We use the ColdTi.com Titanium plate for our crypto seed storage. Instead of buying and using a punch set, we purchased a Dremel Electric Engraver model 290-01 120-Volt model. It’s much easier and you will always have other things you can engrave. Also, instead of etching our seed words onto the plate, for extra security we use the corresponding number from the BIP39 word list. Which you can find at Github: BIP39 Wordlist in different languages or one from kryptodots that is easier to print.
Why you should use a metal plate wallet to store your recovery seed phrase:
1. Offline: safe from hardware failure, no third-party trust required, safe from online hackers
2. Rugged and Durable: fireproof, waterproof, rust and corrosion resistant (for stainless steel and titanium plates)
3. Transferable: can be given to your loved ones or heirs, your coins are always recoverable with the seed key
We bought the titanium plate and engraver from Amazon for around $35.
Being that Bitcoin is decentralized, there is no standard, nor governing body, to dictate what notation should be used for it. Nonetheless, “BTC” has been the generally accepted abbreviation for Bitcoin stemming from the early days of Bitcoin.
“XBT” is a new abbreviation for Bitcoin that is starting to come into use and reflects its growing legitimacy as an international currency.
The abbreviation “XBT” comes from the International Standards Organization (ISO) that maintains a list of internationally recognized currencies. The standard dictates that if a currency is not associated with a particular country, it should begin with an “X”, hence “XBT”. Another example of this is the abbreviation for gold, “XAU”.
Do you want money YOU can send instantaneously to anyone, anywhere in the world? Here’s how you can do so.
Tim Copeland at Decrypt.co has a great article describing how an amateur like me can build and operate a Bitcoin Lightning node for not much money. I had been running a regular Bitcoin node on one of my home computers but was looking to operating a Lightning node version. I looked at the Casa Node but it was like $300 a year so that was a non-starter. This article came out in late December and I followed instructions to build one in January. I bought the parts on Amazon and carefully followed instructions and got this up and running in no time with hardly any problem at all. Probably the hardest thing is figuring out how to open the correct port on my router. So it sits on my desktop running day and night processing BTC transactions like a boss.
Read Tim’s article here for complete instructions on putting together your Bitcoin Lightning node and helping keep it decentralized.