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Best Practices for Using and Securing Bitcoins
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Alan Reiner Founder & CEO Armory Technologies, nc!
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• • • • • • Introduction Bitcoin storage methods Bitcoin Basics The wedding of cryptography and money Security Practices The future of Bitcoin best practices
Learn to hold your own Bitcoins and let the power of decentralized money shine!
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• Alan Reiner , “etotheipi” on the bitcointalk.org • Mathematician, Statistician, SW Developer, Perfectionist , ith a sprinkling of cryptography and data mining
• Have been part of the Bitcoin community since 20 , !ontribute to documentation" standards" security discussions" etc" on the “Development & Technical Discussion” forum
• A hu!e ner"# #you ha$e to be to do what I do% , Sub&category' “ultra¶noid crypto&nerd”
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Sometimes “con$enience” is one of those costs. *ecently funded" will de$elop beginner+s interface . open$source "es%top application for securin! Bitcoins yourself . .. (ne of four such applications featured on bitcoin.org • &no'n for (security at all costs) .*hat is Armory+ • Armory Bitcoin Wallet is a free. !urrently a tool tailored to ad$anced)power users ..
allets that only ha$e to be backed up one time . Printable paper backups #with fragmenting-% • .ultiple&wallet interface .eed Bitcoin&/t running in background #for security-% . 2013 . . Armory is still one of the only 'ays for non$e+perts to use (col" stora!e) .eed to download blockchain . 0ots of ad$anced features .*hat is Armory+ • *ven after t'o years. .create" Armory because the best practices 'ante" 'ere not available else'here © Armory Technologies.ot for Be!inners# . . Inc. Sign transactions from an air&gapped computer • Also innovate" many other features .
. Inc..e payments . yo h!"e to t!%e o"er the res#onsi&ilities of those third-#!rties'( © Armory Technologies. But it will get easier. 1arness the opportunities" mitigate the risks' win&win • Positive/ Take control of your own money #and sa$e%• . 2013 . hopefully • Bitcoin creates both tremen"ous opportunities an" tremen"ous ris%s . The same way email changed written communications • Bitcoin is complicate" .Bitcoin Basics • Bitcoin has the potential to revolutioni.e!ative/ Take control of your own money #and lose it%(If yo !re sing Bitcoin to remo"e third-#!rties from the e$ !tion.
Bitcoin is still in its infancy .ust a Ba%y • 0he infrastructure aroun" Bitcoin is still bein! built • Relatively spea%in!. Inc. Started only fi$e years ago #2334% . *elati$ely unknown for years • 1ots of venture capital flo'in! in to turn it into somethin! much bi!!er • Still a lot of soul$searchin! to "o by the community Bitcoin may end up being the TCP/IP of money – ad anced payment systems will be built off of it! but only de elopers ha e to interact with it directly © Armory Technologies. 2013 .t-s .
& t it r!rely e*ceeds +0.-D.33 in fees8 . To and from anywhere in the world . !an+t be fro9en or sei9ed #without direct access to your wallet% • Bitcoin is not perfect.*hy Bitcoin+ • Sho' me another payment system that you can pay someone 2 0. ith 73. but it certainly is po'erful# • 0here is no other payment system li%e this# • -f only 'e coul" ma%e it safe an" usable444 )Cert!in ty#es of tr!ns!ctions m!y re$ ire fees. . Irre$ersible .000. 25)6 without restrictions . Inc.000 3SD/ .early instantaneously . 2013 .01 . © Armory Technologies.
2013 . d r!&le( © Armory Technologies. f ngi&le. e!sy to identify. There will only e$er be 2:"333"333.e" . Built from standard" trusted crypto algorithms Bitcoin shares many of the same properties as gold (no one iss es gold. the s ##ly is limited. Inc.*hy Bitcoin+ • Decentrali. The entire schedule of Bitcoin generation was announced in 2334 and cannot be changed .ot controlled by any one entity' run by all users of the system simultaneously• 1imite" Supply . . Predetermined inflation" no printing)debasing • Secure# 5theoretically6 .33333333 Bitcoins .
*aises the stakes of computer and network security . Inc.oney now stored directly on phone" computer" paper" etc • Store Bitcoin yourself 7 =ull control o$er your money 7 !annot be sei9ed or stolen if secured properly $ It+s easy to lose <2 bytes if you+re careless- • 1et someone else hol" your Bitcoin 7 $ $ $ .ay be more diligent about security than you . . no' ("ata) is (money) . <2&byte secret #pri$ate key% can control 7millions .Bitcoin Storage O)tions • With Bitcoin.o Bitcoin insurance © Armory Technologies. .ay hold BT! properly but use poor user auth !ounterparty risk . 2013 .
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Bsers are not used to truly irreco$erable data. 2013 ...1olding 2our O3n Bitcoin • Hol"in! your o'n is li%e harnessin! fire . Inc. . @eep your fires small until you are eAperienced • Sometimes the bi!!est threat to users is themselves . learn the tools. Can be extremely useful. an" e+periment 5'ith small amounts6 © Armory Technologies. and dangerous. . learn the ris%s.o one eApects their hardware to fail *"ucate yourself.ot e$eryone makes backups .
'hat are users suppose" to "o 9#9 Ans'er/ Most users shoul" not be puttin! life$ chan!in! amounts of money into Bitcoin yet# • Bitcoin is still the Wil" West of money • People li%e me are buil"in! safer tools : infrastructure .1olding 2our O3n 4cont5 • Most users shoul" not be hol"in! life$chan!in! amounts of Bitcoin themselves • Most users shoul" not be trustin! thir"$parties to protect life$chan!in! amounts of B08 for them • Wait444 so. Inc. 2013 . But we+re not done yet © Armory Technologies.
Inc.Cryptography ( Bitcoin ) #hort! *on+Technical Introduction © Armory Technologies. 2013 .
2013 . “Are you authorized to move this money?” • All users create a private %ey 5secret6 an" a public %ey 5"istribute"6 © Armory Technologies. Authenticity of communications #sign C $erify% • Bitcoin protocol "oes not use encryption . The Bitcoin protocol only uses “authentication” . there are t'o main concerns/ .Pu%lic/Pri6ate 7ey Cry)to • . Privacy of communications #encrypt C decrypt% . Inc.n the internet.
PTfT0DS0m$6?i$f. public ban% .a” © Armory Technologies.:9P:ePD/Eefi2?.is the signing authority on th!t &!n% !cco nt • All users ma%e %eypairs for (account) mana!ement .is li%e ! ban.gi"e to #!yers to de#osit money in yo r =!cco nt> .%ee# it secret so only you c!n ! thori?e #!yments A Bitcoin a""ress is <ust a representation of a public %ey/ Such as' “:. account number .Pu%lic and Pri6ate 7eys • 0hin% of Bitcoin as a "ecentrali. 2013 .e". Inc.
2013 .E8am)le 9et3or0 • All Bitcoins have a public (unloc%) con"ition • Most coins have a simple unloc% con"ition/ provi"e a si!nature that verifies a!ainst a specifie" public %ey • -f you have the private %ey. Inc. you can create those si!natures# #so your wallet includes them in your balance% © Armory Technologies.
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2013 nitial Conditions • .© Armory Technologies. Inc.ssume the Bitcoin network has 2: coins • .lice and Bob ha$e all the pri$ate keys associated with those coins #and a couple eAtra unused keys% .ll coins are locked using public keys A" B and 8 #so far% • .
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2013 Payment Re:uest • Bob will re>uest = B08 from .© Armory Technologies.lice • Bob+s wallet will select unused pri$ate key *" and then create a payment address #based on the public key *% • Bob sends the address to . Inc.lice re>uesting payment .
© Armory Technologies. Inc. 2013 Create Transaction • Alice+s wallet selects some coins that she knows she can sign for #at least 5 BT!% • She will use the F BT! associated with A #think of it like a 7F bill% • Alice creates a transaction spending the F BT! . She also selects an unused key #D% to send the 2 BT! back to herself #change% .
© Armory Technologies. If the transaction changes at all" the signature will break #the math stops working% . Inc. 2013 Bitcoin Transactions • Alice uses pri$ate key A to sign the transaction • The signature is mathematically linked to e$ery detail of the transaction .
Inc. The F BT! is unspent The sig corresponds to public key A The sig is $alid for this particular transaction . 2013 Bitcoin Transactions • Alice “broadcasts” the transaction to the Bitcoin network • Bsers of the network $erify' . . .© Armory Technologies.
ll users update their databases . 2013 Final Condition • The original F&BT! bill is destroyed and 2 new bills totaling F BT! created • . Inc.© Armory Technologies.
1andwritten sigs can be #maliciously% transplanted between documents" Bitcoin signatures can+t be • Wallets contain a lot of private %eys . . *ecei$e money See a$ailable coins)balance • 0ransactions usually have 2 parts #payment C change% • Si!natures are mathematically lin%e" to the si!ne" "ata .e. 2013 .*hat 1a6e *e (earned+ • Private %eys let you (unloc%) an" (re$loc%) coins un"er other public %eys #i. Bses a new key for e$ery recei$ing operations © Armory Technologies. Inc. send to others% • Public %eys let you/ .
2013 .ow we can appreciate “col" stora!e” #aka “offline wallets”% . (nly public keys are re>uired to recei$e payments and $erify transactions .Cold Storage • . Private keys are only re>uired to mo$e the coins -t is possible to %eep the private %eys on an offline computer an" receive money to it usin! the public %eys )rmory <!s designed to do e*!ctly this' It is the gold st!nd!rd of <!llet sec rity &est #r!ctices © Armory Technologies. Inc.
#ecurity Best+Practices (for "!rying le"els of #!r!noi!( © Armory Technologies. 2013 . Inc.
early all system become more inconvenient as you increase security# .Security 6s! Con6enience • . The easiest systems are usually the least secure. 2013 . !ommit to doing security right • A lot of users "on>t have the patience for this . 1onestly" this is why Bitcoin may not be ready for primetime-f you>re !oin! to hol" a lot of Bitcoin it>s 'orth sacrificin! some convenience to protect yourself © Armory Technologies. Inc.
Eet the de$eloper+s EPE public key and $erify- -f the installer has a vali" si!nature from the correct ?P? %ey.ll wallet de$s sign their installers using known EPE keys = . The installers are replaced during or after download • Miti!ation/ . .ost de$s keep a special offline EPE private key Hust for this. Inc. . it "oes not matter 'here you !ot it from# There are slides at the end that eAplain in detail This is $ery easy in 0inuA C ./<erify 2our nstallers • Ris%s/ . Gou download installers from a malicious website . 2013 .ac" but a lot of work in indows- © Armory Technologies.P..n attacker tampered with the installers on the real website .
0he most common reason users lose coins is "ue to not havin! an unencrypte" bac%up# = Gou lose all your Bitcoins if your hard dri$e fails = Gou lose all your Bitcoins if you forget your password = Gour family cannot inherit your Bitcoins if you get hit by a bus . "i!ital security is the most important @or most users.Bac0u) 2our *allets • Ris%s/ . -t is critical your bac%up be unencrypte"# = .n encrypted backup is useless if you forget the password = .R*/ Ma%e an unencrypte" bac%up offline an" secure it# #paper" ?I? or BSB key% .n encrypted backup is useless if you get hit by a bus and your family would like to inherit your fortune @or most users. physical security is not a concern 0H*R*@.
If it+s more than your wallet $alue" don+t use it • -f you use "i!ital bac%ups. ma%e multiple copies . but the "ata 'ill be recoverable in A07 years Armory 0echnolo!ies recommen"s that you use paper bac%ups 'henever possible 8opy the "ata by han" if necessary Most thin!s that "estroy paper also "estroy "i!ital Armory @!#er B!c% # . Store together" at least one will work • Paper fades over time.Bac0u)s> $igital 6s! Pa)er • Ho' much are you 'illin! to bet that your 8D or 3SB %ey 'ill still 'or% in A$ 0 years from no'9 .
Multibit and Bitcoin Wallet for Android re>uire regular backups unless you always reuse addresses #not good practice-% = . Bitcoin-Qt wallets must be backed up e$ery :33 transactions .ddress reuse is bad" but probably better than losing money . then never 'orry a!ain# In the ne*t fe< months. ma%e a paper bac%up.0/ At the time of this 'ritin! 5Dec 20 B6/ . Armory and Electrum wallets only re>uire one backup" e$er = Infinite pri$ate keys generated from a single seed = Print your seed on a piece of paper for reliable storage -f you use Armory or *lectrum.R0A.Bac0u) Fre:uency • -MP. one time. !ll <!llet de"elo#ers <ill &e im#lementing the one-time-only &!c% # fe!t res .
Fragmented Bac0u)s • Ris%s/ . Armory is the only 'allet offerin! this# -t is calle" (@ra!mente" Bac%ups) 0r!#hic for 3-of-8 B!c% # . Store each fragment in a different location = SecurityJ. “Shamir+s Secret Sharing” . If you are concerned about physical security" a single&sheet unencrypted backup is a single&point of failure • Miti!ation' . Bse M&of&.ttacker needs to steal multiple fragments = *edundancyJyou can lose pieces and it still works8urrently. =or instance" <&of&D' print A “fragments”" need any B .
Fragmented Bac0u)s ArmoryAs Br!gmented B!c% # Interf!ce .
ma%e an unencrypte" bac%up# ..0/ Cour 'allet pass'or" is your encryption %ey for your 'allet# • -f you for!et your pass'or".ake an unencrypted backup- -f you>ve ever for!otten a pass'or". ..R0A. Bsers are not used to the idea of truly" irreco$erable data . your 'allet 'ill be permanently encrypte" an" your coins 'ill be lost# .*allet Pass3ords • -MP.o really/ ->m serious your coins 'ill be lost forever .unless you ha$e an unencrypted backup • .
Armory+s key&stretching is resistant to EPB&acceleration • -f someone !ets your encrypte" 'allet. *ecommended :3&:2 characters with key&stretching 3se a stron! pass'or".Pass3ord (ength • Armory an" Bitcoin$Dt both use (%ey$stretchin!) . ithout stretching' :"333"333 & D"333"333 passwords)sec ith stretching' D & D3 passwords)sec • -f %ey$stretchin! is not use". . *ecommended :2&:F characters for no key&stretching . they can !uess/ . must lon!er pass'or"s . !on$erting your password into the encryption key is a computationally&intense process . ma%e unencrypte" bac%ups# .
your wallet encryption 8!a$eats' used <3&character alphabet to simulate poor entropy of human&generated passwords.000.!///!/// computers could be used to brea.2 ch!rs (no stretching( 0 ch!rs (<ith stretching( 1 ch!rs (<ith stretching( .2 ch!rs (<ith stretching( . .Pass3ord (ength Time to brute&force your wallet password8 Password Length 0 ch!rs (no stretching( 1 ch!rs (no stretching( . Computer 10 min 7 d!ys 1C.!///!/// Computers Instant Instant C d!ys Instant 2 ho rs 333 ye!rs If your wallet is aluable enough! a bot+net of . Truly random passwords of these lengths will be much more secure.700 ye!rs 130 d!ys 21C ye!rs 333.000 ye!rs .
Armory and *lectrum do not reuse addresses by default .$o 9ot Reuse Addresses • Ris%s/ . Bitcoin is actually not $ery good at anonymity . Bitcoin$Dt. *eusing addresses can hurt other users+ pri$acy as well • Miti!ation/ . . Bsually ha$e an option to eAplicitly create -f you are usin! Bitcoin$Dt. you may 'ant to reuse a""resses any'ay if you "o not create bac%ups re!ularly4 (l!c% of #ri"!cy is s !lly #referred to losing coins( © Armory Technologies. Multibit C An"roi" Bitcoin Wallet reuse addresses by default . Inc. Some users force reuse due to lack of understanding or simplicity of backups This is doing more harm than good in Armory C *lectrum . 2013 . hen you reuse addresses you make it far worse . Multibit or An"roi" Bitcoin Wallet.
e <ust ho' much privacy information is lea%e" by interactin! 'ith heavily$reuse" a""resses# © Armory Technologies. ?onation addresses' all users donating know it is hea$ily reused" and accept being linked to it 3sers "o not reali. *eusing the same public&pri$ate keypair is eApected C safe throughout the rest of internet security . .Address Reuse & Pri6acy • Discussion/ . Inc.ddress reuse is mostly a pri$acy issue" not a security issue . But it is egregiously bad for pri$acy in Bitcoin • 0here are conte+ts in 'hich it is o%ay. 2013 . but not stan"ar" .
Inc. Both automatically generate new addresses for all operations K you ha$e to go out of your way to reuse . Both produce backups that work fore$er = . you have no e+cuse for reusin! a""resses# . 2013 .Address Reuse & Pri6acy • -f you are usin! Armory or *lectrum.o matter how many new addresses you use" a backup made when the wallet was created will always work- © Armory Technologies.
Inc. 2013 .ore confirmations means more confidence . . . SiA confirmations is generally considered irre$ersible • 8onfirmations come on avera!e every 0 minutes .*hat are Confirmations+ • Bitcoin transactions are not instantaneous • *ach confirmation is increase" consensus that the transaction actually happene" . The first confirmation is the most important .ctually eAponential random' usually B0 sec to =A min © Armory Technologies.
Inc. (r" you+re willing to eat the loss when re$ersed • Attac%s on .ero$confirmation t+ are easy an" cheap . Lust not that many people doing it right now • Attac%s on one$ confirmation t+ reEuire a bit more resources = But they are possible- © Armory Technologies. 2013 .ero$confirmation transactions unless there is pre$e+istin! trust# .Confirmation Ris0s • Do not trust .
. The “payment protocol” hopes to sol$e this by using SS0 concepts to pre$ent address tampering . .Call/to/<erify Addresses • -f you are sen"in! lar!e amounts of Bitcoin/ .ake sure they are who you think they are.anually $erify the address before eAecution . This will not work in all en$ironments #not e$eryone has an SS0 certificate% • Pic% up the phone an" call the other parties .n attacker could replace the correct address with his own on its way to your wallet software • 0his is a serious security issue# . This is much more reliable with an offline computer . . Gou want to make sure you send it to the right place.
Cold #torage and the 3oly 4rail © Armory Technologies. Inc. 2013 .
Pri$ate keys created and ne$er lea$e the offline computer . The pri$ate keys are on an internet&attached system .1ot 6s! Cold (Hot) Wallet .ll wallets are “hot” by default (8ol") 'allet 5(offline 'allet)6 . . Transactions are signed offline . Eold standard of security .
1ot 6s! Cold Security
• All %no'n, ma<or Bitcoin breaches to "ate/ , !oins stored on a hot wallet , (r unencrypted backups stored on an “hot” computer
• 8ompromisin! a col" 'allet reEuires one of the follo'in!/ , Physical access , MAtremely ad$anced BSB $iruses , Bser accidentally installing malicious software
Setting u) the Offline Com)uter
5nline computer 5ffline computer
• 5 6 -nstall Armory
• 5 6 -nstall Armory • 526 8reate ne' 'allet • 5B6 8reate paper bac%up
, !opy by hand" if necessary
• 5=6 8reate ('atchin!$ only) copy of 'allet • 5A6 8opy to 3SB "rive • 5F6 -mport ('atchin!$ only) 'allet
Cour ('atchin!$only) 'allet has only public %eys, no private %eys#
$oing an Offline Transaction
5nline computer 5ffline computer
• 5 6 8reate transaction
, Same as you would with a hot wallet
• 526 Save unsi!ne" transaction to 3SB • 5B6 1oa" t+ from 3SB • 5=6 Revie' for accuracy#
, ;ll benefit is lost if you don+t re$iew on the clean" offline computer
• 5F6 1oa" si!ne" transaction, broa"cast to net'or%
• 5A6 Si!n the transaction, save to 3SB
S)litting roles 5nline computer 5ffline computer • 0he 'atchin!$only 'allet behaves i"entically to a re!ular 'allet. not security . Eenerate addresses . It has no access to the network to know where your money is. but cannot si!nGspen" . the offline 'allet is the si!nin! authority4 . It does nothing else but read and sign transactions- • An attac%er !ettin! the online 'allet is a breach of privacy. It can re$iew transactions and re>uest confirmation • Remember. See balances • 0his computer cannot "isplay balances . !onfirm incoming transactions .
$oing it Right • -f you are runnin! any %in" of online Bitcoin business. All 'ebservers an" on$site computers should only use watching-only wallets! = Securely collect payments to the offline wallet = Track your wallet balance = Track and $erify all payments)transactions = . Includes employees -f you nee" a hot 'allet. %eep it small. &eep bul% of your fun"s in an offline computer = Gou can e$en keep it in a safe&deposit boA. offline$'allets are an invaluable tool . perio"ically refill from the col" 'allet © Armory Technologies. 2013 .o one 'ho !ains access to the server can steal it# . Inc.
Inc.rmory 3.35 using . 2013 .2 = .ffline' Bbuntu :3.rmory 3. It+s an offline computer because the computer is offline • Mi+ an" match versions to your heart>s content .nline' indows OP using .43 © Armory Technologies. The following setup works fine' = .N6.FA? • 0here is no special version of Armory for offline .
35 .ffline Bun"les) . ill install and run on the first boot of a fresh install of Bbuntu :3. the best 'ay to move "ata bet'een online : offline computer is 3SB "rives . e are working on better methods for secure transfer • Armory 'ebsite has 3buntu (. The offline computer needs no other software at all- © Armory Technologies. Inc. 2013 .Use (inu8 • .nce you !o "o'n the (col" stora!e) path you are implementin! serious security • As of this 'ritin!.35 or :2. 0inuA has a much better history of resisting BSB& based attacks .
E8tra Credit • De"icate a small 3SB %ey for offline transactions .lso adds an eAtra layer of security "id I mention! ma. . .e unencrypted bac.inimi9e eAposure to potential $iruses • De"icate a computer for the creatin! transactions .ups6 © Armory Technologies. ithout it" someone not authori9ed can still see the wallet $alue and transaction history . . .inimi9e eAposure to potential $iruses .ake it eAclusi$e for Bitcoin processing • 3se full$"is% encryption to protect privacy . Inc. 2013 .
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great tradeoff for security and con$enience • 1ardware wallets hold the private keys and si!n on the "evice . 2013 . Inc. It will only emit the public keys Tre?or D!rd<!re 4!llet • The 0re. The private keys cannot be read from it .1ard3are *allets • .or is the most anticipated 1 • Should be released in Lanuary" 23:5 wallet © Armory Technologies.
Should be supported by all maHor wallet apps • Will be a hu!e 'in for convenience : security © Armory Technologies. .ore difficult to audit . Inc.e" .1ard3are *allets • Har"'are 'allets are an H0I solution . !onnect directly to online computer $ia BSB • 0he 'allets they use are stan"ar"i. 2013 . .nother layer of trust re>uired . They lack fleAibility .
@ulti/Signature Transactions • Most coins have a simple unloc% con"ition/ . 1ere+s a public key" sign with its private key to mo$e • Much more comple+ con"itions are possible/ . 1ere+s B public keys" sign with any 2 private keys . This is a 2$of$B multi&signature transaction © Armory Technologies. Inc. 2013 .
Bac%ups Br!gmented &!c% #s !re for sec ring yo r &!c% # All tr!ns!ctions still re$ ire ! single sign!t re.) M$of$. from ! single com# ter The fr!gments only need to &e collected if <!llet is lost M$of$.&of&. conditions of the coins :et<or% e*#ects m lti#le sigs for e"ery tr!ns!ction © Armory Technologies. Multi$Si! / lti-sign!t re tr!ns!ctions !re networ. beforeP • Ces# @ra!mente" bac%ups also use (M$of$.+enforced / lti#le # &lic %eys !re incl ded in the unloc. 1a$en+t we seen . this soun"s familiar# . Inc. 2013 .@ulti/Sig 6s! Fragmenting • Wait a sec.
@ulti/Sig 6s! Fragmenting M$of$. Multi$Si! © Armory Technologies. 2013 . Inc. Bac%ups M$of$.
A Critical PuAAle Piece • Multi$si!nature transactions are critical for lar!e or!ani. .ll money handled by the company goes into <&of&D . . 2013 .ll money re>uires < signatures to be mo$ed © Armory Technologies. allets are managed by employees" who may steal . Inc.ations .ll wallets currently ha$e a single point of failure • Cou can have/ . . =i$e board members of a company all create wallets .
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ith a sprinkling of cryptography and data mining • Have been part of the Bitcoin community since 20 . Perfectionist . 2013 . Inc.*ho Am + • Alan Reiner . Roc%et Scientist. Sub&category' “ultra¶noid crypto&nerd” © Armory Technologies. “etotheipi” on the bitcointalk. !ontribute to documentation" standards" security discussions" etc" on the “Development & Technical Discussion” forum • A hu!e ner"# #you ha$e to be to do what I do% . Soft'are Developer.org • Mathematician.
• 8ore Developer of Armory Bitcoin Wallet . But I do ha$e some street cred. Inc.. Inno$ated cold storage" one&time paper backups • Discovere" the ('hoops$your$'allet$isn>t$actually$ encrypte") bu! in Bitcoin$Dt 04= .. Secure wallet software' open&source" popular" trusted . • Spo%e on multiple "iscussion panels at Bitcoin conferences. 2013 ..Accom)lishments • Be careful 'ho you trust# . inclu"in! the (Security) Panel at San Jose 20 B4 © Armory Technologies. Geah" whoops..
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Brain3allets 4don-t use themC5 • 1umans are really bad at memori9ing things • Gou will lose coins • Gour family will ne$er reco$er your coins if you die . Gou ha$e a brainwallet- © Armory Technologies.nd all your backups are encrypted . If all your wallets are encrypted . . 2013 .ny system that re>uires your brain to be useful is essentially a brainwallet • This is why .rmory hates encrypted backups' . Inc. Gou literally take your wealth with you to your gra$e • .
1a$ing all your funds in a single wallet" means all funds ha$e the same security .rmory C .Segregate Funds %y Security • Ris%s/ . @eeps most of your funds secured" periodically refill low& security wallets . Bsually means funds are super&secure&but&incon$enient" or not properly secured • Miti!ation/ .ultibit ha$e nati$e support% . Bse multiple wallets #. MAercise all the best practices on the maHority of your funds .
Sweep if anyone else has e$er had access to the private key . SW**P © Armory Technologies.S3ee) 6s! m)ort • Definitions/ . They sweep the key after you ha$e deli$ered When in "oubt. Gou import a key that someone else has . “-mportin!” an address means to add the private key to your wallet K usually so it can be reused • When to s'eep vs import . Importing really only makes sense with address reuse = I already told you not to do that- • Serious Security to consi"er . That person pays you for ser$ices)goods . Inc. “S'eepin!” an address)key means sending all the coins owned by that key to a new address #one you control% . 2013 .