Questions tagged [coldstorage]

Storing a wallet offline, i.e. making the private keys inaccessible from the web. This is e.g. implemented through use of Paper and Hardware Wallets.

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Is it possible that malicious bitcoin wallet providers provide pre-generated private-keys for users?

We trust wallets like Ledger, Trezor, and etc. We believe the math that the randomly generated private keys are safe. But could it be possible that the private keys you thought are “generated” are ...
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Safest way of long term holding

I am considering holding Bitcoin for the long term. I have learned a few basics about the blockchain and BTC mechanisms, but still unable to find a complete guide on how to safely store bitcoin. How ...
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How to create a signed transaction offline using electrum?

I remember that on Electrum, it used to have a Preview button inside the Send tab. By clicking the Preview button I could export the unsigned transaction, and then sign it. I cannot find this button ...
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Why does all cold/offline storage setup require three steps?

I was reading about cold/offline storage and from what I have seen all clients seem to work the same. Requiring you to create the transaction on the online computer, getting it to the offline computer ...
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Is there a way to tell that our bitcoin is safe after we put it in a hardware wallet for cold storage after 3 or 5 years?

If I consolidated 1 bitcoin into an address using a hardware wallet, and put it in cold storage. Can I know after 3 to 5 years that the bitcoin is safe? So far the research I have is: can I go to ...
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How long can popular hardware wallets last in cold storage?

Consider the Ledger and Trezor hardware wallets: how long could they last in a typical bank safety deposit box? If the answer needs specifics, assume the following: Temp: 20C Humidity: 50% RH ...
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“Hot”, “Cold” & “Warm” Storage Wallets? [duplicate]

I've seen a number of sites advertise they support "hot", "warm" and "cold" wallet storage solutions (the only thing I haven't seen so far are "frozen" wallets)....
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Are Hardware Wallets (i.e, Ledger Nano X) Safer than Software-Based Cold Storage Wallets?

I'm looking into purchasing Ledger Nano X as a cold storage hardware solution. What benefits does Nano X (or other hardware wallets) provide over software based cold storage solutions? Why not install ...
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How do exchanges automate transfer of Bitcoin from cold stoarge wallet?

Most exchanges use Cold Storage to store the bulk (approx. 95%) of their user assets. Only a relatively small amount (approx. 5%) of funds are held in their Hot Wallet. My question is, what process is ...
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Glacier create-deposit-data raise error

I would like to create a cold storage with Glacier protocol but calling create-deposit-data script fails. Following this tutorial: https://glacierprotocol.org/docs/deposit/generate-cold-storage-data/ ...
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Is my cold wallet still cold?

I created a new wallet.dat on a dedicated, secured machine with Bitcoin Core. Then I encrypted it. Then I sent my "fortune" of coins to it. Then I backed the file up by putting it on all my ...
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Which one is safer for a cold storage bitcoin-core or electrum?

Since bitcoin core and electrum uses different method in generating the wallet (BIP39 & BIP32). I wonder which one is the safer option to use for cold storage?
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Should I be using the “encrypt wallet” feature in Bitcoin Core?

All my wallet.dats have no password. However, the internal hard disk where the "live" one is located is encrypted, and so are the offline storage devices where I have my "cold" ...
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What is the best way to generate bitcoin wallet?

I am trying to create a cold storage, and I'm becoming so paranoid about everything on software and hardware (also afraid of myself forgetting/losing the wallet) related to the setup. I have read some ...
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Is there anything wrong using a cold wallet from BitKey in watch-only mode on my normal desktop Electrum?

I followed the instruction for cold-offline in BitKey and created my cold wallet on a USB key with BitKey burned and booted from a CD-ROM. I noted the encryption password and the seed phrase on a ...
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Question: Docker alternative to Tails OS for generating Bitcoin addresses securely for cold storage

I am exploring options to generate Bitcoin private keys and addresses in most secure ways, using Ian Coleman's BIP39 tool. https://iancoleman.io/bip39/ The most recommended OS seems to be Tails OS for ...
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Security of online Electrum wallet after deleting wallet file

I just created an Electrum wallet using my computer which is connected to the Internet. Suppose I send my bitcoin from an online exchange to that wallet, then delete the wallet file. Are there any ...
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standard bitcoin wallet vs segwit or native segwit

I bitcoin holder, 1 years ago I bought trezor and ledger and keep on my device bitcoin and ehternum. I noticed that my bitcoin adress is segwit and standard bitcoin adress started with 1... I ...
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how to generate or calculate a key pair from a seed?

Using, for example, the electrum wallet, how, exactly, is the key pair, and hash address, generated from a paper or metal wallet? Assuming libsecp256k1 was employed.
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How does a hardware wallet interact with the bitcoin network?

I tried to understand the principle how the hardware wallet sends transactions to another Bitcoin address since it is not connected via full node to the blockchain. I found this answer: How do ...
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How to generate a very secure wallet with Electrum?

For a poor-mans glacier protocol, looking for: One private key – an alphanumeric string used to secure the funds The cold storage address – an alphanumeric string designating the virtual “location” of ...
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How to accelerate the long time for bitcoin-core to sync the blockchain? [duplicate]

How can I accelerate: the process of sync'ing bitcoin-core for console usage? Pokey internet. Can't I sync recursively and in the background? Just looking to learn by playing and using console ...
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Starting bitcoind for the express purpose of creating a wallet?

Referencing this solution: My favorite method: grab out a old/unused pc/mac install a linux over usb (maybe Talis) (make sure your USB stick is clean!) download a recent version of bitcoin-core (...
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What needs to be written down for a paper wallet?

I'm installing bitcoin-core with snap on Ubuntu for a dry-run at generating a paper wallet. Perhaps naively, I thought to "write down" something like: nicholas@mordor:~/bitcoin$ nicholas@...
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Are all 'metal wallets' functionally equivalent?

Within the context of wallets, is it correct that a metal bitcoin wallet needs to store both public and private keys? I'm looking at some metal wallets and want to clarify that the're all basically ...
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distinction in types of wallets: on a device, physical medium or in a program? [duplicate]

What is the distinction between a paper wallet, cold storage, and off-line storage? Perhaps I'm naively lumping them together. To my understanding, a wallet is: A cryptocurrency wallet is a device,1 ...
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Re: Old bitcoin address fro BCH and BSV claiming

I have a BTC address from 2013 when I bought my BTC, it is a paper wallet (the BTC have been moved), but I want to claim my BCH and BSV (Is this correct I can also claim BSV?) and move it to my trezor....
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Why hasn't cold storage (offline signing) been supported by Bitcoin Core (GUI) up till now (0.19.0.1)?

Is there any deep reason not to support this? Or is this merely a "good idea, but no volunteers" situation? By the way, although Bitcoin Core had supported BIP32 several years ago, it uses hardened ...
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How to send bitcoin from an offline Bitcoin Core that doesn't have a synced balance?

I am setting up a cold wallet. How can I generate a signed raw transaction from bitcoin core wallet that controls some bitcoins? PS: I generated the wallet using getnewaddress in console from the ...
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How can I turn off sending of bitcoins?

I use Bitcoin Core v.0.17 on the server. I want to only be able to receive, and prevent sending. How can I turn off sending of bitcoins through bitcoind, bitcoin-cli or bitcoin.conf?
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how to get bitcoin off an exchange?

As a corollary to asking how to transfer from cold storage, how is bitcoin first put into a paper, or other wallet, when it originates on an exchange? My primary concern is more getting the coins out ...
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do i get a new private key for every transaction that I transfer to my cold storage

If I buy crypto in little bits at a time and I transfer to the cold storage wallet every time I buy some, would a get different private keys for each transfer? how to keep track of all those keys? ...
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How does Sentinel check Blockchain?

I've been very happy to hodl my Bitcoin on a paper wallet (coinglacier.org) and using Sentinel to view the balance of my addresses (using extended public key). Sentinel is an awesome app, it provides ...
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What really happen when user moves fund between Main Account and Trading Account in HitBTC?

I am building a crypto exchange and I wonder how HitBTC exchange (https://hitbtc.com/) is handling "Main account" and "Trading account", as the image below: According to them, Main Account is like ...
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What kinds of wallets are there?

Can I get short a explanation about cryptocurrency cold/hot wallets? Are there more kinds?
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Signing a bitcoin transaction OFFLINE fails

I know this subject has been discussed quite a lot, but after several days looking for this to work, I give up. I want to create a transaction on a view-only wallet which is connected to the internet ...
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What they stored in cold wallet? All bitcoins anyone owned is already in blockchain

I just want to understand what actually they store in the cold wallet because all bitcoins anyone owned is already in the blockchain. Do they store the private key of users in cold wallet?
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Best OS for cold storage

I want an OS which can be easily disconnected from all hard drives (just uses USB) and can be booted from usb stick, also secure enough and disconnected from internet by default (or something I can ...
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Can the Large Bitcoin Collider project 'break' into offline hardware wallets like the Nano Ledger S?

Let's say the Large Bitcoin Collider manages to guess the private key of a particular Nano Ledger S. Can they then 'spend' or 'steal' the Bitcoins on the Nano or 'send' them to another wallet?
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Generating additional change addresses manually in Electrum

So I have an offline wallet created with Electrum. When signing transactions on the cold storage machine, I would like to be able to check that the address I'm sending the change to is actually a ...
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Transactions for multiple crypto-currency coins in cold storage without downloading full block-chains

I've searched on the internet and still unable to understand the usage of cold storage. Actually, I want to buy a few types of low price crypto currency coins and save them in my personal devices or ...
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How do exchanges use cold bitcoin wallet while still able to automate transfers?

Some exchanges mentions they use a cold wallet to keep the private key. As far as I understand cold wallet is a wallet either in an offline machine or kept in hardware. However, it appears that ...
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How do I protect my paper wallet from use by a different human who has used a random generator?

Since millions of people use Bitcoin and Bitcoin Wallets that use their own addresses use several addresses per day, it is obvious that generators can generate the same characters for the Bitcoin ...
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Need a cold wallet. Segwit, Lightning, Fees?

I have all my coins on exchanges. I'd like to keep some in cold storage. I know I can create one at walletgenerator.net. But I'm scared because I think there might be a better way or it may not be ...
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does 24-word recovery seed recover just bitcoins or all coins?

I keep Bitcoins, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin Gold, Ethereum (via My Ethereum Wallet) and Litecoins on a Trezor. Question 1: In the event that my Trezor is lost or destroyed, will my 24 word recovery ...
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Cold storage, transferable to hardware wallet

As far as I understand, hardware wallets generate a deterministic key space using standard algorithms: starting with a (random) passphrase (and more security tokens?), they are able to rebuild the ...
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Trezor; How is it true cold storage if their is a recovery seed?

I don't understand how a Trezor is considered cold storage if you can lose it, and then recover your keys through their recovery seed and another Trezor. Where are the keys coming from? Where are ...
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Security implications of regular saving into cold storage

I am thinking about following this plan: Regularly buy bitcoins in an online exchange, 100€/month at market prices. Once the balance in the exchange exceeds a certain limit (500€), move those ...
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Is there a cold storage option for altcoins? [closed]

Is it possible to create a paper wallet for altcoins offline and send your altcoins there? I can only buy altcoins from online exchanges like bitrexx but I feel it's really risky to keep large ...
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Why is a full sweep of a cold wallet more secure than a withdrawal?

I've seen on This question that you should not make partial withdrawal from a cold storage address; because it could compromise the security of the cold wallet. Can someone explain the related ...