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If you buy any amount of crypto just like VUCO, and you want to store it yourself, you have to choose between holding your cryptocurrency in a “hot” wallet, a “cold” wallet, or using a combination of the two.
A crypto wallet allows users to store, send and receive cryptocurrency. It is essentially a digital bank account for cryptocurrency. More specifically, crypto wallets are software that store public and private keys. This enables managing digital currency holdings and interacts with blockchain networks. To simplify, a crypto wallet is a tool that can be used to interact with a blockchain network.
Surprisingly, crypto wallets don’t truly store cryptocurrencies. Instead, they provide the tools required to interact with a blockchain. In other terms, these wallets can generate the necessary information to send and receive cryptocurrency via blockchain transactions. Such information consists of one or more pairs of public and private keys. The wallet also includes an address, which is an alphanumeric identifier. This can be also generated based on the public and private keys. Such an address is, in essence, a specific “location” on the blockchain to which coins can be sent to.
The private key gives access to stored cryptocurrencies, regardless of which wallet you use. So even if your computer or smartphone gets compromised, you can still access your funds on another device. This happens as long as you have the corresponding private key (or seed phrase). Note that the coins never truly leave the blockchain, they are just transferred from one address to another.
Hot wallets are the most common kind of crypto wallets because they are user-friendly. When you create an account on an exchange, download a mobile wallet, or download a desktop wallet on your laptop, you are unconsciously creating a hot wallet.
Hot wallets are meant for everyday cryptocurrency users. If you regularly trade crypto on an exchange or spend crypto to make everyday purchases, you want to store your digital currency in a hot wallet. As hot wallets are connected to the internet, you can seamlessly make crypto transactions with the clicks of a few buttons on your phone or computer. Exchange wallets are typically hot wallets.
However, several leading exchanges have opted to store the lion’s share of their users’ funds in cold storage to increase fund security. While hot wallets standout for their ease-of-use, they have one major drawback: security. Storing a large amount of digital assets in a hot wallet, such as a web wallet or a mobile wallet, is not advisable as it leaves your funds exposed to potential security threats, such as cyber theft.
Therefore, you should only hold a small amount of crypto in hot wallets and your long-term investment in so-called “cold storage” in a cold wallet.
Cold wallets are considered the more secure cryptocurrency storage solution as they are not connected to the internet. You only connect your cold wallet to the internet when you want to make a transaction.
Hardware wallets and paper wallets are both cold wallet options. However, hardware wallets are more popular as they are easier to use and come with customer support provided by the manufacturer. Hardware wallets use a physical medium — typically in the shape of a USB stick — to store the wallet’s private keys, making them de facto unreachable to hackers or other malicious parties.
To store crypto in your hardware wallet, you send it from a hot wallet to your hardware wallet’s public address. Conversely, if you want to send crypto from your hardware wallet to a friend or an exchange address, you connect your hardware wallet to the internet via the wallet’s dedicated software and then sign the transaction with your private key.
Paper wallets function in a similar manner as hardware wallets. However, instead of a physical USB-like device, paper wallets are pieces of paper that contain a public wallet address and a private key. Therefore, they have to be kept securely in a safe or somewhere where they cannot be easily found to avoid theft of your cryptocurrency.
To send coins from a paper wallet, the wallet has to be imported into a hot wallet via a scan of the private keys so the coins therein can be spent.
While cold wallets provide a superior storage solution in terms of security, the main drawback is that they are impractical for everyday crypto usage as it is more cumbersome to send crypto from a cold wallet.
Choosing which crypto wallet to use is entirely up to you and your needs as a user. If you plan to buy VUCO Coin, for example, you are better off putting your digital currency into cold storage. Conversely, if you are a regular crypto spender, you are probably better off holding some of your crypto on a mobile wallet. However, whichever wallet you choose, make sure that it is a non-custodial wallet where only you hold the wallet’s private keys. That way, you have complete control over your funds at all times.
Written by Francesca Jade Hernandez | Content Writer & Public Relations Specialist
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