Bitcoin wallets: do you prefer web-based software or would you rather go mobile?

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Bitcoin web-based or mobile wallets: which type do you prefer? Check out this list of seven different types of software, according to Bitcoin.org, and decide which one suits you best.

1. Mobile wallets

Bitcoin Wallet for Android

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  • Easy to use and reliable
  • Considered secure and fast
  • This app is a good choice for non-technical users
  • When you’re offline, you can use the app to make payments via Bluetooth
  • You can use the app to send and receive Bitcoin via NFC, QR-codes or Bitcoin URLs
  • It is also available for BlackBerry OS

Comment from user:

Hey great app, very plain and simple. I would love a pin on start up. Maybe it could also be turned off for those that don’t think they require one.

Download it here

Mycelium

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  • Open source wallet for Android designed for security, speed, and ease of use
  • Relies on a centralized service by default, thus requiring a certain level of trust on a third party (although this third party does not control your wallet)
  • Using backups and a strong password is always recommended
  • Ultra fast connection to the Bitcoin network through Mycelium’s super nodes
  • It has unique features to manage your keys and for cold storage
  • Helps you find other people to trade Bitcoins with

Comment from user:

Works well, good Bitcoin wallet. Although the app depends on their servers, your wallet is indeed local to your phone, so your private keys are safe. A little too safe. Forget your PIN and there’s no recovery unless you rooted your phone. I didn’t, and I lost money. Fortunately less than 0.1 BTC, but still, the loss hurts. I don’t remember making a PIN, or if I did, I must have fat-fingered it. The app doesn’t ask you to verify your PIN a few times after setting it, and the PIN number keys are very close together on the display, unfortunately, which makes it easy to set the wrong PIN by mistake! So be careful, don’t lose money like I did!

Download it here

2. Web wallets

 

Blockchain.info

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  • A user-friendly hybrid wallet
  • It stores an encrypted version of your wallet online but decryption happens in your browser
  • For security reasons, you should always use the browser extension and email backups
  • Immune to server side hacks
  • Allows the users to make instant deposits

Comment from user:

Personally, I love blockchain.info and don’t use any other wallet. It is encrypted by default and is very secure. Blockchain.info NEVER touches unencrypted keys – only your computer does. Plus – no blockchain downloads, and total address and key control!

Download it here

BitGo

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  • Multi-signature wallet offering the highest levels of security
  • Every transaction requires two signatures, protecting your Bitcoins from malware and server attacks
  • 24×7 monitoring and alerts
  • Private keys are held by the user such that BitGo cannot access the Bitcoins
  • A good choice for non technical users

Comment from user:

BitGo is currently my favorite online wallet provider and it doesn’t even have to function like that.  In an encrypted folder on a Linux box I can issue transactions from my own two keys.  Amazing stuff.  If only the system worked by hierarchical wallets with mnemonic seeds as what is split up instead of a single address combination.

Download it here

Coinbase

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  • A web wallet service that aims to be easy to use
  • It also provides an Android web wallet app, merchant tools and integration with US bank accounts to buy and sell Bitcoins
  • Wallets (and private keys) are stored using AES-256 encryption and the site runs entirely over SSL
  • Extra safety measures are advised, as this web wallet hosts your Bitcoins

Comment from user:

Love buying BTC through Coinbase and any merchant that uses them would give me more confidence in my Bitcoin purchases with them.

Download it here

GreenAddress

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  • A user-friendly multi-signature wallet with improved security and privacy
  • At no time your keys are server side, not even encrypted
  • For security reasons, you should always use 2FA and the browser extension or Android App
  • You can login in ‘watch-only mode’ via Facebook/Twitter/custom login

Comment from user:

This Bitcoin wallet is rapidly becoming my favourite, as the latest update has dramatically improved the speed of signing in, and the UI is beautiful. Well done devs!

Download it here

Coinkite

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  • A web wallet and debit card service that aims to be easy to use
  • It also works on mobile browsers, has merchant tools, point-of-sale payment terminals
  • It is a hybrid wallet and full reserve vault
  • Coinkite claims to be the only full-liquidity and HSM-based security crypto-currency solution

Comment from user:

They have a clear view of a multi-service. Debit card and POS machine is a cool addition to the network.

Download it here

 

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Maria Santos

Maria is an experienced journalist currently living in the UK. She has been writing about Bitcoin and the altcoin universe since 2013. She is also a member of the Lifeboat Foundation's New Money Systems Board and a big cryptocurrency supporter.

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