We want to make sure that all of our users know how to use ShapeShift securely & ensure that your assets are protected from potential threats in the crypto space. We want you to be the safest, most secure and tech-savvy people in crypto! Check out these security best practices that can help protect your assets when using ShapeShift.
👀 Don't Click Through Links
One of the most important tips from our crypto security experts:
🚫 NEVER CLICK LINKS that are sent to you!!
Do not follow e-mail links, links sent from Slack or Telegram. Do not click any random links that are sent to you ever for any reason. Bookmark https://shapeshift.io/ or carefully type in the address every time you visit.
➡️ Don't Click Google Ads
Ads at the top of search results pages have been a common tactic to try to trick users into visiting false websites. This may be a legitimate ShapeShift ad, but verify that the page you land on is actually https://shapeshift.io/. If it's not, leave the site immediately.
🔐 Verify the SSL Certificate
You will know that the ShapeShift link is the verified website, by the SSL certificate in your web browser. This is a protocol which creates a secure connection between a client & the server.
The SSL Certificate is pictured below. ShapeShift AG will be the color green on the left. Use this as an extra measure of validation for security.
✅ Verify the URL
Look very closely at the URL before you send funds to any deposit address. Some websites try to create fake copies of shapeshift.io & to get funds deposited to these fake sites. Check the URL for misspellings, symbols or anything that looks suspicious.
If URL is typed correctly in your web browser, it will read: HTTPS. HTTPS is used for protecting page authenticity & to keep web browsing private. Learn more about HTTPS here.
Check out this video to learn a little more about how SSL works with HTTPS.
📝 🦊 A Note From ShapeShift
We're aware of fraudulent phishing sites which pretend to be ShapeShift.io in order to attempt theft. Unfortunately this has become increasingly common in this space & we have to be vigilant to protect ourselves.
We are currently engaging with a brand protection vendor to take these kinds of threatening sites down. This is one of the many precautions we take to protect our users. These processes are already in place, and we anticipate a sharp reduction in fraudulent sites over the coming months.
Stay safe out there!
If you would like more security tips from ShapeShift, check out:
- Security Best Practices
- What wallet should I use to store my bitcoin? Litecoin? Other coins?
- What is a private key? SHHHH Its secret!