Privacy Quest Hub - Clues, solved chests, and hints for hard chests!

How’s the Quest? Need a hand?

This is a place where we can all discuss the chest clues, ask questions, and share helpful hints. After all, some chests are hard, and all require teamwork!

New chests will be added every Thursday, and this post will be updated every Tuesday with fresh hints and explanations.

Last updated: December 16th

Locked chests

Here, you’ll find a list of chests that haven’t been unlocked yet, but haven’t had hints issued. Feel free to discuss in the comments!

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5 Quest

“Shhhh! Don’t tell crypto Twitter, it’s a . . .”

5 Quest

“Anonymity for Ethereum’s largest DEX, on crypto’s largest desk.”

3 Quest

“To find top-tier crypto privacy, you’ll have to go to the source. It’s a Bit of a journey.”

5 Quest

A little birdie told me the artist formerly known as Zcoin has joined the Quest.

5 Quest

Would you follow privacy on Twitter? How about to the ends of the earth? At least to the end of the alphabet? Classic.

5 Quest

280 characters is all you need to guard your privacy.

7 Quest

What’s in a name? Y don’T you ask Zcoin?

6 Quest

Find this classic in a list of the top 5 privacy coins.

7 Quest

There’s a new Medium for trading crypto - Twitter. Find the new announcement that covered its face.

7 Quest

Go back to where Privacy began. To the blank canvas, a humble sheet of paper.

7 Quest

You’ve got mail! It’s from Privacy, she wants to tell you about what a great year she’s had.

6 Quest

Privacy is going places in 2021. Find out where.

5 Quest

Go down the privacy rabbit hole. Preserving your privacy while browsing takes just a couple hops.

5 Quest

Like a bodyguard for your crypto. If bodyguards could earn you 16% annually for staking, that is.

Locked chests with hints

Here, you’ll find chests that haven’t been unlocked, as well as a hint to help you find the QR code!

Click to get help!

5 Quest

Your VPN can track you, unless you stop and smell the flowers. Learn to be hidden in plain sight.

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Extra hint: How do you stay private while browsing the web? By taking a lucky rabbit’s foot, of course.

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5 Quest

The early bird gets the worm, the busy bee gets the cash.

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Extra hint: One great way to get cash is at auction.

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5 Quest

Polkadot, privacy, peace of mind, phind it all on Twitter.

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Extra hint: Please have a lime already.

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5 Quest

This flower’s mascot is a privacy-loving bunny, but they sure tweet like a bird.

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Extra hint: Or you chidding me? I’m so exasperated I’m turning purple.

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5 Quest

Beam me up, Scotty.

Show hint

Extra hint: Teleportation isn’t the only reason to use lasers, atomic swaps use them too.

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4 Quest

How can DeFi be private? Do your research!

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Extra hint: Ethereum has a great place for conducting .research.

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4 Quest

Publicly owning digital assets can be dangerous in meatspace.

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Extra hint: Git familiar with how a lack of privacy can endanger you physically.

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4 Quest

Have a private chat session with the god of mischief.

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Extra hint: My buddy Y-T knows how to keep your session low-key.

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4 Quest

Expecto Patronum! Lumos! Mimblewimble! Atomic swaps! Privacy’s not a magic spell, but a laser.

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Extra hint: You’ll be beaming when you find the answer.

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4 Quest

Trading on the reef is not a sero sum game.

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Extra hint: The newest Superhero on the team is named Coral.

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4 Quest

Remember, remember! The race of November, the Gunpowder testnet and plot.

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Extra hint: V for Vendetta is my favorite movie, if you can’t tell. But what does it have to do with crypto?

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3 Quest

Program smart contracts with privacy? All right, then. Keep your scrts.

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Extra hint: How this network programs privacy smart contracts is no Secret, but it will help you keep yours.

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3 Quest

Frustrated with Zuckerberg? This costume lets you hide your face without giving up your favorite social networks.

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Extra hint: Covid isn’t the only reason to wear a mask (though it’s a good one).

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2 Quest

The road from 0 to $33M.

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Extra hint: A privacy protector always has a shield and a graph.

Unlocked chests and explanations

Here, you’ll find a list of completed chests and explanations for their clues.

Note: Chests 1-39 were opened in pre-launch.

Click to see where and why we hid the answers to each chest. Spoilers ahead!

1. “Open the app and protect your crypto”

Location: Shielding confirmation page in the app

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To protect you crypto in the Incognito app you need to shield it. “Shielding” is a process of anonymizing crypto in the Incognito network. All you need to do is deposit your crypto in your Incognito wallet, and it’s shielded!

2. “Provide liquidity, provide privacy”

Location: Provide confirmation page in the app

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“Provide liquidity, provide privacy” is the slogan for “Provide”. It’s a feature in the app where you can provide liquidity for the pDEX and help other people trade privately. In doing so, you also earn rewards as high as 28% APY.

3. “He used to work for the government, but now he “works for the public”. Find his first tweet of 2020.”

Location: https://twitter.com/_lena_martynova/status/1326820467940839424?s=21

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Edward Snowden is a former US government employee who discovered state secrets, such as the fact that the US government was spying on its own citizens domestically. He then leaked these secrets to reputable journalists to inform the American people. The clue is a reference to his Twitter bio, which says, “I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public.”

4. “Resear.ch about Ethereum’s Incognito mode”

Location: https://ethresear.ch/t/incognito-mode-for-ethereum/6232

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To publish research around Ethereum, developers use Ethresear.ch. The clue prompts you to find Incognito mode for Ethereum thread on the site, which become one of the most topic in the privacy category, and received comments and interest from Vitalik Buterin himself.

5. “You know how to swap Monero anonymously, but have you checked liquidity pools?”

Location: https://incscan.io/pdex/markets/PRV-pXMR

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You know that Incognito enables you to trade crypto anonymously. But there are other tools at your disposal. @inccry’s incscan.io is a very helpful hub for all DEX-related data, including the size of liquidity pools, pair rates, trading volume, and more.

6. “How does CZ transact BNB anonymously?”

Location: Binance funds development of the Incognito Portal

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CZ, the CEO of Binance, is a well-known figure in the crypto community. Binance funded Incognito so that we would be able to build Portal, an interchain bridge that enables you to anonymize your BTC, BNB, and more.

7. “Are you thankful for today? What about April 9th?”

Location: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=563821.0

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April 9th, 2014, was the day that user thankful_for_today posted a launch announcement for Bitmonero, a Bytecoin fork which led to what we know today as Monero (XMR).

8. “What does YouTube say about how to buy BTC anonymously?”

Location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH83N_8kqp4&lc=UgxX6OhcEFihAq5SDC94AaABAg

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How to buy BTC anonymously is one of the most popular crypto related search on youtube. We posted a video on our YouTube channel, featuring our very own @elena, who explains 3 ways to buy BTC without KYC.

9. “What’s the best privacy wallet on YouTube?”

Location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH83N_8kqp4&lc=UgxX6OhcEFihAq5SDC94AaABAg

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Bitcoin for Beginners featured our privacy QR code in a video about Wasabi wallet.

10. “Remember when Samourai hung out with Monero?”

Location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xk2Iy6f2VA

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Crypto wallet project Samourai had an enlightening chat with the biggest privacy coin Monero. Samourai Wallet talks privacy research, risks of KYC, and “building for the streets.” You won’t regret watching it!

11. “The home base of your Quest is full of clues. Have you found them all?”

Location: https://incognito.org/quest

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The “home base” referred to is the home page for the Privacy Quest, which can be found above. Pay close attention to all details on the page, since one of them contains the QR code!

12. “Join the anniversary Incognito PRV Holders call”

Location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fw8MTZUAFU

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Every month, we hop on a live call with you to talk about your thoughts and questions, about the last month’s progress, and about the next month’s goals.

For our one-year anniversary, we had an awesome call to celebrate, complete with games and prizes, as well as a look at the year ahead. You needed to watch it to find the code :wink:

13. “Have you seen the Techlore list of privacy projects?”

Location: https://twitter.com/techloreistaken/status/1307493881622257665

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Techlore, the privacy and security evangelists and home of Go Incognito, tweeted a list celebrating various privacy projects.

14. “Do you like Monero? You must be a local. Find debunked Monero myths to locate this code.”

Location: https://twitter.com/LocalMoneroCo/status/1266345089527238657

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Peer-to-peer Monero trading platform LocalMonero tweeted a link to an article they published debunking 15 myths and misconceptions about XMR. The QR code can be found in a reply to that tweet.

15. “The Internet Privacy Guy is a swell guy”

Location: https://youtu.be/HzohFK9OnGU

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The Internet Privacy Guy Rob Braxman is just a generally swell guy. Every Friday he has a livestream about the cybersecurity and online privacy. Watch it, get more knowledge about how to protect yourself, and join Incognito quest.

16. “What does Sylvain Saurel think about courage?”

Location: https://ssaurel.medium.com/6-reasons-why-you-must-switch-to-brave-browser-now-d48e528d3ac4

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Sylvain Saurel is a brilliant writer who also publish articles on the importance of internet privacy. I think you’ve already guessed what is the synonym for courage and what browser Sylvain talks about :wink: Even if you don’t need the code anymore, give the post a read, it’s well worth it!

17. “Find the official launch announcement of the Tor Project Membership Program”

Location: https://twitter.com/torproject/status/1304490159887458304

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The Tor Project is a nonprofit defending our privacy and freedom online. This project, which is responsible for the Tor browser, tweeted about the launch of their new membership program, a way for you to benefit even more from financially supporting their fight for privacy.

18. What is Incognito’s privacy stack made of?

Location: Sending Cryptocurrencies Confidentially: Ring Signature, Homomorphic Commitment, and Zero-Knowledge Range Proofs

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Incognito uses a combination of ring signatures, homomorphic commitment, and zero-knowledge range proofs to ensure confidentiality. The link above explains what those things mean :wink:

19. What does the #1 trusted VPN say about phishing attacks?

Location: https://twitter.com/expressvpn/status/1325827771428458496

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Express VPN, the most trusted VPN service, released an article explaining steps you can take to protect yourself from the recent wave of Covid-related phishing attacks.

20. It looks like privacy and swims like privacy. And it quacks, not slacks, like privacy.

Location: https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1326899303550476288

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What privacy project can quack? Why, only DuckDuckGo of course. DuckDuckGo is a leading privacy-protecting internet browser. The clue says they don’t “Slack,” referring to one of their tweets calling out the lack of privacy in the popular workplace communication app, Slack.

21. 133,000 Ethereum secrets.

Location: https://twitter.com/decryptmedia/status/1229793760466350080

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This Decrypt article shows how easy it is to identify people, even if they weren’t using their real names.

22. Scan the yellow brick road. Where did Dorothy, Toto, and my 100 ETH go?

Location: https://etherscan.io/address/0xA160cdAB225685dA1d56aa342Ad8841c3b53f291#comments

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Dorothy and Toto are characters from “The Wizard of Oz” who get ripped from their home in a tornado, and must follow a yellow brick road to get to the Emerald City so the Wizard can send them home. This is a reference to the Tornado Cash project, an Ethereum-based platform focused on sending ETH privately. Where did my 100 ETH go? To etherscan, where all crypto from Tornado goes. 100 ETH clues you in to the fact that you’re looking for the Tornado 100ETH smart contract, linked above.

23. What did this Bitcoin privacy wallet look like in July 2020?

Location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMgeGNnwvM4

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By this Bitcoin Privacy wallet, we mean Incognito of course! In July 2020, we published a video about how to hold, send, and trade your Bitcoin anonymously with Incognito.

24. Can we get some sake maki, ebi tempura, and 2.0 servings of wasabi??

Location: https://twitter.com/wasabiwallet/status/1326169490464378881

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Wasabi tweeted the debut of Wasabi 2.0, an easy-to-use Bitcoin wallet focused on preserving your privacy. Check the replies to find the QR code.

25. A safe, quiet space for the crypto community after the YouTube crackdown.

Location: https://medium.com/@LBRY/stand-up-to-youtube-crypto-crackdown-and-support-these-blockchain-creators-lbry-5176349fbd8a

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YouTube started deleting blockchain and crypto-related channels, tightening restrictions on coverage of the industry. The linked article explains how we can stand up to the bullying with LBRY, a decentralized, privacy-focused video platform.

It’s “safe” because it’s blockchain-friendly.
It’s “quiet” because it’s a library :wink:

26. Why decentralization is a meme.

Location: https://nopara73.medium.com/few-words-on-decentralization-and-anonymous-payments-160782d30b9e

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Medium writer Nopara73 wrote a detailed piece explaining that decentralization is not a polar yes/no quality, but a sliding scale, packed with nuance. At the end of the article, Nopara73 states that decentralization is a meme.

27. Can you taste this? What do you think this French crab soup needs?

Location: https://github.com/bisq-network/bisq/pulls

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Bisq is a safe, private and decentralized way to exchange bitcoin for national currencies and other digital assets. It also sounds like bisque, a seasoned French soup typically containing shellfish. The QR is in the Bisq GitHub, because the only way to add “ingredients” to a blockchain project is via the GitHub.

28. Be like Princess Fiona. Reclaim your face.

Location: https://twitter.com/torproject/status/1326947320437432320

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In the movie “Shrek”, Princess Fiona is a woman who “reclaims her face” and learns to love her true self, which presents as an ogre. And, as Shrek says, “Ogres are like onions!” The Onion Router (Tor) Project used #reclaimyourface in a Twitter post about the dangers and increasing scope of mass surveillance.

29. The Mystic Mathematician gives you some examples of zk-SNARKs.

Location: https://media.consensys.net/introduction-to-zksnarks-with-examples-3283b554fc3b

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Christian “Mystic Mathematician” Lundkvist brilliantly explained what a zk-SNARK is, followed by examples to help us wrap our heads around it.

30. Who else thinks decentralized privacy currency is king?

Location: https://twitter.com/Cointelegraph/status/1235692954368405504

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Cointelegraph tweeted an article about Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin’s (correct) opinion that decentralized privacy currency is more appealing to people than state-run digital currency.

31. Find the 3 amigos: human rights, privacy, and crypto.

Location: https://medium.com/human-rights-foundation-hrf/privacy-and-cryptocurrency-part-i-how-private-is-bitcoin-e3a4071f8fff

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This article published in the Human Rights Foundation Medium gives a primer on Bitcoin privacy (or lack of) and explains the importance of cryptocurrency in protecting the human right to privacy. You may have missed the code (which was in the comments), but don’t miss out on this post!

32. What did Dad teach you about the dangers of fishing?

Location: https://twitter.com/The_CryptoDad/status/1326534913496117248

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The wholesome and helpful “regular guy” named the CryptoDad made a video teaching us how to protect ourselves from Ledger fishing scams. It’s a lifesaver of a video! The QR code is in reply to the tweet he shared about the video, linked above.

33. What do people already know about you?

Location: https://incognito.org/about-you

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On incognito.org, you can enter a Bitcoin or Ethereum address to see just how vulnerable it is without Incognito’s privacy.

34. Walk like an Egyptian walking onion.

Location: https://twitter.com/ZcashFoundation/status/1263480897988411392

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The Onion Router (Tor) is developing the “Walking Onions” protocol, named after an Egyptian kind of onion, to help anonymity projects scale more efficiently. Zcash Foundation tweeted about funding the project, which we think is fantastic. So, we dropped the code in a reply to their tweet.

35. How to get Google to forget about you in less than 18 months.

Location: https://twitter.com/JumboPrivacy/status/1275843004167786505

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Jumbo, an app that gives you control of your data and privacy, tweeted about the Google agreement to delete your data after 18 months. Jumbo can help you get your information automatically deleted much faster.

36. What Bitcoin did with the Pony.

Location: https://medium.com/@whatbitcoindid/why-crypto-privacy-is-important-with-moneros-riccardo-fluffypony-spagni-e733df92c567

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Riccardo “FluffyPony” Spagni is a core team member at Monero and co-founder of Tari. He appeared on the podcast “What Bitcoin Did” to discuss why crypto privacy is important. It’s a fantastic episode, give it a listen! The QR code is in a reply to the linked medium article containing the episode’s audio transcript.

37. Find Incognito, Monero and their smiling friends on the privacy forum.

Location: Incognito, Monero, Zcash, Beam and Grin

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The privacy forum is we.incognito.org, and our “smiling friends” would be none other than the wonderful people at Beam and Grin! “Beam” and “Grin” are synonyms for big, bright smiles. The linked forum topic discusses all four projects.

38. COVID-19, nothing stays the same. Unchained, Bitcoin hit the ground running.

Location: https://twitter.com/laurashin/status/1323626114556825607

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The clue can be sung to the tune of Van Halen’s “Unchained”. Laura Shin, host of crypto podcast “Unchained and Unconfirmed” tweeted a video describing how “COVID-19 has created conditions for which Bitcoin was designed & why privacy will be the main issue Bitcoiners need to watch out for next.”

39. 3 approaches to deliver privacy for Ethereum.

Location: Privacy for Ethereum: Aztec vs. Tornado vs. Incognito

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Here at we.incognito.org, there’s a topic in the tech category comparing Aztec, Tornado, and Incognito, three different projects that bring privacy to Ethereum, but in very different ways.

40. Cfhjoofs’t hvjef up npodsp

Extra hint: In tech, math and language mix. Try subtracting 1.

Location: https://medium.com/@linda.xie/a-beginners-guide-to-monero-7a5df2c50ed9

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Substitute each letter in the clue for its prior letter in the alphabet (subtract one). For example, b=a. If you do so, you get the phrase, “Beginner’s guide to Monero”, which is the title of the linked Medium article.

41. Bitcoin Confidential is gaining Clout with the Québécois.

Location: https://twitter.com/_lena_martynova/status/1337296915604459520?s=21

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“Clout” references French-Canadian (Québécois) crypto podcast host Sylvain Cloutier, who tweeted out a video discussing Bitcoin Confidential.

That’s all for now! Check back for updates soon.

Feel free to share your thoughts on the clues below, or offer suggestions for new hints.

Happy Questing!

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About the unlocked chests:

  1. “Open the app and protect your crypto”
    Location: Shielding confirmation page in the app
  2. “Provide liquidity, provide privacy”
    Location: Provide confirmation page in the app

Since they are not showing anymore within the app, could you provide another link/QR for late hunters? I’m only missing these two (from the old ones)

this is the topic that I’m looking for :wink:

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why no one discusses here, the new quests are so difficult, any clues :sweat_smile:

There’s a few that only 1 person found, those are super hard to find.

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Maybe those qr codes are private :sweat_smile::sweat_smile::sweat_smile:

Maybe that one person is admin :rofl:

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I think they will reveal this week

Hey @vuzald! Yes, we are thinking about reopening the shield QR.
We’ll try to do it this week :blush:

Hey, where’s the hints for the locked chests? Some of these are very hard to find. The post says it will be updated every Tuesday.

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Sorry for the delay! All is updated now :blush:

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today is Thursday, so excited to solve the chests :sunglasses:

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Hey @Hapaku! New chests will be added today around 10 am UTC:)

Happy Questing, and good luck!

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280 characters to hide your privacy, could that be sha256 or something?

I believe it’s referring to the character limit on Twitter. But what on twitter?

I’ve managed to find three successful QR codes but they all give me the following result (see picture).
Does anyone know why that’s the case? The Quests are still available and haven’t been fully solved so when I scan them they should go through…image

Are you signed into a VPN?

Ah… that could be the issue ! Any easy/free recommendations ?

No idea unfortunately. Just figured if you are using a VPN, it could trip anti-cheat/scam measures that track things like IP address.

Easiest solution is to turn off the VPN while Questing.

Hi @MaxStirner You are most likely getting this error because you have already scanned this code on another device, do note that the quests are limited to 1 device per ip.