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A step by step guide on how to buy & store the Ethereum Classic (ETC) cryptocurrency

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What is Ethereum Classic?

Ethereum Classic is a secure, censorproof, reliable, public, trustless and decentralized platform for running applications.

What are ETC coins?

ETC coins are used to pay for tasks such as installing new smart contracts.

Important note

This guide is not, and should not be regarded as 'investment advice' or as a 'recommendation' regarding a course of action.

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For this guide we're going to assume you're using Google Chrome, as it's the most secure web browser and the simpliest option for managing your Ethereum Classic coins.

So if you don't have it already, download and install it from here, even if it's just to manage your Ethereum Classic wallet.

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Once you're in Chrome go to the ClassicEtherWallet CX official download page.

Click the 'ADD TO CHROME' button on the top right.

A pop-up will ask you if you'd like to 'Add ClassicEtherWallet CX'. Click 'Add app' to confirm.

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The Ethereum Classic wallet has now been added to your browser.

Click the new Ethereum Classic app icon that appears on your Chrome toolbar.

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In the pop up that opens click 'Add wallet'.

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Select 'Generate New Wallet'

Give the wallet an obvious nickname (for example, 'My Ether Classic wallet'

Enter a password that would be hard to guess (but which you won't forget!).

Note: if you forget this password you can possibly lose access to your coins.

Click the 'GENERATE' button.

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Click 'My wallets' from the menu across the top of the page.

You will now see your new wallet and it's unique 'wallet address' (a long string of numbers and letters). Copy this address down somewhere safe as we'll need it soon.

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Before we do anything else, let's back up this wallet so you don't lose access. Click the eyeball icon beneath 'View'.

In the popup that opens input your password and press 'view wallet details'.

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Here are all the important details about your wallet.

In the box labelled 'Private Key (unencrypted)' is a powerful unencrypted private key to your wallet (it's a way of opening your wallet without knowing the password). If you choose to copy this down make sure it's somewhere safe and private- and be warned, if anyone gets access to it they can get access to your coins.

Click the 'Download' button beneath 'Keystore/JSON File'. This will download your wallet file to your computer. This file can be used to open your wallet from any computer but it still requires the password to open it (unlike the private key).

It's very important that you back this file up somewhere safe (think multiple external hard drives and/or USB drives that you put somewhere safe).

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Now we'll purchase the popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin, so that we can exchange it for Ethereum Classic (if you already own Bitcoin you can skip ahead).

Choose which exchange you'd like to use to do this, and the guide will continue:

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Coinbase
Operates in 32 countries.
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Cex.io
Worldwide coverage, 99% of countries.
There are also some other exchanges listed here.
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If you use this link to sign up to Coinbase we'll both receive ten dollars of free coins when you spend over $100 (or the equivalent in your currency).

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Press the 'sign up' button and fill out your name (make sure this is exactly how it's written on your photo ID), email, password and location.

Just like a US bank, Coinbase is regulated by the US government, and has to follow strict financial rules. So they take verifying your identity very seriously. It's a pain, but it does give Coinbase a reputation for being the most trusted way to convert fiat currency to cryptocurrency.

Signing up to Coinbase
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To verify your account you must supply a phone number, upload an image of your photo ID and verify a credit/debit card or bank account before you can buy.

Using a credit/debit card means higher fees but offers instant purchasing. Using a bank transfer is cheaper but slower (taking up to a week to get your coins).

Signing up to Coinbase
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Once your payment details are verified, click 'buy/sell' on the top menu.

Select 'Bitcoin', and at the bottom of the page choose how much to spend in your local currency / how many coins you want to buy.

Once you're happy with the amount, click the big 'Buy' button.

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You'll be asked to confirm your purchase.

Press the 'Confirm Buy' button.

Congratulations! You now own some Bitcoin. But don't close Coinbase yet, we're going to need it again in a few minutes.

Confirm buying Bitcoin on Coinbase
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Click here to go to Cex.io

Click the 'Register' button along the top menu.

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Enter your email address and a secure password. Click the checkbox to agree to the terms.

Click 'Register'.

Signing up to Cex.io
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You will now be asked to set up 2-factor authentication for your new account. It is strongly advised not to skip this step, as 2-factor authentication makes your account far more secure.

We recommend using the 'Smartphone App' option.

Signing up to Cex.io
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Once your security has been set up, you'll be taken to your account dashboard.

Before we do anything else, head on over to your personal email account- there will be an email from Cex.io asking you to click a link to verify your account. Click it.

You will be taken to a page telling you your email has been confirmed. Click 'Go back to the site'.

Signing up to Cex.io
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Look for your user ID in the top menu, hover your mouse over it and in the drop down menu click 'Verification'.

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Every exchange that lets your buy cryptocurrencies for cash require you to verify your identification before doing so.

Complete the Cex.io verification process by supplying your personal information and uploading your ID.

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Once you're verified, click the 'Deposit' button along the top menu.

You now get to choose how you'd like to deposit money:

Via credit/debit card

If you choose credit/debit card you can buy instantly, but you pay commission on the money you deposit.

Via bank transfer

This option takes a few days for the transfer to arrive but has no commission fees.

Choose the method you prefer and follow the instructions to deposit your money.

Signing up to Cex.io
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Once your money is in your account, click 'BUY/SELL' on the top menu.

Choose 'BTC' and the currency you'd like to buy it in (Dollars, Euros, Pounds or Rubles).

You will be offered some precalculated amounts of Bitcoin, or you can scroll to the bottom of the page and input the amount of Bitcoin you'd like to buy in the 'Custom amount' box.

Once you've decided, click 'Buy'.

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You'll be asked to confirm your buy.

Check everything looks correct and click 'Confirm the order'.

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Congratulations- you now own some Bitcoin!

Press 'Ok'.

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We'll use the site Binance to exchange your Bitcoin for Ethereum Classic.

Click here to go to Binance, and click 'Register' on the top right menu.

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Enter your email and a strong password (that you won't forget!).

Click 'Register'.

Setting up a Binance account
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You will be sent an email to confirm your email address.

Click the link in the email.

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You will be taken back to Binance as your email is confirmed.

Press 'Login'.

On the login form, enter the email and password you just used to sign up, then press 'Login'.

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A pop-up will advise you to set up 2FA (two factor authentication) on your account.

We strongly advise you to do this- in the event a hacker manages to get hold of your password, this second level of security makes it very unlikely they will be able to get into your Binance account.

We recommend using the Google Auth app on your mobile phone, as it's the most secure 2FA available.

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Hover your mouse over 'FUNDS' on the top menu and click on 'Deposits Withdrawals'.

This screen displays any coins you have stored on Binance- obviously none at the moment.

Type 'BTC' in the search box.

This will narrow the wallets displayed to just one- Bitcoin.

Press 'Deposit'

You will be given a Bitcoin deposit address (a long string of numbers and letters).

Copy this address and keep it somewhere safe as we're going to need it soon.

Setting up a Binance account
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Now, return to Coinbase.

Click 'Accounts' from the top menu, then find your Bitcoin wallet listed on the left.

Click 'Send'.

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In the 'Recipient' box, paste the Bitcoin wallet address we just copied from Binance.

In amount, type how much Bitcoin you wish to send (there is a 'use max' option if you wish to send it all).

Click 'Continue'.

Coinbase may ask you to confirm with your password/phone. Follow the instructions until it confirms the Bitcoin are sent.

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Go back to Cex.io

Press 'Withdraw' on the top menu.

Under 'Select currency and amount' click 'USD' and select 'BTC' in the drop down menu.

Input the amount of Bitcoin you're sending.

In the box labelled 'Enter the recipient's address below' paste the Bitcoin wallet address we just copied from Binance.

Once you've looked everything over, click the check box to confirm you've double checked everything is correct.

Press 'Withdraw'.

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You will be asked for a 2-factor authentication number.

Use your selected method of authentication to generate the number and write it in the box. Press 'Confirm'.

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You will be sent an email to confirm the withdrawal.

Go to your personal email and click the link Cex.io has sent you. This will send the coins on their way.

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Now we've got to wait a few minutes for the coins to move across the network.

Unless there's an unusually large network backlog, the coins will take between 20 and 60 minutes to appear in your Binance wallet.

Binance will update automatically so there's no need to refresh the page.

While you're waiting, consider sharing this guide with your friends and followers to spread the word about Ethereum Classic, encouraging its popularity and value to grow.

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Once the Bitcoin shows in your 'available balance' we're ready to trade for Ethereum Classic.

Click here to jump straight to the ETC/BTC exchange market on Binance.

Setting up a Binance account
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The exchange page can look overwhelming at first, but don't worry, we're only going to use a small part of it.

There are two ways of buying coins:

A 'Limit' order, which lets you manually set the price at which you want to buy ETC.

A 'Market' buy, which fills your order automatically at the best price available.

As market buy is the simpler of the two options we'll go with that.

Look for the big green 'Buy ETC' button.

Above it, click the 'Market' option.

In the input box marked 'Amount' you now need to fill in how many ETC you'd like to buy. It may be easier to use the percentage buttons below the input box- for example, press 50% if you'd like to exchange 50% of your Bitcoin for ETC.

When you're happy with the amount, press the buy button.

Your order will be filled immediately.

Setting up a Binance account
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Press 'Funds' along the top menu, then 'Deposits Withdrawals'.

In the search box, type ETC. You will now see your new ETC in your ETC wallet.

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Now lets move these coins to your personal wallet.

Click the 'Withdrawal' button.

In the boxes that appear, fill in this information:

Label: Write 'My wallet'

Address: Put the wallet address that you copied from Ether Classic wallet (in step 6).

Available: Press the 'Max' button to send all your ETC.

Once you're sure all this information is correct (double check you've inputted the correct wallet address!), press 'Submit'.

If you've set up two-factor authentication, you will be asked for a code from your phone. Enter it and press 'Submit'.

You will be sent an email to confirm the withdrawal.

Go to your email and click the link that has been sent to you.

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Go back to your Ethereum Classic wallet.

You should soon see the Ethereum Classic (abbreviated to ETC) in your wallet under 'Balance'.

If they haven't arrived within an hour, go back to the Changelly exchange page and scroll to the bottom, then click the 'Having troubles?' box and follow the instructions.

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