A public address or public key is a cryptographic code that allows a user to receive cryptocurrencies into his or her account. The public key coupled with the private key are significant tools required to ensure the security of the crypto economy.
Everyone who owns cryptocurrencies (bitcoin, ether, …) has to have a unique identifier or address - much as you would with your bank account. This is the public address of your Wallet which you need to store your crypto assets.
How do I get a public address?
Getting a Wallet is STEP ONE towards getting a public address and adding it to your Bity account in order to BUY/SELL or SWAP cryptocurrencies.
Cryptocurrency public addresses are free to create, and there’s an essentially limitless supply of them - it’s considered good practice to use a new address every time you want to receive bitcoins or ethers, as it makes correlating your monetary habits more difficult.
What does this address look like?
It is a long series of numbers and letters like this one - mine, for example, is this:
Bitcoin Public Address:
Ethereum Public Address:
You are also given a Quick Response code (or QR code). You can send that to people, or they can scan it with the camera function on their smart phone to easily have your wallet address. It’s just a short cut rather than having to type out your full address which is rather long!
Like this one:
Should I worry about putting that on a public website!?
Not at all! This address is safe to give to anyone. It is like publishing your bank account number (IBAN), all you can expect is that someone sends you money. People can’t access your wallet at all if you publish your PUBLIC ADDRESS. So feel free to send me bitcoins if you wish! I will be very happy :).
Choosing a wallet to store your cryptocurrencies in is a very important step to make when deciding to buy and sell crypto. We recommend that you choose a wallet that you can use day-to-day. We encourage you to read about this as there are plenty of wallets in different formats: desktop, mobile, web, paper and hardware.
For more information on choosing the right wallet to store your bitcoin, here’s a handy guide on bitcoin.org on ‘how to choose your bitcoin wallet.’
For storing your Ether, we recommend MyEtherWallet.
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The procedure for installing a wallet is different from application to application. Below we have complied a list of the basic steps to follow.
- Search for a wallet to store your preferred cryptocurrency in the Google Play or App Store.
- Choose your preferred wallet application and install it to your smartphone.
- For a comprehensive list of popular wallets, check out Bitcoin.org’s handy guide here.
- Open the newly installed app and follow the steps to create an account.
- Generate a new wallet address by following the application’s instructions.
That’s it! You’re now ready to start loading in your cryptocurrency from your paper wallet (also referred to as ‘cold storage’ by some wallet applications).