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Sharing Information
There are several types of "identifying" information in crypto. Knowing what is okay to share and what is not will save you from theft.

Public Addresses

  • Most wallets have public addresses, these are okay to share with people as the information they provide is public.
  • These are frequently used by people to help troubleshoot issues. It is still a good idea to only share these with people you must transact with or who are admins in a TRUSTED group.

PRIVATE ADDRESS/KEYS and SEED PHRASES

  • Your private address/keys and seed phrases allow access to your wallets
    • They can be used to import wallets into new accounts or to recover access if a device it was saved on is lost or destroyed
  • NEVER SHARE THESE WITH ANYONE YOU DO NOT KNOW AND TRUST
  • Never send these โ€œin the clearโ€ either
    • Donโ€™t text them or send them via regular email
    • โ€‹Signal Messenger is one of the most secure messaging services out there. It is end-to-end, and on-device encrypted.

HOW TO KEEP KEYS/PHRASES SAFE

  • When you start a new wallet or account: Write these down on paper, make two copies, triple check they are accurate, and store them in separate places so that if one gets destroyed you have a copy of it somewhere.
  • If you ever lose these AND lose access to your wallets you will have no way of recovering the crypto assets stored there.
  • There are several alternatives to the tried and true, thousands of years old paper & pen
  • LastPass has an option for storing documents and notes encrypted, if you don't have a great password for LastPass it is not as secure as storing them on physical means and storing them in a safe place.
  • Another option for storing these is an encrypted USB drive that uses physical buttons to enter a password. There is the possibility that if a device you plug it into is compromised, the data will be stolen. So this is only for people who are confident in their ability to secure their devices. datAshur is a good brand that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.
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Public Addresses
PRIVATE ADDRESS/KEYS and SEED PHRASES
HOW TO KEEP KEYS/PHRASES SAFE