As a general rule, Bitcoin hardware wallets are the most secure form of Bitcoin wallets, however, unlike software wallets, they cost money. If you’re serious about securing your Bitcoins go for a hardware wallet. If however you’re only storing a small amount of coins you can use one of the free software wallets shown on this page.
- Is this a mobile, web, desktop or hardware walletWallet Type
- Can you access this wallet through a browser and an internet connectionWeb Interface
- Is there a mobile app that allows you to access this walletMobile app
- Are you required to download software in order to access the walletDesktop client
- If wallet is dependant, your funds can be controlled by the wallet manufacturerIndependent wallet
- Can transactions be traced to your identityPrivacy
- How hard is it to break into this walletSecurity
- Is the wallet designed for non technical people as wellNewbie friendly
- Our overall satisfaction with this wallet based on all aspectsOverall rating
Summary: Much like TREZOR, Ledger is a cold wallet designed for users who want increased security. The wallet is actually a physical device that connects to your computer and acts as another source of protection. Meaning, you can’t send Bitcoins from your wallet without owning the physical device. If you’re looking for a cold wallet (e.g Ledger or TREOZR) I’ve compared the two in this post.
Summary: TREZOR is the perfect solution for storing a large amount of Bitcoins in order to keep them out of harms way. The combination of world class security with the flexibility of any other web wallet make it ideal for beginners and experts alike. The company has been gaining a nice amount of traction and reviews throughout the last year. For a full review of TREZOR click here.
Summary: Coinbase is the leading exchange service today in buying and selling Bitcoins. It was founded in 2012 and since then has received over US$31 million in venture capital funding. The Bitcoin exchange service is available in 19 countries around the world. Their Online wallet is beginners friendly but the fact that the company holds your funds is can be somewhat risky. Having said that Coinbase has recently launched their Vault service which denies the company control over your funds.
Summary: The most popular Bitcoin wallet today, Blockchain.info allows you to send / receive Bitcoins through your browser or mobile phone. This is what’s known as a hybrid wallet – meaning the company stores your wallet online but they do not have access to your private keys. However since the wallet is loaded from their servers some trust in the company is still needed. Recommended for beginners who are trying out Bitcoin.
Exodus is a relatively new wallet (launched July 2016) that allows you to store not only Bitcoins but also Litecoins, Dogecoins, Dash and Ether. It’s unique in its beautiful design and intuitive user interface. You can also trade cryptocurrencies from within the wallet. Currently the wallet is available only in a desktop version. Here’s a full review about Exodus.
Jaxx is an all platform Bitcoin and Altcoin wallet that allows you to store cryptocurrencies and also exchange between different currencies from within the wallet (via the ShapeShift exchange). The wallet is extremely intuitive and is self hosted so you don’t trust the your private keys with any 3rd party.
MyCelium is a popular mobie app wallet that features a wealth of advanced privacy and security features. Yes, the wallet can be a bit complicated for newbie users but it’s still one of the safest and fastest on the market. As an open source software program, MyCelium is constantly being upgraded. While MyCelium is primarily a hot wallet, there are some cold storage features for Bitcoin users looking to put their wealth on ice.
Pros: Advanced privacy features make this app great for people looking to stay anonymous, and advanced security features will help keep your Bitcoin wealth secure.
Cons: No web or desktop interface, so you’ll have to use your smart phone to access this app. MyCelium is also better for more advanced users, so keep that in mind.
Summary: KeepKey is one of the newest players in the Bitcoin market. It has a very sleek and unique design which makes it probably the best looking physical Bitcoin wallet out there. The device itself is very intuative and easy to set up. You can read a full Keepkey review here.
Looking for a desktop solution for your Bitcoin wallet? If so, Bitcoin Core (also known as Bitcoin QT) is worth a consideration. Bitcoin Core offers a lot of security and privacy features, and supports complete transparency. Bitcoin Core is well-regarded for being a stable system, though it can use up a lot of memory and space on your computer. Still, for modern computers the hardware requirements are rather low.
Cons: No mobile app and no web interface makes it difficult to use this wallet without having your own personal computer on hand. It also requires a lot of free space to store the whole Blockchain.
This fast, lightweight desktop app is a good choice for someone using older and less powerful computers for their bitcoin storage. The most processor intensive parts of the wallet are handled by remote servers. Electrum is well regarded for its advanced security and privacy features, and users can even recover their wallet with a secret pass phrase, though some people would prefer a wallet that doesn’t rely on remote servers.
Amory is a well-known and trusted brand when it comes to Bitcoin security, though the app is usually best for more advanced users. If you are looking for an app that emphasizes safety and security, Armory should make the short list as the app features a variety of encryption and cold-storage options. Armory is among the most respected brands when it comes to Bitcoin security.
Xapo is a web-based wallet system, so alls you need to access it is a web browser and Internet connection. Xapo is known for having reasonably advanced privacy and security features, especially for a web-based wallet. The company supports payments through a debit card system, making it easy to spend your Bitcoins. The app is also friendly for newbies, so if you’re new to Bitcoin, give Xapo a close look.
A user favorite, Green Address allows you to access your Bitcoins through a variety of methods, including online, through a mobile app, or through a desktop client. Better yet, Green Address’s is well regarded as being user-friendly. This makes Green Address one of the most flexible wallets around. Supports multi-signature features and has strong security and privacy features.
Cons: Requires the use of a remote app loaded from another location, and shared control over your Bitcoins (meaning the third-party has to approve payments).
One of the oldest names in the business, Bitcoin Wallet is known for being fast and relatively easy-to-use. The company believes in “zero trust”, meaning they go out of their way to provide a decentralized system that provides people with a lot of control over their Bitcoin wealth. High-transparency, along with strong security features make this a very secure program, especially for a web-based wallet.
Pros: Well-reputed brand name and a safe, fast, and secure operating environment make this wallet a good choice, though newbies may need a bit of time to get a hang of the system.
BitGo is known for its high levels of security and is a multi-signature wallet. This means that every transaction will require two-factor identification, which can go a long way in protecting your wealth from malware, hackers, and server attacks. Oh, and these keys are held by users, not BitGo, so they have no easy access to your stash.
Summary: Airbitz is a decentrelized, secured and backed up Bitcoin wallet. The promising notion about it is that neither Airbitz or any other 3rd party can access your Bitcoins, so it’s fully independent. The nice thing about Airbitz is that it also supplies you a directory of Bitcoin accepting businesses around you. Also it seems that a lot of thought was put into the user interface to make the experience of using Airbitz as simple as possible.
Summary: One of the best Bitcoin wallets out there, it was created by Bitpay. Copay is a multisig wallet which means that a single wallet can have multiple users. This can be ideal for a corporate account where for example, 2 out of 3 signatures are required in order to confirm a transaction. The wallet also has a desktop, mobile and web interface and is completely independent and open source. You can read our full review of Copay here.
Summary: CoolWallet is another attempt at creating a portable Bitcoin hardware wallet. The device itself looks and feels like a credit card and has one small operation button on it. The device needs to be help closely to your mobile app when sending out coins adding another layer of security. Even though the concept is pretty cool, the execution is far from complete and the device still feels a bit clunky. Click here to read our full CoolWallet review.
Summary: BTC.com is a Block Explorer owned by Bitmain. The site offers several tools such as network statistics, a mining pool and also an online wallet. The wallet, similar to Blockchain.info, is an HD hybrid wallet. Meaning, you access it via the web but the keys to the wallet are stored on your machine, so BTC.com has no access to them.
Summary: Coinomi is a mobile wallet currently available only for Android. The wallet holds Bitcoin and a variety of additinoal Cryptocurrencies (up to 287 currencies supported). The wallet is pretty basic and user friendly. The main issue with this wallet is that is started out as an open source wallet but since 2016 became closed source – something that raised a lot of eyebrows in the Bitcoin community.
Cryptopay seems convenient, I’ll give it that. However, it’s an exchange wallet so it appears Cryptopay holds your bitcoins for you… This is dangerous, as it requires trusting in the company’s honesty and security practices. I see they also offer a phone wallet. These are inherently less secure than PC wallets, unless combined with a hardware wallet. Cryptopay does not offer that facility…
So, I’d say Cryptopay seems like a good option for making small purchases and storing small amounts of bitcoin. I absolutely would not store any significant amount of BTC with them however.
To be honest, I don’t really see the point of these Bitcoin debit / credit cards. They link your bitcoins to the banking system, which is undesirable. To me, it makes more sense to use bitcoin where you can or otherwise to sell it for cash and use that instead. This is far better for financial privacy. Letting the banks know you use bitcoin seems like something which could lead to problems in future…