Store Your Own Tokens

Big News: Store Your Own Tokens

In 2013 a Cyprus bank was forced to impose a one-time bank deposit levy on all uninsured deposits. Accounts were only insured up to €100,000. In response, people took flight into bitcoin to take complete control of their money.

The whole premise of owning cryptocurrencies is to take control of our money. By keeping our crypto in an exchange, which I have done for nearly a year now, you and I are giving up that control. We are exposing yourself to hackers and unfortunately the exchanges don’t offer any insurance.

Here is a guide on how to store your Ethereum and other ERC20 tokens:

Step1: Generate a strong password. (16 digits at least) I recommend this site: Store this password and do not lose it at all costs.

Step 2: Go to Input the strong password and click “Generate New Wallet”.

Step 3: Click “Download Keystore File (UTC / JSON)” and save in a place that you will not lose. It’s recommended that you keep this file in multiple locations, preferably on a thumb drive. Do not open file.

The combination of the password and this Keystore File are required to unlock your wallet. Without either one you will lose complete access to your wallet and any crypto stored there.

Step 4: Now Click “View Wallet Info” select the “Keystore File” radio button and navigate to your Keystore File you saved previously. Then enter your strong password. This will then unlock all your wallet information.

Your wallet information includes:

  1. Account Address
  2. Private Key
  3. QR Code version of your address
  4. Balance for each coin
  5. Transaction History

Step 5: Send your Ether to your Account Address.

Step 6: Remember to keep your password and Keystore File very safe. You might consider putting them on separate thumb drives and store them in an actual safe.

If you want to participate in Civic's ICO Wednesday June 21st at 6:00am PST you will need to send Ether via this type of wallet instead of an exchange. 

Let us know if you have any questions!


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  • Civic’s Founder, Vinny Lingham, does a live Q&A session on YouTube about Civic and their upcoming ICO Link.

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