Hardware Wallets - Hidden Wallets Are Extremely Useful - Use This Feature!

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A hardware wallet is the only way to store cryptocurrencies really secure without the need to go through a complicated process. However, there is one big problem: When someone can manage to steel your backup seed or force you to give your pin code, they can steel all your digital assets within minutes and there is no way to get it back.

This is a big risk when you are traveling, living together with other people in one house or when you live in a country where seizure of assets is likely. It can also happen that your bitcoins get stolen this way when someone breaks into your house or forces you to give them your seed. Security starts with privacy, don’t tell everyone!

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Hidden wallets will greatly increase your privacy!

Hidden wallets, an exiting security feature

Both, Trezor and Ledger offer the hidden wallet feature. This enables you to set up additional wallets for all the supported cryptocurrencies that have a unique private key. This feature is great, because the hidden wallets are invisible when your device get unlocked with the pincode or backup seed.

This means that someone that forces you to unlock your wallet or steels your backup seed won’t see your hidden wallets and will not be able to know or proof that you have any. Also when your device get seized you can unlock your default wallet and there is no way to proof that you have more funds in your hidden wallets. This is a way to make your bitcoins really unseizable!

How does it work?

The backup seed of a hardware wallet is a row of 24 english words. this seed is created by encryption of the private key. When you create a hidden wallet, you simply add one word (the pass phrase) to the default backup seed and a new private key is created.

Ledger

On a Ledger Nano S you can create a hidden wallet by setting an additional pin. On the Ledger you can only create one hidden wallet, if you set a second one the first one will be deleted and so will the funds on this wallet! I strongly advise to use hidden wallets, but you have to really understand how it works before you get started. HERE you can read more about it.

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Trezor

The Trezor has a better system, you can create an unlimited amount of hidden wallets. With the Trezor you can switch the advanced feature to work with hidden wallets on or off. When you switch it on you will be asked for the passphrase. When you want to open your default wallet you simply leave the box for the pas phrase empty and click through.

When you want to create or open a hidden wallet you enter your passphrase and click through. Now you will be only in your hidden wallet and your default wallet will not be visible. When you have created your hidden wallet you can switch the function off and when you start up you will only see the default wallet. Nobody can ever proof that you used the advanced feature (if you took privacy measures while doing it).

The possibility to create multiple wallets is very useful, since you can spread your funds over different wallets. When someone robs you and it is so threatening that you have to cooperate, you can simply give only one of the pas phrases. It is impossible for the attacker to know how many you have. Also when you send funds your identity can be linked to the wallet. When you have your coins spread, you will only link a small part of your funds.

I really recommend to use this function, it will add to your security level and you will worry less. Make sure you understand this function and know what you are doing before you get started. HERE is the manual.

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Make your hidden wallets ‘extra hidden’

Nobody can proof that you have hidden wallets, but when an agency is spying on you while you are creating or using them they probably can. Furthermore, when you hold bitcoins they might be able to figure out that you own them when they can trace them back to the source like an exchange where you bought them. For security and privacy reasons it is desirable that the funds in the hidden wallets can not be linked to you. Here are some measures that you can take:

Use VPN when you work with your hidden wallets to ensure that your IP can’t be linked to your activity. This is a good idea anyway because hackers will never be able to steel your private key (first 24 words) when you work with your hardware wallet because they are segregated from the online environment, but your 25th word can be compromised while using it!

Buy your bitcoins from a source where your identity is not linked to the transaction. This is the case when you buy peer to peer from family or friends, but you can also search for a peer to peer trading partner on market places like Localbitcoins.

When you own bitcoins already and they can be linked to you, you can make them untraceable. This can be done by exchanging Bitcoin for Monero through Shapeshift. Your Monero is now untraceable and it is not possible to link it to you. Now you can Shapeshift it back to Bitcoin and let it be send to your hidden wallet. These bitcoins are visible on the blockchain, but it is impossible to know that they are yours. Another way to do this is through a coinmixer. Both ways will cost you some transaction fees, it is up to you wether it is worth it or not.

When you have a hardware wallet: Use this feature! It will greatly improve your security and make you sleep better!

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This is definitely a great information. I do have couple of questions though.
When the key of my hardware wallet is changed, does it impact the hidden wallets present on the device ?
Can I recover my hidden wallets if my device(hardware wallet) is compromised like lost or destroyed ?
When you say peer to peer bitcoin purchase, I think that is banned by the USA government so that the transactions can be traced and linked to a person.

By changing key of your hardware wallet, do you mean the PIN? If so, then no, it won't impact the hidden wallets. The PIN is used to grant access to the seed, but does not modify the seed itself, while the encryption passphrase actually modifies (encrypts) the wallet seed.

Yes, you can recover your hidden wallets using the recovery seed. Simply load the recovery seed into a new device, and set up passphrase encryption. Your old wallets will be accessible by simply re-entering your old encryption passphrases.

That's a cool discovery for me. Worth sharing with everyone. Already resteemed and upvoted.

Great tips sir for secure our wallet. Your post is very helpful for us. You nicely describe the hardware wallet features. Thanks a lot for sharing such a useful post.

Thank you! I find this feature very useful, want to share it with my followers

Nice info dear it will help alot.@michiel

@msena i intended to mention that... Yeah it's a good job well done.... Very helpful

Great tips sir for secure our wallet. Your post is very helpful for us.

Agreed, this is a very overlooked aspect of hardware wallets. The new Trezor Model T makes hidden wallets even more secure, as you can enter the encryption passphrase directly on the device, rather than through your computer keyboard. This way, you are safe from keyloggers recording your passphrase.

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I am a huge fan of Trezor because i live in Prague, little fact for you guys Trezor means safe in Czech. Can use that at your crypto dinner parties!

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this is something new to me. thank you a lot for sharing.

Thanks alot for sharing such a great useful post.

Great post. thanks for sharing your post

You are right @michiel. Besides loosing ones savings to thieves, there is also the need for one to learn how these wallets works so as not to delete everything in error as you've pointed.

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a very good idea you describe, because now it is not safe for us, because many also hacked our bitcoin wallet, this is really amazing, a good post @ michiel.

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Goodbye to loosing crypto via hacks 😍😍😍

Dear @michiel
You have nicely described the hardware wallet which is good to use for our safety. Your posts are always good and informative. . I like your all posts. Thanks for sharing these valuable information.

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This seems like a useful feature. Was actually wondering the other day what if someone coerced me into unlocking my wallet what defense do I have against that.