Ethereum Co-founder Vitalik Buterin Discusses 2 Best Ways To Take Self Custody Of Crypto Assets

Ethereum (CRYPTO: ETH) co-founder Vitalik Buterin has stressed the need for individuals to take responsibility for the security of their own assets. 

What Happened: Buterin, in a Reddit post, discussed the importance of multi-sig and social recovery wallets for securing cryptocurrency assets. He explained that these tools both use the concept of guardians or signatories for added security, but differ in implementation and use cases.


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With multi-sig wallets, funds are securely held with multiple signatories, reducing the risk of loss due to a centralized entity. He said using a multi-sig wallet offers the holder the assurance and peace of mind that funds are safe and secure without solely relying on the user to take all the necessary security measures. 

Social recovery wallets offer an extra layer of security — in addition to the protection that comes with a single key to sign transactions — without sacrificing user-friendliness. 

Buterin notes that with emerging technologies like ERC-4337 account abstraction and advanced wallet services like Soul Wallet, social recovery wallets make it easier for users to sign transactions, even if their key is lost. “In general, once social recovery wallets become mature enough, my recommendation will be to use social recovery for hot wallets that store a small portion of a person or organization’s funds, and multisigs for cold wallets that store a person or organizations’ savings,” he added.

Price Action: At the time of writing, ETH was trading at $1,717, up 3.43% in the last 24 hours, according to Benzinga Pro data.

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