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March 22, 2013, 05:09:33 PM
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I just read an article that featured Charlie Shrem's ring and Casascius Coins as methods of cold storage:

http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/03/bitcoin-ring/

So I was wondering what other creative methods of cold storage people are using, or they imagine using and haven't gotten around to yet.

I am thinking of setting up a cold "savings account" for some of my coins and was looking for an interesting way to do it. Especially that would allow me to know what the address is, but most everyone else who saw the same thing wouldn't be able to tell. Hopefully there will be several good ideas here that I can mix and match into a pretty awesome result.  Grin

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March 22, 2013, 05:11:40 PM
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Tattoo of my private key on my penis.


In binary.

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March 22, 2013, 05:19:46 PM
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Tattoo of my private key on my penis.


In binary.

Works fine in most instances, but when I'm around, not even a quantum computer would be enough to crack it  Cheesy
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March 22, 2013, 05:29:55 PM
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Tattoo of my private key on my penis.


In binary.

Just don't put it in a "safe deposit box."  Cheesy

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March 22, 2013, 06:41:00 PM
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Tattoo of my private key on my penis.


In binary.

Hmmmm, wondering what the smallest font size that would be possible and readable by the "host" and thus the minimum penis length to fit 64 binary lines. Not that I doubt your endowment.

I also think this idea has the added plus of your "privates" being a "private key" to get the coins.

Some sort of new pun on  being a gold digger- a bitcoin digger.  Cheesy

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March 22, 2013, 07:40:23 PM
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I'm going old school... under the matress.

encrypted key paper wallet.. literally under the matress... only going this route cuz I have a waterbed.. Hence it is a non-trivial matter to actually get under the matress.

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March 22, 2013, 08:03:27 PM
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I think it would be cool to create a piece of artwork that had the binary 1s and 0s going across using something as a 1 and something else as a 0 in such a way that it looked pretty.

Just put it up on the wall and display it for the world to see.

Of course, it would have worked better if I did not mention it here. Smiley

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March 22, 2013, 08:27:34 PM
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Printed on Cotton Archival paper and tucked into large boring books...

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March 22, 2013, 08:45:14 PM
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gonna make my own ... object of some kind... a coin or statue or something. with "artistic" inscriptions of rune like things or such, which will be my own encoding of the public and private keys in an alphabet i've yet to make up.

or i might just make said statue partially hollow and pull a piece of paper with the info on it in there.
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March 22, 2013, 08:55:16 PM
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Steganographically encoding the private keys into a picture, then just posting it online on several places so it can never be lost.
Might even chose it as your avatar Cool .

copy /b dos command makes this incredibly easy. lets ya comebine one file with another. which is accessed depends on the file extension. i use this to bakcup my wallet. no, it's not in my avatar. and no, the file extension of the wallet isn't simply .dat. it's in another container file. good luck finding it!

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March 22, 2013, 09:23:57 PM
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analogue transaction signing channel, connected to online watching wallet. I liked that one.

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March 22, 2013, 10:04:27 PM
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I'm going old school... under the matress.

encrypted key paper wallet.. literally under the matress... only going this route cuz I have a waterbed.. Hence it is a non-trivial matter to actually get under the matress.

Sigg

What about if the bladder springs a leak ... your paper wallet may dissolve away or become illegible? I do NOT like paper wallets they are very fragile, fire, water, mold, chemical reactions, sunlight can all render them useless. For large amounts you must think more permanent solutions like engraving, stamping metals etc.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX6L2MWrPKQ

This is easy, cheap and private way to put codes on a relatively permanent media.

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March 22, 2013, 10:29:44 PM
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i actually have the equipment to do small scale metal etching. i'd offer the making of cold storage wallets, but to etch the private keys i'd have to see them. never really figured out a way around that i was comfortable with. any ideas? i'd been recommended AES encryption for it, but i haven't had the chance to look into that.
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i actually have the equipment to do small scale metal etching. i'd offer the making of cold storage wallets, but to etch the private keys i'd have to see them. never really figured out a way around that i was comfortable with. any ideas? i'd been recommended AES encryption for it, but i haven't had the chance to look into that.

Partial etch, partial tattoo.

LOL at the penis idea. What if you need viagra to tat it, and viagra to retrieve it later?

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Engraving tool and stainless steel plate that is laminated after engraving is done.

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I, personally, would be pretty nervous to let everyone on the internet know I wear a ring which is (potentially) worth dozen times its weight in gold.. ;-)
One letter missing? That's just a lot of numbercrunshing, or even less rubberhose-crunshing..

I would prefer a brainwallet. It's not as cool and needs to be backupped for heirs (I hope every solution posted here has its backups!) and all. But then.. If I had a brainwallet, and not be too scared to forget the passphrase after some time, and I was silly enough to admit here - rubberhose, here I come?

So, I change my mind: I would prefer a paperwallet, stored somewhere save. Protected from forgetting, sudden incidents and robbery.

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Mine is paper wallet, 1 private key (and corresponding public key) per page. In large font in WIF, and also as a giant 5 inch QR code.

Or, it could be smaller, maybe credit card size. Then laminated twice. Or etched / carved / engraved on hard plastic sheets. Then completely sealed in molten wax (from candles) then left to harden to a solid when it cools.

So my bitcoin keys or wallets will be in small blocks of wax that look like soap or something.

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Write the private key onto a grain of rice...now that's a mini wallet.

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April 02, 2013, 03:49:55 PM
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I wonder how many BTCs should one have before becoming this paranoid Smiley

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