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February 22, 2017, 11:32:30 AM
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I see it is automatic log in now , if someone steal the computer, we lost all our coins , so i want to enable it , any one can help ?

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February 22, 2017, 11:34:33 AM
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I see it is automatic log in now , if someone steal the computer, we lost all our coins , so i want to enable it , any one can help ?
You need to enter the pass when you send a tx as far as I know. It might be that I am using the old version, so feel free to correct me.
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February 22, 2017, 11:39:32 AM
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I see it is automatic log in now , if someone steal the computer, we lost all our coins , so i want to enable it , any one can help ?
You need to enter the pass when you send a tx as far as I know. It might be that I am using the old version, so feel free to correct me.

haha, tnx for the info, i just install the electrum today , still no send transaction yet Grin

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February 22, 2017, 01:18:15 PM
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To enable a password, go to Wallet>Password and you will be able to set the password there.

This can protect you against physical attacks but not cyber ones. For example, one can still easily steal your Bitcoins if they have a keylogger installed on your computer. Keep in mind that your seeds are not cannot be password protected*.

*See Kolloh's reply.

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February 22, 2017, 02:22:38 PM
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Keep in mind that your seeds are not password protected.

Within Electrum, the seeds are indeed password protected. Attempting to click Wallet -> Seed will ask you for your password.

Of course your seed isn't physically protected if you write it down, but it is protected within Electrum if you use a password.
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February 22, 2017, 08:33:24 PM
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Keep in mind that your seeds are not password protected.

Within Electrum, the seeds are indeed password protected. Attempting to click Wallet -> Seed will ask you for your password.

Of course your seed isn't physically protected if you write it down, but it is protected within Electrum if you use a password.

Confirming - SEED is totally encrypted if a password is used.  I wanted to add that you might want to consider using MPK (master public key) for your wallet and removing the wallet with the SEED on it.  Using a watching only (MPK) based wallet you can view all transactions but no coins can be sent from it.  You would simply use a second offline wallet to sign any coin transactions where you want to send coins.  Watching only does not affect receiving coins in any way.  Electrum is great software but if your computer gets compromised a "bad guy" can get your password, and if they do, they can get your SEED and from there they own the coins!

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February 23, 2017, 12:57:14 AM
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i see ,

the seed, private key and send are all password protect, this is good!

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February 23, 2017, 12:59:50 AM
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but if we an enable the log in password with a different one ( not same the seed, private key, send password ), maybe better

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February 23, 2017, 01:01:04 AM
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2 password,

1 for log in , and another for seed, privae key and send transaction Grin

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February 23, 2017, 01:38:02 AM
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2 password,

1 for log in , and another for seed, privae key and send transaction Grin

I don't think 2 passwords really provides any more protection than a single strong password would. If an attacker can get access to one of your passwords, they can likely get access to a 2nd one as well.

If you are really concerned about the security of your wallet, I'd recommend that you invest in a hardware wallet which can be used with Electrum which helps protect your funds even if you PC is compromised.
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February 23, 2017, 10:24:19 AM
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I am working on a wallet encryption feature, that will require the password to open the wallet.
This might be added to version 2.8

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February 23, 2017, 12:44:25 PM
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I am working on a wallet encryption feature, that will require the password to open the wallet.
This might be added to version 2.8

this is really cool, when can be done ? Grin

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February 23, 2017, 11:51:07 PM
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I am working on a wallet encryption feature, that will require the password to open the wallet.
This might be added to version 2.8

this is really cool, when can be done ? Grin

I would love to see this feature, especially if it also works on "watching wallets", which it probably will.

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Are all the comments above regarding the dangers of getting malware on your computer sinking in?  Even if Thomas writes a super encryption scheme into his wallets, the fact still remains that an infected computer will betray you.  If you are skilled with security, using Linux, etc.... then OK.  I am all those things and I still would only use a hardware wallet being monitored via Electrum, OR use a hot and cold wallet approach with Electrum.

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