Cold Wallets (hardware wallets) are absolutely critical if you'd like to become self sovereign. Not your keys, not your coins after all.
Now that TradFi institutions are being weaponized against common citizens it's important now more than ever to take personal accountability for everything in our lives possible - from finances, to on-chain property, to any new innovations the blockchain has in store for us.
Keystone pro is by far my favorite cold storage to date. It's got some size to it though, the touch screen makes it about the size of a small cell phone.
Beyond being the first hardware wallet to integrate with MetaMask mobile (yeah, you feel unstoppable now right? Ultimate freedom!).
It integrates with ENS to display domains during transactions and has a large enough screen to verify what you're signing. That's right, say goodbye to blind signing!
The gnosis integration for those of us on a multi-sig is pretty seamless as well.
On top of that it's completely air-gapped making it harder to compromise. The QR signing and MM integration is pretty seamless and makes transacting a breeze on desktop or mobile.
You can also choose to display an NFT on our lock screen, cool right?
Keystone supports 10 chains and 1000+ tokens. Paired with MetaMask (desktop + mobile), Keystone supports a variety of features such as DeFi and Staking.
It also has a self destruct mechanism which renders the device inoperable if someone is trying to open it for access to hack the chip to steal your funds.
Bonus: it's open source as well for increased transparency and security audits!
Ledger is the OG when it comes to crypto security. The device itself is just as big as a USB stick. The Ledger Nano X was my first hardware wallet purchase!
It supports more coins and chains than you'll likely ever care to own. Having the options available to securely store your private keys and swap among them in a decentralized, permissionless manner is handy.
Due to being no larger than a standard USB stick, it's very discreet and ultra portable.
However, due to the small screen size and software you'll find you're signing transactions blind (you will not see ALL of the important transaction data like you would with a Keystone wallet or Ellipal). You'll want to be triple checking what you're signing and it will take a few extra steps of clicking around on the device itself.
You also have a couple of different options. Are you mobile first and don't want cables? Great, grab a Nano X (my preferred ledger of choice)!
The newly released Nano S Plus has a big screen like the Nano X and gives up the bluetooth connection for added security. Any of their devices will work on mobile provided you feel like carrying around a USB cable with you all the time.
However, for mobile usage you'll be limited to what's in the Ledger Live app, there is no metamask mobile support or anything as of yet.
The Ellipal is another mobile-first cold storage wallet. It has a pretty simple dapp browser embedded into the mobile app with popular Dapps such as uniswap.
Similar to the Keystone it is air gapped and uses QR codes as opposed to insecure wifi/bluetooth.
The main differences between Ellipal & Keystone are:
Ellipal has no removable battery (keystone has a rechargeable or AAA adapter depending on your needs).
Ellipal has no fingerprint censor whereas the Keystone does.
If you're a mobile-first user this may be the way to go for you!
41 Blockchains and 10,000+ Tokens supported
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