Specter DIY Hardware WalletLatest release: 1.6.2 ( 23rd December 2021 ) 🔍 Last analysed 11th April 2022 . Do-It-Yourself Project
This project is not meant for non-technical end users.
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Is the product meant to be ready for use "out of the box"?If the answer is "no", we mark it as "Do-It-Yourself Project".
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The Analysis ¶
As the name implies, Specter solutions is allowing Bitcoin enthusiasts to build their own hardware wallets by releasing the source code publicly and by sharing do-it-yourself video tutorials on how to assemble their hardware wallet.
Can the private keys be created offline? Yes.
Once the users are successful in piecing together the necessary components, setting up the device and creating the private keys are the next steps.
Are the private keys shared? No.
The device is airgapped save for the time when the firmware is flashed via a micro USB port (prior to setup).
Does the device display the receive address for confirmation? Yes.
The device’s display adequately displays details of the transaction prior to confirmation.
Is it reproducible?
The project is “do-it-yourself” and the firmware’s source code is public, so there’s a certain level of openness to it. With that said, it would be interesting to investigate this offering further.
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