Filecoin is stored in special wallets that consist of private and
public keys (see above). There’s a huge number of cryptocurrency wallets with
different features and it’s hard to recommend one that would cover all your needs.
Let’s see the major differences between various wallets.
You can download and install these on your computer. They will only work and be accessible on this single computer. They are among the most secure wallets, unless your computer gets hacked or attacked by a virus. The best desktop Filecoin wallets are Gatehub, Mist, Bitcoin Knots.
Online wallets run on a server and can be accessed from any device at any location. They are the most convenient to use, but remember that your private keys are stored online and with a third-party - the probability of hackers’ attacks and theft is higher. The most reliable online Filecoin wallets are BitGo, Zumminer, Freewallet.org.
These don’t offer as much functionality compared to desktop wallets, however their convenience lies in the fact that you always have the wallet with you and can use it anywhere, e.g. to pay at a retail store. The best mobile Filecoin wallets are BitGo, Carbon Wallet, DigitalCoinsExchange.
They represent the so-called cold wallets, meaning they operate offline - unless a payment needs to be made. Hardware wallets store your private keys on a storage medium, and usually connect to a computer via USB to make a payment transaction, after entering a pin. Easy to use with a high level of security. The best Filecoin hardware wallets are Ledger Stax.
Although it sounds strange or even funny to talk about paper wallets in connection
with a digital currency, they exist - in the form of printed-out private and public
keys. Because of their physical (and offline) nature, they provide a very high level
of online security.
Which Filecoin Wallet Should I Use?
There’s no single answer. It is best to realize what is the desired purpose of the
wallet. If you want to use it to regularly pay and receive small amounts
of Filecoin, then mobile or online wallet makes sense due to their
ease of use. If however, you want to use the wallet to hold a
small Filecoin fortune then security should be your priority. The
range of devices you use the most often will also help determine what wallets are
best for you, as there is at least one for each type of device.
It is best to approach Filecoin wallets as you would your regular money
- cash and credit card is used for small payments (hot wallets-mobile), while your
savings sit securely in a saving account (cold wallet-hardware), or spread out in
several investments. Choosing a wallet which makes the private key with which you
dispose of your cryptocurrency visible only to you is most important. Our top picks
for Filecoin would be Mist and Bitcoin Knots for a
secure storage of your private keys.
How do I get a Filecoin address?
Getting a Filecoin adress is easier than it looks. For this you will
need to set up a Filecoin wallet of your choice. Check out our wallets
section for advice on which type of wallet will suit you best. Once you've set up a
wallet, for receiving or sending coins your wallet client will each time generate a
unique Filecoin adress.