Keep your coins secure


An overview of the Bitcoin wallets we use in 2017 Before exploring the list, check out our article The Best Bitcoin Wallets in 2017. There’s an ever-growing number of bitcoin wallets out there. Some of them are great, others are outright scams. It’s hard to keep up with everything that gets released. Instead, we decided to highlight three solid choices that we use ourselves on a daily basis: Airbitz for mobile devices, Exodus for computers and the hardware wallet Ledger Nano S. These are easy-to-use and secure wallets to get you started in the world of bitcoin.

Online Wallets

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Online Wallets
Blockchain.info is a popular, free online Bitcoin wallet. It makes paying with Bitcoins easy and secure available anywhere on your phone or desktop. Blockchain.info is not a bank; you retain complete ownership of your money. They cannot view your balance, see your transactions or make payments on your behalf. Easy for beginners but also offer lots of settings and security-options for advanced users.
Xapo brings Bitcoin to everyday life. They offer an easy-to-use online wallet, a mobile app, a secure vault and a Bitcoin debit card. This debit card seamlessly links to your Xapo Wallet and allows you to use your bitcoins for purchases and withdraw cash from ATMs. The Xapo vault has been described by The Wall Street Journal as the Fort Knox of bitcoin storage. If you’re looking to secure your bitcoins in an easy way, then look no further. It offers less freedom and options than Blockchain.info but it is incredible easy to use.
Coinbase is an other easy-to-use online wallet. Connect your bank account. Start buying and selling Bitcoin. Store your Bitcoins in your Coinbase Wallet or Coinbase Vault. Use promocode "MekongMonkey" and get $10 free if you buy over $100 in Bitcoin. Coinbase offers everything you need to get started with Bitcoin in one place.

 

Desktop Wallets

Desktop wallets give you full control over your funds without the need to trust any third-party. They require more technical knowledge and might take up a lot op disk space and bandwidth.

Desktop Wallets
Exodus is a beautiful, secure multi-asset desktop wallet for Mac, Windows, and Linux. It comes with Shapeshift integration. This allows users to quickly and securely convert between different cryptocurrencies without leaving the application or sending coins to an exchange. The perfect desktop wallet for beginners. Check-out our in-depth review and installation guide.
Bitcoin Core is a full Bitcoin client and builds the backbone of the network. It offers high levels of security, privacy, and stability. However, it has fewer features and it takes a lot of space and memory. Bitcoin Core initial synchronization will take time and download a lot of data. You should make sure that you have enough bandwidth and storage for the full block chain size (over 20GB). If you have a good Internet connection, you can help strengthen the network by keeping your PC running with Bitcoin Core and port 8333 open.
Armory is an advanced Bitcoin client that expands its features for Bitcoin power users. It offers many backup and encryption features, and it allows secure cold-storage on offline computers.
MultiBit HD is a lightweight client that is fast and easy to use. With integrated Trezor and Tor support, it synchronizes directly with the Bitcoin network. The extensive help makes it an excellent choice for non-technical users.

 

Hardware Wallets

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Store your bitcoins away from your computer. This is the safest way to keep bitcoin. Ledger sells high-quality hardware wallets at lower prices than any other company. It is a French company founded by the team behind BTChip, La Maison du Bitcoin (a French Bitcoin center), and Chronocoin. Nicolas Bacca, the CTO, has more than 15 years of expertise in the smart card industry and is a respected member of the Bitcoin community. He has developed the first Bitcoin smartcard hardware wallet known as HW.1 and wrote an open standard for APDUs oriented Bitcoin applications interoperability.

Hardware Wallets
HW.1 is the abbreviation for "Hardware Wallet": it is a Bitcoin wallet on a small smartcard device, for personal or group use. With a minimalist design and enterprises features, Ledger HW.1 is a secure wallet for low budgets. Available from 15.00€
Ledger Nano is a Bitcoin wallet on a smartcard device, small format and low weight. Comfortable and simple to use, you connect it directly to a USB port to manage your account, protect your bitcoins and make safe payments. Available from 29.00€
Ledger Unplugged is a Bitcoin wallet on a credit-card-sized Java Card, partnering with Fidesmo. You can use it with several mobile wallets to manage your account, protect your bitcoins and make safe payments. Available from 29.00€