Blockchain is releasing its first hardware wallet, called the Lockbox. The company that is synonymous with having one of the oldest software wallets will begin shipping its new device in November.
Blockchain’s online software wallet boasts over 30 million accounts, so will its new hardware device do the same?
The company partnered with hardware wallet maker Ledger to create the Lockbox and has already begun taking orders.
The Lockbox is setting out to be different. It allows the user to make crypto-to-crypto trades through Blockchain’s native brokerage called Swap. This platform launches next week, and the idea behind it is to make trading and storing happen all in one place.
As Blockchain CEO Peter Smith put it:
“For us, what’s really important right now is to get the product to a point where you don’t need other places to complete your user actions in crypto.”
Also, Lockbox can only connect with legitimate websites thanks to an innovative safety feature within the device. This will reduce phishing attempts and hacks. The company calls this “endpoint-controlled” and it means a user can’t be tricked by a fake site.
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Lockbox Wallet Support
The wallet will support Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Bitcoin Cash to start. However, if demand dictates it, the team is willing to support other coins.
Creating the Lockbox with Ledger will help this along as Ledger has support for nearly 100 crypto assets.
Smith has been noted as saying “I think we will be more aggressive on adding assets in the next six months […] In the long run, I see our trading system being both a consumer and a provider to DEXs (decentralized exchanges).”
“We built a machine trading platform […] It connects to different liquidity [sources] across the ecosystem, everything from different exchanges to market makers.”
Is a hard wallet your preference? Blockchain and Ledger both have huge user number and good reputations. Will Lockbox be a success?
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