Firstly, Don't upload your wallet to dropbox... that's just asking for someone to steal your bitcoin.so in the poster above who lost all his money with bitcoin what did he do wrong that I should learn.
dropboxing/google drive his addresses? storing them on his pc? using an exchange site like bitx.co.za?
You address can be viewed by anyone, they can't do anything with that. (Public Key) - the one you should be worried about is your private key (your wallet.dat file, essentially)
Check your PC for malware, and also, always encrypt your wallet.
Check this video out!and what should most average people do to secure their bitcoins?
encrypt my address, or copy my address off my pc and store it as a paper form for maximum security,
(IE: write down my bitcoin address on paper and store it like a R100 note?( does such a thing even exist?).
It's pretty easy to hide your bitcoin, you can generate as many address and wallets as you want and your name isn't tied to any of them like a bank.it makes sense but I looked at my bitcoin.info and saw that everybody in the world can see how much I have in my wallet,
does that mean it can be taxed by SARS at some point in the future?
You should report your capital gains though.
Unless they have access to your wallet.dat file, No.and does it mean that if you know my address and know how much I have in it you can steal it?
QR Codes help, copy and paste works too. you should need to type them out manually, almost ever.what happens if somebody (however unlikely) types in by mistake your bitcoin address, does that person suddenly have all your money? is there any safeguards against that? or does using the barcode/QR reader make it easier.
There is some "Checks" done to addresses though, if a letter or two is wrong it will just be invalid and tell you - but it can happen I guess if you REALLY type an address wrong (Though I'm not sure what the odds are of typing a different, yet valid, address)
There also is no problem of "o" and "O" and "0" or "i" and "I" and "l" and "L" - those type of characters are excluded from addresses.
Someone will not have access to your money by knowing the numbers in your address - this is not like credit cards, lol - they need your phyisical wallet.dat and encrypted password.
Unfortunately not, but it should come soon. i'm also waiting for it.one other thing, I noticed the multibit client only shows US$ is there a ZAR setting or can I only see that on the bitx site linked to the ZAR/US$ rate at the moment, I noticed other currencies but no ZAR?