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Aren't they created randomly and separately on each network?

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Because they are using same private_key and same algorithm to derive address form the private_key, just different chain.

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  • I see, so when i create an account on Metamask, it creates both the Kovan and Main network for me at the same time? Cos otherwise wouldn't there be a very slightest chance that one of them might be conflicting with another person's if it was created later. – Spark Sep 25 '17 at 2:03
  • Not really, actually. When you create an account, you actually just generate a new random private_key, and it is valid in both Main network and Kovan, and cryptography ensures that there is no conflict. – Daniel Lv Sep 25 '17 at 15:26
  • "ensures that there is no conflict" ok that totally answers it. Thank you Daniel. – Spark Sep 25 '17 at 23:45

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