Connect Hardware Wallet

What is a hardware wallet?

A hardware wallet is a device that generates and stores your private keys in an offline environment. Hardware wallets mitigate attack vectors by protecting your keys from hackers attempting to steal your funds by remotely penetrating your vulnerable, internet-connected devices. It is essentially a physical vault that stores your private key.

Once you create an account on your hardware wallet, it is extremely important to NOT directly enter its private key into software wallets such as web extension wallets, smartphone wallets, or desktop wallets, to ensure that it never leaves your hardware wallet.

How do I sign a transaction with a hardware wallet?

While hardware wallets have the ability to sign transactions using the stored private keys, they cannot directly send transactions to the blockchain due to their offline setup. This means you need a separate PC that is connected to the internet with an app like Adena installed to broadcast the signed transactions. To exchange the data for signed transaction files with the PC, hardware wallets use USB cables or Bluetooth to avoid direct internet connections.

Refer to this section on how to send transactions with Ledger accounts on Adena.

Which hardware wallets are supported by Adena?

Adena currently only supports Ledger, with plans to integrate with Keystone soon. We will add support for other hardware wallets that are compatible with Cosmos to offer a wide range of selections for users.

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