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Almost there!

We wanted to make it possible for people to send currency directly to individuals who are doing worthwhile community projects in the Third World. It turned out not to be as easy as we thought, but now the work is almost done.

Thanks go in particular to the developer of the bitcoin and altcoin WordPress wallets plug-in. This has made it easy for us to give addresses to all users, and for users to send each other funds. This means that now members will be able to read about projects here on clickforafrica.org and transfer funds within the site, thus avoiding some fees.

Instead of sending money to an organization you can send it directly to the people doing the projects.

Our pilot project is on Rusinga Island, Kenya. Member Evans Odula will be posting updates here on their progress, and you’ll be able to send your collected coins to him. As the site gets busier, we’ll be adding more projects.

We think this is a much better idea than traditional charity. It’s just friends helping each other out, with no big org in between to soak up all the money.

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Site Owners Your Ads May Be Stolen!

Faucet owners are especially dependent on ad revenue. It’s not just income,
you’re paying out money based on the expected income, so you will be actually losing real money if someone is stealing your ad spaces.

About a year ago I installed the bitter.io extension so I could use the Paid to Click site and get some Satoshi. I noticed after a while that all the pages I was visiting had the same ads. This went on for some time and eventually, I narrowed it down to the new extension.

I wrote to the owner and he quickly issued an update to fix it. Leaving aside such disturbing questions as “how can you do something as complex as replacing all the ads on all pages I visit with your own ads by accident?” I carried on my way.

I recently came across an article on the Wordfence blog which explains how such things are done, and how it can be done also by hi-jacking legitimate extensions written by others. More importantly, it tells site owners what they can do about it.

Read more at wordfence.com

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Developing Countries Embracing Bitcoin Via Faucets

Teacher coming!

By Ofir Beigel

99Bitocins’ Bitcoin Faucet WordPress plugin is now powering more than 200 Bitcoin sites around the world, allowing more than 2.5 billion unbanked adults from around the world to participate in a permissionless global economy.

The original Bitcoin faucet, created by Gavin Andresen, was a way for new users to experience Bitcoin for free. Today these Bitcoin faucets are still around, only they have changed their purpose from helping people to getting started with Bitcoin into generating revenue through ads for the webmasters that run them.

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The First Free Bitcoin Faucet

Gavin Andreson’s faucet was paying 5BTC per day in 2010!

Imagine a faucet giving away 5BTC! That’s what Gavin Andreson’s faucet was paying back in June of 2010. It was his first bitcoin-related coding project and he started it off with ฿1,100. At today’s prices that’s close to $100,000. Your claim of ฿5 would be worth $4,290!

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Security Note: Site Gravatars Disabled

We’ve disabled  gravatars (the little avatar icons that show in your profile) because they pose a security threat. Many sites use an avatar service from gravatar.com:

An “avatar” is an image that represents you online—a little picture that appears next to your name when you interact with websites.

A Gravatar is a Globally Recognized Avatar. You upload it and create your profile just once, and then when you participate in any Gravatar-enabled site, your Gravatar image will automatically follow you there.

Apparently the sites using this service load the images using a hash of your address, and this hash can be used to reveal your email address. We believe the small convenience of having a picture follow you around on the web is outweighed by the security risks.

More in this Wordfence.com article.

The site is in testing mode, but works. Feel free to sign up and be a beta-tester. Any questions, use the contact link. Thanks.