Get your hands on the BitBox02, for the finest in Swiss-made, open source hardware security, manufactured by Shift Cryptosecurity.
A hardware wallet, otherwise known as a “seed signer” or “cold storage,” actually never stores the asset on the device itself. The device stores the private keys, otherwise known as your “seed phrase.” When you wish to send funds from a wallet connected to a hardware device, you will need the device to confirm the transaction. If you do not have the device with you when trying to send the transaction, the transaction will fail. Think of a hardware device more as a two factor authentication device.
What happens if you lose or break the device? Well, it is a good thing that you backed your seed words onto a Blockstream Capsule or Blockstream Metal. Although the device is broken or lost, you can still access your funds by putting your seed words into a new wallet. Now, make sure that this new wallet is a legitimate wallet. That is why we recommend a free open-source wallet like the Blocsktream Green Wallet to recover your funds.
This bitcoin-only version truly narrows your attack surface to a minimum by shaving off all unnecessary software, keeping your BTC as secure as possible.
BitBox02 features an OLED display to verify important details on the device. The device also features touch sensors for intuitive and simple device interaction. The wallet backup is automatically saved onto a microSD card during setup. Optionally you can also write down your 24 word seed phrase.
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