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Author Topic: HOWTO: create a 100% secure wallet  (Read 273875 times)
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November 13, 2011, 12:06:35 AM
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I am really bothered by the fact that the wallet.dat is not human readable.  It would make me many times more comfortable if I could see the contents and perhaps print them to paper if I wanted to.   Then if there was some kind of upgrade bug, I could always copy and paste to repair it.

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November 14, 2011, 05:07:44 PM
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Thank you for this info!

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November 15, 2011, 11:57:13 PM
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Thank's for the tips!

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November 17, 2011, 01:08:56 AM
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Thanks for this! Really helpful
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November 27, 2011, 10:21:48 PM
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November 29, 2011, 02:05:35 AM
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In terms of securing your bitcoins, how safe are online services (I'm thinking of signing up for flexcoin)? If you boot a live CD and TOR every time you want to access your online account, you should be safe from keyloggers and Man-in-the-middle attacks. The URL obfuscation of TOR and the SSL layer provided by the sites seem pretty safe to me. Thoughts?
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November 29, 2011, 02:08:24 AM
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In terms of securing your bitcoins, how safe are online services (I'm thinking of signing up for flexcoin)? If you boot a live CD and TOR every time you want to access your online account, you should be safe from keyloggers and Man-in-the-middle attacks. The URL obfuscation of TOR and the SSL layer provided by the sites seem pretty safe to me. Thoughts?

Spend some time researching MyBitcoin.  This should help skew your view of online (banking) services.
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December 02, 2011, 06:52:44 PM
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In terms of securing your bitcoins, how safe are online services (I'm thinking of signing up for flexcoin)? If you boot a live CD and TOR every time you want to access your online account, you should be safe from keyloggers and Man-in-the-middle attacks. The URL obfuscation of TOR and the SSL layer provided by the sites seem pretty safe to me. Thoughts?

Spend some time researching MyBitcoin.  This should help skew your view of online (banking) services.
So not even close to secure. Figures. Guess I'm going the self encryption route.
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December 03, 2011, 01:16:00 PM
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Thankd for the guide, well written!
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December 04, 2011, 01:13:24 PM
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What's wrong with keeping multiple wallets around. Have like one on a seldom used laptop and one on a regular desktop. I understand it's free to transfer coins from wallet to wallet so even if one gets stolen, most of your coins will be in the backed up wallet.

In fact couldn't you just keep perpetually sending coins to a wallet that isn't even online and it still gets credited?
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December 04, 2011, 10:37:06 PM
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So after reading this, I'm still trying to understand how secure different methods are, and the time vs. level of security issue.

If you created a truecrypt file that stored either the wallet.dat or the entire bitcoin program, and then only mounted it when in use (of course on a clean OS install with heavy virus protection), would that provide an acceptable level of security? I guess I don't completely understand where exactly the vulnerabilities exist.

Also, is it possible to put the wallet.dat on a flash drive with an encrypted partition, so that the bitcoin program could reside on your main OS, but would have no access under normal operation to your wallet?
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December 05, 2011, 03:36:13 PM
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The current version of the bitcoin client provides wallet encryption. This should be secure enough for normal users, given that you use a secure password and doesn't store it on your pc somewhere.
But at the end - if a hacker had access to your pc - may it remote or physical, he could also install keyloggers or whatever.
The ultimate security would be to use a computer for bitcoin only and use another pc for any other task, so there is not chance for malicious software to get in touch with your wallet.


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December 07, 2011, 08:26:35 AM
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Great and informative post! Thanks for the info.
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December 09, 2011, 07:34:04 AM
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Thank you for good info!  Cheesy
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December 12, 2011, 04:46:01 AM
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You can never better be too safe with your money. It's a lot of extra steps, but i rather take the time to do that than lose everything. Good knowledge for everyone!
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December 15, 2011, 02:49:25 AM
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Great write up! Thanks for the info!
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December 15, 2011, 06:54:32 PM
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Thanks for the write up.
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December 18, 2011, 08:49:37 PM
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Can you put a wallet on a usb
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December 21, 2011, 04:05:27 PM
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Thanks for the info.

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December 22, 2011, 04:43:27 AM
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Great thread overall OP, but I could do without the insults throughout...

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