Before you can start trading or mining Bitcoin Cash, you need a place to store it, i.e., a wallet. A wallet consists of two very long sets of random numbers and letters. One of them is your wallet’s public address which other users will use to send BCH to you. In the article, we are going to explain how to get a Bitcoin Cash wallet.
Another one is your private key. It gives you access to your funds and is used to sign off for a transaction. Always make sure to keep your private key safe and secure. If you will lose access to it, or simply forget it, you will not be able to access your finds. Similarly, if anyone gets hold of your private key, all the funds in your wallet will be stolen. If you’re registered with a cryptocurrency exchange that supports Bitcoin Cash, it will automatically provide a wallet for you.
However, for the safety of your tokens, it is recommended you store them in a different wallet. This is because exchanges that provide wallet services essentially are in possession of your private keys and, by extension, your funds.
What is a Bitcoin Cash Wallet?
As we mentioned above, the wallet is basically just 2 large numbers which you need to remember. The public address is what you give to other people so they can send BCH to you. The private key is what you keep to yourself, like a password to an account. Any article that covers how to get a bitcoin cash wallet will tell you that no one but you should know the private key. If you forget or lose the key, you won’t be able to access the BCH funds. On the other hand, if someone else gets a hold of your private key, that person would be able to steal all the funds in your wallet.
If you’re registered with a cryptocurrency exchange that supports Bitcoin Cash, it will automatically provide a wallet for you. However, for the safety of your tokens, it is recommended you store them in a different wallet. This is because exchanges that provide wallet services essentially are in possession of your private keys and, by extension, your funds. Additionally, there are exchanges that offer all kinds of wallets. If you decide to go that way, make sure you pick an exchange that supports Bitcoin Cash. Getting a Bitcoin Cash wallet is similar to a Bitcoin wallet. However, there are some differences and we will explain them below.
Different Wallet Types
We also suggest checking out this article on Bitcoin Cash to learn more about the different types of wallets available out there. You could get a mobile wallet, a software wallet, hardware wallet, and a paper wallet. The choice you make basically depends on what your crypto needs are. All of these different types of bitcoin cash wallets have their advantages and disadvantages.
Essentially, a paper wallet is just a public and a private key printed together, usually in QR form for ease of use. A paper wallet is a type of ‘cold storage,’ which is the safest way of storing you crypto funds, as there is literarily no contact with the Internet. This makes paper wallets completely unhackable. Once printed out – you can do whatever you want with it: put it in a safe deposit box, keep it under your pillow or even bury it in your backyard. This way, your funds will be safely waiting until you’ll decide to spend them.
The easiest way of creating a paper wallet is saving a wallet.dat file from a wallet that keeps your private keys on your computer, printing it out and erasing the original from your computer afterward.
Hardware Bitcoin Cash wallets
In the cryptocurrency world, hardware wallets are as safe as storage gets. They look very much like conventional portable hard disks but designed specifically to be used to store cryptocurrencies. They generate transactions offline and on the go, which means you can plug them into any computer to make a transaction.
Just like paper wallets, hardware wallets are immune to cyber-attacks and hacking, as they aren’t connected to the Internet. Modern hardware wallets come equipped with backup options. They can be even further secured with a two-factor authentication or a PIN password. These days, all the major hardware wallets are also equipped with a screen. This is used so you can sign for transactions on the device itself.
Unlike portfolios automatically provided by the exchanges, software wallets are installed on your computer or mobile device. Most of these keep the private key offline, in the same device in which they were installed. Creating a software portfolio is very simple: just download the appropriate application and follow the on-screen instructions. Additionally, most software portfolios support a large number of crypto-currencies. So, if you are planning on storing a coin that’s not very popular, a software wallet would be the best choice. Of course, that’s not the case with a bitcoin cash wallet.
Getting Free Bitcoin Cash Coins
If you were in possession of Bitcoin tokens before Aug. 1st, 2017 when the Bitcoin Cash hard fork happened, you are entitled to receive the same amount of tokens in BTH. The methods of claiming your free Bitcoin Cash tokens will vary depending on the kind of wallet you use.
If you’re using a full node wallet, which is a wallet that requires you to download the entire Blockchain, essentially all you need to do is back it up into a wallet.dat file. Once it’s done, simply import it into a full node Bitcoin Cash wallet, such as Bitcoin ABC, where you BCH tokens will be available to you.