Ledger Starter

Security when setting up a Bitcoin wallet is extremely important.  Setting up a Bitcoin wallet on a compromised system can result in the loss of your funds.  To make sure that you are setting up your wallet in a secure environment, you need a clean operating system.  Ledger Starter is small bootable usb drive, used to make sure that you are setting up your Ledger Nano wallet in a completely safe environment.  It is very easy to set up a wallet for you Ledger Nano, with the Starter you can create a new wallet, restore an existing one or wipe your Ledger Nano.  It is worth getting the Ledger Starter for the added security and peace of mind.  One of my first product reviews was of a HW1 wallet, which shares a lot in common with the Ledger Nano.  The issue that I had with the HW1 is that at the time the only way to set up a wallet was on a computer that was possibly insecure.  Since the review, there are many more options to setting up a wallet in a secure environment, but the Ledger Starter is by far the easiest of them all.

The device

The Ledger Starter
The Ledger Starter

Setting up a new wallet

Menu Screen
The main menu
Enter a pin
Enter a pin
The seed
The seed
Plug in your Ledger Nano
Plug in your Ledger Nano
Finishing up
Finishing up

Restore a wallet

Restoring a wallet is almost the same as setting up a new wallet.

Enter a pin
Enter a pin
Entering the seed
Entering the seed
Type yes to confirm
Type yes to confirm
Your wallet has been restored
Your wallet has been restored

The Verdict

Ledger Starter is a very important tool, and is worth spending 6$.  It ensures that your wallet is set up in a clean environment.  It cannot hurt to buy a Ledger Starter, given that if your system is in fact compromised you will lose even more money.  There are very minor issues that I have with the Ledger Starter, such as not being able to edit part of the seed in the restoration part.   My biggest issue with the HW1/Ledger wallets was that the main way to set them up was on a potentially comprised system.  Now with that issue fixed, there is very little to worry about when it comes to security with the Ledger Nano.


The next review is the Ledger Nano, keep checking or subscribe! It wont be long.

There is no funds on the wallet I setup above, so if you do check do not expect anything.  If for some strange reason you use the seed above as your wallet, do not be surprised if you lose the funds you put on it.  After all anyone can get access to it since the seed is right there.

 

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