What is a Paper Wallet?

2 min readJun 9, 2022

Your private and public keys are printed on paper called a paper wallet. It is a means to store and access your cryptocurrencies when you’re not connected to the internet. Your keys are deleted from the cryptocurrency network when you print them, but the tokens remain; nonetheless, they are unreachable without them.

Paper wallets were once thought to be more reliable than other forms of cryptocurrency storage since they were not connected to the internet.

Some paper wallets may include a scannable barcode made by an app.

Before cryptocurrencies became popular, most people used paper wallets. Although storage technology has advanced since the approach became popular, it is still a viable option for storing your keys in certain situations.

While many people consider the hazards of losing, misreading or breaking a paper wallet to outweigh the security benefits, it is still a viable alternative for storing your keys.

Understanding A Paper Wallet:

A paper wallet is a piece of paper with your keys printed out. When you print your keys, they are usually removed from your digital wallet and the network. No one can access your keys or hack your paper wallet unless they physically steal the paper on which they are stored.

If you remove them from your digital wallet, you won’t be able to reaccess those cryptocurrencies if you lose your paper wallet.

Paper wallet generating software is commonly used to produce paper wallets. You should be able to utilize these programs even if you aren’t connected to the internet. You should also run the program on a device with antivirus and malware detection software.

The keys and QR codes are printed, and the paper wallet is put together. To use the codes, the device wallet program should be able to scan — or sweep — the paper wallet, transferring the money to the software wallet.

(written by Catherine S Thomas)

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