Encrypting Your Money
Financial cryptography is a large and complex area. Physically carrying or having physically stored money can be handy but is limited for transactions with others and may be vulnerable to confiscation. Obviously, regular banks and Paypal can also be confiscated.
- E-gold (and its immediate competitors) provides a commonly required level of safety. If your computer is clean and you maintain a couple of accounts then it would take some effort to take your funds. E-gold does honour court warrants so be aware that if your main account can be found its potentially siezed. Under control of US-DOJ - it has been killed.
- 1MDC provides an abstraction layer for E-gold and allows much better anonymity (and shields against fees), 1MDC has a long good track record but requires some trust in its operator. So far so good, recomended for most regular use. e-gold backing siezed by government site has now gone.
- GCDA, the Global Digital Currency Association, a trade association of various commercial entities dabling in digital cash.
- DMT/ALTA - very good anonymity except at getting in or out large amounts as they bank wire. You may be able to structure well enough to get away with almost anything if you can do so via other DMT users with combined E-gold movements. Their minimum amount deposits are large (US$1000). Some fees apply to transactions. They have a Java transaction client. The page is 404 and no trace left of it on http://orlingrabbe.com. What happened to the money?
- http://www.dmt-alta.com/ is a page accusing DMT of being a scam
- The Vault extreme anonymity except operator might be found as it uses Yahoo. Operator suggests he would move to Freenet if the situation would require it. No visible track record. Appears to be based on public key signed receipts and transfers with 1MDC funds pool backing it up, details hazy. - no longer exists.
- PKTP test site operational. requires GPG or PGP to use.