Civic utilizes the blockchain to provide multi-factor authentication without a username, password, third party authenticator, or physical hardware token.
This guide is not, and should not be regarded as 'investment advice' or as a 'recommendation' regarding a course of action.
Note: Images can be clicked to see a larger version. If you're confused by any terms used, a glossary can be found here.
For this guide we'll be using the easiest & most convenient wallet option for storing your Civic coins- provided by MyEtherWallet (which can store any coin on the Ethereum blockchain, including Civic).
Go to myetherwallet.com and enter a password that would be hard to guess (but which you won't forget!).
Note: if you forget this password you might lose access to your coins.
Press 'Create New Wallet'.
Click 'Download Keystore File'. Be sure to read and understand the warnings.
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).
Once you've done that, click 'I understand. Continue.'
Now you will be given a powerful unencrypted private key to your wallet.
Note: Never give your private key to anyone. If you do, they can open your wallet and take your coins.
Consider printing out your private key and storing it somewhere safe- then deleting all references to it from your computer. Why? Because sometime in the future you might get a virus, or malware, or visit a website with an advert that has malicious code.
These things will target a private key, as it's an easy way to open your wallet and steal your coins.
So why print out your private key at all, if it's so insecure? Because it's your last resort. If you lose your keystore file (e.g. your computer gets wiped or damaged), or if you forget your password, with your unencrypted private key you can still access your account as a last resort.
There is also an option to print a paper wallet (which displays everything you'd need to access your wallet).
If you choose to print this, treat it just like the Keystore file you just downloaded- keep it hidden and keep it safe.
Next, click 'Save your address'.
Now we're going to open your new wallet.
Select the 'Keystore File' option, then upload the keystore file you saved in step 2, then enter your password.
Once you're done, scroll down the page to see your opened wallet.
You will see a long string of letters and numbers labelled 'Your Address'.
This is your personal wallet address, and it's where we're going to be sending your Civic coins.
Copy this address and keep it somewhere safe as we're going to need it soon.
Now we'll purchase the popular cryptocurrency Ethereum, so that we can exchange it for Civic (if you already own Ethereum you can skip ahead).
Choose which Ethereum exchange you'd like to use (by clicking on the logo), and the guide will continue:
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).
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.
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 on Coinbase means higher fees but offers instant purchasing. Using a bank transfer is cheaper but slower (taking up to a week to get your coins).
Once your payment details are verified, click 'buy/sell' on the top menu.
Select 'Ethereum', 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.
You'll be asked to confirm your purchase.
Press the 'Confirm Buy' button.
Congratulations! You now own some Ethereum. But don't close Coinbase yet, we're going to need it again in a few minutes.
Click here to go to Cex.io
Click the 'Register' button along the top menu.
Enter your email address and a secure password. Click the checkbox to agree to the terms.
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.
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'.
Look for your user ID in the top menu, hover your mouse over it and in the drop down menu click 'Verification'.
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.
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.
Once your money is in your account, click 'BUY/SELL' on the top menu.
Choose 'ETH' and the currency you'd like to buy it in (Dollars, Euros, Pounds or Rubles).
You will be offered some precalculated amounts of Ethereum, or you can scroll to the bottom of the page and input the amount of Ethereum you'd like to buy in the 'Custom amount' box.
Once you've decided, click 'Buy'.
You'll be asked to confirm your buy.
Check everything looks correct and click 'Confirm the order'.
Congratulations- you now own some Civic!
We'll use the site Gate.io to exchange your Ethereum for Civic.
Enter a username, password and your email address.
You'll also need another password for 'Fund password'- this will be used when you're trading and withdrawing coins.
Enter the Captcha code and press 'Create account'.
You will be sent an email. Click the link in the email to confirm your account.
You will be taken back to Gate.io. Use the login form to log into your new account.
Click 'wallets' along the top menu.
In the list of currencies find 'ETH Ethereum'. Press the red deposit button.
You will be taken to an Ethereum wallet page. You may be told that a 'New address is being generated for you, please wait a moment and refresh this page.'
So after a few seconds refresh the page.
You will see an Ethereum wallet address. Copy this down somewhere safe as we'll need it soon.
Note: Gate.io has minimum withdrawal amount for each coin. If you're planning to purchase a small amount of coin (for example, under a $100 worth) and plan to move them off the exchange, it's worth checking the minimum withdrawal amount first. To do this, find the coin listed in 'Wallets', press withdraw and see what is listed next to 'Minimum'.
Now, return to Coinbase.
Click 'Accounts' from the top menu, then find your Ethereum wallet listed on the left.
In the 'Recipient' box, paste the Ethereum wallet address we just copied from Gate.io.
In amount, type how much Ethereum you wish to send (there is a 'use max' option if you wish to send it all).
Coinbase may ask you to confirm with your password/phone. Follow the instructions until it confirms the Ethereum are sent.
Go back to Cex.io
Press 'Withdraw' on the top menu.
Under 'Select currency and amount' click 'USD' and select 'ETH' in the drop down menu.
Input the amount of Ethereum you're sending.
In the box labelled 'Enter the recipient's address below' paste the Ethereum wallet address we just copied from Gate.io.
Once you've looked everything over, click the check box to confirm you've double checked everything is correct.
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'.
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.
Go back to LocalBitcoins.
You should still be in your wallet page.
In the box labelled 'Receiving Bitcoin address' paste the Ethereum wallet address we just copied from Gate.io.
Enter the amount of Bitcoin you're sending.
You will be asked to enter your password to confirm the send.
Once entered, press 'Send from wallet'.
You will be taken back to your wallet and a message will appear to confirm the Bitcoin has been sent.
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 5 to 20 minutes to appear in your Gate.io wallet.
At Gate.io, click 'Balances' along the top menu.
Click 'Hide zero balances'.
Refresh the page every few minutes, and once the Ethereum is in your wallet it will show under 'Balance'.
Click here to jump straight to the CVC/ETH exchange market on Gate.io.
Note: If you prefer, press the 'USD Price' button so that you see the coin priced in dollars rather than Ethereum.
The box marked 'Price ETH/CVC' will show the current best price that Civic can be bought at.
In the box marked 'Amount CVC' write the number of Civic you'd like to buy. If you simply want to buy the maximum amount you can, press the green number beside 'Your balance' and it will automatically input the maximum number of Civic you can buy into 'Amount CVC'.
Once you're happy with the amount of Civic you're buying and the amount of Ethereum you're spending, press 'Buy (ETH→CVC)'.
A pop-up will ask you to confirm the order. Check it over carefully and when you're happy to proceed press 'Confirm'.
You will then be asked for your 'Fund' password.
Your order will be placed.
If it's completely filled (as in, you successfully bought all the coins you wanted) then the 'My orders' box will be empty.
If the order didn't completely fill, it will show there. You can choose to wait and see if it fills over time, or you can cancel the order and place another one, paying a higher price per coin.
If you're comfortable with it, you could just leave your coins on Gate.io and they would probably be safe. However, exchanges have been hacked in the past, and people have lost coins, so we do recommend you keep them in a personal wallet. Here's how:
Note: You CANNOT store Ethereum tokens, such as Civic, on Coinbase. If you send your Civic to Coinbase you will lose them.
Click 'Hide zero balances'.
Your Civic will show under 'Balance'.
In the box marked 'CVC Address' enter your personal wallet address from step 5.
In 'Amount' write the amount of coins you want to send. Usually it would be the same amount marked next to 'Balance'.
Enter your 'Fund' password and press 'Submit request'.
Your withdrawal will now take place, and details will appear under 'Last 10 withdrawal records'.
Go back to MyEtherWallet.
You should now see the Civic (abbreviated to CVC) in your wallet under 'Token Balances'.
One note of importance is that the example wallet in this guide has no Eth in it. Why is that important?
Civic coins exist as a token on the Ethereum network. To move Civic coins across that network costs 'gas', which are in the form of Ether coins. If in the future you want to move your Civic coins to another address, you're going to need some of those Ether coins to power the transaction.
You already know how to buy Ether, but you can use this guide if you're still unsure how to move them to your personal wallet.
What about when you're ready to sell your Civic?
You simply reverse the order of tasks you performed in this guide.For example, you send your Civic to Gate.io, exchange it for Ethereum, send that Ethereum to Coinbase Cex.io Local Bitcoins and sell it for your preferred currency.