Everyone knows security matters, especially for crypto keys. But it’s one of the hardest things to figure out for yourself. Key management is one of the questions I get asked about most often, by newbies and not-so-newbies too. This session 100% about answering your questions about cryptocurrency and cryptoasset key management and hardware wallets.
In this session, I discuss derivation paths, bitcoin wallet security, ethereum staking with hardware wallets, secure storage, the electrum wallet, and much more.
0:00 Crypto key management & hardware wallet livestream begins!
4:00 – How to cross the border and escape a govt while concealing your BTC, memorize your 12 word seed like your life depends on it.
6:00 – Derivation paths and how they work / what they do.
16:30 – Derivation paths and his project to create an Electrum plugin to scan for lost coins on an unknown path and a grant he has available for developers.
19:30 – Passphrase or 25th word and its use / goal / best practices.
23:00 – Hardware Security Modules and companies using them for custodians.
27:00 – Entropy / Mnemonics / and checksums.
29:00 – Thoughts on hardware wallet features, what they should do in the future / open source?
33:00 – 25th word / passphrase side and best practices
38:45 – Staking ETH and is it possible with a hardware wallet?
41:30 – Creating offline private keys / wallets. BIP39 and crypto hardware wallets.
48:00 – Best way of advancing secure storage / personal guardians / shards of mnemonic seed phrase. Crypto steel backup.
51:30 – What to use, what is best besides a hardware wallet if I have no access or cant afford one.
57:00 – How long will older hardware wallets be usable / relevant. What happens if the company doesn’t support them in the future. Seed backup methods Crypto Steel. Fun fact: aantonop’s 2013 Trezor still works today after being washed.
59:00 – Can wallet makers program the device firmware to steal the seed phrases and be able to steal our coins.
1:00:30 – Is it a good idea to store most of my crypto in non custodial wallets on my phone vs a hardware wallet?
1:02:00 – What does Electrum do? You recommend it, but also warn against hot wallets. Could you explain?
1:06:45 – When initializing a HW wallet, how is the random seed generated?
1:09:00 – Can you steal keys from a completely reset phone?
1:15:00 – Cold storage… electrum on tails.. store my seed on metal… avoiding using a hardware wallet?
1:19:30 – Is it safe to backup an encrypted electrum wallet file on a cloud service like google drive or dropbox?
1:22:30 – Does it matter to update a hardware wallet for safety and security?
1:25:00 – Can you steal a seed from a hardware wallet after deleting the mnemonic seed phrase from it?
1:26:45 – Can somebody ever generate the same private key as me?
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