How do you know that your private key has been stolen?

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How do I know whether my private key has been stolen?

Kayley Wong

Posted 2018-06-03T13:33:02.707

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If your private key was stolen, then the thief can provide you with definitive proof that he possesses the key---for example, by spending your funds.

But unless you have such proof, all you can do is guess whether your private key has been stolen. There's no definitive way to prove that your key hasn't been stolen.

Usually, if you have enough evidence to worry that your key has been stolen, it's a good idea to take the steps you would take if you knew it was stolen. For example, generate a new safe private key and address, and use your old private key to send funds to the new safe address. That way your money is safe whether or not your old private key was stolen.

David A. Harding

Posted 2018-06-03T13:33:02.707

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Thanks David for your prompt replies. Why do i asked this is because this man told me to send him my email, & he'll create a mining wallet for me in blockchain. If he created a mining wallet for me, he will definitely have the private key. Am i correct?

I just want to make sure that this isn't a scam. – Kayley Wong – 2018-06-05T00:53:52.387

I don't know what a mining wallet is, but if someone else creates a wallet for you, then you should assume they have access to your private keys and can steal your bitcoins at any time. – David A. Harding – 2018-06-05T11:46:14.633