Hector Network app review

Hector Network

Hector Network app review

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  • Token HEC
  • Audited yes
  • DAO yes
  • Yield farming yes
  • Team private
  • Hacks no

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Certik

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Frank Stewskid

Last updated: Oct 04, 2022

What is Hector Network

Hector Network (formerly known as HectorDAO) is a decentralized application ecosystem built on the Fantom blockchain, launched in November 2021 the team has been developing numerous sub-projects for its ecosystem. These include the TOR stablecoin, Hector Cross-chain DEX, Hector Validators, Hector Atlantica, Hector Launch, Hector Insitute, and Hector Pay.

The project's economy is based on the HEC utility token and TOR stablecoin. One of the main aims of the platform is to lower the entry barrier to the crypto industry for newcomers by providing them with educational materials.

How does Hector Network work

The Hector Network ecosystem consists of several core products and a Treasury managed through a DAO. Some of these products are already up and running and can be found in the left panel of the Hector App, along with information about some of them, while the rest remain in development, as of the time of writing this review.

Hector DEX is a cross-chain DEX aggregator that allows users to exchange their tokens on multiple chains. As of this writing, available networks include Avalanche, Fantom, Ethereum, BNB Chain, Moonriver, and Polygon. 

The platform also offers services typical for DEXes such as staking, farming, and token wrapping. One of the platform’s outstanding features was bonding. Through it, users were given discounts when buying tokens directly from the project in exchange for certain coins. The protocol sold and offered bonuses in the form of other tokens, such as DAI, in exchange for discounted HEC tokens, that were then gradually released to them. As of this writing, the operation of this product is frozen, but early on, bonding was one of Hector Network's primary revenue streams, funding its liquidity.

Hector Institute is a decentralized platform for cryptocurrency lending and borrowing. The feature allows users to borrow cryptocurrency or lend their assets to earn a passive income through them. Borrowers can use wrapped sHEC (staked HEC), or wsHEC, as collateral to borrow stablecoins and use them in various projects without having to unwrap their tokens. Hector Institute was built in partnership with Ola Finance.

The TOR Algorithmic Stablecoin is said to be the backbone of the Hector ecosystem. TOR (Tyche Owned Reserve) is an ERC20 stablecoin with a flexible supply, which is defined by the balance of TOR in the curve pool.  When the percentage of TOR token falls below 45% in the curve pool, users can mint TOR tokens and hence rebalance the pool. On the other hand, when the demand for TOR is low and the pool consists of more than 65% TOR, redeeming is available. In such a manner TOR is protected against de-peg or a flooded market.  100% of the DAI used as collateral when minting TOR goes to the protocol’s treasury. 

The second backing layer is represented by the Hector Network Treasury. Even though HEC’s price does not have a great impact on TOR’s minting/redeeming process in Layer 1 networks, if the HEC price decreases more than expected, the treasury is said to start buying back and burning HEC to stabilize its value. 

Hector Network’s projects still under development include Atlantica and Hector Launch.

Atlantica, an NFT trading platform, is planned to launch in the third quarter of 2022. Although the beta version of it will initially be hosted exclusively on the Fantom network, the project will eventually allow NFTs to be traded between various networks. Along with the Atlantica Marketplace, there will be a launch of an NFT collection dubbed “Mythos”, Hector Network's flagship NFT collection.

Hector Launch will be an incubator and launchpad for future projects. Developers will be able to leverage the Hector audience by offering exclusive access to their projects to HEC stakers. They will also have access to the "Liquidity as a Service Owned Protocol" offering, allowing them to create liquidity for their projects. The benefit to the community will be that an “HEC staker” status will give them early access to a list of upcoming projects launched online.

How to use Hector Network

The Hector Network runs on the EVM-compatible Fantom blockchain, meaning that to connect to Hector, wallets supporting ERC-20 tokens can be used. For example, such are Metamask, Coin98 Wallet, Coinbase Wallet, and many others. 

At the time of writing this review, the two main Hector apps available for use are the Hector dApp and the Hector Institute, both of which can be accessed from the main Hector front-end interface. 

The Hector dApp concentrates all the main ecosystem products in one convenient place. These include a dashboard with all relevant information about HEC tokens (price, total supply, treasury size, etc.), staking, bridge, TOR minting, farm, and cross-chain DEX. 

However, the Hector Institute app is hosted on a separate webpage and can only be accessed from the left side tab of the main Hector platform. It is a classic liquidity protocol where users can borrow and lend cryptocurrency by providing sufficient collateral. When using the protocol, users should pay attention to parameters such as Collateral Factor, Liquidation Factor, Liquidation Incentive and Reserve Factor. The values of these parameters depend on each specific token. 

Hector Network staking

HEC token staking is done only on the Fantom blockchain. When depositing tokens into the staking smart contract, the user automatically receives sHEC (staked HEC) in return at a 1:1 ratio. After that, the user's sHEC balance automatically increases each epoch (rebasing is every 8 hours) based on the current APY. sHEC tokens can be exchanged at any time on the platform for HEC at a 1:1 ratio. Users can withdraw their tokens from staking at any time, with sHEC being burned when obtaining an equal HEC balance.

The HEC token

Hector Network has a utility token named HEC, which was launched on November 1, 2021, on the SpookySwap decentralized exchange. There was no presale, ICO, or pre-distribution of the token, it was only distributed through staking and farming. 

The HEC token use case includes staking as well as governance of the platform. Another important utility of HEC is the minting of Hector Network's own stablecoin TOR. When TOR was first introduced, a portion of the coins used to mint TOR went to buy back HEC on the open market, which was then burnt. This made HEC a deflationary token. However, on March 29, 2022, the Hector Network Community voted to begin an emission plan to create a fixed supply cap for the HEC token. 

How to buy Hector Network HEC token

Hector Network HEC token can be purchased on centralized exchanges like MEXC, Hotbit, and Bitrue.

Hector Network HEC token can be purchased on decentralized exchanges like Hector DEX, SpookySwap, PancakeSwap and SpiritSwap.

Disclaimer

It is up to you where to buy the HEC token. It is worth taking into account that decentralized exchanges allow you to do this anonymously, you do not need to pass KYC procedures to use them, on the other hand, the cost of transactions may be higher than on centralized exchanges, while there is a risk of your funds being held by the exchange.

Disclaimer

To understand if Hector Network is a good investment and try to make a HEC price prediction, you need to do your own research on the project.

All the data for research is available on the project page on our website: check out the technical features of the project in this review, try to use the app, and see if the information about the team is available and if the team is open for communication, and using the project dashboard and the HEC price chart, assess the project usage rates as well as the token price movement and the number of its holders.

Is Hector Network safe

Hector Network was audited by CertiK in January 2022, the auditing team found ten issues, only one of which was flagged as “major”. The issue presents a centralization risk according to CertiK, as in each of the audited smart contracts there are single roles that have authority over numerous functions, representing a hacking risk if compromised. According to the audit file, the Hector Network team has only partly resolved these issues.

Another audit done by CertiK in March 2022 found no critical vulnerabilities, however, there were two major issues. One of these was once again connected to the centralization of power over multiple smart contract functions in a single role in various contracts. The team responded that the contract's owner has been put under a multisig wallet provided by Gnosis Safe on the Fantom blockchain and that there are further plans for a governance contract that would vote on updates of the protocol’s parameters. The other major issue that was found, was said to be exploitable under a scenario where the smart contract’s renounced ownership can be “owned again”. The response from the Hector Network team conceded the potential risk but also acknowledged that the owner of this contract is the multisig account.

Later due to changing the mechanics of the backing of the project’s stablecoin - TOR, to ensure the token is fully backed by Treasury funds and cannot be exploited in a way similar to what happened with Terra’s stablecoin, a new audit was requested from CertiK.

The audit in question was completed by CertiK in July 2022 and provided a report with no critical issues that included two major ones. One of these was another centralization risk acknowledged by the Hector Network team through a comment asserting that the contract in question will be owned by a timelock contract owned by a 5-out-of-9 multisig in the near future. The other major issue provided a scenario where renounced ownership can be owned again. The vulnerability was resolved by the Hector Network applying the recommendations provided by CertiK.

Hector Network’s most recent audit was done by CertiK in August 2022 and had no critical issues but included two major ones. One of them was another centralization-related issue acknowledged by the Hector team with a comment that it has a plan for a governance contract to vote for updates of the parameters for the protocol. The other major issue reported was the farming smart contract of the project not distributing the full amounts of the rewards. The Hector team resolved this issue by changing the way the RewardRate function was calculating the remaining rewards and reward duration.

The Hector Network team is anonymous.

Partners

Hector Network has established strategic partnerships with projects such as SpookySwap and Yoshi.exchange, as well as the PayBolt payment ecosystem, Weave Financial and Rari Capital. The project also has a partnership with Borussia Dortmund, a German Bundesliga football club. Hector Network is a team's partner for the 2022/23 season.

What's next

The Hector Network team is actively working to introduce new products for its ecosystem. For the second half of 2022, they plan to launch the Hector NFT-Market Atlantica, the Atlantica NFT Launchpad, Hector BFT: Mythos Collection, Hector Library, Hector Launch, and Hector Pay.

Links

https://app.hector.network/

https://docs.hector.network/hector-network/introduction

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