Crypto assets allow you to have total control of your numerical assets without having recourse to a trusted intermediary, firm or bank. This given power comes alongside a certain responsibility, that is, you are entirely responsible for securing your assets.
This may sound a bit scary at first, after all, we’ve all heard misinformed myths revolving the security of crypto-assets such as “Bitcoin isn’t secure” or “hackers are going to steal your money”. Forget about it! In 2018, ultra-secure and simple solutions exist, and are right across the corner.
It is, however, essential that you adopt the right measures from the very beginning. First, you will be asked to choose a PIN code while setting up a wallet. Keep in mind that this code enables total access of your funds if someone holds your phone, or hardware wallet; hence, don’t pick the easiest of codes. For instance, we do not recommend choosing your birthday or that of a relative.
You will then have access to your seed phrase that enables a direct access to your funds. If ever someone takes a hold of this, in whichever location, then this person has the capacity to seize your funds. For this very reason, it is quintessential that you write down your seed on a physical paper rather than on your phone or computer. Do not take a picture of it, obviously. Once this is done, store the paper in a safe location, eventually in two copies, and avoid keeping it with or next to your wallet.
Once you’ve done this, you’re all set to grab some crypto-assets in serenity!