There are many tools and resources that I use regularly on my Bitcoin cryptocurrency journey. The tools and resources focus on security and productivity.
Some are specific to the Bitcoin cryptocurrency space, but there’re also certain productivity tools that are useful no matter the industry too. I’ll make continuous updates here as well if I stop using one or use something new.
VPN – Must Have Tool
I spend a good part of the year in China, so I need a VPN to access some of the tools I use on a regular basis. China is known for the Great Wall and its Great Firewall. Most people know they block sites like Facebook and Twitter, because of the fear of false information spreading, amongst other concerns. But some sites will also be blocked to allow Chinese domestic companies the first opportunity to gain market share in China.
Even if a site isn’t blocked, I’m usually on VPN, because other sites will have certain restrictions if they see the user’s IP is coming from China. The only time I don’t use VPN is when I’m using a Chinese site that geo-blocks content, like online video sites.
You can check to see if the sites you regularly use are blocked in China with Comparitech’s Tool
VPN’s are also important when you’re working with cryptocurrency, because you don’t want your information that’s traveling over the internet to be intercepted and stolen. You’ll want to encrypt the data that’s being transferred. You’ll sometimes also want to hide your IP address. If someone can track your IP, they could also connect your IP to a Bitcoin address that you were sending Bitcoin from or receiving Bitcoin to, all because they tracked your IP.
I have a few different ones I use as they work slightly differently. I’ve tried many different ones too, to varying degrees of success.
- ExpressVPN ($8.32/month) – This is one of the biggest and most popular VPN’s. I’ve been using it for 8+ years. It’s easy to setup and use, but with its popularity, it’s also a high target for the Great Firewall. If you’re not in China – ExpressVPN is the one to get. If you’re in China, during times of sensitivity in China, it can be rendered unusable. Over the last few months, I’ve barely used ExpressVPN, because I’m not able to reliably get onto a server with decent speeds. I do have friends around China who say it works for them, so it could be my city and particular ISP. Where you are in China and your ISP might make a difference. They do have a 30-day guarantee, so you can ask for a refund if it doesn’t work for you.
- WannaFlix (save 30% with the affiliate link, $6.99/month) – Wannaflix’s best servers utilize V2ray technology that results in less privacy, but it’s good for speed, because It’s less of a VPN as it is a proxy. But…it works with Netflix, Disney+ and other online video sites. Proxies shouldn’t be an issue if you’re not doing anything nefarious. This requires more technical setup and tweaks. For someone who is able to follow directions with WannaFlix’s guides, they should be able to set it up. The last big plus is they have a China server, meaning if you’re outside of China, you can use a China IP to use for China-only online video sites. They have a 3-day free trial or a 30-day guarantee if you want.
- VyprVPN ($60.00 for 2 years) – This is a more under-the-radar, but it’s strong overall. When I am in BJ, it works well. But again, in Southern China, not so well like ExpressVPN. I do like its privacy and security with no logging. Usable with Netflix and other online video sites. The best part of VyprVPN though is the price at $30 per year / $2.50 per month. If you’re outside of China, you should check this out if you feel ExpressVPN is pricey.
There are many products, services, and online platforms I use to get myself organized on a daily basis, crypto and note. The good thing about what I use is that most have a FREE Plan or are inexpensive for the value you receive.
- ProtonMail, Personal Email ($5/month) – Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies are all about security, so I make sure my email is secured. This Secure Email is based in Switzerland and has become my main personal email, because of the end-to-end encryption they provide. They do have a Free Plan with 500MB, which isn’t much nowadays due to attachment sizes. With a need for more email storage, I purchased their Plus Plan for 5GB (although they recently gifted 5GB to early subscribers, so I have 10GB now). I purchased during the Black Friday sale, which was a good deal and if you can wait for that, you should. One great reason for paying is their ProtonMail Bridge app that allows for end-to-end encryption while using Apple Mail and other third-party email clients that support IMAP and SMTP. The Bridge is only available for the desktop. For my iPhone, I need to use their iOS app to continue having the encryption.
- G Suite, Business Emails/Docs/Storage ($6/month per user – Extra 20% Off 1st year with affiliate link) – G Suite’s Basic plan gives me emails, calendars, 30GB cloud storage, Video/Text chats, Docs and more for my custom domains – like this site. I have various domains and G Suite allows me to add up to 20 domain aliases and up to 30 email aliases. The only issue with G Suite is working in China due to the Great Firewall, but that’s where the VPN comes in. This is par for China and why I wanted to highlight the importance of a VPN first.
- Asana, Tasks / Project Management (FREE) – Asana is a great project management site that I also use for managing my Personal Life and To-Do Lists. It’s also great when researching cryptocurrencies. I’ll create tasks for individual cryptocurrencies, put research into those tasks and write updates to the tasks to keep the information together. With project management, you write out a list of tasks (to-do’s) and you check them off. Nothing different from a Personal to-do list, so why bother with two separate apps? The Free Basic plan is great, but if you need more features, it starts at $10.99/month per user.
Buy, Sell and Trade Crypto
These are my go-to sites when I want to buy, sell and/or trade cryptocurrencies.
- Binance – This is the largest, most reputable and most secure cryptocurrency exchange for buying, selling and trading cryptocurrencies. They’ve shown to be the leader in making sure that its users are secure with various security measures. Other exchanges copy Binance’s added security features, so that means Binance is doing it right. And if Binance was to ever get hacked, they have the Secure Asset Fund for Users (SAFU) to cover losses that occur if their platform gets hacked.
- Coinbase – This is more for US-based people as it connects to US bank accounts. They do say they support 100+ countries, but majority of it is for trading, they call it “Convert” on their site.
There are many others you may have heard of like Kucoin, Huobi, Hotbit, etc. While those are exchanges that I’ve traded on, I don’t want to individually recommend them if you’re looking to buy, sell or trade crypto, Stick to the big boys of Binance and Coinbase.
Futures Trading Crypto
Futures trading allows users to trade on margin and take bigger risks for bigger rewards. But if the price goes the wrong way, it can result in bigger losses. This is for the thrill seekers.
- Binance Futures – No surprise here. This has become my favorite futures trading platform.
- Bitmex – This used to be my go-to futures trading platform, but it became easier to use Binance, partly because it’s where I also buy and sell Bitcoin.
The main places I use to start my research on cryptocurrencies are Binance Info and CoinMarketCap. They both give you the latest average prices of cryptocurrencies, links to cryptocurrency websites and other channels.