[bitcoin-dev] Visually Differentiable - Bitcoin Addresses

Ricardo Filipe ricardojdfilipe at gmail.com
Mon Oct 30 12:14:42 UTC 2017


start double checking the last few bytes instead?

2017-10-30 8:56 GMT+00:00 shiva sitamraju via bitcoin-dev
<bitcoin-dev at lists.linuxfoundation.org>:
> Hi,
>
> When I copy and paste bitcoin address, I double check the first few bytes,
> to make sure I copied the correct one. This is to make sure some rogue
> software is not changing the address, or I incorrectly pasted the wrong
> address.
>
>
> With Bech32 address, its seems like in this department we are taking as step
> in the backward direction. With the traditional address, I could compare
> first few bytes like 1Ko or 1L3. With bech32, bc1. is all I can see and
> compare which is likely to be same anyway. Note that most users will only
> compare the first few bytes only (since addresses themselves are very long
> and will overflow in a mobile text box).
>
> Is there anyway to make the Bech32 addresses format more visually distinct
> (atleast the first few bytes) ?
>
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