts in the field of crypto wallet recovery.

To learn more about the company visit or just send an email to if someone needs to talk about password recovery.

How to generate strong passwords ?

A strong password is one that is difficult for others to guess or crack using automated tools. Here are some tips for generating strong passwords:

  1. Use a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters. For example, "C0mpl3xP@$$w0rd".

  2. Make your password long. A longer password is generally more secure than a shorter one, as it's more difficult to guess or crack. Aim for a password that is at least 12 characters long.

  3. Use a passphrase instead of a single word. A passphrase is a series of words separated by spaces or special characters. For example, "correct horse battery staple". These can be easier to remember than a random combination of characters, and can still be very strong.

  4. Avoid using personal information in your password. Don't use your name, address, phone number, or other personal information that could be easily obtained by someone trying to guess your password.

  5. Use a password manager. A password manager is a tool that can help you generate and store strong, unique passwords for all of your accounts. This can be an effective way to create and manage complex passwords without having to remember them all yourself.

  6. Use password generators integrated in your operating system or browser app

By following these guidelines, you can create strong passwords that are more resistant to guessing or cracking.