The following procedure allows you to generate an extremely secure Arweave cold wallet. Using this procedure, your keys will never be exposed to an internet-connected computer before you intend to use your tokens, giving you exceptionally strong guarantees about the security of your AR.
Download and install the Arweave web extension for Chrome
Right click on the new Arweave icon in your browser, then select ‘Options’
Disconnect your computer from the internet
Click ‘Wallet Options’ in the bottom left-hand corner of the page
Click ‘Generate Wallet’
Save this file somewhere safe on your machine
Make copies of this file on multiple offline storage mediums (for example, USB sticks or prints of the file to physical paper). Store these copies securely
Click ‘Load Wallet’ on the web extension and load the key file
Set a password
Mouse over the wallet address and copy it into a temporary location for use in step 14
Under ‘Wallet Options’ click ‘Delete Stored Data’ and confirm this operation
Delete the key file from your hard drive, after having ensured the safety of your offline backups. Optionally, use BleachBit or similar to write over the file a number of times
Reconnect to the internet
Paste the address that you stored in step 10 into a reply to this email and hit send!
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