Frequently Asked Questions

General

What is @unik-name?

@unik-name is a Universal Naming System, designed for the decentralized economy. It aims to thrill user experience when doing transactions over blockchains, increasing trust, reducing risks, and unlocking access to new decentralized services.

@unik-name is also your trustworthy human-readable identifier, easier to share, to read and to remember than your enigmatic public addresses.

How can I get my own @unik-name?

You can get you own @unik-name by creating a new one through our forge factory or by purchasing an existing one on a market place.

The forge factory required UNS tokens to mint a new name. You can use the forge by yourself if you already have UNS tokens. If you don't have these tokens, don't worry, we propose a fully automated and simplified process for you.

Waiting for the forge factory to be built, you can get your @unik-name for free.

How can I get a @unik-name?

Getting a @unik-name is enabled waiting for the forge factory to be built. How get @unik-name describes the process in details.

Acquisition of @unik-name is totally free.

How can I use my @unik-name?

Share your @unik-name as you would share your email address.

People who make transactions with you use your @unik-name within their favorite wallets, exchanges, payment solutions or crypto-services applications.

Can I stay anonymous while using @unik-name?

Yes.

As an owner

As an owner of a @unik-name, your @unik-name may refer to your name as well as a nickname or a pseudonym. It's up to you.

All @unik-name are obfuscated within the system. Unless you decide it otherwise, your @unik-name is not publicly available.

As a user

As a user, when you do a transaction to a @unik-name, you can stay totally unknown or not, it depends on the wish of the of the recipient. For example, the owner of '@black-panda#gift' may have decided to accept coins from everybody, in such case he won't know that you've queried his public address. At the opposite, the owner of '@john.smith#coldwallet' has restricted access to a whitelist. In such a case, you need to provide your @unik-name. Here again, it may be a pseudo anyhow.

Human-Readable Names and Addresses

What is Human-Readable Name and Human-Readable Address?

A Human-Readable Name is a string of digits and characters which can serve as an identifier and which can be easily readable, easy to remember and shareable by users. Human-Readable Addresses are like Human-Readable Names.

Very common Human-Readable Name are website domain names, like 'www.google.com', which serve to identify server IP addresses within the Internet network.

Very common Human-Readable Addresses are eMail Addresses, like 'bill@gmail.com'. They serve to identify eMail recipients within overall eMailing network.

@unik-name is another kind of Human-Readable Name. It's been designed to be universal and to serve to identify any kind of resource or recipient within any network. Its first purpose is to identify crypto-transaction recipients within the multiple blockchain networks.

@unik-name system allows users to create multiple Human-Readable Addresses for each Human-Readable Name.

Examples of @unik-name are '@bob', '@bob#incomes', '@alice#gift', or '@John.Doe#files'

Why is my @unik-name trustworthy?

Your @unik-name is considered a Trustworthy identifier because it's protected against typo-squatting and phishing hacks. Each identifier is unique visually and technically. There's no possible confusion with other @unik-name.

This @unik-name property makes a big difference with any other classical Human-Readable Identifiers.

What is typo-squatting?

Typo-squatting consists in changing one or many characters from an address to make it look visually identical.

It is a malicious trick used with phishing websites as an example. The domain name looks like the same, but it is another website. Plus, such online page often replicates all the characteristic of an original site. As an example, we could imagine a fake “MyEtherWallet.com”, named “MyEtherWaIIet.com” (wrote with two i instead of l, a common case of typo-squatting), that copied all the front page of the original website but which the only goal is to steal people’s private key.

What is SafeTypo?

SafeTypo is an algorithm we've designed to build Human-Readable identifiers that are communicable safely regarding typo-squatting risks and phishing hacks.

Users have the guarantee that their @unik-name cannot be counterfeit: no errors due to confusing characters, accents, homonyms, separators or not, character inversion, international charset... Every @unik-names are built with SafeTypo.

Registry

What cryptocurrency addresses can I handle with my @unik-name?

You can register and handle public addresses of any cryptocurrency or token.

For each cryptocurrency and token, the system is able to check the format and the validity of their public addresses.

Technically the system is expandable. The crypto community is rewarded to develop extensions for each new blockchain or format of addresses.

Can I use @unik-name's registry for other things than crypto?

Universal by design, @unik-name registry allows storage of any kind of existing and yet to be invented identifiers: decentralized eMail addresses, decentralized files, future blockchain address format...

What is Address Checker?

Address Checker is an algorithm that calculates the risk of potential errors associated with any public addresses, in their various formats and networks.

When doing a transaction with a @unik-name, you’re guaranteed the public address is a valid one and corresponds to the targeted crypto. It’s all over with losing money because of missing a character or because sending Ethereum to a non compatible ERC20 address during an ICO.

Token

Why is my @unik-name a non-fungible token?

Because a non-fungible token has remarkable properties:

  • It is unique and you have the guarantee that it is unique. No one can get the same @unik-name as yours.
  • It is minted for eternity. Technically speaking we should say as long as the blockchain exists.
  • It has its own governance and ownership rules, and enable handling it without a centralized entity.
  • It is valuable on its own as a digital asset with intrinsic properties.

As the owner of a @unik-name, you own its inseparable UNIK non-fungible token.

What is the difference between a fungible and a non-fungible token?

Fungible means interchangeable.

A fungible token is one that is not unique and is perfectly interchangeable with other identical tokens. To give you an example, one bitcoin could easily be replaced by another one bitcoin as they are both intrinsically identical. On another hand, a non-fungible token is unique by nature and its value is determined by its characteristics.

Fiat money and most tokens and coins are fungible. All famous Ethereum ERC20 tokens are fungibles. Ethereum defines the ERC721 standard for non-fungible tokens.

Why are there two tokens?

Because they both serve their own purpose.

The UNS token is required to mint UNIK token, to reward our community and to reward blockchain validators.

UNS is a fungible token. The supply of UNS is fixed.

The UNIK token is inseparable from every @unik-name. It is the link between your Human-Readable identifier and your registry of enigmatic public addresses.

UNIK is a non-fungible token. It's minted with the creation of each @unik-name. Because UNIK are created continuously with @unik-name, the quantity is unlimited.

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