Securely Storing NFTs: A Practical Guide to Digital Wallets
Written by  Daisie Team
Published on 8 min read


  1. What are NFTs?
  2. Overview of Digital Wallets
  3. How to Choose a Digital Wallet for NFTs
  4. Securely Setting Up Your Digital Wallet
  5. Transferring NFTs to Your Digital Wallet
  6. How to Backup and Restore Your Digital Wallet
  7. Common Digital Wallet Security Issues
  8. How to Handle Lost or Stolen Digital Wallets

In the digital age, Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) have become a hot topic. They're like digital trading cards, each one unique and irreplaceable. But the question many people find themselves asking is: how do you keep these digital pieces of art safe? The answer: storing NFTs in digital wallets. This guide will walk you through the process, step by step, explaining everything you need to know about securely storing your NFTs.

What are NFTs?

NFT stands for Non-Fungible Token. In simpler terms, it's a kind of digital asset. But what makes these assets special is that they're not interchangeable like your regular digital currencies — think Bitcoin or Ethereum. Each NFT is unique, carrying information that sets it apart from any other NFT in the world.

Imagine owning a digital painting by Picasso himself. No one else in the world has that specific painting - it's all yours. That's what owning an NFT feels like. They're used to represent ownership of unique items or pieces of content, ranging from digital artwork and music to virtual real estate and virtual goods.

Storing these unique tokens securely is important. You wouldn't leave a Picasso painting lying around, would you? The same applies to NFTs. You need to store these valuable assets in a safe place. And that's where digital wallets come in. They're like the safes of the virtual world, keeping your NFTs secure.

But how do you choose the right digital wallet for your NFTs and how do you set it up securely? Hold on to your virtual hats — we're about to explore the world of storing NFTs in digital wallets.

Overview of Digital Wallets

Just like you store your physical money in a wallet, digital wallets store your digital assets, including NFTs. They're software-based systems that securely store the information that proves you own a particular digital asset. In other words, if you own an NFT, your digital wallet is where you keep it safe.

There are several types of digital wallets out there. Some are online platforms, some are apps on your phone, and others are physical devices that you can carry around. It's like choosing between a physical wallet, a bank account, or a safe at home. Each has its perks and drawbacks.

Some popular digital wallets for storing NFTs include MetaMask, Trust Wallet, and Ledger. MetaMask, for instance, is a browser extension that doubles up as a digital wallet, which is quite handy. Trust Wallet is an app on your phone, making it easy for you to access and manage your NFTs on the go. Ledger, on the other hand, is a physical device. It's like a safe that you can carry around — just don't lose it!

But ultimately, the right digital wallet for storing your NFTs depends on your needs. What's important is that it's secure and that it supports the kind of NFTs you own. Now, let's move on to how to choose the right digital wallet for your NFTs.

How to Choose a Digital Wallet for NFTs

Choosing a digital wallet for storing NFTs is a bit like choosing a new pair of shoes. It needs to fit you just right and suit your style. But instead of size and color, you're looking at security, compatibility, and ease of use. Here are some things to consider:

Security: This is like the lock on your front door. How secure is the wallet? Is it known for having robust security measures? You wouldn't leave your house unlocked, would you? The same goes for your digital wallet. Remember, we're storing NFTs in digital wallets, which can be worth a lot of money!

Compatibility: Not all wallets support all types of NFTs. It's like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole — it just won't work. Make sure the wallet you choose supports the NFTs you plan on storing.

Ease of use: If a wallet is too complicated, it might be more frustrating than it's worth. You don't want to feel like you're trying to solve a Rubik's cube every time you want to access your NFTs. The wallet should be user-friendly.

Reputation: Just like you wouldn't buy a car without checking reviews, don't choose a wallet without doing your homework. Does the wallet have a good reputation in the NFT community? Are there any red flags you should know about?

Remember, the perfect wallet for storing NFTs in digital wallets doesn't exist. It's about finding the best fit for you. So, take your time, do your research, and choose wisely.

Securely Setting Up Your Digital Wallet

Now that you've picked out your digital wallet, it's time to set it up. This isn't like assembling a piece of furniture, so don't worry about having leftover screws. Let's break down the process for securely storing NFTs in digital wallets.

Password creation: This is your first line of defense. Don't make it easy for others to guess. Avoid using personal information, like birthdates or pet names. Consider a mix of capital and small letters, numbers, and special characters. Think of it as a secret code between you and your NFTs.

Two-factor authentication (2FA): This is like a double lock on your wallet. Even if someone guesses your password, they won't get far without the second key. Most wallets will offer this feature. It might be a bit of a hassle, but it's worth it for the added security.

Private key: This is a unique digital signature that verifies your ownership of the wallet. It's like a fingerprint — no two are alike. Keep this safe and private. If you lose it, you could lose access to your NFTs.

Public address: This is like your mailbox address. It's what others will use to send NFTs to your wallet. Make sure to double-check it whenever you're receiving NFTs. A typo could send your precious NFTs astray.

Setting up a digital wallet for storing NFTs might feel like a daunting task, but take it step by step. Remember, it's all about securing your digital treasures. So take your time, and do it right.

Transferring NFTs to Your Digital Wallet

So, you've set up your digital wallet with all the bells and whistles. Nicely done! Now it's time to move in your NFTs. It's a bit like moving into a new house, but without the heavy lifting. Here's how you go about it:

From an NFT marketplace: Whether it's OpenSea, Rarible, or any other platform, transferring NFTs to your digital wallet is straightforward. Look for a 'Transfer' or 'Send' option in your account settings. Enter your wallet's public address—remember, it's like your digital mailbox—and follow the instructions. Before you know it, your NFTs will be lounging comfortably in their new home.

From another digital wallet: Maybe your NFTs are in another wallet, or a friend is sending you one. No problem! The process is almost identical to the marketplace transfer. They'll need your wallet's public address. Once they've sent it, you'll see your NFTs in your wallet. It's like receiving a letter, but way cooler.

Double-checking: It's always good to double-check after transferring NFTs. Make sure they're in your wallet and the details are correct. If something seems off, don't panic. Transactions can take a little time. Just like waiting for a package, sometimes you just need a bit of patience.

Transferring NFTs to your digital wallet might seem like a big deal, but once you've done it a couple of times, it'll be as easy as pie. And remember, with every transfer, you're building your digital collection, one NFT at a time.

How to Backup and Restore Your Digital Wallet

Ever misplaced your house keys? It's a hassle, right? Now, imagine if you lost your digital wallet with all your precious NFTs. Scary, isn’t it? That's why backing up your digital wallet is a must. And don't worry, it’s not as complicated as it sounds. Here's how:

Backing Up: Every digital wallet will give you something called a 'seed phrase' or 'recovery phrase' when you set it up. It's a series of random words — think of it as a super-secret password. Write it down, store it somewhere safe, and don't share it with anyone. If your wallet gets lost or you forget your password, this phrase is your ticket back in.

Restoring: If you need to restore your wallet, you'll be asked for your recovery phrase. Enter it exactly as it was given to you, in the same order. And voila! Your digital wallet — and all your NFTs — will be back, safe and sound.

Remember, your recovery phrase is like the master key to your digital wallet. Keep it safe, and you'll have peace of mind knowing you can always access your NFTs, no matter what.

Now that you're a pro at storing NFTs in digital wallets, let's explore some common issues you might run into — and how to avoid them.

Common Digital Wallet Security Issues

Alright, so now you're storing NFTs in digital wallets like a pro. But as with anything valuable, there's always the risk of running into a few bumps on the road. Let's take a look at some common security issues and what you can do to avoid them.

Phishing Attacks: This is when someone tricks you into giving them your password or recovery phrase. Remember that secret phrase we talked about earlier? This is why it's so important to keep it under wraps. If you receive an email or message asking for it, don't bite. It's a trap!

Malware: Malware is nasty software that can sneak into your device and steal your information. Regularly updating your device, installing a reliable antivirus software, and not clicking on suspicious links can keep malware at bay.

Wallet Cloning: Sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, right? But it's real. Cloning involves making a copy of your wallet on another device. The best way to prevent this is by not sharing your recovery phrase or password with anyone.

Storing NFTs in digital wallets is a bit like storing gold in a vault. You've got to keep it safe from the bad guys. But with a bit of caution and some common sense, you can avoid these common security issues and keep your NFTs secure.

How to Handle Lost or Stolen Digital Wallets

Ever lost your house keys? Remember the sinking feeling in your stomach? Now imagine losing access to your digital wallet where you're storing NFTs. It's not a pretty picture.

But don't lose hope. Here's what you can do if your digital wallet gets lost or stolen:

Act Quickly: Time is of the essence. If you realize that your wallet is missing, the first thing to do is to access your wallet from another device using your recovery phrase.

Transfer Your Assets: Once you're in, move your NFTs to a new wallet. This should be your top priority. Remember, it's like a game of musical chairs. When the music stops, you don't want to be the one left standing.

Report the Incident: Let your wallet provider know what's happened. They might not be able to get your wallet back, but they can take steps to prevent the thief from using it.

Learn from the Experience: Losing a wallet can be a hard lesson. But it's also a chance to learn. Review what happened and figure out how you can prevent it from happening again. Maybe you need a stronger password, or maybe it's time to invest in a hardware wallet for storing NFTs.

Remember, the key to handling lost or stolen digital wallets is not to panic. With a cool head and swift action, you can secure your assets and bounce back from this setback.

If you're looking to not only securely store your NFTs but also learn more about selling your creations as NFTs, check out Tom Glendinning's workshop, 'Sell Your Creations As NFTs.' This workshop will provide you with valuable insights and practical guidance on how to navigate the exciting world of NFTs and make the most of your digital art.