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S8 E8: Slush on Trezor and Tropic Square
Slush talks about the next Trezor hardware wallet: a device that's going to benefit from the Tropic Square open source secure element chip, but also add a few extra features. Also, the Satoshi Labs CEO presents some important security tips. This episode is sponsored by Vaultoro and Wasabi Wallet. Here are the time stamps: 01:42 – Intro 03:24 – How did Slush come up with the idea of Tropic Square? 09:31 – What were Tropic Square’s biggest challenges? 12:54 – What’s the stage of development for the Tropic Square chips? 14:50 – Addressing chip audibility criticism from Lawrence Nahum and Zach Herbert: how can users verify the open sourceness of the chips? 18:10 – Coldcard changing licenses because of Foundation Devices: how does the situation compare to what Trezor did when KeepKey came around? 21:00 – Should users add complexity to their backup with a passphrase? 32:49 – Can the issue of physical security get solved? 34:00 – What does Slush think about the Cobo Vault? 39:55 – Can the Trezor do PSBT? 40:27 – USB vs PSBT via SD card 42:10 – What does Slush think about the Foundation Devices Passport? 43:58 – What does Slush think about the Blockstream Jade? 48:35 – Which features will the next Trezor hardware have? 49:58 – The Trezor Model T screen 52:30 – Trezor’s user interface improvements with Trezor Suite 57:51 – Trezor Suite wallet verification to prevent phishing attacks 1:00:55 – New features in Trezor Suite 1:03:20 – Are there any plans to add SLIP 0039 (Shamir Secret Sharing) to the Trezor One? 1:04:45 – The issue with typing your passphrase on your computer keyboard when using the Trezor One 1:07:41 – Connecting your Trezor to a full node 1:09:43 – Multisig vs Shamir Secret Sharing 1:19:18 – How does Trezor secure its marketing database and how can people order hardware wallets in a safer way? 1:23:17 – Why should people still buy hardware wallets instead of doing setups on wiped laptops? 1:21:19 – Removing fake applications and other phishing attempts 1:30:34 – What is next for Trezor and Satoshi Labs?
S8 E7: Lixin Liu on the Cobo Vault Hardware Wallet
Since launching in February 2020, the second generation Cobo Vault has grown considerably on Western markets and has added lots of interesting features. In this episode, Lixin Liu talks about the pros and cons of this air-gapped approach to managing coins
S8 E6: Lazy Ninja on Hacking Hardware Wallets
Lazy Ninja is a security expert whose claim to fame in the Bitcoin space is hacking the Coldcard and the BitBox02 hardware wallets. In this episode, we talk about the latest trends in BTC security, including multisig, new devices (Foundation Devices Passport, Cobo Vault) & CoinJoins. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– This episode is sponsored by Vaultoro and Wasabi Wallet. Whenever you think that Bitcoin has reached the top, consider preserving your purchasing power through the world's oldest and most stable form of money: gold. And for this, you can join Vaultoro (not financial advice): https://vaultoro.com/bitcointakeover/?ref=6Tf1KvA And if you want to boost your Bitcoin privacy (network-level, transactional, sending, and receiving), then download Wasabi Wallet on your computer. It's the ultimate user-friendly tool which makes privacy an accessible tool for everyone. Available on Windows, MacOS and Linux.
S8 E5: Zach Herbert on Foundation Devices' Passport
Zach Herbert is the CEO of Foundation Devices – a company that is about to ship the first batch of the Passport, a new user-friendly and Bitcoin-centric hardware wallet. In this interview, Zack talks about the elements that make the Passport unique. This episode is sponsored by Vaultoro and Wasabi Wallet. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Time stamps: 00:00 – Intro 03:40 – What was the initial reception like for the Foundation Devices Passport? 05:25 – The global chip shortage and hardware wallets 07:22 – Why launch another hardware wallet? 11:20 – Does the Foundation Devices Passport work with third party wallets like Wasabi, Electrum, and Blue Wallet? 14:00 – Why does the Passport sign transactions with an SD card or QR codes that you scan with the embedded camera? 16:20 – What kind of secure element chip does the Foundation Devices Passport use? 18:29 – From 1 to 10, how open source and transparent is the Passport hardware wallet? 20:40 – Tropic Square’s TASSIC chip and bunnie’s Precursor project 25:25 – Foundation Devices Passport vs Trezor 28:24 – Foundation Devices Passport vs Ledger 32:00 – Foundation Devices Passport vs Coldcard 39:17 – Is Foundation Devices Passport giving away bounties to ethical hackers? 41:47 – Passport’s security audit being made by the wallet.fail hackers 47:15 – Foundation Devices Passport vs BitBox02 52:07 – Why use hardware wallets when you can do cheaper DIY projects? 56:03 – Should we load up on hardware wallets before supply chain attacks become a lot more common? 57:00 – Are multisig setups a silver bullet for security? What about Shamir Secret Sharing? 1:00:30 – The surprise gift that comes with the first batch of Passports 1:01:30 – How can you get more privacy when ordering the Passport from Foundation Devices? 1:07:16 – What should we expect next from Foundation Devices? (node, phone & more)
S8 E4: Lawrence Nahum on Blockstream's Jade
In January 2021, Blockstream took the Bitcoin world by surprise by announcing the Jade hardware wallet – a powerful and inexpensive device. In this episode, Blockstream Chief Architect Lawrence Nahum explains how Jade works and what it aims to accomplish. This episode is sponsored by Vaultoro and Blockstream. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Time stamps: 00:00 – Intro 03:38 – Why did Blockstream join the hardware market? 05:46 – Blockstream’s version of the anti-klepto, anti-Exfil 06:46 – How Jade can fix the multisig user experience 08:45 – Wait, isn’t Jade a green stone? 09:37 – Bitcoin wallets and colors 10:10 – How does Jade work with Wasabi and Electrum? 11:39 – Do Jade’s QR code scanning and bluetooth connectivity make it a mobile-specific hardware wallet? 12:40 – Making Jade work as a stand-alone device 13:46 – Air-gapping and false promises by other hardware wallet manufacturers 15:54 – Jade vs Trezor, Ledger, and BitBox02 22:55 – Does Blockstream have a bounty policy for responsible security disclosures for the Jade hardware wallet? 24:44 – Building your own Jade from the open sourced specifications 25:59 – What was the reception like for the Jade? Have any experts tried to hack into the Jade? 28:37 – Tropic Square and open source security chips for hardware wallets 31:10 – Buying a hardware wallet vs building your own from general-purpose parts 35:32 – Does PSBT make your coins more secure? Will Blockstream’s Jade add PSBT? 37:08 – How can you protect your privacy when ordering a hardware wallet? 43:38 – Multisig vs Shamir Secret Sharing 49:27 – When do you know that you need a multisig? 52:39 – What’s next for Blockstream? 53:45 – What’s the next Jade update going to include? 57:09 – Lawrence Nahum’s ideas to integrate Jade with Lightning and JoinMarket 1:00:30 – Shitcoins lying about their contributions to computer science and how newbies fall for it 1:03:00 – Promoting shitcoins is bad 1:04:21 – Bitcoin sidechains integrating interesting ideas from shitcoins (Drivechain, RSK) 1:06:58 – The tradeoffs involved when using sidechains 1:08:10 – When will Jade production meet its demand? 1:08:55 – What is the service life of the wallet? 1:11:46 – The Jade roadmap, revisited 1:15:06 – Can you use Jade for multisig in a quorum? 1:16:20 – Wen Reckless Review? 1:19:20 – Lawrence Nahum also created ABCore 1:20:59 – Why is Lawrence’s wallet called GreenAddress? 1:25:00 – Lawrence Nahum consulted HTC for the Exodus 1s full node phone 1:27:53 – How Lawrence Nahum came up with ABCore after receiving an Android TV accessory 1:30:13 – #BringBackRecklessReview #BuyUdiAMicrophone
S8 E3: Erik Voorhees on KeepKey, Open Source & Self Custody
In this episode, ShapeShift CEO Erik Voorhees talks about the KeepKey hardware wallet, the power of open source software, and the importance of self-custody. As a Bitcoin veteran, Voorhees also reminiscences about the most popular wallets from the 2010s. This episode is sponsored by Vaultoro and Wasabi Wallet. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Time stamps: 00:00 – 03:05 – Introduction 03:06 – When did Erik Voorhees use the first hardware wallet? 06:49 – KeepKey’s design 07:38 – What were the most popular wallets that OGs were using in the early 2010s? 10:28 – Start9 Labs 13:53 – Mt. Gox, exchange hacks, and the importance of self-custody 17:05 – Do exchanges really insure your bitcoins? 23:18 – Michael Saylor, Elon Musk, Stock to Flow & Lending Services Like BlockFi & Celsius 28:07 – The financialization of Bitcoin (ETFs, derivatives, synthetic 32:29 – Why verification matters 35:20 – Mt. Gox YubiKeys influenced the creation of hardware wallets? 36:07 – Using your hardware wallet for U2F/2FA 36:30 – Resetting a KeepKey 37:30 – Dealing with fake KeepKey apps 41:55 – Why Shapeshift acquired the KeepKey 43:07 – What does Erik Voorhees think about the Trezor One and the Trezor Model T? 45:06 – What hardware wallets should do 46:20 – Ledger and why open source matters 47:20 – Is open source socialist? 49:12 – Did Erik Voorhees try the Coldcard, BitBox02 or Jade? 49:30 – Ballet Real vs Pro 50:40 – Mike Caldwell’s extra security steps with the Casascius coins 52:38 – Multisig setups 54:30 – Shamir Secret Sharing 56:40 – Why open source helps software outlive the company that created it 57:30 – What kind of Bitcoin custody advice would Erik Voorhees give his younger self? 1:00:25 – Why should anyone buy a KeepKey hardware wallet instead of something else? 1:01:30 – Does KeepKey work with Electrum and Wasabi?