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ELLIPAL Hardware Wallet Launches New Service Supporting Binance Chain Mainnet

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30th April 2019, Hong Kong, China- Game-changing Cryptocurrency hardware wallet ELLIPAL has completed all testing and prep to launch a new version that supports the Binance Chain mainnet and its native BNB coin. The new service will be fully operational from April 30. Once the BNB tokens have been swapped, they can be sent back to ELLIPAL’s wallet to be used in the Binance exchange itself.

Binance has launched the Binance Chain mainnet on 23rd of April this year. With the BNB mainnet becoming online, Users should swap their ERC-20 BNB tokens to BEP-2 BNB on the Binance exchange by “withdrawing” ERC-20 BNB from the exchange to a Binance Chain address. The Binance chain is reportedly a more solid decentralized finance infrastructure for the blockchain industry and will be a game-changer thing for the industry this year.

Doing Exchange through ELLIPAL based on Binance DEX

Binance Chain is a project to drastically improve Binance DEX, a worldwide popular cryptocurrency exchange with a non-custodial design. Started by Binance, the DEX (decentralized exchange) allows users to trade right from their wallets. This means Binance will never hold your private keys because they can all be processed remotely in your wallet. Crypto users do not have to give away control of their coins in order to do trade in cryptocurrencies which is a big breakthrough in the industry as users currently have to relinquish their control over private keys to the exchanges currently operating around the world. This is an important innovation for security and control compared to other setups that may be compromised through hacking, identity theft or the like.

As a secure next-generation hardware wallet, the ELLIPAL team has long believed that decentralized exchanges are the future of crypto trading and it has now released the decentralized trading function based on Binance Chain on April 30th. What’s amazing here is how one can use Binance exchange directly right through the ELLIPAL Hardware Wallet. Not only does this mean its now a lot easier to trade, but also that your private keys are extremely secure inside ELLIPAL’s air-gapped hardware. Crypto investors will be more at ease and confident that their transactions are in safe hands.

What are the steps?

  • ELLIPAL users should update their App and hardware wallet.
  • Once the update is done, add the BNB coin to your account and transfer in some BNB coins.
  • On the App, select Binance DEX and start trading.
  • All transactions are signed by ELLIPAL Hardware Wallet.

ELLIPAL users can use ELLIPAL Hardware wallet to HODL their BNB coins and trade by Binance DEX safely and conveniently starting this May. There are more exciting things about to unfold in these coming months, so users can hold on tight. On top of it, to make things more thrilling, the company is giving out a 25% off as a discount on using the code “BNB” on ELLIPAL website to congratulate the newly launched Binance Mainnet.

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Trezor One Review: Things You Need to Know Before Buying

Trezor One Review: Things You Need to Know Before Buying

Trezor One is a hardware wallet used for securely storing cryptocurrencies. Launched by SatoshiLabs in 2014, the Trezor wallet was the first of its kind. Supporting a wide range of cryptocurrencies for an affordable price, it can be used as both a secure cold storage solution and for every day hot storage. In this Trezor One review, we will go through all the things you need to know before deciding to order this key-sized peace of mind.

Setup and initialization

The setup process can take up to 10-15 minutes, but it’s pretty straight-forward and easy to follow. After you complete the whole process, your assets will be secure and their wallets safely offline.

 

To start the initialization process, the first thing you need to do is to connect the device with your computer by using a USB cable. There are a few ways to connect your device with the wallet. SatoshiLabs recommends using the Trezor Bridge — a tool used to ease the connection between the wallet and your browser (such as Firefox and Google). After installing the latest firmware and creating a new wallet, the next step is to create a backup. The device will create a set of words (recovery seed) for you that is randomly generated and used for recovery purposes. You should write them down and use them in case your wallet gets damaged or lost. However, make sure you store your recovery seed in a safe place, because if you lose it, there is no way you can recover your wallet, and your bitcoins will be lost forever.

During the initialization process, a PIN code is also created by the user using the device. The maximum PIN length is 9 digits and is required to manually confirm transactions on the device.

Security

Trezor wallet is one of the most secure wallets in production for a good reason. To begin with, the package comes with a holographic tamper-proof sticker on it. If you notice any damage to the protective foil, you should not use the device, and contact their support services instead.

The PIN code is entered by clicking on a pad in your browser. The pad shows dots instead of numbers, and the layout should match the position of numbers (1-9) shown on the wallet’s display. The layout changes every time you are using the device. This way, a hacker with remote access to your computer won’t be able to steal your PIN or see what you are entering. When using the device, every time you type in your PIN wrong, the wait time between attempts is increased, and after 15 attempts the device wipes itself completely.

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The recovery seed contains 24 words that are randomly generated. For security reasons, these words are generated offline by the device, which keeps them isolated and free from digital threats. You must store this seed offline, so it can’t be compromised. When the Trezor wallet is delivered, you will get a piece of paper with it where you can write the seed down. In case you need something more durable, you can use Cryptosteel — a stainless steel vault designed to keep your recovery seed, private keys or passwords unaffected by fire, flood or other disasters.

Ease of use

As we mentioned earlier in our Trezor One review, this wallet can be used as a cold wallet or a hot wallet. However, Trezor One is designed to store a substantial amount of money and should be rather used as a vault.

You will need it only when you want to send coins as you will need to manually confirm each transaction on the device but to receive coins you don’t need to confirm anything. Transactions can be approved within minutes with minimal interaction with the wallet. All you have to do is to enter a PIN code and confirm each transaction on the device.

Trezor supports more than 500 coins including Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, Dash and ZCash.

Trezor One review summary

This 12g device works as described. Although the initial setup process might require a bit of work, your latter interaction with the wallet should be minimal.

One drawback is that many users are disappointed with its physical appearance as it’s made of plastic and looks cheap. Another issue for many is that Trezor One does not support Ripple. However, SatoshiLabs has taken this criticism on board and have addressed these problems with the new Trezor T model.

Overall, Trezor lives up to its name and besides those minor issues mentioned above, it’s definitely worth your attention. Trezor One is available in white and black with its price hovering at around EUR 80.

We are hoping that this Trezor One review has cleared any doubts you had, and if you are interested in purchasing it, you can do so here.

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Ledger Nano S Review: Good Value for Money?

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Overview of the Ledger Nano S

The Ledger Nano S is a hardware wallet, meaning that it stores the private keys to your cryptocurrency wallets, securing your funds and giving you the ability to safely conduct transactions. Ledger has been around since 2014 and apart from being regarded as a very secure wallet provider, the Ledger Nano S is currently the only hardware wallet that supports Ripple (XRP) and a total of 1,180 other cryptocurrencies. Their wide range of supported crypto assets makes it a very useful storage option for those who invest in a wide range of altcoins and need a way to securely store them as well as for those who just need somewhere safe to put their crypto-assets.

We will explore all of this in more detail: Ledger’s reputation and history, the wallet’s design, security features, setup and initialization in the following Ledger Nano S review.

More about Ledger the company

Ledger is a French company that began life in 2014 and has grown into a leader in secure cryptocurrency storage solutions and blockchain applications. Since the original founders of the company came together to form Ledger, the company has expanded to over 130 employees with offices in Paris, Vierzon and San Francisco. In that time, Ledger has built up a strong customer base with clients in 165 countries and over 1,441,000 Ledger Nano S wallets already sold. Investments in the company are also healthy, having raised USD 85 million to date.

Design

So what can you expect after receiving your Ledger Nano S?

The box should contain:

  • The Ledger Nano S device
  • 3 documents: Getting started card, Did you notice card and 3 copies of the Recovery sheet
  • A lanyard and keychain
  • A USB cable

Note that Ledger doesn’t use a tamper-proof seal or sticker as they can be counterfeited to fool people. If there is anything missing from the box or the seed card has anything written on it, then it shouldn’t be used and Ledger should be contacted immediately. As a common rule when buying any hardware wallet, the device should only be purchased directly from the company and not from Ebay to ensure it hasn’t been pre-owned or tampered with.

Ledger Nano S box contents
What should be delivered with a Ledger Nano S

So back to the design of your new Ledger Nano S. It resembles a USB stick in size and shape and can be easily held in your hand or put in your pocket. Alternatively, you can use the lanyard or key ring it comes with to carry it around with you. The inbuilt display, although smaller than some other wallets such as Keep Key, is large enough and an important security feature as it allows you to use the device securely even if you are unsure that the computer you’re using it with is free from malware. The rotatable metal sleeve protects the screen isn’t strictly necessary but doesn’t do any harm and makes the wallet as a whole a bit more durable. In short, the device is practical and makes a good first impression.

Now that it has been unpacked and inspected, it is ready to be set up.

Setup and initialization

The setup and initialization process of the Ledger Nano S is quite intuitive and similar to most other hardware wallets. To start, plug your wallet into your computer and turn it on; after that, you will be asked to create a PIN code using the 2 buttons on the device.

Important to note is that when you first plug the wallet into your computer, the screen should display “Welcome” and “Press both buttons to begin”. If this isn’t the case, then there’s a chance it has been tampered with and Ledger should be contacted. Also, the PIN and seed code will not have been preset. If they have, then the device is likely not safe and Ledger should be contacted.

ledger nano s welcome screen

Once you have confirmed the PIN, you’ll be asked to write down your 24-word seed on the card provided. The seed will be displayed on the screen of your Ledger Nano S so that it never comes in contact with your computer or the internet.

The ability to use the device to create and display important, private information is part of what makes hardware wallets such a secure, simple option for storing cryptocurrencies. It is, however, important to write the seed code down in the correct order and store it somewhere safe from the elements and prying eyes.

Now all that is left to do is to install Ledger Live which is the software that allows you to download apps and manage your different wallets on the device. This includes conducting transactions with the hardware wallet. Ledger Live is not the only option. Those with existing software wallets, including those from Mycelium, Electrum and some others, can use the Ledger Nano S to secure them. In total, the setup takes around 5 minutes and is not difficult, following similar steps to most other hardware wallets on the market.

Supported coins

One of the most crucial things to consider when buying a hardware wallet, apart from its security features, is supported altcoins. In this regard, Ledger is well-known for being particularly willing to add support for new cryptocurrencies, often well before other devices on the market. Currently, the Ledger Nano S supports over 1,100 cryptocurrencies although many, such as ECR-20 tokens, aren’t supported by Ledger Live directly so to send or receive them you will have to download other software such as MyEtherWallet or MyCryptoWallet.

The Ledger Nano S, of course, supports many of the most popular cryptocurrencies traded, including:

  • Bitcoin (BTC)
  • Bitcoin Cash (BCH)
  • Bitcoin Gold (BTG)
  • Ethereum (ETH)
  • Ethereum Classic (ETC)
  • Ripple (XRP)
  • Litecoin (LTC)
  • Dogecoin (DOGE)
  • Zcash (ZEX)
  • Dash (DASH)

One of the issues with the Ledger Nano S is that although it can be used to store many different types of cryptocurrencies, the device has limited memory and only about 4 or 5 cryptocurrency apps can be stored at the same time on the device. This has drawn criticism from some users, however, although it is a hassle, it is not difficult to uninstall apps from the device via Ledger Live to make space for new ones. When uninstalling apps on the device, the personal keys are not lost and to gain access to the wallet, you just have to reinstall the app for that cryptocurrency on the device again as the private keys remain securely stored on the device.

As a side note, Ledger allows users with an Android OTG capable device to check their balance on the go with their Ledger Live app for mobile devices. Running in what Ledger calls consultation mode, with an OTG cable, you can currently only check your Ledger Nano S’s balance on the app and not conduct transactions. The OTG cable can be purchased from Ledger directly with the hardware wallet.

Security features

The Ledger Nano S is considered to be at least as secure as other popular hardware wallets on the market such as Trezor or Keep Key. Its inbuilt screen means that all actions have to be manually confirmed on the device. On top of this, when generating a private key and seed for the wallet, they are generated on the device in real time. This means that they are not accessible from the internet or the connected computer which is a large part of why the Ledger Nano S, and hardware wallets in general, are far superior in terms of security and privacy to software or cloud wallets.

For more advanced users and those with large sums of cryptocurrency that want to add an extra layer of security to their Ledger Nano S, there is the option to add a passphrase. This is an extra word added to the 24-word seed code and a second associated PIN that allows for hidden wallets. The passphrase is never written down and chosen on the device by the user so is therefore known only to the owner of the device. If a wallet is placed “behind” the passphrase, when trying to recover the device with the 24-word seed, only those not “behind” the pass code will be recovered.

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By keeping a small amount of cryptocurrency for day-to-day use in basic, non-passphrase wallets, if the user is threatened to release the seed codes for the wallet or they somehow fall into someone else’s hands, only a small amount will be lost. The thief is tricked into thinking that no other funds exist on the device. It should be noted that this security feature is only recommended for advanced users because if the passphrase and second PIN are forgotten, then the funds can’t be recovered. The device is very secure without the use of the passphrase feature.

As mentioned above, because the generation of your seed code is so crucial to the device’s security, it is important to make sure that when purchasing any hardware wallet, not just the Ledger Nano S, you never order it from a third party. It is always recommended to purchase it directly from Ledger or a certified reseller, such as Amazon in the case of Ledger. Scams involving the selling of a hardware wallet with pre-generated seed codes have been known to occur. If someone gains access to the device’s seed code, they can access the private wallet keys on it and therefore the funds associated with them.

Ledger Nano S review summary: is it good value for money?

After running through the most relevant aspects of the wallet in this Ledger Nano S review, how does its price compare to other wallets on the market?

Ledger is a respected, secure and user-friendly hardware wallet that supports a wide range of cryptocurrencies, albeit with some limitations in the number of apps that can be simultaneously loaded and managed on the device. Costing at the time of writing EUR 59 (inc. VAT), it is competitively priced when compared to the Trezor One at EUR 83.49 (incl. VAT). Similarly, the Keep Key costs USD 129 when bought directly from manufacturer.

In summary, although the product could be improved by adding more memory to allow for more apps on the device, the Ledger Nano S is a reliable, secure cryptocurrency storage solution that offers good value for money. If this is what you are looking for, make sure that you get it only from Ledger directly. If you are still uncertain then you can read our reviews of other quality hardware wallets on the market.

 

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SBI Group Pumps $15 Million into Blockchain Smart Card Wallet

SBI Group Pumps  Million into Blockchain Smart Card Wallet

Tokyo-based financial service company SBI Group has invested the sum of USD 15 million into blockchain smart card wallet producer Tangem.

Custom forms of Tangem blockchain cards available soon. Antenna qualification testing in process.#blockchain #blockchaintechnology #crypto pic.twitter.com/1raqSXCd4C

— Tangem (@Tangem) November 29, 2018

Tangem has been known to be among a few in the industry pioneering the production of hardware wallets for digital assets with its proprietary “physical banknotes of bitcoin”, described as a slimline hardware wallet for digital assets. It hinted on using the funds to further accelerate the deployment of its technology in other industries that support the physical distribution of blockchain assets.

Andrey Kurennykh, co-founder of Tangem, said : “We take the next big step on our mission to bring blockchain to people’s everyday life.”

Next to the complexity of the cutting-edge cryptographic solutions provided by blockchain is the need for security and streamlined use for cryptoassets that mimic traditional money qualities such as tangibility. While Tangem may be focused on the adoption of spendable cryptocurrency notes, security and portability still remain essential virtual commodities in cryptospace.

On the subject of hardware wallets, the need for crypto asset holders to protect their holdings in a more secure way cannot be overstated. Recent exchange hacks and shutdown have driven cryptocurrency owners to re-evaluate their storage options to consider the once that provide them with more control of their private keys. Perhaps, hardware wallet providers may soon have their field day with more adoption on the horizon.

However, that trip may not be so rosy after all. As oft as hardware wallets are considered secure comparable to the alternatives, these wallet class still have issues. About two weeks ago, UAE’s Beam wallet reportedly had a critical vulnerability; this was just one of several other reports of such glitches in the history of hardware wallet, even with major providers like Trezor and Ledger.

SBI Holdings Co Ltd has been increasingly showing a keen interest in cryptocurrency wallet providers, though its overall objective remains unknown. The first was with CoolBitX Ltd in March last year, a cold wallet provider based in Taiwan, where it holds about 40% investment share.

Last week, SBI Group was also reportedly involved in a funding round of another crypto firm Breadwinner AG, a Swiss-based wallet provider currently serving 1.8 million users in 170 countries.

 

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Ledger Generates $29.4M Profit from Hardware Wallets, Plans to Launch Crypto Custodian Service

French crypto firm Ledger says it has sold over 1 million Ledger Nano S cryptocurrency hardware wallets in 2017, generating USD 52.9 million of sales and USD 29.4 million of profits. Ledger will soon be expanding its business to cryptocurrency custodianship, and is planning another major investment round that has already sparked interest from Google, Siemens, and Samsung which may bring their valuation up to USD 1 billion.

Hardware wallets like the Ledger Nano S are one of the most secure ways to store Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. One of the biggest mistakes that new cryptocurrency users make is they don’t keep their private key in a safe place, which can result in their cryptocurrency being stolen. The private key gives anyone who holds it total control over cryptocurrency held in the corresponding address. Another major mistake is keeping cryptocurrency in an exchange or an online wallet instead of in their own wallet; users who do this don’t have 100% control of their private key and would lose their coins if the online service they are using is hacked or shut down.

The Ledger Nano S and other hardware wallets give cryptocurrency users a fast and efficient way of safely storing private keys, which is beneficial for the crypto ecosystem since it reduces fraud and bad experiences. Considering this, it is perhaps no surprise that Ledger has sold over 1 million hardware wallets in a year. Hardware wallets are essentially a USB stick or external drive that holds a private key, but Ledger Nano S includes wallet software, encryption that can only be unlocked by entering a pin code, 2-factor authentication, and a display which shows transaction history. Also, Ledger Nano S supports multiple cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum.

Ledger is expanding its business and has created the Ledger Vault, which provides everyone in an organization with hardware wallets that access the same crypto wallets. Varying permission can be set on each hardware wallet, which is ideal for businesses that use cryptocurrency.

The biggest move that Ledger is planning is the launching of Komainu, in partnership with Japanese financial giant Nomura, which will be a full-fledged cryptocurrency custodian service. Cryptocurrency custodian services are considered the final barrier to mainstream institutional investment, which could release a tremendous amount of money into the cryptocurrency markets. Coinbase, BitGo, and Xapo have already launched fully licensed and operational cryptocurrency custodian services.

 

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