What's a Wallet Series - Part 1

What's a Wallet Series - Part 1

To go from 0 to 1 in the world of cryptocurrency, one usually begins by creating what's known as a wallet. Navigating the cryptocurrency space is often difficult as there's always a boon of misinformation on the web, not to mention the enormous amount of bad actors looking to scam unsuspecting people. Let's start you on the right foot with your journey into the world of web3 and cryptocurrency. In this week's article we'll explore what a cryptocurrency wallet is (if you aren't familiar with what cryptocurrency is, please read this article first).

What is a Cryptocurrency Wallet?

Think of a cryptocurrency wallet as an online bank account, but with some key differences. In this account, you don't just store digital money like cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin, Ethereum, etc.) but also digital collectibles like loyalty points, artwork, certifications and more. Wallets can also be used as means of identification on the web!

The Technology Behind It

At its core, a cryptocurrency wallet is a software program or a physical device that maintains your private and public keys (stay tuned for a blog post about this soon). Your public key is similar to a bank account number — it's what people use to send you funds. The private key, akin to your online banking password, is confidential and used to authorize transactions. You never want to give someone access to your private key just like you'd never give someone your password!

Types of Wallets

Wallets come in a few different varieties:

  • Hardware Wallets: Comparable to a safe deposit box, these are physical devices that store your keys securely offline.

  • Software Wallets: These are apps on your phone or computer, similar to online banking apps, but less secure than hardware wallets.

What Does a Cryptocurrency Wallet Enable?

Wallets enable a whole host of capabilities beyond the traditional bank account, such as:

  1. Versatility in Transactions: Like online bank transfers, your digital wallet lets you send and receive various digital currencies.

  2. Direct Control and Ownership: Your wallet gives you complete control over your assets, without the need for intermediaries like banks.

  3. A New Way to Login to Websites: Wallets act like a means of identification online and can be used to login to certain websites just like you login with an email; however, just like your email you don't want to provide that information to every single site you visit.

Why Should You Care About Cryptocurrency Wallets?

  1. Empowerment Over Assets: Like having an online bank account for financial transactions, a digital wallet empowers you with direct control over a wide range of digital assets.

  2. Gateway to Digital Finance: It's your entry point into the innovative world of cryptocurrencies and all things web3, reshaping the financial landscape.

  3. Enhanced Security: Offering robust security features, digital wallets provide a safer way to manage your digital assets compared to traditional online banking.


In essence, cryptocurrency wallets offer a unique blend of a bank account's functionality and much more, serving as a key tool in navigating the expanding universe of digital currencies and assets. Where do you start making a wallet? Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more educational content around how to get started with wallet!

Further Reading

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