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August 24, 2017, 09:49:34 AM
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How to protect your Private Key file & Wallet file on Desktop Wallets? Eg. ones like Electrum, Exodus, Jaxx, Copay? So that if a hacker or malware tries to get access to it. How to know which file it is in the Wallet directory?

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August 24, 2017, 11:16:05 AM
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How to protect your Private Key file & Wallet file on Desktop Wallets? Eg. ones like Electrum, Exodus, Jaxx, Copay? So that if a hacker or malware tries to get access to it. How to know which file it is in the Wallet directory?

The best protection is always to have your important files on a computer that is entirely disconnected from the internet, so malware has almost no chances of getting your keys.
Also make sure to do regular backups, because a failing hdd can be also as disastrous as a malware infection.

The wallet file depends on your wallet software. Just google it. For Core, it would be wallet.dat.

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August 24, 2017, 12:13:16 PM
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I store them on different locations. I write down all my keys (or print them) and put them into a physical trezor in my house. I also you nano ledger hardware trezor (only for Bitcoin) to store my Bitcoin there. And I additionally put them on a machine I own which never had (and never will have) a connection to the internet. Last but not least, I put the encrypted wallet.dat on a password protected USB-Stick in another physical place out of my house.
I know these are many different ways and it need some effort to maintain everything, especially when new private keys are added to the storage places. But it is worth the  effort.
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August 24, 2017, 12:24:11 PM
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Usually the wallets you mentioned are kept in the Appdata directory , for example Electrum it is here

C:\Users\"yourname"\AppData\Roaming\Electrum

Copy this folder in different USB-s, also save the seed in a perfect password protected .doc and then .zip or .rar document.

Keep these 2 in multiple locations. Always set a password to your wallet so the hacker will have a hard time cracking it, even if he steals your wallet.dat file.

This is pretty much the best you can do to protect your desktop wallets. Apply these steps to any wallet although I suggest you use Electrum as being so far one of the best if not the best desktop wallet.

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