October 5, 2022

✅ Ton Safety: Wallet Addresses

Important safety information when sending TON

Sending TON with TonSafe (Image is from Night Mode confirmation screen)

Look at the above TON Wallet address, and note that it starts with EQC and ends with LiE. Every TON Wallet address is unique, but, how can you make sure you are sending to the correct address?

The first thing to note, is that you should not compare the first few letters, when double checking if the address you are sending to, is the right one. Because TON Wallet addresses, for most purposes, begin with "EQ".

It is the last 2, 3 or 4 characters of the address that you should be looking at.

This is because it is the characters at the end, that are easy to find when looking at an address, and it is these characters that are much more unique than the EQ at the front.

In the above image, you could make a mental note of the "iE" at the end, or "LiE" and this would be more than enough to compare visually the address you wanted to send to, and the one displayed here in the Confirmation screen, before finally sending TON.

Copying and Pasting? Typing? QR Scan? Or DNS Wallet Address? Which method is best?

First, let's start with one of the worst, the least safe of them all: DNS. This is why TonSafe does not allow input of a wallet.ton address. There are many security issues, including incorrect typing, auto-correction, or even changing ownership on expiry of a .ton wallet address. Don't use a .ton address to send TON if you want to be safe.

Typing out a long TON Wallet address manually and trying to compare all the characters, is just as bad, if not worse. The chances of getting a single character wrong, are high. And an small L and capital I often look the same, or a zero and capital O. The TON Foundation did not think this out well when assigning 64 characters.

Safest method is QR Scan with visual checking afterwards, or, copy and paste.

If you have a QR code to scan for the wallet you want to send TON to, use that. But also make a note of the last 2 or 3 characters of the wallet address, and make sure that this is what you see when you look at the address that appeared in TonSafe.

Likewise, copying a TON Wallet address and pasting it into the Send TON Wallet address box, is safe, but again make that visual check of the last 2 to 3 characters.

If you have not sent to an address before and are unsure, send a small amount first and make sure it arrives safely.

For more Safety Tips on sending TON, see our post:

Ton Safety: Sending TON

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