Questions tagged [wallet-security]

Questions about keeping wallets and e-wallets safe.

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Crossing borders: security scheme ideas

More and more airports force you to decrypt your data, they will also dump your stuff keeping a backup. This could happen in just about any border you try to cross. It is only safe to expect this to ...
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Why is it bad to split up a wallet seed redundantly?

I have been reading a lot about wallet security and this seems to be universally considered a bad idea (see for example this video or this answer), but I am struggling to see why it is not a good ...
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Are Satoshi's satoshis less secure than they should be?

So, Satoshi mined a bunch of BTC early on (but not in a "pre-mine" way), and has not moved them ever since. Doesn't that mean that his coins thus uses the very earliest "format", ...
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Should I share my seed phrase to earn airdrop tokens?

Someone on Face Book said I could earn free crypto by appying for an airdrop. He told me to download Blockchain from app store to my phone. I did this and created my account with a password. I also ...
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Is there any statistical evidence that 2 of 3 wallets are indeed the most common one?

I read the following statement: 2 of 3 wallets are the most common multi-signature wallets created. In this case, the wallet requires three signatures, but only two are needed to authorize a ...
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Why do we need miners

I know everyone says that we need mining to solve the double spending issue, but why? OK I am Alice and I want to send Bob some money, but double spend that money. This is the part where you say ...
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Which app generates stronger mnemonic seed?

Mnemonic phrase, mnemonic seed, or seed phrase are defined as a secret group of words that represent a wallet. When used in sequence they allow access to the cryptocurrencies stored within. “Mnemonic” ...
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What a completely-decentralized cryptocurrency might look like

It occurred to me that a more useful cryptocurrency would be one which didn't require a network to validate transactions. It would consist of some kind of (self-mined?) token that can be proven to be ...
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If I buy crypto on a third party site, such as Coinbase or any other sites, how do I safely transfer my wallet into an external 'cold wallet'?

By cold wallet, I mean any type of encrypted USB etc. If this isn't possible how would I buy crypto and then be able to store it on a USB in the first place? This may be a stupid question but I'm kind ...
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I created a wallet with bitcoin core in an offline way without download 350 GB of info, is there any risk for mentioned wallet?

I created a wallet with bitcoin core (form this link https://bitcoin.org/en/download) in an offline way without download 350 GB of info of bitcoin core (I just download and install bitcoin core ...
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Is it actually possible to secure your coins while also allowing access to "near and dear" when you die?

I have my wallet.dat files encrypted, stored on a computer which in turn is encrypted. All storage devices where the files are backed up to are also encrypted. I strongly doubt that any human could ...
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Generating HD wallet seed phrase

got a new hardware wallet and thinking of using my own set of bip39 words instead of wallet generated one, combined with a passphrase.
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How to store hd wallet seed in production server

I've developed a cryptocurrency payment gateway, which is a web application that generates new addresses for users, I've developed a HD wallet as a hot wallet for my application, and all addresses for ...
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Bitcoin Core Security

Is there any site or resource where I can learn how to do security transactions while trading on bitcoin testnet
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Someon offered me btc mine trough his mining device

Someone from the social network offered me a btc mine through his mining device. He asked me for an email address so he could create a mining wallet address for me. I gave it to him. I don't know what ...
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Connecting a Hardware wallet to a full node

I'm trying to connect my hardware wallet to my personal full node for the sake of privacy. I need to know the node's IP, port, and RPC credentials. The first two are easy, I can see my full node in ...
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Is the public address for Tesla's wallet known?

I understand if this isn't likely the place. It has been all over the news that Tesla has bought 1.5 billion in bitcoin. I'm curious if tesla's public wallet address(es) are known? If they are not ...
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Is our hardware wallet safe if the PC or Mac has 3rd party apps?

For example, our PC or Mac might have 3rd party apps installed, such as Pixelmator, GIMP, or VLC player. They are usually considered to be safe apps. However, is it true that when using a hardware ...
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is there some one expert with the btc recovery tool?

trying to use btc recovery tool , installed every thing , python 2.7 and all the required pibs . followed tutorials . actually i need to find second password so am using the command i.e c:\python27\...
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How do wallets work?

It may seem like a vague question, but what I understand so far is, you have a public key (address) which people can send coins too, and then you have the private key which you need to send coins to ...
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Do Coinbase, Coinbase Pro, Robinhood, Gemini, GBTC count as Web Wallet?

According to a 99Bitcoins video and some writing, Web Wallets are to be avoided because they are not secure. Does that mean when you buy bitcoins on Robinhood, Coinbase, Coinbase Pro, Gemini, or even ...
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Security concerns with walletpassphrase

I have some security concerns with walletpassphrase: If it stores the passphrase for some unit of time. ie. so you can send funds, surely if the server is compromised, within that timeframe, the ...
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If the "wallet seed keywords phrase" is all that's needed to restore a hardware Bitcoin wallet, isn't backing that up a nightmare security-wise?

I buy a Trezor. I put all my coins on it. It has me type out the "wallet seed", which is a series of English words in the right order, onto a paper. And maybe I even buy a metallic card ...
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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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Reuse air gapped Raspi used for seed generation?

Would it be wise for an air gapped RasPi used for seed generation be used again online with a new micro SD card? Am i missing anything?
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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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Blockstream Green Wallet Security

I am trying to understand how secure the green wallet is. I thought of a few scenarios where my funds might be in danger: If GreenAddress service becomes unavailable, they have a nlocktime ...
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As the Bitcoin price skyrockets, how to avoid getting malware through freeware/FOSS software's updates?

We have a situation now where the vast majority of software I have installed on my computer (Windows 10, since there are no other supported versions of Windows) are either aging one-man freeware ...
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Can you really trust a non-open-source desktop wallet?

I am a newbie in the crypto markets, but as a software engineer, it seems to me that a huge security vulnerability could be choosing a wrong wallet. If you are using a hot wallet, and can't see the ...
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RPC security of bitcoind node

If I have a fairly default bitcoin.conf file, let's say: rpcport=8332 txconfirmtarget=6 ie: notably one where I don't specify things like rpcuser, rpcpassword - is this insecure? As I understand, ...
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Can you think of a safe way to safely keep my "spendable" Bitcoin in my situation?

I have my "cold stash" wallet.dat on multiple fully offline, encrypted hard disks/sticks inside a fireproof safe. I never seriously considered printing them onto paper because that would be ...
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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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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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Sugar Daddy Bitcoin

I’m 19, some guy messaged me on instagram asking if I would be interested in an online arrangement with him for a weekly allowance of 600$, so basically a sugar baby, we then switched over to ...
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Import private key in HSM Luna SA

I need some clarification on how keys are imported into a HSM Luna SA. I should import BIP 32 private keys of multisign wallets. There are currently two keys: one for the user and one held by the ...
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What stops a wallet from stealing bitcoins?

I'm not particularly knowledgeable on the topic of cryptocurrencies so it's possible that I've missed something obvious, but I still wonder what it is that stops a wallet from stealing from you. ...
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Manual work as source of entropy

Working on an opensource air-gapped crypto vault, in which I have the regular method of relying on OS to provide cryptographically secure random source and use that to generate the mnemonic phrase. ...
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How to check that I control an address

I recently created a bunch of bitcoin addresses (public starting with 1, PK starting with 5) from a paper wallet, that I downloaded from their github (https://github.com/walletgeneratornet/...
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Suggestion for Airgap Bitcoin Core - Comments?

Lesson learned the hard way: I lost a small value of bitcoins due to foolishly backing up private keys to a file which was uploaded to a cloud server. My wallet used to be bitcoin core. Right now my ...
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Offline Bitcoin Wallet [closed]

I would like to have bitcoin and store them as safely as possible. I want bitcoin data to be stored on my disk -- I don't want to some online service to manage my wallet. I also would like to have ...
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generate wallets in exchanges like binance?

I'm a Laravel developer and I have a project in exchanges field. I need to know how can I generate deposit address for per coin belongs to per user. I want to do this in secure way and I need to best ...
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My Bitcoin Core Sent Bitcoins Without My Authorisation

I am running Bitcoin Core version v0.19.0.1 (64-bit) on Windows 7, and on 27 February I noticed that it sent 0.0045 bitcoins on its own. The wallet is encrypted at all times and I enter the ...
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Relationship of Bitcoin address and Public Key

I am trying to understand relationship between your Public Key and bitcoin address. After reading few blogs my understanding was that after generating your Master Key pair, in HD wallet. One should ...
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MITM attack in hosted wallets

i have a question: in the web wallets(hosted wallets)when user want to make a transaction and send the information to the wallet server , can a one change the information(man in the middle attack)?
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Bitcoin Core full node wallet - questions about security & recovery

can you tell me pls, 1) Which secure full node wallet implementations exist? Currently I just know of bitcoin core. Is there not any other one with a GUI? 2) Can you use a Ledger device with those ...
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Do you need to run own server when using a full node wallet?

Hi can you help out pls: 1) There are some full node wallets like Bitcoin Core or Wasabi. What other full node wallet apps are available to select from for bitcoin? 2) I have read about people using ...
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Security trade-offs between centralized wallet system and a SPV wallet?

there are many wallets on the market. And I would appreciate if someone can clarify the key technical security advantages or disadvantages when using a SPV wallet vs a centralized wallet. I am ...