Keeping your Crypto Secure
Possibly the most important page in these docs!
Securing your cryptocurrency investments is paramount, given the digital nature of the assets. Below, we've curated a guide to ensure the safety of your crypto assets.
- Public Key: This is like your email address - you can share it with others so they can send you cryptocurrency.
- Private Key: This is like your password to your email. Never share your private key with anyone. Possession of the private key means full control over the associated crypto assets.
Please do not send any crypto to the public key example, as the private key is published and the account is unsecure.
For large crypto holdings, consider investing in a hardware wallet. These are physical devices that store your private keys offline, ensuring they remain inaccessible to hackers.
- Popular Choices: Ledger Nano S, Ledger Nano X, Trezor.
- Advantage: Immune to viruses and malware, as they never connect to the internet.
Phishers imitate legitimate companies to steal your private keys.
- Always: Check URLs when accessing your digital wallet or exchange.
- Never: Click on suspicious links from emails or social media.
- Always: Double check wallet addresses when sending cryptocurrencies.
Most exchanges and wallets offer 2FA. This is an extra layer of security that requires not only a password and username but also something that only the user knows or has.
- Types: SMS codes, email codes, Google Authenticator, or physical hardware tokens.
- Recommendation: Google Authenticator over SMS codes, as phone numbers can be compromised.
Always backup your wallet to avoid losing access due to device failure or other unforeseen problems.
- Physical Copies: Write down essential passwords and private keys and store them in a secure location.
- Digital Copies: Store in multiple offline environments, like USB drives or external hard drives. Keep them disconnected when not in use.
Keep your wallet software and the software on your devices up-to-date. Developers regularly release security enhancements.
The crypto space evolves rapidly, and threats change. Staying informed about the latest threats and best practices is essential.
- Join: Online forums, newsletters, or groups that discuss cryptocurrency.
- Follow: Influential and trusted figures in the crypto community on platforms like Twitter or LinkedIn.