Private Keys

How Work

Preface

 That’s why we use a 12 words mnemonic seed. Mnemonic seed kept in a secured Keystore and fully encrypted. Only with the master password, you can get access to the seed. This also requires some special user’s efforts to prevent themselves from funds loss. 

From Mnemonic to HD wallets

 Users are strongly advised to use HD wallets for safety reasons. First of all, HD wallet can be backed up using only a seed phrase. It can also recover addresses and funds attached to them.

How does mnemonic reveal access to the addresses and private keys?

All your funds are stored on the blockchain. To gain access to them you need to use your private key. Mnemonic Seed contains all private keys, basically HD wallets decipher mnemonic seed and can give it to user as a set of private keys and public addresses: , , ,  and others…

Let’s take a closer look at the process

How does  generate Mnemonic Seed?

 It’s almost impossible to hack it. Mnemonic is the “root” of the tree as it can be algorithmically converted into all private keys used in the wallet.That single key does not replace other private keys but is rather used to generate them. 

The advantage of HD wallets

 Therefore, any backups of the wallet must store each and every single private key used as an address, as well as a buffer of 100 or so future keys that may have already been given out as addresses but with payments not yet received.

What is a Private key?

In the context of , a  Each private key is attached to the public address as a signature.  It’s propagated all over the blockchain and is accessible for everyone. But to gain access to the funds on it the private keys is required.

How are private keys stored in ?

When you installed Atomic Wallet and create a new account the small file appears on your device. It contains randomly generated mnemonic seed and fully encrypted. Only you have access to this file and only you control it. In case of loss there is no way to recover access to your funds except by the mnemonic seed.

Private Key security Note

Private keys give you access to funds stored on your public address. That’s why it’s important to keep them in a secure place where no unauthorized person can access them. Private keys can be kept on computer files, printed on paper or stored in a keystore.

 backup with Mnemonic seed

If something goes wrong you can easily recover your funds via back-up phrase or by exporting private key. Here is a process how you can restore access to your wallet by Mnemonic Seed.

Conclusion

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