Exodus is a desktop wallet designed to give you complete control over your cryptocurrency assets.
For starters, it’s the first desktop wallet that offers full compatibility with ShapeShift – a popular instant cryptocurrency exchange supporting dozens of tokens. This means Exodus users have access to nearly a dozen cryptocurrencies.
Like other desktop wallets, Exodus stores cryptocurrency assets directly on your machine. Because Exodus is a lite wallet, you never have to download the whole blockchain to your computer.
Exodus’ biggest claim to fame is its intuitive, user-friendly platform. The Exodus desktop wallet aims to give you all the bells and whistles to control an entire cryptocurrency portfolio, but it’s designed for people who have never actually used an exchange.
Web page: https://www.exodus.io/
Downloads page: https://www.exodus.io/releases/
MEW is a client-side interface that interacts with the Ethereum blockchain. Although you can easily create new wallets in your web browser with MEW, it’s not actually an online wallet. Even though you create the wallet through the web, all of your information and your funds are stored on your computer, not on the MEW servers.
MEW combines the ease of setup provided by online wallets while eliminating many of the vulnerabilities that come with storing your funds online.
Web page: https://www.myetherwallet.com/
Jaxx - Web page: https://jaxx.io/
MetaMask - Web page: https://metamask.io/
Trezor is a hardware bitcoin wallet that functions as a USB dongle, allowing users to safely access their cryptocurrency even on insecure computers. It operates on a Zero Trust approach, which advocates for multiple layers of security to minimize the ways it can be compromised by a third party. Calling itself the “bitcoin safe,” Trezor includes key security features:
- PIN protection. Trezor is protected by a PIN code you choose. Each time you enter the wrong pin, the wait time until you can re-enter it increases by a power of two. And there’s no starting the timer over – you simply have to wait it out.
- Recovery seed. Trezor provides you with a randomly generated 24-word code that you can use to recover your wallet if your Trezor is stolen or lost.
- Single-purpose device. A bitcoin wallet only, there are no apps or downloads available for the hardware that could potentially compromise security.
- Limited attack surface. Trezor limits its communication with other devices. It has no batteries, cameras for scanning, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. When the USB device isn’t connected, it’s turned off.
Web page: https://trezor.io/
If you’re looking for a hardware wallet that stores the world’s leading digital currencies, Ledger Nano S offers an attractive value proposition.
Unlike its predecessors, Nano and Ledger HW.1, the Nano S has a built-in, organic LED (OLED) screen, which puts it roughly in the same league as TREZOR and KeepKey. The sleek OLED display means you can double-check and confirm each transaction with a single tap of a button.
It’s important to point out that the Nano S can connect to any computer via USB. If you ever decide to order this device, here’s what you’ll receive in the mail:
- Ledger Nano S device
- One USB cable
- Lanyard that allows you to wear the device around your neck
- One keychain
- One key ring
- Recovery sheet for writing down the seed
A “seed” is simply the string of random words that can help you access and/or recover your account in the event you lose your device.
Web page: https://www.ledger.com