Wallets and Utilities

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Wallets

  • Do not use wallets that don’t give you recovery data; these wallets are likely controlling your keys.
  • Do not use paper wallets unless you’re an advanced user who understands all the risks.
  • Do not store large amounts of value in single signature wallets.
  • Make sure your heirs know how to recover your wallets without you! Note that it is NOT recommended that novices use the Bitcoin Core wallet. If you want to use a wallet backed by a fully validating node you run, read Securing Your Financial Sovereignty.

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Wasabi

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Electrum

Electrum; Bitcoin thin client.

Ubuntu Install:

instructions from electrum.org, augmented for ubuntu

Install dependencies:

sudo apt-get install python3-pyqt5

Download package:

wget https://download.electrum.org/3.3.8/Electrum-3.3.8.tar.gz

Verify signature:

wget https://download.electrum.org/3.3.8/Electrum-3.3.8.tar.gz.asc

electrum.readthedocs.io/en/latest/gpg-check.html

gpg --keyserver keys.gnupg.net --recv-keys 6694D8DE7BE8EE5631BED9502BD5824B7F9470E

gpg --verify Electrum-3.3.8.tar.gz.asc

Unpack:

tar -xvf Electrum-3.3.8.tar.gz

Install Python:

sudo apt-get install python3-setuptools python3-pip

Run with PIP:

python3 Electrum-3.3.8/run_electrum

Install:

python3 -m pip install --user Electrum-3.3.8.tar.gz[fast]

Add Symlink:

sudo ln -s ~/.local/bin/electrum /usr/local/bin/electrum

electrum-personal-server

  • reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/7w6a9k/electrum_personal_server_the_best_way_to_connect/ r/Bitcoin - Electrum Personal Server - The best way to connect you… basically, electrum personal server is the more sovereign way to run the electrum wallet… analogous to using the bitcoin-core wallet with the complete blockchain.
  • Electrum Server Gateways
  • chris-belcher/electrum-personal-server

    It is an implementation of the Electrum server protocol which fulfills the specific need of using the Electrum wallet backed by a full node, but without the heavyweight server backend, for a single user. It allows the user to benefit from all of Bitcoin Core’s resource-saving features like pruning, blocksonly and disabled txindex. All of Electrum’s feature-richness like hardware wallet integration, multisignature wallets, offline signing, seed recovery phrases, coin control and so on can still be used, but connected only to the user’s own full node. Full node wallets are important in bitcoin because they are an big part of what makes the system be trustless. No longer do people have to trust a financial institution like a bank or paypal, they can run software on their own computers. If bitcoin is digital gold, then a full node wallet is your own personal goldsmith who checks for you that received payments are genuine. Full node wallets are also important for privacy. Using Electrum under default configuration requires it to send (hashes of) all your bitcoin addresses to some server. That server can then easily spy on your transactions. Full node wallets like Electrum Personal Server would download the entire blockchain and scan it for the user’s own addresses, and therefore don’t reveal to anyone else which bitcoin addresses they are interested in.

  • reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/bgyluw/alright_guys_this_is_it_electrum_personal_server/
  • reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/7w6a9k/electrum_personal_server_the_best_way_to_connect/ electrum personal server - a full node for your electrum wallet

Bitgo

Hardware

Trezor

Casa-keymaster

Ledger

Cold Card

Cold Storage

Paper

Utilities

Escrow

Escrow Agents should be impartial and trusted intermediaries who hold custody of buyer’s funds until pre-defined conditions are met. With the help of public key encryption, parties who don’t know or trust each-other can engage in commerce, online.

Explorers

  • blockstream.info
  • blockchain.com/

    Blockchain is the world’s most trusted all-in-one crypto company. We’re connecting the world to the future of finance through our suite of products including the leading crypto wallet, bitcoin explorer, and market information.

  • blocktrail.com/BTC
  • blockexplorer.com/
  • smartbit.com.au/
  • bitkit.live/
  • OXT

    OXT is a tool designed for Exploratory Blockchain Analysis of the bitcoin ledger. OXT is the “Other eXploration Tool” and it should become the “Open eXploration Tool” in the future.

Fees

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