Welcome to the third guide in a series of four that have been written and produced in partnership with Ledger. These guides will lay out the things you should consider as you enter the world of cryptocurrency investing – including how to buy and store your crypto and, importantly, how to safely take action today.
This guide will focus on how to hold your cryptocurrency safely – including the best storage solutions and a checklist to avoid common pitfalls. If you missed the first and second parts of this series, check them out below.
Part 1️⃣: An Introduction to Cryptocurrency
Part 4️⃣: The Most Popular Cryptocurrencies
Using a hardware wallet – sometimes called “cold storage” – is widely accepted as the most secure method for storing cryptocurrency. It’s backed by security experts and keeps your private keys offline – so your crypto is inaccessible to anyone but the holder of specific access codes.
As you’ll recall from part two of this series, hardware wallets work by generating a set of private keys, which you ought to keep safely offline. The wallet itself is secured by a 4-to-8-digit PIN – and the device will erase after several failed access attempts, preventing physical theft.
It’s worth noting that not all hardware wallets are the same. The precise level of security you get from a hardware wallet will depend on its features, so it’s worth digging into your provider to make sure that you’re comfortable with the level of security and control on offer.
A few things to look for in a quality hardware wallet:
Information security is a hot topic encompassing everything you do online – from social media to emails, usernames, and passwords. There are several best practices for any kind of information security – and they’re of paramount importance for safely storing cryptocurrencies.
Regardless of which method you use to store your crypto…
All of these security practices are meaningless, though, if you get tricked into giving up the goods willingly.
Social engineering is when you’re tricked into exposing personal information that allows a hacker to steal your identity. This could be your email address, your phone number, or anything else that can be used to prove you’re you. A successful hacker can pretend to be you, reset your passwords, and log in to your accounts to steal your funds.
Hackers are also famed for their “phishing attacks”. That’s where they get you to enter your password or private key on a fake version of a real website. To avoid falling victim, always check URLs to make sure you’re on the correct site. And keep your software – especially anything crypto-related, like that of your hardware wallet – up to date.
That’s a wrap for now! You’re officially au fait on the best way to store your crypto safely. Check out the fourth and final part of this series for more.
This guide was produced in partnership with *Ledger**.*
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Disclaimer: These articles are provided for information purposes only. Occasionally, an opinion about whether to buy or sell a specific investment may be provided. The content is not intended to be a personal recommendation to buy or sell any financial instrument or product, or to adopt any investment strategy as it is not provided based on an assessment of your investing knowledge and experience, your financial situation or your investment objectives. The value of your investments, and the income derived from them, may go down as well as up. You may not get back all the money that you invest. The investments referred to in this article may not be suitable for all investors, and if in doubt, an investor should seek advice from a qualified investment advisor.