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Embracing Privacy: Popeblack Highlights the Importance of Privacy in Web3 and the Crypto Industry

Popeblack is the Secret Network Africa Lead / Secret Agent Coordinator. He is a well-regarded speaker and has been invited to speak at numerous events(online and offline) on the topic of blockchain, Web3 and emerging technology. In this interview, he delved into his passion for crypto security, and his perspectives on the challenges facing the crypto industry in Nigeria. Excerpts:

Q1. Can you tell me about your background and experience in the field of crypto security?

Ans: Popeblack is a well-known figure in the blockchain and Web3 space with over 2 years+ of experience in the field. He is currently the Secret Network Africa Lead and  Secret Agent Coordinator, responsible for managing and coordinating various blockchain-related initiatives across the region and The Secret Community.

Popeblack is also a well-regarded speaker and has been invited to speak at numerous events(online and offline) on the topic of blockchain, Web3 and emerging technology. He has been featured in major publications such as Binance News, Binance Africa, Blockchain Reporter, and CoinnewsExtra for his insights and expertise in the field.

In addition to his work in the Blockchain space, Popeblack is also a recognized member of the Stakeholders in Blockchain Technology Association of Nigeria. He is highly regarded for his hard work in the Cosmos ecosystem and Is the community manager and coordinator of Blizzard.Finance: one of the best-decentralized exchanges on the Secret Network.

Popeblack is active on social media and can be found on Twitter and on LinkedIn

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Q2. What motivated you to become a crypto enthusiast and focus on crypto security specifically?

Ans: Blockchain technology has captivated me as a blockchain enthusiast due to its ability to provide solutions to real-world problems. With decentralized finance (DeFi), blockchain offers financial freedom, granting access to financial services regardless of geographical location or traditional banking infrastructure. Its decentralized nature liberates power from central authorities, fostering transparency, trust, and autonomy. Moreover, blockchain enables individuals to regain ownership and control over their digital identities and personal data, enhancing privacy and security. These transformative solutions drive my passion for blockchain, as it has the potential to reshape industries, empower individuals, and create a more equitable world.

I became a privacy advocate due to the inherent lack of privacy in Web3, which was primarily built on public blockchains. Recognizing this gap, I have come to appreciate the significance of being able to exercise control over what we share. The freedom to act, express ourselves, experiment, and reinvent allows for genuine connections and fosters an environment conducive to personal growth and societal progress. Privacy serves as an essential foundation for continued growth and innovation, both at an individual level and for society as a whole. It safeguards our ability to explore new horizons, nurture creativity, and establish meaningful connections without the fear of adverse consequences. Embracing privacy becomes a vital imperative if we are to uphold our collective capacity for advancement and innovation.

Q3: In your opinion, what are the biggest security challenges facing the crypto industry today, especially in Nigeria?

Ans: In the context of Nigeria, the crypto industry faces several significant security challenges.

  • Blockchain technology empowers online users. By dismantling online monopolies and making users and creators co-owners of their platforms, we can build a more community-governed and user-centric Web3.

But right now, almost all blockchains are public by default. Every one of your transactions is visible on a public ledger.

And with the rise of blockchain data analysis, more KYC requirements, and the increased use of centralized exchanges, it’s becoming easier and easier to connect a user’s identity to their wallet address.

  • Government Regulations: The lack of clear and comprehensive regulations surrounding cryptocurrencies creates uncertainties and potential risks for users and businesses operating in the crypto space.
  • Lack of Education: Limited awareness and understanding of cryptocurrencies among the general population pose security risks. Many individuals may fall victim to scams or make uninformed investment decisions due to a lack of knowledge. Promoting crypto education and awareness campaigns can empower users to make informed choices, recognize potential threats, and adopt best practices to secure their digital assets.
  • User Experience: User experience plays a crucial role in the security of the crypto industry. Complex interfaces, cumbersome processes, and inadequate user-friendly platforms can lead to errors, vulnerabilities, and potential loss of funds. It is essential for crypto exchanges and wallets to prioritize user experience by implementing robust security measures while ensuring a seamless and intuitive interface for users.

Q4: How do you stay updated on the latest security threats and vulnerabilities in the crypto space?

Ans: To stay updated on the latest security threats and vulnerabilities in the crypto space, it is recommended to follow reliable sources such as reputable cybersecurity firms, blockchain privacy protocols like Secret Network, industry news outlets, and official announcements from blockchain projects and exchanges. Additionally, participating in relevant online communities, forums, and social media groups dedicated to cryptocurrencies and blockchain can provide insights and discussions on security-related topics. It’s important to exercise caution and critically evaluate the information obtained, as the crypto space can be prone to misinformation and scams.

Q5: What measures do you recommend for individuals and businesses to enhance their security when dealing with cryptocurrencies?

The current trend in centralized web platforms compromises user privacy and control over their data. However, we have an opportunity to change this by embracing a decentralized web, known as Web3, that empowers individuals. At Secret Network, our mission is to provide a privacy hub for Web3, where users have the freedom to choose what they share.

To achieve this, we utilize smart contracts that prioritize user data privacy by default. Our permissionless blockchain is designed to seamlessly integrate with the Cosmos ecosystem and other blockchains, enabling interoperability and expanding possibilities for decentralized applications.

By raising awareness and actively participating in the development of Web3, we can collectively build a more inclusive and privacy-centric digital landscape. Let’s seize this moment to shape the future of the internet and ensure that Web3 is built with the right values and principles in mind.

Q6: How do you assess the overall regulatory environment for cryptocurrencies in Nigeria.

What are your thoughts on the future of cryptocurrencies and the potential security challenges that may arise as the industry evolves?

The overall regulatory environment for cryptocurrencies in Nigeria has shown positive developments with the recent approval of the National Blockchain Policy. This policy aligns with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy and aims to create a blockchain-powered economy that enhances trust, innovation, and prosperity. The involvement of regulatory bodies like NITDA, CBN, NUC, SEC, and NCC indicates a coordinated approach to regulating blockchain technology in various sectors. The government’s recognition of the potential benefits of blockchain and its willingness to explore its deployment in education, health, security, agriculture, and finance demonstrates a favorable regulatory environment for cryptocurrencies in Nigeria.

Lack of privacy will be a potential security challenge now and in the future!

Q7: Are there any initiatives or projects you’re currently involved in to promote crypto security awareness or improve the security landscape in Nigeria?

At Secret Network Africa: We exist to help others understand the need for privacy in blockchain and to understand how this tech will solve real-life challenges here in Africa and its potential to become a leading privacy-focused blockchain platform in Africa.

Q8: What’s your advice for young and other crypto enthusiast like you.

Acquiring knowledge before diving into the crypto industry is crucial for young and other crypto enthusiasts. Self-education plays a significant role in understanding the complexities and opportunities within the field. By continuously learning and staying informed, individuals can navigate the ever-evolving crypto landscape more effectively. Embracing a mindset of “Live, Learn, and Impact,” enthusiasts can actively engage with the industry, apply their knowledge, and contribute to its growth and development. So, my advice to fellow crypto enthusiasts is to prioritize self-education, stay curious, and make a positive impact in the crypto space.

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