Bisq is a decentralized exchange that allows users to buy and sell Bitcoin (BTC) in a peer-to-peer (P2P) manner.
To get started, users download the Bisq software and create an account.
Once you’ve gotten Bisq set up, you’ll need a little BTC to actually make or take an offer.
All Bisq trades require securing bitcoin in a multisig escrow—this is what makes trading on Bisq secure. Users then deposit funds into their Bisq wallet, which can be done through a variety of payment methods, including bank transfer, Zelle, and MoneyGram.
Once funds are available, users can begin browsing the available offers and choose a seller with whom to trade. The Bisq platform includes a built-in chat function to allow buyers and sellers to discuss the details of the trade, including price and payment method.
When both parties agree to the terms of the trade deposits are placed by the buyer and the seller. The deposits are released upon successful completion of the trade.
The buyer sends payment to the seller, and the seller releases the BTC to the buyer’s Bisq wallet. Bisq offers a dispute resolution process in case any issues arise during the trade.
Overall, Bisq provides a decentralized and secure way to buy BTC, with low fees and without having to go through a centralized exchange.
The following is copied from docs.bisq.network
Encrypt your wallet
Before setting a password, your Bisq wallet files are stored on your hard drive unencrypted. That means anyone who gains access to your computer (whether by physically stealing it or by hacking it remotely) can gain access to your private keys and take your bitcoin.
Setting a password encrypts your Bisq wallet files so they’re useless to anyone without the password.
To set a password, go to the
Wallet password section of the
Account screen and enter a password.
Write down your seed words
Now that you’ve set a password, it’s time to write down your wallet’s seed words. Go to the
Wallet seed section of the
Account screen and write down the words you see in the
Wallet seed words field along with the
Wallet date. Wallet date is required by bitcoinj, which is the library Bisq uses to interact with the Bitcoin network.
|You should actually write down your seed words and wallet date using pen and paper. Saving them on your computer, even if you do so in a secure password manager, makes it possible for a hacker to obtain them through sneaky schemes like keylogging. Going low-tech with pen and paper eliminates all such digital attack vectors.
With just your wallet’s seed words and date, you can restore your Bisq wallet and all its BTC and BSQ into a new Bisq wallet if you ever need to. If you lose your wallet’s seed words and date, you won’t be able to restore your wallet, and all funds in it are lost forever. So make sure you keep that paper safe!
With your wallet encrypted and your seed words written down, the bitcoin in your Bisq wallet is much more secure.
Learn how to restore your wallet on Bisq.network