🤯 Locked out of your wallet? Don't panic!
Instead of presenting my art, as I do most of the time, today, I'd like to share a recent experience with (almost) failed crypto investment.
After just a little over half a year in the world of blockchains and crypto currencies its all still relatively new to me. Nevertheless, I usually am careful with passwords and make sure I have passwords written down somewhere and backed up. So, of course, I thought it would never happen to me, that I could lock myself out of a wallet...
Well, never say never, right?
Back in January I started having some serious computer problems and it got to the point, that I thought I caught some awful malware or a hacker got in. To keep my Litecoins safe, I changed the password to something I thought I could remember easily for a quick fix and I wanted to take care of it with a really safe password later.
To make a long story short, after a lot more computer problems and two crashed drives, I could no longer remember my password for the LTC wallet. I couldn't believe it. After reading countless warnings about keeping passwords for cryptos in a safe place, since one would loose access for good, it happened to me. I felt like such an idiot. On top of the aggravation over throwing money away like this!
Oh well... searched the web then for a firefighter.
Lots of posts about lost passwords in countless forums, ways how to recover them and all that. I'm no computer expert, so using any of the offered software was a bit too "technical" for me.
After I had seen a number of posts about https://walletrecoveryservices.com/ and many people talking about their good experience, I thought, it can't get worse anyways, so why not give it a try. I wrote to the email address they provided and quickly got a reply, that it might take a bit, since a lot of people needed the service. Nevertheless I received instructions on how to encrypt my wallet and a list of possible parts of the password and send it.
Since I had seen a number of positive reviews of walletrecoveryservices.com, I felt comfortable doing all that and prepared myself for a several week wait.
A day later, I got an email from Dave, with the recovered password! He had taken the agreed upon price out of my wallet, as I had asked him to, and also for the rest it was all fine. No funds stolen, no funny tricks.
Alright, I guess my password wasn't real hard and I had some close guesses. For me it was such a relief that I had regained access to my wallet. I hope I will never need the service again, but if I ever locked myself out of a wallet with a forgotten password another time, my first email would go to walletrecoveryservices.
This is merely the description of a personal experience. For me it worked extremely well, but I make no promises or guaranties, that your experience will be the same. Use this info at your own risk.
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Agree with @leoplaw, and that printing and writing and keeping off is also useful :) But it's easy to be a general after the battle :)
Yes, we're all wiser with hindsight. I've got 30+ years of computer battles under my belt. Does that make me a computer general? =)
Since IM the navy guy, I'll see you as the computer admiral ;-)
Thing is, I thought I had my back covered, mirror my data drive almost every day to an external and keep all passwords in a safe place... it still got me :-/
Yes, but from how you told the story, the crucial password was entrusted to your grey matter. Data loss does happen, even when we back up. I can not count the number of times I have lost data over the years. Circumstances come to play and things go amiss.
Anyhow, the admiral says, full Steem ahead! =)
Aye aye, sir!
O no, with that time under belt you are Emperor already @leoplaw :)
You mean like this?
Good, good, young @jungwatercolor, I will complete your training.
Yes master, you shall must..oh nooo, that's Joda...wrong line
Yes, give yourself over to the power of the blockchain!
This really is scary and I am always worried about it as well. I wrote down the long password in a book I keep in my desk I also have it on a thumbdrive with other ones as well just in case. It could still happen though, as I am not immune to losing my password book, I've done it before and will probably do it again.
Hehe.. I felt safe too. Maybe too safe... in a stressful situation, its easy to make a wrong decision. Ok, lesson learned. And I#d rather make a bad decision there than on my motorcycle ;-)
Isn't that the truth. I once thought I'd get a motorcycle, but I have a dear friend that is an Emergency Room /Casualty Physician and he said in the medical field they are called "Donor Cycles" because you usually only get ONE accident and then provide the organs...spooky term, but they are doctors. I love the freedom it must give you, but for me if I'm going to ride a thing that might kill me I always choose horses first! :)
OK, but at least my bike doesn't bite ;-) We had two horses and often had a good time with them. Fell off a few times too, and my dad once actually ended up in a hospital. But I think, it was because he was chasing a girl ;-)
Added to my follow list. Keep up the good work and what do you think of the current market?
Thank you. I don't think I'm qualified to make serious comments on the market....
Glad to hear you found a solution!
Thanks a lot, Peter! I am too, as that experience was seriously depressing.
Thank you for sharing this experience!
It's a also a nice reminder that there is a solution to every problem.
Hope nobody around here gets into that situation... and always finds a solution to everything else :-)