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How does the MEW wallet app protect my funds?
How does the MEW wallet app protect my funds?

An explanation about how MEW wallet protects your funds on our platform.

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Written by Brittany
Updated over a week ago

MEW wallet uses top-of-the-line multi-layer encryption and isolated local storage to protect your funds.

Just like with all Ethereum wallets, the process begins with the generation of your crypto wallet key. This key is the foundation of your wallet, offering complete and permanent access to your account and all the funds involved. We recognize the significance of your private key, so we encrypt it with a master key. But we don’t stop there.

Your encrypted key is encrypted again with an access key depending on the method of access you use to unlock your MEW wallet mobile account. MEW wallet offers a pin code and biometric signature, such as a FaceID or fingerprint, as access methods used in the encryption process.

But we’re not done yet. This is where the process changes slightly depending on if you’re using an iOS or Android mobile device.

To make sure your key is protected, this encrypted key is encrypted again with a key generated from the Android Keystore section of your device, or the Secure Enclave if you’re using an iOS device. This specific key is not shared with us or any other apps on your phone, it is completely isolated architecturally within the local hardware of your mobile phone.

After that, we store this super encrypted key in a local SharedPreferences storage for Android devices, or the local KeyStore storage on iOS, which are also separated from the rest of the system on the software level.

This process may seem like overkill, but it’s necessary for the security of your information. When you make a new wallet with our MEW wallet app, you can rest assured that no one has access to your private key.

In fact, we don’t even allow our users to see their keys. Instead, we offer a 24-word recovery phrase for backing up your accounts. This is generally viewed as the best method of recovery, which is used by most hardware wallets and wallet interfaces.

It’s recommended that you keep this phrase written down on paper, off of the internet, and stored in multiple physical locations. We cannot recover this information for you, which is a good thing. It means you have all the power and control over your accounts.

For further reading, check out our article on why MEW wallet uses a pin code for access instead of a password.

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