Ledger 101 — Part 2: Why are Hardware Wallets Secure?

Eric Larcheveque
Oct 10, 2018 · 7 min read
Hardware wallets are now part of the every day life of any serious crypto hodler

What is a Secure Element?

The origins

View of Ledger Nano S electronic cards (PCB), embedding a Secure Element

Hardware security

In other words, the Secure Element is to the microcontroller what a tank is to a car.

Certified chip

Isolation of private keys

The modern crypto tank

The Operating System

The road to certification

Ledger offices, main area

What if Ledger were compromised?


Ledger

Founded in 2014, Ledger is a leader in security and infrastructure solutions for cryptocurrencies and blockchain applications. The Nano S, Ledger’s flagship product, is the world most popular hardware wallet with more than 1.5 million units sold.

Eric Larcheveque

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Ledger, Executive Chairman & Co-Founder

Ledger

Ledger

Founded in 2014, Ledger is a leader in security and infrastructure solutions for cryptocurrencies and blockchain applications. The Nano S, Ledger’s flagship product, is the world most popular hardware wallet with more than 1.5 million units sold.