When a leading decentralized exchange platform was looking to create a premium cryptocurrency hardware wallet that would provide unmatched security protection and ease of use, they turned to security architect expert, Josh Datko of Cryptotronix and Cardinal Peak.
The objectives we were charged to achieve for the superior cryptocurrency hardware device were to:
From examining available wallet solutions and hacking these devices to identify weaknesses, the device security criteria were developed to address current and potential vulnerabilities.
The team worked to design a hardware wallet that served as a computer for a computer. The device would be dedicated solely for cryptocurrency and private key security using components proven in other security applications and products.
The resulting wallet is a unique and comprehensive set of components and features that make it the most secure and powerful device of its type.
Firmware, Hardware and Process Features
Premium Case Protection
In evaluating existing cryptocurrency wallets, the team determined that physical construction was poor, devices were easy to disassemble, and it was possible to open and modify any device. This ease of access makes those wallets vulnerable to a variety of physical attacks without being apparent to the owner.
Physical wallet security is an important feature that, while missing in other hardware devices, was deemed critical to the development team. The features of the premium cryptocurrency wallet deliver layers of tamper protection.
Simplified and Sophisticated
Existing cryptocurrency wallets are very small, offer limited interaction, and are painful to use. With just two navigation buttons, no rich graphics, and basic calculator-type functionality, devices unnecessarily increased the complication of using a digital currency wallet, which could result in a risk of user error for many new cryptocurrency customers.
The design team set out to create a modern, smartphone-type experience for users while retaining security guarantees. The resulting sleek, lightweight wallet and interface inspire confident and increased usability for even the most basic users.
Realistically, designing any new device technology can be a compromise given the competing tradeoffs between security, performance, and usability. With the constant evaluation of these elements throughout the design and development project, our team created a secure, robust, and easy-to-use cryptocurrency wallet that protects customers, cryptocurrency, and keys.