Hot and cold Crypto Wallet (Address)
Today I learned how to explain the differences between a hot and cold crypto wallet and a wallet address.
A wallet is a collection of private keys, like a key ring. It holds copies of each private key and each private key’s corresponding address. A private key is necessary to spend from an address.
Wallets are really keychains containing pairs of private/public keys. Users sign transactions with the keys, thereby proving they own the transaction outputs (their coins). The coins are stored on the blockchain in the form of transaction-outputs.
An address is a public key to which transactions can be sent. To be accurate, an address represents a hash of a public key of an asymmetric key pair (public and private key).
Wallet Address (Hash):
A hot wallet is a tool that allows to receive and send tokens/coins. Compared to a cold wallet it’s faster and makes it easier to trade or spend crypto since it’s connected to the internet.
A cold wallet is not connected to the internet and therefore stands a far lesser risk of being compromised. Cold wallets can also be referred to as offline (paper) wallets or hardware (USB) wallets.