What the scheduled Bitcoin hard fork means for Blockchain Wallet Users

At Blockchain, our priority is always our users. Our view on network upgrades and forks is two-fold. First, we will prioritize user safety throughout any network upgrade or instability above all else. Second, we believe our users should maximally benefit from forks wherever feasible.

Not sure what a hard fork or soft fork is? Click here to learn more. Want to understand how this might impact your Blockchain wallet? Read on.

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Bitcoin Cash is now available in the Blockchain Wallet

Since the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) hard fork activated on August 1st, we’ve continued to monitor this emerging digital asset and confirmed in a brief update our decision to roll out limited support, in line with our users’ requests, within approximately 8 weeks.

We’re excited to share that, as of today, any user who had a Bitcoin balance in their Blockchain wallet when the fork activated, will be able to access the same amount in BCH.

Users can now store, exchange, and send Bitcoin Cash by clicking on General in the Settings menu of their web wallet. In the future, we may offer expanded support.

If you choose to continue to store your BCH, you’ll still retain full, exclusive access to these funds, which will always be accessible with your recovery phrase. Still curious about how Bitcoin Cash will work in the Blockchain wallet? Visit our Support Center.

Password Strategies: The Good, The Bad, and The World’s Worst

Do you remember the first online password you ever used? Chances are it probably wasn’t all that secure. Fast forward to today, there’s no shortage of credible, easy to digest information about safe passwords and online security available. In spite of this, the use of weak password strategies still continues to prevail.

To help ensure your passwords do their job as your first line of defense, we’re here to explain how valuable a strong password strategy is and show you common weaknesses shared by the world’s worst, most horrible, no-good, very bad passwords. Did we mention they’re downright despicable?

Illustration showing the results of weak password strategies on the left and strong password strategies on the right

 

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All About Pairing Codes: Do’s and Don’ts

We recently touched on security best practices, but wallet security is so multifaceted that it’s often tricky for us (and not-so-helpful for you) to pack all the best tips into one overloaded post.

Beyond your wallet credentials, there are other important bits in your wallet that you should never share. This time we’ll be covering wallet pairing codes, which allow you to seamlessly pair your web wallet to your mobile device, and vice versa. For do’s and don’ts about pairing codes, read on.

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Proactive tips to keep your wallet secure & funds safe

Security is a top priority at Blockchain. Our team have a variety of safeguards in place, and we’re dedicated to ensuring the platform is secure at all times. As a noncustodial wallet, it’s also equally important for us to explain best practices that leave you feeling confident about wallet security and being in complete control of your funds. So, to further boost your wallet’s resilience, new and experienced users alike can use the following proactive security tips.

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We’ve Joined Forces with Unocoin To Make Buying Bitcoin Even Easier

We’re excited to announce that we have partnered with India’s most popular exchange, Unocoin, to give Blockchain users across India the ability to quickly and easily fund their Blockchain wallets.

Beginning today, we’ve integrated Unocoin’s exchange directly within the Blockchain wallet to give you greater purchasing power without having to compromise security or control.

For the first time ever, your Blockchain wallet can be funded in just a few clicks by linking your bank account, which is subject to bank transfer speed.

GIF of the buy bitcoin process through Blockchain's integration with Unocoin

Millions of Indians have embraced digital assets as a reliable way to save and transfer money. Together with Unocoin we are committed to making digital currency simple and more accessible throughout India. Whether it’s high fees, untrustworthy service providers, or confusing identity verification procedures, it’s often been a slow and challenging process to get started with bitcoin. Today’s integration is an important step forward in eliminating the friction that many have experienced in buying bitcoin.

The Unocoin integration is available to web users, but we plan on expanding to our Android and iOS wallet users in the near future. Log-in or sign up at www.blockchain.com to get started today!

Four easy ways to share feedback and help shape our products

It’s no secret that we’re passionate about building products users will love. So, you likely won’t be surprised to learn that we’re big fans of getting feedback from our users. In this post, we’ll outline four easy ways to share feedback and help shape our products.

User interviews

User interviews are one of the most dynamic, insightful ways to share feedback. They typically run 30-60 minutes and can be held over the phone or in person. You’ll get the chance to interact with our product and share your initial reactions directly with a member of our product team. We’ll also ask simple follow up questions to get a better sense for how you’re using our product and how we can create your perfect user experience.

By taking part in a user interview, you’ll have a direct impact on future releases of our products.  Whether you have positive or negative feedback, be honest. We’re just as interested in the bits that frustrate you as the ones you love.

Intrigued by user interviews? Let us know you’d like to be invited for one!

Surveys

Blockchain web wallet prompting user to share feedback by filling out our survey

User feedback is at its freshest during and immediately after you’ve used our wallet. Another great way to help us understand what you liked (and didn’t like) is our in-wallet survey. You’ll be prompted to complete it while logging out. Once you finish the survey, your feedback makes its way straight to our product team.

Feedback and feature requests

As new wallet trends emerge and aspects of the digital currency space change, it’s important for our wallet to adapt. Feedback and feature requests allow you to share feedback or let us know what exciting feature you’re most eager to see integrated next.

Have a feature you’d like to see in the Blockchain wallet? Let us know!

Community Outreach

Don’t hesitate to say hello if we bump heads at hackathons, digital currency gatherings, or you attend a Blockchain-run event. Chances are we’ll have a survey you can take on site, or you can sign up with your email address and we’ll be in touch!

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Bitcoin Cash Update

We’ve been closely monitoring Bitcoin Cash (BCH) since the hard fork on August 1st and wanted to provide a brief update to our users.

Within the next 8 weeks, we’ll be rolling out limited support for BCH via the settings panel in your Blockchain Wallet. Users with balances of bitcoin in their Blockchain Wallet on August 1st will be able to access an equal balance, as of August 1st, of bitcoin cash.

While no immediate action is necessary, rest assured that your funds are secure. Blockchain wallets are non-custodial and you hold the private keys, meaning you always have full, exclusive access to your funds — which are always accessible with your recovery phrase.

Seamlessly store, send, and receive ether with your Blockchain wallet

At Blockchain, we care deeply about building products users love.  We’re constantly collecting user feedback and using it to help determine where we go next.

Today, we’re excited to announce that you can now seamlessly store, send, and receive ether from within the Blockchain wallet. By adding ether as a new currency, we’re providing users with a new diverse way to interact with the digital economy.

What’s different?

An image showing Blockchain's new ether product.

Using the same user-friendly interface, you can now seamlessly toggle between bitcoin and ether. To keep it simple, the ether experience will mirror the bitcoin experience our users have come to love.

For more information about the ins and outs of ether and how it works in your Blockchain wallet, visit our Support Center Learning Portal.

Exchange BTC for ETH powered by ShapeShift

GIF showing the Blockchain ShapeShift process exchanging bitcoin to ether.

For users looking to acquire ether, we’re excited to introduce a built-in BTC to ETH (and vice versa) exchange, powered by ShapeShift. Accessible directly within your Blockchain wallet, this integration makes it easy for users to acquire both digital currencies and monitor exchange progress, from start to finish.

Of course, in keeping with our ethos, this is just the first iteration of this product. In the coming weeks and months (and years!), we’ll continue to gather user feedback and use that to further build out this integration. Let us know what you think and where to go next.

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