Understanding BURST traceability

Burst works with an unprecedented level of transparency that most people are unfamiliar with. All Burst transactions are public, traceable and permanently stored in the Burst network. Burst addresses are the only information used to define where BURST or tokens are assigned and where they are sent. These addresses are created privately by each user’s wallet. However, once addresses are used, they become public through the history of all transactions in which they are involved. Anyone can view the balance and all transactions of any address. Since users usually have to reveal their identity in order to receive services or goods, Burst addresses cannot remain completely anonymous.

Be careful on public spaces

Unless you intend to receive public donations or payments with full transparency, publishing a Burst address on a public space such as a website or social network is not a good idea when it comes to privacy. If you decide to do so, always remember that if you move funds with this address to one of your other addresses, it can always be publicly traced. In addition, you may want to be careful not to disclose information about your transactions and purchases that might allow anyone to identify your Burst addresses.

Your IP address can be logged

Since Burst is a peer-to-peer network, it is possible to log your IP addresses during transactions. Full-node clients forward the transactions of all users as if they were their own. This means that finding the source of a particular transaction becomes more difficult because any Burst node could be confused as the source of a transaction even though it is not.

Limitations of mixing services

Some online services, known as mixing services, offer the possibility to mix traceability between users by receiving and returning the same amount via independent Burst addresses. In most cases, the service also charges a fee for this. It is important to note that the legality of the use of such services may vary and is subject to different rules in different jurisdictions. Such services also require that you trust the people who operate them not to lose or steal your money and not to keep a record of your requests. Even though mixing services can affect traceability for small quantities, it becomes increasingly difficult to do the same for larger transactions.