Wallet Security Dos and Don'ts

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This article should not be considered as a replacement for the more in-depth articles on best practices, however key points in wallet security:


  • DO encrypt your wallet with a strong passphrase
  • DO backup your wallet
  • DO use recommended software from the list at https://bitcoin.org/en/choose-your-wallet
  • DO keep your OS up to date and run a virus scanner
  • DO use a paper/hardware wallet for storing significant amounts


  • DO NOT store your wallet on cloud storage (Dropbox, etc.)
  • DO NOT re-use addresses (this also applies to paper wallet addresses)
  • DO NOT generate cold store keys on Internet-connected machines. If it's for cold storage, it should never be Internet connected

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