Introducing 28 Days of Steem Basic Training! What Next After Account Approval? #1

New to Steem? Would you join us for day one of this 28-day Steem basic training program because inside is the best of what I've learned about how to be successful on Steemit including when do we earn money, how to keep our accounts safe, where do we go for help, and how do we make lasting deep relationships with people on Earth?

Introducing Steem Basic Training Day #1! What next after account approval?

If you've just got an email like this, as I did on May 20, 2017, saying that your Steemit account has been approved, you might be really excited like I was.

Each day of this basic training will focus on one critical activity to do that I think will be most helpful for you, based on my experience including what I've done right and all the mistakes I've made in my 6 months on Steem.

Therefore, for day one, what is the one thing that's essential to do on our very first day?

Most of the excitement I've seen starting out on Steem is about how do I make an intro post, earn money and build followers? That is too much to get started with. We will tackle each of these things one day at a time.

On day one there's something much more important that I've noticed my friends and family signing up often not paying much attention to.

Would you join me in seeing exactly how to do this because this may prevent a huge pain point in the future?

As soon as we get our Steem account, we get a link to "" with some custom characters for each of us. This will allow us to set up our password on Steemit.

We will receive a password or have the ability to generate a password that is the master key to our account.

During day one, the most important thing to do is build or use an existing system to keep the password safe and to start immediately using these permissions or keys to sign in instead of the password.

I've noticed friends and family signing up not paying much attention to backing up the password or keeping it safe, and signing straight in as I did to Steem with the password.

On Steem our password is the master control to our account. If someone takes the password, that person has master control of our account and there's no third party who can definitely help.

Steemit may be able to help by recovering an account, but that's not something we want to bet our account on.

Steemit says that they cannot recover your password and I advise you to read these seven rules.

If we lose access to our account on Facebook we can just go, "Oops! I forgot my password. Send me another one through the email."

I've lost lots of passwords online and used the email recovery option. There is no email recovery option on Steem. If we lose the password, we lose access to our account. That is the number one risk factor for Steem.

The most likely possibility of something bad happening is losing access to our own account. What I recommend to prevent this and to build an ongoing security solution for all passwords is to use LastPass at

My friend @robertgenito recommend LastPass to me which has helped me a lot with backing up and storing my passwords securely. LastPass is a vault where I store all or most of all of my passwords online except the password that opens LastPass.

LastPass allows us to just remember one really secure password and we can also set up two-factor authentication to provide additional security on our account, and then once we log into our LastPass account we get into a vault that has all the rest of our passwords.

I highly recommend using a password manager to back up, not only LastPass in terms of using it for Steem, and not only to back it up, but also to back up other passwords, because this will just speed up the sign-in process and allow for much greater security.

What a lot of us do is just use one or some basic series of passwords that if any of those passwords get out a hacker can easily crack almost all the rest of our accounts even if we use systems like adding ones or specific numbers or letters based on the website.

LastPass allows us to just generate secure passwords all the time and if one of our passwords to one account gets compromised that allows the rest of them not to fall down like dominoes or bowling pins.

With Steem, LastPass also helps us with not losing our password. We can have our LastPass account set up so that we can put our Steem password in LastPass, and then I also recommend an offline backup in case that LastPass goes out of business or all of a sudden goes down and the passwords aren't available there.

An offline backup will allow us to immediately change our password if something happens with LastPass. Therefore, it is critical to get the password to the account set up in a way that it will not be lost over the next five or ten, maybe even twenty years, because if at any time the password is lost and can't be recovered, we've lost access to our account.

Now, once we are confident that our password is both in a password manager and/or backed up in a secure method offline, then we are ready to start using permissions, which will allow us to sign into our account and stay signed in without having to even put our password in.

It doesn't do much good to have our password backed up in LastPass if we're then signing into, if we're signing into other Steem apps with our password all the time because then someone could get a hold of our password as we use it on a day to day basis.

On Steem the password is the highest level of security, which means that if anyone gets the password to our Steem account, that password can then just be changed and we can be locked out of our account, and desperately hoping to get back into it by recovering the account, which is not at all guaranteed.

Therefore, the ideal solution to keep our account safe is to only sign in with the posting and the active keys as needed while keeping the password stuck either/or in a password manager and/or offline somewhere.

Once we've got the password stored securely offline and we've got a hold of our posting and active keys, we can then sign in and do everything on our Steem account except change the password and the keys without having to use our password.

Now, what you see below is the public key. What I have to do to actually use the posting key is to click "Show private key."

On the active key, I need to log in to show the private active key as well, and I will need the password to do that.

Therefore, on the very first time when setting and backing the password up, and signing in and out of the account with the password, I would grab the password and put it in LastPass, and then sign in and out of Steem immediately afterwards to make sure that the password in LastPass actually works to sign in.

Then, after signing in with the password, show the private key and log in to show the active key, and get a hold of the private versions of these keys. These are the public versions that start with "STM" and the private versions will usually start with a "5."

Now, those keys are essentially lower level passwords. Those lower level passwords should also be backed up in something like LastPass or kept offline, but something like the posting key should be available for convenience. You want to be able to easily use the posting key to sign into Steem anywhere. The posting key is what I use to sign into

The private posting key, which is available by clicking "Show private key," is what I use to sign into and that's what I use to sign into other apps unless the apps need the active key.

The active key has greater permission than the posting key.

The posting key allows for making posts, comments and votes. The active key allows for transferring funds and for powering up or down and voting for witnesses.

The active key may be needed to sign into some apps. Therefore, all we need are the posting and active private keys to sign in and out of our Steemit accounts on or to sign into our Steem account on other apps.

Therefore, on day one the only thing that is critical to do right after we've got access to our accounts is to get our password, back that password up, get a hold of our permission keys, get those private posting keys and active keys and start signing in and out of Steem with those keys.

Once we can verify, we are able to sign in and out of Steem with the posting key and the active key, and once we've verified our password works to sign in and out of our account wherever we've backed it up, then we stop using our password. We do not use our password anymore to sign in and out.

The only thing we need to use our password for is if we lose our posting private key or our posting active key, we can't remember them and can't sign back in, but if you are using a password manager that shouldn't happen.

Or, if you think the posting or active key have been compromised, then you can go in and change the password, which will change the posting and the active key and remove the ability of those old keys to do anything.

Day one is all about account security.

You want to get account security right from day one because it's much easier to start off and do account security right from day one than it is to suddenly discover as I did after two months of using Steem that I was signing in with my password to everything, and that I very easily could lose access to my entire account if someone else anywhere got a hold of my password.

I then changed my password to prevent anyone with the old password from being able to get into the account within 30 days and now since then, I use the posting and the active keys as the only things I use. I haven't signed in with the password in months.

I hope this has been extremely helpful for you in getting started and once you are comfortable signing in with the posting key and/or the active key depending on where you want to sign in, then you are ready to do day two.

The posting key is the only thing that should be needed getting started, but you want to also have the active key available for things like witness votes or other apps.

Therefore, in summary, to complete day 2, you will want to have the posting private key ready to go and be signed into Steem with the posting private key.

Thank you very much for reading day 1 of "Steem 28-day Basic Training" here with me, Jerry Banfield.

I hope this has been helpful for you and if you've enjoyed this, I hope to see you in day 2 of "Steem Basic Training."

Final words

Thank you for reading this blog post, which was originally filmed as the video below.

If you enjoyed this video, would you please leave a like on it because that's how I'll know to do more videos just like this.

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Jerry Banfield with edits by @gmichelbkk on the transcript from @deniskj

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Great series, thanks jerry

Hi jerrybanfield,
Thanks for sharing

Its been about 4 month I'm using steemit and I'm still learning.


Ok, man, I can't hear your music on Dtube. You made broken link or something. You need to learn how to upload video to Dtube. I wanna hear good compositions, and your login promice this, but not.

Great for beginners... Jerry helped me a lot at the beginning ... very recommended

Sound information about SLOWING Down & Taking Time to create a good, strong password -- and then 'Not repeat' using it when You go to SIGN Up to various #STEEMIT APPS !

Indeed, KEEP it offline (Copy of yr password) in a SAFE place -- where your kids won't go . Hehe, a SAFE might be a great Chirstmas gift to give yourself right about now !

And when blogging, I agree with Jerry that it's good to USE one's posting key ♦♦

Also ..REMEMBER that the 'active key' may be required to SIGN into certain #Steem-related apps . ☻☻

P.S.- And ALWAYS Log off (even at Home) - then if You're looking up something at a relatives house, well You'll be remembering to 'log out' there & then

P.P.S. - READ the #STEEMIT POSTS on #Security

Hey @jerrybanfield,

Good tip backing up the password. It could be a major mess if months down the line you need it and it's lost.

Day 1 - done!


Can't wait for Day2! I need all the help I can get :)

good work @jerrybanfield
thank you for sharing
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Hi Jerry, I just upvoted you on the witness page, I'm grateful for learning all the things from you am setting up an Ubuntu server with digital Ocean for steem witness

As usual @jerrybanfield Always creative
thank you for effort in steam and in youtube and in facebook

Great post.
Finally someone that helping newbies to start working here.

Awasome post on steemit thank you for growing our knowledge about steemit with high quality content really powerful of basic training guide. special thank you @jerrybanfield from @kantzone.

This is nice. love it .

thanks man I could use the help. I have been very confused on the wallet side and how to leverage properly as well as I didnt notice I was being flagged for having referral link up on my post showing what I invest in and had three different posts get flagged and nocked me back far

A must read post for newbies

Really Great one and high quality content !.....Thanks...


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Extremley informative and helpful thank you it's a much needed post for a new user like myself

Thx jerry, perfect for all new users to come soon..

Wow, I didn't know Steemit had all these security features built in. Will start using posting & active keys from here on out. Thank you Jerry!

Awesome initiative for people who are new to the platform. It does makes me wonder what will come next? 28 days are a lot of days ;P

So helpful! My wife was a victim of password loss, she was unable to save her first master password out of excitement, she couldn’t use her first account on steemit, it was so painful for her because she opened that account with her first choice username @petlove, she later opened her second steemit account with @korghawk, and maintained her petlove name in steemit chat without knowing that it’ll still bring her another misfortune, now she later won @firepower steemitchat contest with her @petlove steemitchat username, she won the challenge though but using @petlove steemitchat username for the challenge, @firepower sent her reward to @petlove steemit account without knowing that she is now @korghawk on steemit but @petlove on steemitchat, what an irony huh?

Now her reward is in @petlove account locked forever just because of loss of password.

But thanks to @firepower who recently changed her steemitchat username from @petlove to korghawk so that such incident happens not again. But as her reward, it’s gone and gone forever unless if something comes up tomorrow as remedies for password loss.

Thank you.

thanks for the post. Id like to know more, please keep it coming.

ah wow mr @jerrybanfield Introducing 28 Days of Steem Basic Training! What Next After Account Approval? #1

Im fairly new so Ill take any help I can get :D

i whant to talk about you next post if you give me okey please watch this video and tell me your idea please

Im still learning about steemit, and need more knowlage like this :)

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Best improvement so far!

This is a great post with lots of really important information. I could of use Introducing 28 Days of Steem Basic Training when I first joined. It would have prevented a lot of frustration.

I've identified steemit by watching a video of you. Thank you so much.

Jerry thank you for sharing this article :) !! Great one and high quality content !

This is great! I will follow along and learn as you go though it all. Thanks.

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Thank you Jerry. I am fairly new in the Crypto World.

Its been 7days

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Thanks for the great read on getting this beta platform up and running!

@jerrybanfield that is a good concept that will help new steemians to get acquainted with the ecosystem. Thanks for that.

thanks for post ...
it is very helpfull to me...
dont stop please ...

Many thanks for the info.

Very useful.

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Thanks Jerry! Your posts are some of the most informative and amusing I enjoy here on this wonderful new platform! I'm trying hard to become a good content creator here on steemit! If you're able, please visit my blog and if you enjoy my content please give me some tips as to better my content. You are the master and I would highly appreciate your input!

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Thanks for sharing!

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Greetings to you for your good and useful content in this wonderful publication
Where everyone should learn and learn a lot from him, especially novices like me will benefit them a lot
Thank you very much

Excellent idea ... I will follow with attention the future 28 days your post as I will surely learn new things

thank you jerrybanfield . I'm also make as a witness for you .

Great information. I wish I had this when I started.

You know I have been on steemit and didn't really know the different use of the keys. Thank you so much for this post @jerrybanfield. I am definitely staying tuned for the remaining trainings. God bless you and keep up the good work. Have a great week.

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Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post for steemit community. You are my favourite Steemian @jerrybanfield!

Great tips! I'm already here for a few weeks, but I'm positive that your beginners training will be super useful! Thanks for sharing on this important topic, will follow the advice, and looking forward to what your next posts will be!

Without any doubt you are the best youtuber about steemit. Thanks man. :)

A training such as this is just exactly what newbies who stream to Steemit on daily basis have been searching for. I know coming from you @jerrybanfield, it will make a lot of sense, for me, I am signing up already. Thanks!


tnx for shareing.... keep it up

Great..very intresting..i hope very soon we will got the second part..its realy very helful for new user including me..i suggest to new user and friends and family to read this post..

I was very inspired for your training. I have been established in Myanmar Steemit community. The group got into difficulties in trying to succeed. Of course the idea, but did can not open.I shall try next time.

Thanks for nice roadmap showing. We expect more information from you.

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Great post! Very helpful tips in here about security. Thank you!

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Good advice Jerry, my wife has just started using lastpass and has been telling me the advantages of it. I am always sceptical about saving my passwords on a cloud device. LastPass has been hacked in the past.

Wow.. Thanks jerrybanfield for this very informative post.. I learned a lot .. Hope you will be bless more

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This video was very helpful, I had no idea..thank you for sharing!

im looking forward to gleaming as much information from your videos as possible, being new here its a bit overwhelming to say the least ;)

Thank you jerry your tips really helpful for beginner like us.

Jerry, watching your videos now... Thank you man...Learning a lot...

Nice Post

Lots of super info here. Clears up a lot about what keys to use where and when. Thanks!