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Bitcoin Q&A: Hardware Wallets and Attack Surface

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Can you give a basic introduction to hardware wallets? Why are bitcoin “wallets” more like keychains? How do we balance ease of use and security? What are possible ways to attack a hardware wallet? Why should you broadcast transactions through your own full node?

See the documentation and support pages of various hardware wallets for more information:

Trezor – https://doc.satoshilabs.com/trezor-faq/overview.html https://blog.trezor.io/using-advanced-recovery-on-trezor-4af0eb53c3bb
Ledger Nano S – https://support.ledgerwallet.com/hc/en-us/articles/360000613793-Initialize-your-device
Ledger Blue – https://support.ledgerwallet.com/hc/en-us/articles/360005835414-Initialize-your-device
KeepKey – https://help.keepkey.com/start-here/initialize-your-keepkey https://help.keepkey.com/how-to-guides/how-to-recover-your-keepkey

These questions are from the March and (rescheduled) April monthly Patreon Q&A sessions, as well as ‘The Internet of Money’ tour in Dublin, Ireland, which took place on March 31st, May 5th, and May 23rd 2018 respectively. Andreas is a teaching fellow with the University of Nicosia. The first course in their Master of Science in Digital Currency degree, DFIN-511: Introduction to Digital Currencies, is offered for free as an open enrollment MOOC course to anyone interested in learning about the fundamental principles. If you want early-access to talks and a chance to participate in the monthly live Q&As with Andreas, become a patron: https://www.patreon.com/aantonop

Watch the full event talk here: https://youtu.be/mPMsbgWl9p4

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How do I choose a wallet? – https://youtu.be/tN6b62sEpsY
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What is a private key? – https://youtu.be/xxfUpIV9wRI
How do mneomonic seeds work? – https://youtu.be/wWCIQFNf_8g
Using paper wallets – https://youtu.be/cKehFazo8Pw
Wallet design and mass adoption – https://youtu.be/WbZX6BDZJHc
Cryptographic primitives – https://youtu.be/RIckQ6RBt5E
Public keys vs. addresses – https://youtu.be/8es3qQWkEiU
Re-using addresses – https://youtu.be/4A3urPFkx8g
Coin selection and privacy – https://youtu.be/3Ck683CQGAQ
Multi-signature and distributed storage – https://youtu.be/cAP2u6w_1-k
Nonces, mining, and quantum computing – https://youtu.be/d4xXJh677J0
Software distribution security – https://youtu.be/_V0vqy046YM
Protocol development security – https://youtu.be/4fsL5XWsTJ4
Geopolitics and state-sponsored attacks – https://youtu.be/htxPRTJLK-k
How to get people to care about security – https://youtu.be/Ji1lS9NMz1E
Honest nodes and consensus – https://youtu.be/KAhY2ymI-tg
Why running a node is important – https://youtu.be/oX0Yrv-6jVs

Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and respected figures in bitcoin.

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He is the author of two books: “Mastering Bitcoin,” published by O’Reilly Media and considered the best technical guide to bitcoin; “The Internet of Money,” a book about why bitcoin matters.

THE INTERNET OF MONEY, v1: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Internet-Money-collection-Andreas-Antonopoulos/dp/1537000454/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

[NEW] THE INTERNET OF MONEY, v2: https://www.amazon.com/Internet-Money-Andreas-M-Antonopoulos/dp/194791006X/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

MASTERING BITCOIN: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mastering-Bitcoin-Unlocking-Digital-Cryptocurrencies/dp/1449374042

[NEW] MASTERING BITCOIN, 2nd Edition: https://www.amazon.com/Mastering-Bitcoin-Programming-Open-Blockchain/dp/1491954388

Translations of MASTERING BITCOIN: https://bitcoinbook.info/translations-of-mastering-bitcoin/

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