A new guardian: Multisig

After the emergence of cryptocurrency, the digital coins have got widespread popularity as a payment mode. But for a novice coin user getting scammed while money transferring is also very common. The transaction once done cannot be reverted back in case of digital currency and once it is confirmed it is permanently recorded in the blockchain, so there is plenty of scope for a person not to turn up again after receiving the money. To counteract this drawback multi-sig wallet emerged for the user security.

In Bitcoin, saving the coins in the wallet for futures transaction is common; normally the wallet has a private key and one public key to get operated to give these wallets more security multisig wallets are brought into the digital market.  The multisig wallet has three private keys instead of one private key to confirm the transaction completion. The three private keys are stored respectively with sender, recipient and an escrow agent, to make the transaction successful at least two keys has to be used. Now a question may arise why to trust an escrow agent in this volatile digital world. The answer is very simple; he is the registered entity of the Bitcoin community who has the power to resolve the dispute that may arise regarding any transaction.  The different individual who holds these private keys are known as cosigners.

Miutisig wallets are presently widely used by the bitcoin users, it can be created in many different ways. A bitcoin user can define how many signatures are required to complete a transaction. In a multisig wallet it is essential for cosigners to sign the spending transaction for example if there are four cosigners then at least two of them must sign the spending transaction to confirm the transaction. Electrum and Armoury are the two popular wallets used by the crypto traders. To hack the transaction the hacker needs to hack both these private keys if he wants to steal the money. If he wants to successfully steal the account the hacker needs to have at least three private keys out of four cosigners, which is practically impossible.

The multisig wallets give protection to the private keys which are vulnerable to hacking. The most interesting part of these keys are they can be stored in different platforms and if any of the platforms get hacked the user need not have to worry about the wallet, it will be still secured by the multisig wallet. Click find out more to read more about this.