Alias Guides

Helping You Along the Way

Alias is digital cash and you will need the Alias wallet to store your Alias and to be able to send and receive Alias. In order to acquire some Alias you will need to sign up with one of the exchanges that trades Alias and buy it using Bitcoin. If you are new to Bitcoin and crypto in general please click here on ‘How to obtain Bitcoin’

Alias Wallet Guides

How to Secure Your Funds

To avoid losing your funds, the general rules for dealing with cryptocurrencies apply. The most important of them being:

  • Do not store large amounts of money on exchanges, but in your local wallet.
  • Encrypt your wallet, either by encrypting the wallet file itself or by storing it in an encrypted container of some sort.
  • Do not forget your encryption password!
  • Back up your encrypted wallet to multiple places (see How to back up your wallet).
  • Keep your system secure. Use a dedicated system for running your cryptocurrency wallets if possible.

To encrypt your wallet using the inbuilt functionality, go to Wallet Encryption -> Encrypt Wallet and type in your password.

How to Back Up Your Wallet

You should back up your wallet to multiple places, to avoid accidental loss.

Go to Tools -> Backup Wallet to back up your wallet.

The wallet.dat file that you are getting contains your address book, change addresses and all the corresponding private keys in a BerkeleyDB database format.

It is a good practice to add the date of your backup to the file name, e.g. “Alias-2020-10-01-wallet.dat“. If you have encrypted your wallet before, the backup will be encrypted as well.

How to Restore Your Wallet from existing wallet.dat File

First, close the Alias program.

To restore your wallet backup, you must put the backed up wallet.dat file inside the Alias data directory.

The location of this data directory for the different operating systems is:

  • Windows: C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\Roaming\Aliaswallet
  • Linux: ~/.aliaswallet
  • Mac OS: ~/Library/Application Support/Aliaswallet

You must rename your backup to wallet.dat and place it inside this directory.

If there is an existing wallet.dat file, rename that file first, e.g. to wallet-old.dat.

After you have installed your wallet.dat file here, start the program. You should now see your addresses and funds.

How to Restore Your Wallet Using Seed Words

First, close the Alias software and make sure the wallet is not running.

To restore your wallet using seed words, there must be no wallet.dat file inside the Alias data directory.

The location of this data directory for the different operating systems is:

  • Windows: C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\Roaming\Aliaswallet
  • Linux: ~/.aliaswallet
  • Mac OS: ~/Library/Application Support/Aliaswallet

If the wallet was running before, there’s a wallet.dat existing. Rename that file, e.g. to wallet-old.datAfter that, restart the Alias wallet software again. Now the setup wizard will open and ask you how to go ahead. Choose “Recover from your existing mnemonic seed words” and click “Next“. On the next screen enter the Password (if used) and fill in all 24 seed words. If you’re done, double check if you made any mistakes before click on “Finish“. After that the wallet will rescan the whole Blockchain to restore your wallet. This process might time a long time, so have patience at this point. You can see the progress at the bottom of the splash screen.

How to Make an Annonymous Transaction

As mentioned above, an anonymous transaction is created when you send an amount of ALIAS from your ‘PRIVATE’ balance to another ‘PRIVATE’ balance using a private address. In these types of transactions anonymous coins are sent using ring signatures and there is no way to link the sender to the receiver or what exact amount is being sent (in most cases).

Firstly, go to Wallet -> Send and select PRIVATE as the source of your funds. If you don’t have any coins in your private balance then use the BALANCE TRANSFER tab to transfer some coins into your private balance.

Next, enter the receiver’s private address and the amount to send. Click Send and enter your passphrase when asked to confirm. Another dialog window will ask you to confirm the fee and payment. Confirm the transaction.

Here you can see the transaction on the Alias Blockchain Explorer.

Private addresses protect the recipient’s privacy, and Ring Signatures protect the sender’s privacy.

Alias is a new kind of digital currency allowing you to buy, sell and exchange using your computer or mobile, offering you the freedom to send or spend it privately or publicly. It's fast and easy to use.



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