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The Hodler Manifesto website is a cool and short explanation about What is HODL. There are just eight short rules that a true crypto coin HODLer will follow, though most of these are also good advice for pretty much anyone into crypto. So even if you are not a true crypto HODLer, you might still check it out… who knows, maybe you are actually a HODLer, but didn’t know it until now.

Rule 1: A True HODLer Does Not Sell Their Coin.
Rule 2: A True HODLer Buys the Dip.
Rule 3: A True HODLer Remains Steadfast In Spite of FUD.
Rule 4: A True HODLer Keeps Their Coins Off Exchanges and Online Wallets.
Rule 5: A True HODLer Buys Goods and Services With Their Coin.
Rule 6: A True HODLer Spreads the Good Word.
Rule 7: A True HODLer Does Not Get FOMO When Another Coin Rises.
Rule 8: A True HODLer Will Run Their Own Full Node.

Read more about the 8 rules that a true crypto HODLer should follow at the The Hodler Manifesto…

Today Brave announced the launch of their new giveaway of $1M worth of BAT tokens giveaway to users of the Brave Browser in order for the to be able to support their favorite websites and video content creators on YouTube. Last month Brave was giving away 30 BAT tokens free to new users and now they are doing it once more, so if you have missed activating the Brave Payments option in the Brave browser you can do so now and claim your free BAT (Basic Attention Token) now. Last month Brave granted $50000 worth of BAT tokens to approximately 10000 users according to the company and all those tokens were claimed within 30 hours, so do not miss your chance now.

Each user that claims his free BAT tokens will receive approximately $5 USD in promotional BAT which must be used within 90 days, meaning that you need to send these tokens to websites or video creators that you wish to support. Publishers, websites, and YouTube channels that receive tokens from Brave users will open a new means of monetizing content amid declining ad revenues, increasing ad fraud, and arbitrary demonetization campaigns. Ultimately, publisher and user adoption should continue to drive greater utility for the BAT and that is the goal of these giveaways that Brave is doing lately, so don’t miss your chance to be a part of that…

How this works for users:
The promotion is available to all Brave desktop users using the latest Brave version (0.19.134). New users can participate by downloading the browser. Once a user accepts the grant from the promotion notification in the browser, the tokens will be displayed in their Brave Payments wallet (under the Preferences panel). Users can then support their favorite content providers automatically and anonymously.

How this works for publishers:
If you’re already a Brave-verified publisher, you can receive more BAT by announcing this promotion to your users and encouraging them to “pin” your site or channel in their Brave Payments panel. Users can also allocate a specific percentage to pinned sites. If you’d like to start receiving contributions from your audience, but are new to the BAT platform, simply verify your site or YouTube channel with us and Uphold. Publishers that set up an account with Uphold can collect these contributions 30 days after the end of the promotion, as BAT contributions are automatically converted to fiat and directly deposited into the publisher’s bank account via Uphold.

The freely distributed BAT tokens must be used within 90 days of being received to support publishers and creators, otherwise they will automatically return to the BAT User Growth Pool (UGP), a fund of 300 million tokens set up to incentivize users and publishers to join the decentralized platform. Do note that the Brave wallets are currently unidirectional, meaning that the tokens cannot be withdrawn and can only be given away to creators, so make sure to support your favorite publishers. This blog is a verified publisher supporting Brave Payments, so if you like what you read here feel free to show your support by using the Brave browser.

For more details about the Brave browser and to give it a try yourself…

The recent public announcement of the Meltdown and Spectre critical vulnerabilities in modern processors that could leak passwords and sensitive data are really something that you might want to pay attention to if you are into crypto. Since these hardware vulnerabilities allow programs to steal data which is currently processed on the computer they could potentially lead to passwords and/or other secure data getting leaked and this poses risk for crypto currencies getting stolen from your computer or mobile device. The good news is that various companies have already released operating system and device patches that try to fix or mitigate the potential problems that might be caused by the exploits. So what you should make sure is to update your computer and mobile devices with the latest security patches in order to at least minimize the chances of getting affected by the Meltdown or Spectre exploits.

Meltdown breaks the most fundamental isolation between user applications and the operating system. This attack allows a program to access the memory, and thus also the secrets, of other programs and the operating system. If your computer has a vulnerable processor and runs an unpatched operating system, it is not safe to work with sensitive information without the chance of leaking the information.

Spectre breaks the isolation between different applications. It allows an attacker to trick error-free programs, which follow best practices, into leaking their secrets. In fact, the safety checks of said best practices actually increase the attack surface and may make applications more susceptible to Spectre. Spectre is harder to exploit than Meltdown, but it is also harder to mitigate.

Patching and securing your GPU mining rigs might not be that much of a priority, but computers or mobile devices where you use or store local crypto wallets or passwords for accessing online wallets and/or other crypto related services such as exchanges must be your first priority. Below you can find a link to security information, updates and patches for fixing the problem or at least mitigating the possibility to be exploited using the Meltdown or Spectre, so make sure you check different software and hardware manufacturers recommend that you do and install and patches and updates that they recommend.

For more details in the form of official information/security advisories of involved/affected companies and fixes…