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March 11, 2010, 04:14:55 AM
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In addition to 'best computing practices' and network security I wanted to share a simple method that I will be using to securely store and safeguard my 'customers' Bitcoins.

As well as, the usual back-up of the wallet.dat, encryption, regular system patching / updates and having a good firewall etc, etc...

I realized that I don't need to 'store' the Bitcoins at the Bitcoin address that is (a) managing transactions (b) generating more Bitcoins and which, therefore, is 'online' 24/7 and 'open' to a potential attacker.

A 2nd 'offline' machine with Bitcoin installed can be used to store the Bitcoins and only ever be connected to the internet when a bulk transaction is required. This 2nd Bitcoin address is only know to the service provider. This is a very simple solution to provided an always-on 'front of house' with secured 'vault' banking. In the unlikely event that a 'hacker' manages to steal your wallet.dat there will be 'nothing' in it aside from the most recently generated Bitcoins. A somewhat paranoid approach, but I think all will agree, very effective for security and piece of mind.

This maybe obvious to some, but I thought I would share this anyway.

I also recently discovered and have started using the open source Untangle Gateway. http://www.untangle.com/

This is great for Windows and Linux users and quite frankly I don't know of a better, free, 'all-in-one' solution that offers 'business' grade security.

Anyone with any other ideas or solutions feel free to add them. Grin

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March 11, 2010, 01:23:53 PM
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Thanks for the tip
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