At the moment, more than half of the crypto users store the majority of their coins in ‘cold storage’, according to a research report.
Cybersecurity is very crucial in this ecosystem. In the same survey, about 88% revealed that they had kept backups of their keys and also admitted that their backup was on paper.
In a recent podcast, Bitcoin advocate Andreas Antonopoulos shared his thoughts on hardware wallets and echoed a similar opinion. He also asserted that hardware wallets were much better in protecting cryptos stored in cold storage. He stated,
“Hardware wallets are much better than many other HSMs, much safer. Hardware wallets are a kind of consumer-level HSM, which is more robust[….] If HSM is not properly configured, the security will be compromised. Most of HSMs do not even know much about transactions and can be fooled easily by hackers. Hardware Wallets are designed to prevent these attacks.”
However, another recent research released by Ledger, one of the leading manufacturers of cold wallets, had revealed that cryptocurrency cold wallets were also vulnerable to hackers. However, the report further noted that at the moment, hardware wallets were the only safe option for users to store their crypto belongings.