Wallets

What is a cold wallet?

For voting, we refer to cold wallets as Hardware Wallets (such as Trezor and Ledger). For detailed instructions for using paper wallets, click here. A cold, or hardware wallet, is a physical device that is generally kept offline, but can be plugged into a computer in order to sign or approve transactions. Cold wallets are safer than hot wallets as they require you to confirm each transaction on the device without exposing your private key and, as they spend very little time plugged into a computer, they are very difficult to hack.

What is a hot wallet?

A hot wallet spends most of its time connected to the internet. Hot wallets come in many forms, such as accounts hosted on exchanges, as mobile or desktop applications, or as browser extensions like Metamask. There are many different types of hot wallets, but the important factor is that they are considered less safe than cold wallets because they are more susceptible to hacks.

How do I use MetaMask as a cold wallet?

A step by step guide to using MetaMask as a cold wallet can be found here.

How do I use my Ledger as a cold wallet?

A step by step guide to connecting your Ledger hardware wallet to use as a cold wallet can be found here.

How do I use my Trezor as a cold wallet?

A step by step guide to connecting your Trezor hardware wallet to use as a cold wallet can be found here.

I have a paper wallet, can I still vote?

Yes, a step by step guide to voting with your paper wallet to use as a cold wallet can be found here.