Install Specter-Desktop » Advanced Considerations

Enable Merkle Proofs

This optional feature in Specter-Desktop provides protection from a compromised Bitcoin Core node tricking you into believing you received a fake payment. Enabling this feature should be considered “nice to have” for locally hosted Bitcoin Core, but very important for cloud-hosted Bitcoin Core. Note that enabling this feature does not harm your privacy.

To enable:

  1. Navigate to the Bitcoin Core settings in Specter-Desktop and click on the General tab (this link should work if you have Specter-Desktop running).
  2. Enable the Validate Merkle Proofs option and click Save.

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Note that this feature is currently only possible on non-pruned nodes.

Build from Source

Follow these instructions to build Specter-Desktop from source. More details here.

Run Behind Tor

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