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BC Vault One
Review and Comments 2019

  • BC Vault is a hardware wallet for secure storage of many cryptocurrencies
  • Backups are easily and quickly encrypted and stored on an SD card
  • long-term storage up to 120 years possible through FeRAM storage
  • the large display can display complete addresses and more information
  • also usable as U2F authentication token (authentication for web services such as Facebook and others)

Available at the following shops

Details Approved
  • Buy directly from the manufacturer without intermediaries

Test Result

BC Vault One

83%

First Impression
90%
Setup
90%
Handling
80%
Compatibility
80%
Documentation & Support
70%
Security
90%

BC Vault One Review 2019

(83%, Review by Malte)

BC Vault was developed over several years by an independent development team and now describes itself as the hardware wallet with the most user-friendly design. You can find out if the hardware wallet keeps what it promises in the following review.

First Impression

Bc Vault Packaging

Buy BC Vault One

Like most hardware wallets, the BC Vault is primarily available online. In the official BC Vault Online Shop, the device currently costs 159,99 € (click here to check the current price). The shipping takes place worldwide, whereby this is still connected with additional costs.

There are also many official resellers who sell the hardware wallet .

Important Note on Buying Hardware Wallets

Hardware wallets should preferably be ordered directly from the manufacturer or official resellers.

Dubious shops or private sellers on platforms such as ebay or amazon could manipulate the devices for their purposes or trick the buyer. This way the thieves can steal all coins from your hardware wallet at a later time. Unfortunately, there have been such cases in the past.

What’s in the box?

The BC Vault One comes in a small box under the slogan “Wallets are for pocket money, Vaults are for safe keeping.” Both the box and the USB-C connector of the hardware wallet are protected with seals to easily find out if the hardware wallet has been tampered with. In addition to the BC Vault hardware wallet, there are four stickers in the package, a short guide, a 1GB Micro SD card and a USB C cable.

Bc Vault Content

The device is 100x57x10mm tall and weighs 42 grams. At 55×27.5mm, the OLED display is rather large among the hardware wallet and has a resolution of 128×64 pixels. Next to the display are the D-Pad for navigating and selecting. On the left is the slot for a microSD card and the USB-C connector.

Setting up the BC Vault One

Important Note for Setup

Never use a hardware wallet that is already set up. You must choose your own PIN code and write down the backup yourself. This is not given by anyone!

The quick start guide reveals how to set up the hardware wallet. First, the seal at the USB-C port must be removed and then the device must be connected to the computer with the supplied cable. Now you shake the BC Vault to initialize and secure the random number generator.

Bc Vault Shake

The software can then be downloaded from www.bc-vault.com/first and be installed. After installation and execution, a login screen will appear. If it doesn’t happen automatically, you can first log in here with an empty password. Finally, you are asked to set a global password for the software as well as a global PIN for the device. The latter is a combination of the four directional buttons, for example UP, DOWN, LEFT, LEFT.

If you forget the global password or PIN, the BC Vault is useless and all cryptocurrencies are not accessible cryptocurrencies . So be careful to remember them or write them down and keep them in a safe place!

The device is now ready to be set up and ready for use. Unlike other hardware wallets, the BC Vault does not work with hierarchical deterministic wallets and thus generates a new backup for each account created.

Handling the BC Vault

In order to work with the hardware wallet now, new wallets can be created via the software.

Bc Vault Software Add Account

All cryptocurrencies can be used at the same time at any time, no apps need to be installed.

Once a new wallet has been created, it is advisable to create a new backup. This can be spent using the settings on the SD card or by QR code.

Supported cryptocurrencies and devices

Currently, the hardware wallet can only be used with a computer. However, a smartphone integration is already planned. The following platforms are currently supported:

  • Windows
  • Linux
  • Mac

The BC Vault supports the following cryptocurrencies:

  • Bitcoin
  • Ethereum
  • Litecoin
  • Dogecoin
  • Dash
  • Bitcoin Cash
  • Ethereum Classic
  • ERC-20 Tokens
  • Bitcoin Gold
  • Tron
  • Vechain
  • Icon
  • OmiseGO
  • 0x
  • BINANCE COIN
  • WaltonChain
  • Polymath
  • Salt
  • Cindicator
  • Dynamic Trading Rights
  • Iconomi
  • OriginTrail
  • Viberate
  • CargoX
  • InsurePal
  • Xaurum

A complete list of all supported cryptocurrencies can be found here: BC Vault cryptocurrencies. In addition to the cryptocurrencies, the following services are supported:

  • FIDO/U2F

Documentation and Support

The BC Vault is limited to help articles and e-mail support. Phone support is not currently available.

Safety aspects of the BC Vault

Bc Vault Login

Each wallet on the BC Vault is encrypted individually with a combination of a password entered on the computer and a PIN entered through the BC Vault. In addition, a global PIN and password that give your BC Vault an extra layer of security further protects the device. This means that overall there are the following passwords and PIN:

  • Global Password: Used to unlock access to BC Vault along with the device’s global PIN. Is entered in the application.
  • Global PIN: Is used to unlock access to BC Vault along with the device’s global password. Is entered on the device.
  • Wallet Password: Used to ship currencies from individual wallets along with the Wallet PIN. Is entered in the application
  • Wallet PIN: Used to send currencies from individual wallets along with the wallet password. Is entered on the device.

BC Vault encryption is based on the combined entropy of the global PIN (device input) and the global password (PC input). Each encryption step requires both components, and there are currently two encryption:

  • Global encryption (used to disclose the public keys of each wallet on the device).
  • Encryption per wallet (is used to allow the device to decrypt the private keys stored in the FeRAM).

Global encryption is one level above encryption per wallet. In the event of an attack, the attacker must defeat both layers before the private keys are visible to him.

In the BC Vault, the private keys are not stored in a security chip, but heavily encrypted in the FeRAM. Thanks to FeRAM technology (as opposed to normal Flash), the data is stored securely in the BC Vault without data loss, over 200 years for 35°C or 10 years for 85°C. In addition, the storage cells used in FeRAM can be used for 10 ^ 13 read/writing operations per byte, a significant improvement over the number of read and write operations supported by flash memory.

Each BC Vault contains the private keys of an address with 1 BTC that is encrypted with exactly this scheme. It is intended to show how much trust the developers have in their hardware wallet .



Product Specifications

Advantages
  • Private keys are encrypted and stored in a state-of-the-art storage medium.
  • Insensitive to computer viruses and hackers who can steal from software wallets.
  • Can be used safely and quickly actively, as opposed to a paper wallet that will eventually have to be imported to untrusted hardware.
  • Also usable as U2F authentication tokens (authentication for web services such as Facebook and others).
  • Encrypted backup of the Micro SD card
  • Easy-to-use QR code paper vault backup
Disadvantages
  • no support for mobile devices
  • no Bluetooth connectivity
PlatformWindows, Linux, Mac
CryptocurrenciesBitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Dogecoin, Dash, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum Classic, ERC-20 Tokens, Bitcoin Gold, Tron, Vechain, Icon, OmiseGO, 0x, BINANCE COIN, WaltonChain, Polymath, Salt, Cindicator, Dynamic Trading Rights, Iconomi, OriginTrail, Viberate, CargoX, InsurePal, Xaurum
CompatibilityFIDO/U2F
Package Contents
  • The BC Vault One
  • Sticker
  • USB C cable
  • Manual
  • 1GB microSD card
Input OptionsButtons
BrandREAL security
Altcoin Support
Supported Coins26 Coins
FIDO U2F Authenticator
Open Source
Weight42g
InterfacesmicroSD, USB-C
Size100x57x10mm
Screen 2FA

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