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The way most individuals first get into cryptocurrency is by purchasing coins on an exchange platform, and leaving them there, especially if they have intentions to trade. To better understand what I mean by “leaving them there” let’s have a look to the notion of “ownership” in the world of crypto.

While exchanges provide some basic levels of security, the fact is that most trading platforms are not security companies, and you are entrusting them to keep your private keys protected with whatever measures they choose to implement. You’re also trusting the exchange platform not to have malicious usage of your assets. Your are basically not in charge, and hoping for the best.

The fact of the matter is that being a crypto investor in 2018 requires taking security seriously. While awareness around security is still not where it needs to be, the good news is that more and more crypto investors are getting smarter and taking control of their security into their own hands.

Owning your private keys gives you much more power and control, but it also comes with the needs of taking care of their security. Many tools are available to manage your keys, usually called “wallets”, but not all of them are secure.

When you buy physical gold, it would not come to your mind to display it on your chimney. Similarly, when buying crypto assets, no one should display them as some kind of trophy on their computer or mobile.

For gold, you would only trust a physical safe, for crypto you should only trust a hardware wallet.

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